Glacier Park Area Lake Getaways
The Glacier National Park, in Montana, is one of our nation's most physically impressive landmarks. There is every possible natural feature you'd want to see: two mountain ranges, over one hundred lakes, vast amounts of wildlife, huge forests, not to mention the namesake of the Park, the glaciers themselves. Visit during the summer and you'll find that many areas are accessible that usually aren't in the winter, due to snow coverage. Visit during the winter and just make sure you pack lots of heavy clothing for those frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall!
Glacier National Park preserves and protects over one million acres of the North American landscape in northwestern Montana. This site contains a particularly rich biological diversity of plant and animal species. The landscape includes 10,000 foot peaks, alpine meadows, lakes and streams and nearly 50 glaciers. The combination of spectacular scenery, diverse flora and fauna, and relative isolation from major population centers have combined to make Glacier National Park the center of one of the largest and most intact ecosystems in North America.
The geologic history of Glacier National Park is read in the numerous exposed layers of Precambrian sedimentary formations. These extremely well preserved sediments date back to over one billion years. Subsequent sculpting by massive bodies of ice has transformed this area into a dramatic example of glacial land forms. Today several small alpine glaciers of relatively recent origin dot the mountains.
Glacier is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Visitors can enjoy hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, bike touring, fishing, picnicking and camping during the summer months. The park is open in winter for a variety of snow-oriented activities including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and touring. If you have a week or a day to spend in Glacier National Park a good place to orient yourself is one of the three visitor centers. There are also many ranger stations open throughout the park during the summer months. Staff at these information centers are knowledgeable about the region and terrain. In the winter information is available weekdays at Park Headquarters and on weekends at the Apgar Visitor Center.
Hiking opportunities abound in Glacier National Park. We recommend that all visitors leave their vehicles behind, if only for a short while, to enjoy some of the 700 miles of trails. Scenic driving is also very popular in the park. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is 50 miles long and bisects the heart of Glacier, following the shores of the park's two largest lakes and hugging the cliffs below the Continental Divide as it traverses Logan Pass. Numerous scenic turnouts and wayside exhibits, along this and other roads in the park, allow travelers to stop and enjoy the park at their own pace. (Size restrictions on vehicles are in effect on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.)