Glacier National Park, MT
Beyond the Pavement
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Glacier National Park
Want to learn more about this remarkable park? Take a ranger hike. Several times a day, during the high season, the park's custodians lead simple strolls, easy half-day hikes, or vigorous all-day outings.
At night, major campgrounds run programs on history, geology, bears, and other topics. Also, slide programs are presented each evening at Fish Creek Campground, St. Mary Visitor Center, Lake McDonald Lodge, and Many Glacier Hotel. Pick up a copy of "Nature with a Naturalist" for a schedule of all ranger-led activities.
- Hiking. Some 730 miles of trails range from wheelchair accessible Trail of the Cedars to rugged treks for experienced hikers only. Huckleberry Mountain, Hidden Lake, Sun Point, Running Eagle Falls, and Swiftcurrent nature trails are easy strolls that encourage family members to experience Glacier at their own pace.
- Guided boat tours. Soak up the park's beauty from the deck of a boat chugging along Lake McDonald, St. Mary, Two Medicine, Swiftcurrent, and Josephine. One-hour, ranger-led tours operate in the high season.
- River rafting. River rats should head to the Middle Fork and North Fork of the Flathead River. The Middle Fork contains some excellent white water suitable for all but the youngest children. Guided trips are typically two to three hours. The North Fork offers both fast and calm water, making it popular with all-day sightseeing tours along Glacier's Livingston Mountain Range.
- Fishing. Five kinds of trout, whitefish, kokanee salmon, and Arctic grayling can be found in the park's lakes, rivers, and streams. All bull trout must be immediately released. A fishing license is not necessary but anglers should be familiar with park regulations and limits, available at any visitor center. You can bring your own gear or rent it at Lake McDonald, Apgar, Many Glacier, Cameron Lake, and St. Mary Lake.
- Horseback rides. Outfitters offer guided rides, lasting anywhere from one hour to a full day, at the gateway towns of West Glacier and East Glacier.