Posts tagged: Glacier Park
The hikes range from 5 miles to 13 miles, easy to moderately strenuous.
Foundation staffers say they're not really “leading” the trips, just facilitating them to introduce people to the sights, insights and needs of the park.
The Glacier National Park Fund supports the preservation of the outstanding natural
beauty and cultural heritage of Glacier National Park for the use and enjoyment
of present and future generations by fostering public awareness and
encouraging private philanthropy.
NATIONAL PARKS — It's snow go for vehicles driving over Glacier National Park's Going to the Sun Road this holiday weekend.
For the third time in the Montana park's 100-year history, the uppermost reaches of Going-to-the-Sun Road will remain closed to visitors during the Fourth of July weekend.
Park plowing crews have reached Logan Pass but they're still trying to chew through The Big Drift — the last snow obstacle to be cleared on the Sun Road. The drift is estimated at 50-60 feet deep, a depth normally seen on Memorial Day weekend. Get status reports here.
But bikes are allowed on the road to that point, and the park transit system is operating on the road, which is closed to other vehicles.
Note: Rivers, streams and creeks in the park are flowing close to flood stage this weekend.
Drowning is the most prominent cause of death in Glacier National Park.
Info: (406) 888-7800.
Read on for the other dates the Sun Road was closed this late.
NATIONAL PARKS — A century-old rock chalet in Glacier National Park that was damaged by a winter avalanche may be open for only a few weeks this summer after crews working to ready the backcountry hotel for the tourist season found additional damage to the two-story lodging and its kitchen building.
The Missoulian reports that workers giving the buildings a more thorough inspection have found damage to the roofs and rafters from the heavy snow load this winter.
In a post on the chalet's web site Thursday, chalet coordinator Kevin Warrington said repair crews will need complete access to the hotel for much of July as well as in late August and September.
Sperry Chalet's season was scheduled to begin July 8, but all reservations are being cancelled through July 19. Reservations in September and some in the last week of August also are being canceled.
Read on for details.
NATIONAL PARKS — Crews plowing Glacier National Park’s historic Going-to-the-Sun Road say heavy snowpack this winter has put them almost a month behind schedule.
Stan Stahr says he hasn’t seen the snowpack this bad in the 20 years he has worked for the park, and it is making it dangerous for crews that are experiencing avalanches, mud slides and rocks breaking off cliffs.
With another round of cool, wet weather in the forecast, Stahr says park officials can’t say for sure when the road will be completely open over Logan Pass. It generally opens between now and the beginning of July.
NATIONAL PARKS — While road crews are still churning through 20-foot deep snow drifts toward Logan Pass in the upper sections of Glacier National Park's Going to the Sun Road, bicyclists are having a great time riding the motor-vehicle-free lower reaches of the fabled park road.
Park officials say they still can't predict when the road will be opened over Logan Pass for vehicles.
Meantime, cyclists rule!
NATIONAL PARKS — Record or near record snowpack in the Glacier Park region is delaying the opening of some facilities, although the conditions keep the crowd away for people who like to have choice natural real estate to themselves.
Click here for photos, video clips and plowing status.
Information on current park road conditions is available on the park’s road status website.
Read on for this morning's update on snow, facilities and roads from Glacier Park officials.
NATIONAL PARKS — Bear tracks in the snow this week alerted Glacier National Park officials that bears are emerging from hibernation and venturing out looking for food.
That means it's time for a refresher on hiking and traveling in bear country.
Read on for tips on avoiding bear encounters and links to other details, such as using bear spray.
PARKS — Glacier National Park’s Centennial year has become its busiest.
Even though November’s visitor count was down 14 percent compared to the same time last year, the 13,000 visitors last month were enough to push this year’s total visitation past the 1983 record year, according to the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell.
From January through November, 2,216,019 people entered Glacier. That’s nearly 10 percent more than the number of visitors during the same period last year and exceeds the 1983 record of 2,203,847 visitors.
Park spokeswoman Amy Vanderbilt says relatively affordable gas prices and strong interest in national parks among regional travelers boosted Glacier’s numbers this year.