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Glacier National Park was established as the country's 10th national park in 1910. The park covers an area of approximately 1.4 million acres of wilderness and boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire western United States. Although the park is open year round, because of weather concerns spring and summer are the most popular times to visit. The peak visitor season is June through September.

Glacier National Park is one of the largest and most intact ecosystems in North America. There are over fifty glaciers within the park, thus the name. There are also over 200 lakes and streams in Glacier National Park. The largest lake is Lake Macdonald, and the various streams and river hold nice populations of wild trout. There are also over 730 miles of trails for hikers to enjoy within Glacier National Park. For those of you that are hikers, glacier is the place to be. Just don't forget your fishing rods and your bear spray. Most of the park is very remote, and there are grizzly bears within the park. Better safe than sorry, that's what we say.

The park is divided from east to west by Going-to-the-Sun road. It's a spectacular drive, and if you go once you'll realize where the road got its name. Bisecting the heart of the park, this fifty mile long road hugs the shores of the parks two largest lakes and then goes right below the cliffs of the Continental Divide as it traverses Logan Pass. The lakes that you will pass are home to wild lake, cutthroat, and rainbow trout. Many of the other lakes within Glacier National Park are accessible by hiking on the various trails throughout the park. If you're looking for more information on the trails, there are visitor centers that have maps throughout the park to help you. Glacier Park Inc. operates a daily shuttle service along this road from July 1st to Labor Day weekend.

The construction of Going-to-the-Sun road was quite a project. To this day visitors marvel at how this road could have been built. The entire project took 11 years of work and was completed in 1932. Going-to-the-Sun road is still considered an engineering feat and is a National Historic Landmark. All we know is that the construction of the road changed the way visitors experience Glacier National Park forever. You've truly got to see it to believe it.

The glaciers that you find in Glacier National Park today are all geologically new, having formed in the last few thousand years. Presently, all of the glaciers within Glacier National Park are shrinking. In other words, more snow melts each year than accumulates each winter. As the climate has changed over the last two million years, glaciers have formed and melted away many times. So at the end of the day, this process is as it should be. At this time this process leaves us all with a jewel. A jewel named Glacier National Park

Just across the Canadian Border is Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. In 1931, members of the rotary clubs of both Alberta and Montana suggested joining the two parks as a symbol of the peace and friendship between the two countries. In 1932, that's exactly what happened. As if we weren't already friendly with our neighbors to the north? But in any case in 1932 the governments made it official. Now to the international community the collective parks are designated as the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. But for our purposes it is still known as Glacier National Park.