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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.

This week’s National Park Getaway comes ranger-recommended by a 10-year veteran of the National Park Service who sees Missouri National Recreational River as one of America’s greatest waterways.

Missouri National Recreational River protects 98 miles of relatively natural, free-flowing river in South Dakota and Nebraska and portions of two tributaries – 20 miles of the lower Niobrara River and eight miles of Verdigre Creek. The two sections of the mighty Missouri that Congress designated as Wild and Scenic flow fast and wide through sandstone and chalk bluffs where willows and cottonwoods, black oak and walnut trees flourish. Wildlife is abundant. Bald eagles, piping plovers and least terns are among those often seen along this significant flyway for migratory birds.

Visitors can find outstanding conditions for paddling, hiking, camping and fishing. In summer, ranger programs focus on the natural world, recreational opportunities and the historical connections of Plains Indian tribes, Lewis and Clark and steamboat captains such as Grant Marsh.

Paddlers can float downstream along the Wild and Scenic River portions of the “Big Muddy” starting from the Fort Randall or Gavins Point dams. Start your journey by reading this week’s National Park Getaway article at www.nps.gov/getaways.

Plans are moving forward for an RV park at Seawolf Park in Galveston Texas, a project estimated to cost nearly $2 million.

The Park Board of Trustees has approved $120,000 from Federal Emergency Management Agency public works funds to pay for an architectural company’s engineering and administration fees to get the project started.

In a budget update to the park board, Randall-Porterfield Architects estimated the RV campground will cost $1.89 million and include 44 RV spaces.

Within the next six months, the park board, which manages and promotes some of the city’s tourism industry, will be ready to accept bids on construction, Lou Muller, executive director of the park board, said.

The RV park will be developed on about 4 acres left of the entrance to the park and west of the parking lot at Seawolf Park, a popular fishing spot and home to naval exhibits such as the USS Cavalla.

“While Dellanera RV Park is very popular because of its location right on the beach, the Park Board of Trustees and staff feel that an RV park at Seawolf will be equally, if not more, popular because of the additional recreational opportunities it will offer,” Muller said.

The board expects to break ground on the campground in the spring and complete work in February 2012.
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