Glacier National Park
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A journey 150 miles north of Missoula lands you among the jagged cliffs, glacier-fed lakes, and breathtaking scenery of Glacier National Park. Celebrating its 100th birthday in 2010, Glacier Park is rich in history with many special event planned during its Centennial year.
Called the Crown Jewel of America’s national parks, Glacier’s more than one million acres is home to over 700 miles of hiking trails, 13 frontcountry campgrounds, two hike-in chalets, a wealth of protected backcountry trails, and wildlife galore. You’ll find deer, moose, wolves, mountain goats, eagles, bears and more.
Though the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road is only passable during the summer months, the park itself is open year-round. The Crown of the Continent Learning Center is also located within the park, providing research and education opportunities to explorers of every age.
For those looking to stay in the area overnight, take an opportunity to stay at one of the historic lodges in the Park. Majestic Glacier Park Lodge was built in 1912, and both Lake McDonald Lodge and Many Glacier Lodge were completed in 1914.
If you’re seeking a backcountry experience, many hiking, backpacking, and camping advertures await you. Keep in mind that Glacier is bear country, though — both black bear and grizzlies are native to the Park. Take time to become well versed in bear country safety to make the most of your Glacier Park experience.
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