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Glacier National Park

Listed under National Parks in Montana, United States.

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In 2010 the Glacier National Park is celebrating its 100th birthday. But that's only since it's been formally recognised as a National Park. Before that, in 1850, there were more than 150 glaciers in the region now bounded by the park's borders, but in 2010 only 26 were counted, and those are just chilly shadows of their former selves; and if the world's current patterns of global warming continue it's predicted that by 2020 all of the glaciers will have melted. So it's a good time to visit and, through potentially misty eyes, appreciate how beautiful this dramatically rugged, yet lush, part of Montana is.

Drive into one of two main hubs: the Apgar Transit Centre or the St. Mary Visitor Centre , from which you can hop a free shuttle up to Logan Pass which is at the start of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and one of the highest points in the park. The terrain you'll pass on the way down varies, but mostly between green and verdant or grey stone, interspersed with crystal clear alpine lakes. Cougars, black and grizzly bears, big horn and mountain goats and elk can be spotted, along with many less exotic creatures. For most people the best way to experience the park is treading one of the many short trails – the slightly precarious but breath-catching spectacular Highline Trail is a 7.6 mile favourite.

Services are open between May and September. 

Written by  Pavel Rejstra.

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