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Glacier National Park, MontanaWEST GLACIER, Mont. – Straddling the Continental Divide in northwestern Montana, glacier-scoured mountains tower over a wilderness landscape,
creating a majestic backdrop for this week’s National Park Getaway.

Glacier National Park is named for its prominent glacier-carved terrain and the remnant glaciers descended from ice ages of 10,000 years past. The park
preserves more than a million acres of forests, alpine meadows, lakes, rugged peaks and glacial-carved valleys in the northern Rocky Mountains.

Within the park more than 740 miles of trails, hundreds of lakes and more than 1,500 miles of perennial streams entice people of all ages and abilities to explore outdoors. History buffs will find intrigue in the 375 historic properties maintained in the park, including Glacier’s famous National Historic Landmark, the Going-to-the-Sun-Road.

This week’s National Park Getaway article shares views from the park’s most famous road, pointing out the rugged beauty and recreational opportunities
that await your discovery. Start your adventure at www.nps.gov/getaways.

Camping At Glacier National Park

Enjoy the crackling of a campfire and sleep under the stars in Glacier National Park. With 13 different campgrounds and approximately 1,009 sites to choose from, options are plentiful.

For detailed information about each individual campground such as campground fees and amenities, location, number of sites, and historic fill times, please visit the Campground Status page.

How To Secure A Camp Site

Most campgrounds in Glacier are first-come first-served with the exception of Fish Creek, St. Mary and half of the group sites in Apgar. These camp sites can be reserved in advance.

Camping fees vary between $10-$23 dollars per night during the summer season. For prices of each individual campground, visit ourCampground Status Page.

For a first-come, first-served campground, select a vacant site and pay at a registration area by completing a fee envelope and depositing it in the fee tube within 30 minutes of arrival. Retain the envelope receipt and clip it on your numbered site post. Pay only for the nights you plan to camp – refunds are not available.

The National Park Service is offering free admission Tuesday to more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. The fee-free day marks the first day of summer on June 21.

Other fee-free days remaining this year are Sept. 24, which is called Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11-13, Veterans Day weekend.

A complete list of national parks covered by the free entrance offer can be found at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparksbystate.htm. The list includes many of the system’s best-known parks, such as Grand Canyon in Arizona, Yosemite and Muir Woods in California, Rocky Mountain in Colorado, Everglades in Florida, Yellowstone and Grand Teton in Wyoming, Acadia in Maine, Cape Cod in Massachusetts, Arches, Bryce and Zion in Utah, and Shenandoah in Virginia.

Some park concessions offer deals on fee-free days. For the first day of summer, Swan Mountain Outfitters at Glacier National Park in Montana is offering $5 off standard trail rates for kids riding with a full-paying adult, $5 off per rider on groups of six or more, and $5 off for Montana residents. Details at http://www.parkpartners.org/Special-Offers-for-2011.html .

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Three Glacier National Park campgrounds will have delayed openings because of lingering snows. The Many Glacier, Two Medicine and Cutbank campground openings will be delayed until at least June 17, park officials said last week.

Snow persists at those east side sites, but there are still plenty of places to camp. The Fish Creek and Rising Sun campgrounds are now open, as are Sprague Creek and Apgar, the Hungry Horse News, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, reported.

The weather has made it a tough go for crews plowing the Going-to-the-Sun Road. More than 2 1/2 feet of snow fell last week in the starting zones of avalanche paths along the Sun Road. In order to access their work site, crews replowed the slide paths, where they encountered debris piles up to 10 feet deep. Crews have completed initial plowing through Haystack Creek and are continuing towards the Alps, three and a half miles beyond the Loop.

On the east side, crews have completed initial plowing through Siyeh Bend and are continuing to No Stump Point, approximately one mile beyond Siyeh Bend.

Hikers and bikers should take caution when traveling across avalanche paths and not linger in them. The Sun Road is open to vehicles to Avalanche Campground on the west side and Jackson Glacier Overlook on the east side. Hikers and bikers can go as far as Packer’s Roost on Saturday. There are no restrictions on Sunday.

All other Park roads are open except for the Inside North Fork Road between Polebridge and Fish Creek.

This week, more rain is expected and there could be some flooding, as a record snowpack is starting to melt, even at higher elevations.

 

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