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On my camping road trip, we visited Glacier National Park Montana.
What can I say? Incredible!
Upon first entering the park, I asked the attendant what was her favourite national Park? She said “Glacier National Park of course!”. We thought she was kidding and perhaps a bit biased.
Proceeding skeptically… we were definitely amazed!
We weren’t expecting too much when we decided to take the only road through Glacier National Park, however we were impressed the entire highway. Throughout the park there are phenomenal views of Great mountains, waterfalls, drop offs and of course Glaciers!
One of the many popular hikes is the St. Mary waterfall hike. This is a shorter hilly trail that has many waterfalls, although only 3 have names. The first bridge takes you to St. Mary fall with clear, blue, cold, glacier water. It looked tempting to swim until we dipped our toe in! I would highly recommend continuing to the finals falls of Virginia Falls. The final Falls, are absolutely spectacular! You can see the many layers of sedimentary rock that have formed over the millennia forming beautiful colorful rocks.
The rocks also have old wave marks that have formed when the rocks were at the bottom of the ocean.
There are many turn-off and view points throughout the park, and switchbacks galore! Making the drive very scenic, yet also potentially dangerous.
When hiking on any of the trails, like any backcountry area, make sure to make some noise and beware of bears and cougars.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed Glacier National Park, and wished we could have stayed longer!
Nitty gritty information below (or visit the Glacier National Park website) (opens new webpage).
Glacier National Park Associates (opens a new window) is a volunteer organization that works in the park making trails, log building preservation and other projects.
If you just want to visit for the day, then I'd highly recommend the Annual National Park Pass. Learn more about this awesome card here.
There are many beautiful things to see and do in Glacier National Park Montana:
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