Glacier Park

“The jewel of the American Park System.” The “Crown of the Continent.” I’ve read and heard so much about Glacier National Park. Would it live up to the accolades?

We postponed our trip to Glacier by a week. We had hoped the cooler weather and precipitation would dampen the tragic fires that had closed much of the park. We tracked the park webcams to gauge visibility. Toward the end of September, we decided to go for it. Because the famed Going To The Sun Road was partially closed, our plan was to go to the west side of the park and then loop around to what we could see on the east.

Glacier National Park was named a national park in 1910. It is in northern Montana near the Canadian border and is the US half of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.  The park is massive — 1600 square miles. It is known for spectacular mountains (including 6 peaks over 10,000 feet), lakes, and diverse wildlife. Of course, Glacier is most famous for its namesake — glaciers. But that might not be the case for long. Scientists are saying that the park’s receding glaciers could all disappear by 2030 — if not sooner!

So, did it live up to the accolades? Take a look, and you tell me.