Glacier National Park

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glacier-np-patchGlacier National Park celebrated its centennial this year. Happy 100 years Glacier! Glacier was opened May, 11, 1910 as our tenth national park. Most of the park is accessible only by hiking trails so get out and hoof it! The main road through the park is also not to be missed. Going-to-the-Sun Road is an engineering triumph and allows breathtaking views along all 50 miles. This is certainly one of our favorite national parks! Glacier provided our first up-close exposure to the awe-inspiring grizzly! Glacier is at the center of the largest population of grizzlies in the lower 48 states. You can also see big horned sheep, mountain goats, elk, brown bats, and the seldom seen northern bog lemming. And if you’re lucky, you’ll see the Beargrass blooms in summer which we call Dr. Seuss flowers. Of course, there are glaciers here too but visit soon . . . in 1850, there were 150 glaciers and today only 26. These remaining glaciers are being studied to correlate them to global warming trends.

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