Glacier National Park is one of Montana’s top tourism destination spots. Here you’ll find some of the best sightseeing, wildlife watching, hiking, fly fishing, camping and rafting Montana has to offer. Below you can find some of the basic info you’ll need for visiting Glacier National Park, a Montana vacation must-see. We also have info on Montana hotels.
Glacier National Park was created by president Taft in 1910. It encompasses more than 1,500 square miles, and has 700 miles of hiking trails. It is home more than 60 mammal species, including grizzly bears, elk, moose and the rare mongoose.
Phone: (406) 888-7800
The Glacier National Park entrance fee is $25 per vehicle in the summer, $15 Nov. – April. On foot or bicycle, entrance is $12 in the summer, $10 Nov. – April.
Enter Glacier National Park by road on the northwest side in Polegbridge, the Southwest side in West Glacier, the Southeast side from East Glacier Park (this is known as the Two-Medicine area) the West central side from St. Mary, and the Northwest side from Babb (this is the Many Glacier area). The two most popular entrance points are West Glacier and St. Mary, as these entrances take you to the popular, not-to-miss Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Free Glacier Shuttle: Since 2007 Glacier National Park has offered a free shuttle service that starts on either end of Going-to-the-Sun Road and offers many convenient stops along the way. The road offers spectacular views of Glacier, and oftentimes you’ll see great wildlife along the way, so the free shuttle is a great way to get the most out of your Sun Road experience, while helping to cut park traffic and emissions. Buses run from July 1 to Labor Day, from 6:45 am to 11:45 pm.
Glacier National Park Backcountry Info:
Want to do some backcountry camping in Glacier National Park? You’ll need to check in with Glacier rangers, watch a video on bear safety, and pay a couple fees. Don’t worry, when you get out into the heart of Glacier’s beauty, you’ll think the hassle was totally worth it.
Glacier Backcountry Info and Reservations Phone: (406) 888-7857
Glacier Backcountry Fees: $5 per person/per night, $2.50 for kids age 8 to 15.
Glacier Backcountry Campground Reservations: For any of the more popular backcountry camping trips, you’ll want to make reservations in advance, as only a certain amount of campers are allowed at each site. Reservations can be made beginning April 16 by calling (406) 888-7857. There is a $30 reservation fee.
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