Glacier National Park

March 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Glacier, Top National Parks

glacier-national-park-588Glacier National Park, known to Native Americans as the “Shining Mountains” and the “Backbone of the World”, is located along the spine of the Rocky Mountains in the NW corner of Montana.  Glacier offers you alpine meadows, rugged mountains, pristine forests and spectacular lakes.  You will find more than 700 miles of trails which makes for a hikers paly ground or for anyone seeking the adventurous wilderness and solitude.

Glacier National Park is composed of more than one million acres of lakes, forests, rugged peaks and alpine meadows, along with glacial-carved valleys in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Its makes a home to over 70 species of mammals including the wolverines, lynx, grizzly bears and gray wolves. There are more than  228 species of birds that visit or reside in the park, including such diverse species as the golden eagles, dippers and the harlequin ducks.  The landscape is a hiker’s paradise that is traversed by more than 750 miles of maintained hiking trails.

The glacier carved terrain is what the park is primarily named for.  The deposited materials and the bedrock exposed by the diminishing glaciers tell a story of  geologic faults,ancient seas,  and the appearance of giant slabs of the earth’s ancient crust overlaying younger strata. The result of these combined forces is some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

In 1932 Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park, across the border in Canada, were designated Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. This designation celebrates the longstanding peace and friendship between the two nations. Both parks have since been designated International Biosphere Reserves and together were recognized in 1995 as a World Heritage Site. Clearly this resource is deserving of world-class recognition.

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