Glacier National Park

Glorious Glacier. 
Nowhere is Montana’s breathtaking beauty and abundant wildlife more apparent than in Glacier National Park. Known as the “Crown of the Continent,” Glacier offers more than a million acres of towering mountain peaks, tumbling waterfalls, verdant forests and wildflower-strewn meadows. Glacier hugs the Canadian border and features more than 700 miles (1100 km) of hiking trails to explore in addition to famed Going to the Sun Road, which bisects the Park and offers spectacular scenic views all along its 52 mile (83 km) drive. This is one of the largest intact ecosystems in the continental United States, and wildlife including mountain goats, bighorn sheep, moose, grizzly bears and more thrive within the park’s borders. There are more than 25 glaciers here and hiking trails lead through a variety of terrain, past hidden waterfalls or along ridgelines, all offering rugged backcountry vistas.

Going to the Sun Road

Drive your car or tour the Going to the Sun Road by historic red bus to discover diverse wildlife and scenic rugged terrain. This 52 mile (83 km) spectacular paved road spans Glacier National Park and crosses the Continental Divide at 2025 meter high Logan Pass, offering breathtaking views and opportunity to see wildlife along the way. It passes through almost every type of terrain in the park, from large glacial lakes and cedar forests in the lower valleys to windswept alpine tundra atop the pass. Scenic viewpoints and pullouts line the road, so motorists can stop for extended views and photo opportunities. The famous red bus tours serve as an ideal way to see and learn more about Glacier National Park from guides who know this park well.

Sun Tours offers interesting narrated tours from the Blackfeet Indian perspective on the Going to the Sun Road. The tour narrative concentrates on Glacier’s natural features relevant to the Blackfeet Nation, past and present. Spiritual and philosophical perspectives are interpreted in Blackfoot life in the buffalo days as well as modern times. Guides are life residents of the reservation, knowledgeable in many facets of Blackfeet tribal history and culture.  You will learn some valuable insights into this incredibly beautiful land known to the Blackfeet people as the “Backbone of the World.”  

Free shuttle service provides transportation to various points along the Going to the Sun route. No reservations are necessary. Shuttles run between Apgar and St. Mary Visitor Center every 15 to 20 minutes from July 1 through Labor Day (early September) with stops along the way.

Boat Tours

Glacier National Park’s lakes are best explored while touring in an historic wooden boat, which also offers a unique way to access some of the park’s iconic trails. Tours are offered on St. Mary Lake, Lake McDonald, Two Medicine Lake, and at Many Glacier on Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine. Kayak and canoe rentals as well as private boat charters are available. You can also combine a boat tour with a hike.

Hiking Trails

Over 700 miles (1100 km) of trails are laid out across the park including a 110 mile (177 km) section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, an iconic walking route which traces the very spine of the continent, between the US borders with Mexico and Canada. Hike to a hidden glacier lake, or through valleys with views of wildflower meadows surrounded by mountain peaks. You are sure to see wildlife along the way!

Horseback Riding

There is no better way to view the “Jewel of the Continent” than to see the sites while horseback riding. Swan Mountain Outfitters is a family owned business dedicated to making their guided horseback tours the highlight of any Glacier National Park vacation. They are an authorized concessioner for horseback rides in Glacier and also offer drop camp services. Rides are available at three locations within the park.

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