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Glacier tourism down after record season

In this Feb. 3, 2005 file photo, Jon Crandall of Coram, Mont., paddles his canoe across Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Mont. Scientists said Wednesday, April 7, 2010 that Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving icefields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt  (Associated Press)
In this Feb. 3, 2005 file photo, Jon Crandall of Coram, Mont., paddles his canoe across Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Mont. Scientists said Wednesday, April 7, 2010 that Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving icefields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt (Associated Press)

NATIONAL PARKS – The late spring and heavy snowpack has been a downer for visitation to Glacier National Park.

The National Park Service reports 266,263 people entered the park in June, down 21 percent compared to June 2010.

Of course, the park attracted record crowds last year because of centennial celebration activities.

But Going-to-the-Sun Road over Logan Pass didn’t open until July 13 this year, the latest opening on record.

Deep snow in the higher elevations is still blocking popular trails.




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