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Glacier National Park and State Parks in Western Montana


State and National Parks Western Montana’s Public Parklands

Western Montana’s Public Parklands

Western Montana is home to numerous state parks and the Crown of the Continent, Glacier National Park. These protected natural wonders feature glacial-carved terrain, sparkling waters and a unique cultural history, and serve as monuments of our dedication to the preservation of our vast and beautiful wild places.

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You'll discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on Earth. Glacier Country's state and national parks house stunning scenery and dazzling waters to geologic wonders and cultural history.

Established first as a Forest Preserve in 1900, then as a national park in 1910, Glacier has had conservationists, environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts lobbying for protection of the approximate 1.4 million acres since the late 1800s. A 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.

Although Glacier National Park is open year round, most visitor services within the park are only available from May to September. Many communities in the surrounding areas provide 'off-season' amenities.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road, an engineering marvel and National Historic Landmark, takes travelers through the heart of the park and connects West Glacier with St. Mary. The 50-mile-long road is one of the most scenic drives in the continental United States and offers visitors stunning views of snow-capped mountain peaks, glacial-carved terrain and wildflower-filled meadows, as well as an opportunity to see wildlife. The most up-to-date conditions of Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road are available here.

Just across the border, in Canada, is Waterton Lakes National Park. In 1931, members of the Rotary Clubs of Alberta and Montana suggested joining the two parks as a symbol of the peace and friendship between our two countries. In 1932, the United States and Canadian governments voted to designate the parks as Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the world's first. The parks are both Biosphere Reserves, and were named as a World Heritage Site in 1995.

While much has changed since the first visitors came to Glacier, it is possible to relive some of Glacier's early history. You can take a horseback ride like an early visitor. Miles of hiking trails follow routes first used by trappers in the early 1800s. Several hotels and chalets, built by the Great Northern Railway in the early 1900s, house guests to the park.

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Bear Creek Guest Ranch in Western Montana.

Bear Creek Guest Ranch

City: Essex
Phone: 406.226.4489

15750 U.S. Highway 2
Essex, Montana 59916

Crown of the Continent Discovery Center in Western Montana.

Crown of the Continent Discovery Center

City: West Glacier
Phone: 406.387.4405

12000 U.S. Highway 2 E.
West Glacier, MT 59936

Glacier Bear Retreat in Western Montana.

Glacier Bear Retreat

City: West Glacier
Phone: 406.848.1771

348 Grist Road
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Glacier National Park in Western Montana.

Glacier National Park

City: West Glacier
Phone: 406.888.7800

64 Grinnell Drive, Glacier National Park Headquarters
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Glacier Park Rafting in Western Montana.

Glacier Park Rafting

City: West Glacier
Phone: 406.888.8754

12127 U.S. Highway 2 E., Suite A
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Great Northern Resort & Whitewater Rafting in Western Montana.

Great Northern Resort & Whitewater Rafting

City: West Glacier
Phone: 406.387.5340

12127 U.S. Highway 2 E.
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Montana Air Adventures in Western Montana.

Montana Air Adventures

City: Kalispell
Phone: 406.755.2376

1880 U.S. Highway 93 S.
Kalispell, Montana 59901

Montana House in Western Montana.

Montana House

City: West Glacier
Phone: 406.888.5393

Apgar Village, 198 Apgar Loop Road
West Glacier, Montana 59936

National Bison Range in Western Montana.

National Bison Range

City: Moiese
Phone: 406.644.2211

58355 Bison Range Road
Moiese, Montana 59824

Red Bus Tours of Glacier National Park in Western Montana.

Red Bus Tours of Glacier National Park

City: West Glacier
Phone: 855.733.4522

Throughout Glacier National Park
West Glacier, Montana

The Glacier Institute in Western Montana.

The Glacier Institute

City: Glacier National Park
Phone: 406.755.1211

Glacier National Park Field Camp
Glacier National Park, Montana 59903

News from Glacier National Park Currently, 12.5 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.

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