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Glacier National Park

A stunningly beautiful ice-carved terrain of serrated ridges, jutting peaks, dramatic hanging valleys, 50 glaciers, more than 200 lakes, waterfalls and thick forests covering some 1.2-million acres.  Deer are among the most commonly spotted wildlife but elk, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, wolves, grizzly and black bears roam its wild vastness and are often seen by visitors.

Goat Lick overlook, for example, is a natural salt lick on cliffs overlooking the southern border of the park.  From a viewing platform just off US Highway 2 east of Essex you are sure to see mountain goats or other animals at any time of day enjoying the lick. Wild flowers, too, are abundant and put on a lengthy show of color as they follow spring up the mountains all summer long. The park is unique among US parks in its relationship with the Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada.  The two parks meet at the border shared by the two countries.  Though administered by separate countries, the parks are cooperatively managed in recognition that wild plants and animals ignore political boundaries and claim the natural and cultural resources on both sides of the border.  In 1932, the parks were designated the first International Peace Park in recognition of the bonds of peace and friendship between the two nations.  The two parks jointly share the name The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.  Then, in 1995, The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park was designated for inclusion as a World Heritage Site.

Going-to-the-Sun Road
The famed 52-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road climbs 3,000 feet to provide spectacular views across the Continental Divide from June to October.  It is closed the rest of the year due to heavy snows.  Glacier Park Inc. operates a daily shuttle service along this road, from July 1 to Labor Day Weekend in September.  The shuttle operates between Rising Sun Motor Inn and Lake McDonald Lodge, a useful service for those who have oversized rigs not allowed on the road, and others who would rather not drive the narrow mountain roads themselves.


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