Why Choose Glacier National Park For Your Vacation Destination This Year?

Glacier National Park RV camping

Glacier National Park

Summertime is approaching. Have you made your vacation plans yet? Millions of people every year from across America and around the world choose to make a Glacier National Park in northwest Montana the destination for their family vacation.

Have you ever considered Glacier National Park for your family vacation? If you haven’t, maybe it’s about time you set your sights on this beautiful corner of the country which has become known as the crown of the continent.

Why consider Glacier National Park for your vacation this year? Well for starters, if more than 2 million people choose to make this national park their vacation destination every year, there must be something to it right?

Glacier National Park encompasses more than 1,000,000 acres of wilderness area in northwest Montana just below the Canadian border. This park is serene and beautiful and offers one of the last truly spectacular opportunities in the United States to find vast stretches of wild, pristine nature, virtually untouched by man.

The wildlife is abundant in Glacier National Park. The scenery is breathtaking. Outdoor adventure abounds. And Glacier National Park is one of the few places left in the United States which has received the title of being a “dark sky ecosystem.” Which means that this area is still relatively free of light pollution, allowing you to witness a dazzling array of stars and other heavenly bodies in Montana’s big night sky.

Room To Stretch Your Legs And Avoid The Crowds

The great majority of the 2,000,000+ visitors that visit Glacier National Park every year stick primarily to the tourist hubs at the eastern and western gateways of the park. As well as driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road which connects the town of West Glacier on the western end of the park, to the community of St. Mary on the eastern side of the park. The Going-to-the-Sun Road truly is one of the most remarkable stretches of highway in the United States if not the world. And the communities located at the eastern and western gates of the park are truly fascinating as well. Yet there is so much more to Glacier National Park than the average tourist will ever see.

The Glaciers of Glacier National Park

Hidden behind the majestic peaks of many of Glacier National Park’s rugged mountains linger remnant’s of the Ice Age which is responsible for building this beautiful national Park. Even today, centuries after the official end of the Ice Age that carved of the peaks and valleys of Glacier National Park, you will find lingering relics of these great rivers and lakes of ice. Many of the glaciers which remain in the park are located in the aptly named “Many Glacier” area of the park. The change in weather patterns in recent years is causing many of these glaciers to melt quicker than the snows of winter can replenish and maintain them, and scientists predict that the remaining glaciers will probably shrink down to miniscule size, and could disappear completely by the mid-21st century. It would be a travesty not to be able to witness firsthand these beautiful glaciers which are such a part of the park’s history before they are gone.

The Lakes and Rivers of Glacier National Park

Another byproduct of the beautiful glaciers which cling to the shaded walls of Glacier Park’s rugged mountain peaks are the stunning glacier-fed rivers, tarns and alpine lakes which can be found throughout the park.

Glacier-fed lakes are not like typical lakes. They are bright blue in color, almost turquoise or aquamarine. This beautiful color comes from the ‘glacier flour’ which flows down from the melting glaciers high above on the mountain walls. This glacier flour is a mix of sediment created by the slow-moving glaciers which even today are slowly carving away at the mountain walls.

Many of Glacier National Park’s lakes and streams are teeming with native trout, a sportsman’s nirvana! You will not even need a fishing license to fish within the park. Although make sure that you do talk to a Ranger or consult a fishing guide which covers the park, because not all of the lakes and waterways inside the park are open to fishing, and those that are, do have special regulations regarding what type of fish can be kept and what has to be released.

Wilderness Trails and Wildlife Inside Glacier National Park

Mountain Goats in Glacier National Park

Glacier Park Mountain Goats

You will find more than 700 miles of hiking trails within Glacier National Park. These trails range in length and difficulty from mild blacktop covered trails and boardwalks to almost perfectly vertical goat trails and alpine traverses which are covered in snow 10 months out of the year. These trails will take you to some of the most breathtaking scenic back-country you will ever see. And the park is rich with a diverse ecosystem of birds, fish and other types of wildlife. The park is known for its generous population of both grizzly bears and black bears, along with mountain goats, Moose, dear, elk, mountain lions and various other critters like the cuddly hoary marmot.

Glacier National Park is truly an amazing destination. One that should be included on everyone’s to-do list at least once before they die. And the sooner the better. It just wouldn’t make sense to put off visiting this amazing national park until after it’s glaciers have disappeared when you have the opportunity to still witness their majesty and beauty today.

Make plans to visit Glacier National Park this year, and make plans to stay at the Glacier Peaks RV Park when you come. Glacier Peaks RV Park is an RV park and campground located not far from the western gateway to Glacier National Park in the town of Columbia Falls Montana. Staying at Glacier Peaks RV Park provides you the perfect opportunity to enjoy the park as well as the many other activities and attractions that can be found in the Flathead Valley of northwest Montana including the Whitefish Mountain resort, Flathead Lake, the many golf courses throughout the Valley and so much more.

Visit www.GlacierPeaksRVPark.com to learn more about the RV Park and Glacier National Park.

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