Glacier National Park

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Established in 1910, Glacier National Park became the 10th park in the nation. Glacier National Park is often referred to as "The Crown Jewel" of the national park system, and one visit explains why. Every turn of your head reveals fantastic scenery in what many consider to be the nations most outrageous park. But scenery isn't the only thing Glacier National Park has going for it. The wildlife in Glacier National Park is also outstanding, with grizzly bears still roaming these wildlands and mountain goats high up on the cliffs. Whether hiking, boating, car touring, camping, fishing, taking pictures or wildlife watching, Glacier National Park is hard to beat. It is one of the rare parks that offers high quality experiences for a wide variety of specific outdoor pursuits.

When planning a national park visit, Glacier should always be considered at the top of the list. Images of the park do not properly convey the true greatness of the scenery. Glacier is part of the Continental Divide Ecosystem, one of the most wild in the United States. The rare grizzly bear and wolverine call the park home. One of Glacier's top attractions, Going to the Sun Road, was completed in 1932. Of note is a new Getting to Glacier National Park page. Be sure to also read our popular Glacier National Park FAQ page.

Park facts:
Total acreage: 1,013,594
Square Miles: 1,583
Acres of de facto wilderness: 963,155
Glaciers: 37 and melting
Mountains: 175
Wheelchair accessible walkways: Trail of the Cedars
Logan Pass Boardwalk
Oberlin Bend Overlook
Running Eagle Nature Trail
Picnic areas: 8
Lakes: 653 totaling 27,000 acres
Streams: 563 totaling 1,606 miles
Shoreline: 392 miles
Boat access points: 6
Drive-in campgrounds: 13
Backcountry campgrounds: 61
Trails: 151 unique, 741 miles
Fish species 22
Mammal species: 57
Bird species: 210
Plant species: 1,200
Visitation in 2004: 2,033,933

Visitor Information: 406-888-7800
TDD ( for the hearing impaired): 406 888-7806
Fax: 406-888-7808
Boat tours: 406-888-5727
Letters: National Park Service, PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936-0128


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