Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Glacier National Park, one of North America’s most pristine ecosystems, established in 1910 as the 10th U.S. national park. Its glacier-capped peaks, alpine valleys and crystal clear lakes fill more than 1 million acres (400,000 hectares) within Montana state.
Glacier Park’s 700 miles (1,126 kilometers) of hiking trails guide visitors into the wilderness to experience the park’s rugged beauty. Among towering mountains, encounter meadows carpeted with wildflowers, waterfalls and wildlife, including mountain goats and marmots in higher elevations and elk and harlequin ducks in lower valleys and streams. Choose from numerous novice hikes, from the Trail of the Cedars to St. Mary Falls.
For experienced hikers, the possibilities are almost endless for day hiking or backpacking. On the park’s east side, Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail is a strenuous 10.7-mile (17.2-kilometer) trek offering fantastic views of the glacier-carved Ptarmigan Wall. On the west side, Quartz Lake Loop from Bowman Lake Campground is a moderate 12.8-mile (20.6-kilometer) hike that swings between picturesque alpine lakes.
Bisecting Glacier Park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of the world’s most scenic drives. Traversing 50 miles (80 kilometers) and reaching heights up to 6,646 feet (2,026 meters) at Logan Pass, the motorway’s engineering is as impressive as its unrivaled views. Sit back and enjoy the ride on the National Park Service’s free shuttles. For a guided, open-air tour, book a spot on a historic Red Bus. The 1930s bus fleet and historic lodges and chalets are significant parts of the park’s rich heritage.
The Going-to-the-Sun Road is open to cars after the snow is cleared, typically from mid-June through September. Cycle along the route from spring through fall. In winter, the road offers fantastic cross-country skiing.
Visit Glacier Park year-round. Most facilities, including campgrounds and lodges, however, are open only during summer. Snowshoeing and Nordic skiing are popular in winter.
Drive to Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Whitefish or Browning for easy access to park entrances. Several outfitters offer whitewater rafting, horseback riding and fishing excursions within the park. Kalispell’s Glacier Park International Airport is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the park’s west entrance.
Situated on the waterfront, this lodge is within 9 mi (15 km) of Mount Brown Lookout, Glacier National Park, and Apgar Visitor Center. Alberta Tourist Information Center and Glacier View Golf Course are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated on a lake, this motel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Fishercap Lake and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Bullhead Lake. St. Mary Visitor Center and St. Mary Lake are also within 32 mi (52 km).
Situated in a national park, this motel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Fishercap Lake and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Bullhead Lake. St. Mary Visitor Center and St. Mary Lake are also within 32 mi (52 km).
Situated in a national park, this motel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from St. Mary Lake and within 6 mi (10 km) of St. Mary Falls and Virginia Falls. St. Mary Visitor Center and Hidden Lake are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated on the waterfront, this motel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Apgar Visitor Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Glacier National Park and Alberta Tourist Information Center. Glacier View Golf Course and Glacier Distilling Company are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in the mountains, this lodge is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alberta Tourist Information Center and Glacier National Park. Glacier View Golf Course and Apgar Visitor Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in West Glacier, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Alberta Tourist Information Center and Glacier National Park. Glacier View Golf Course and Apgar Visitor Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in West Glacier, this cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alberta Tourist Information Center and Glacier National Park. Glacier View Golf Course and Apgar Visitor Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).