State and National Parks Glacier National Park & Western Montana

State and National Parks

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State & National Parks

You'll discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on Earth. Glacier Country's state and national parks house stunning scenery and dazzling waters to geologic wonders and cultural history.

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Glacier National Park

Established first as a Forest Preserve in 1900, then as a National Park in 1910, Glacier has had conservationists, environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts lobbying for protection of the approximate 1.4 million acres since the late 1800's. A combination of spectacular scenery, diverse flora and fauna, and relative isolation from major population centers have combined to make Glacier National Park the center of one of the largest and most intact ecosystems in North America.

Although Glacier National Park is open year round, most visitor services within the park are only available from May to September. Many communities in the surrounding areas provide 'off-season' amenities.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road, an engineering marvel and National Historic Landmark, takes travelers through the heart of the park and connects West Glacier with St. Mary. The 50-mile-long road is one of the most scenic drives in the continental United States and offers visitors stunning views of snow-capped mountain peaks, glacial-carved terrain and wildflower-filled meadows, as well as an opportunity to see wildlife. The most up-to-date conditions of Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road are available here.

Just across the border, in Canada, is Waterton Lakes National Park. In 1931, members of the Rotary Clubs of Alberta and Montana suggested joining the two parks as a symbol of the peace and friendship between our two countries. In 1932, the United States and Canadian governments voted to designate the parks as Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the world's first. The parks are both Biosphere Reserves, and were named as a World Heritage Site in 1995.

While much has changed since the first visitors came to Glacier, it is possible to relive some of Glacier's early history. You can take a horseback ride like an early visitor. Miles of hiking trails follow routes first used by trappers in the early 1800's. Several hotels and chalets, built by the Great Northern Railway in the early 1900's, house guests to the park.

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Big Arm State Park
490 North Meridian Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-849-5255
Kalispell

Finley Point State Park
490 North Meridian Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-887-2715
Kalispell

Lake Mary Ronan State Park
490 North Meridian Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-849-5082
Kalispell

Les Mason State Park
490 North Meridian Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-752-5501
Kalispell

Logan State Park
490 North Meridian Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-293-7190
Kalispell

Lone Pine State Park
300 Lone Pine Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-755-2706
Kalispell

Thompson Falls State Park
490 North Meridian Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-827-3110
Kalispell

Wayfarers State Park
490 North Meridian Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-837-4196
Kalispell

West Shore State Park
490 North Meridian Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-844-3044
Kalispell

Whitefish Lake State Park
490 North Meridian Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-862-3991
Kalispell

Wild Horse Island State Park
490 North Meridian Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-752-5501
Kalispell

Yellow Bay State Park
490 North Meridian Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-982-3034
Kalispell

Travelers' Rest State Park
PO Box 995
http://www.travelersrest.org
406-273-4253
Lolo

Beavertail Hill State Park
3201 Spurgin Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-542-5500
Missoula

Council Grove State Park
3201 Spurgin Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-542-5500
Missoula

Fish Creek State Park
3201 Spurgin Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-542-5500
Missoula

Fort Owen State Park
3201 Spurgin Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-542-5500
Missoula

Frenchtown Pond State Park
3201 Spurgin Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-542-5500
Missoula

Milltown State Park
3201 Spurgin Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov/milltown
406-542-5533
Missoula

Painted Rocks State Park
3201 Spurgin Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-542-5500
Missoula

Placid Lake State Park
3201 Spurgin Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-542-5500
Missoula

Salmon Lake State Park
3201 Spurgin Road
http://stateparks.mt.gov
406-542-5500
Missoula

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Western Montana's Glacier Country

News from Glacier National Park: Currently 11.5 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.

Bird Woman Falls

An icon in Glacier National Park, Bird Woman Falls is a glistening 492-foot-high waterfall that cascades down the side of Mt. Oberlin. From West Glacier, travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Bird Woman Falls Overlook, located on the west side of the Continental Divide.

Trail of the Cedars

This short boardwalk trail (ADA accessible) takes visitors through an old growth cedar forest. It’s also the beginning of the Avalanche Lake Trail (just over two miles long) that leads to Avalanche Lake—one of the most popular day hikes in Glacier National Park. Trail of the Cedars is located about five and a half miles north of Lake McDonald Lodge.

Drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road

If your time in Glacier National Park is limited, one must-see attraction is the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This 50-mile long road takes travelers between St. Mary and West Glacier through the heart of the park, crossing the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. There are numerous pullouts along the road, ideal for taking photographs and enjoying the scenery.

See a Glacier

As you’re traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road, pull over at Jackson Glacier Overlook (located east of Logan Pass). The overlook offers the best opportunity to see a glacier from the road.

Many Glacier Valley

Home to incredible mountains, active glaciers, abundant wildlife and miles of hiking trails, Many Glacier is located in the northeast section of Glacier National Park. Trails leave from this valley in numerous directions, with popular hiking destinations including Iceberg Lake, Grinnell Lake and Ptarmigan Tunnel.

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