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Glacier National Park is one of the most pristine and scenic locations in the United States. Located in northwest Montana, Glacier National Park covers over 1,000,000 acres which encompasses parts of the Rocky Mountains. This national park is a treasure which belongs to the world and should be a destination of anyone seeking a life changing outdoor adventure.

The area was initially formed by glaciers millions of years ago which cut out the rugged landscape we enjoy today. The first people to inhabit the area were members of the Blackfoot Tribe who held the land until European explorers began arriving. Glacier National Park was established May 10, 1910 after President Taft signed a bill making it the 10th national park.

Glacier National Park is made up almost entirely of its original plants and animals. Some of the parks common animals include grizzly bears, wolves, mountain goats, and deer as well as less common species such as wolverines. The park is also home to a wide variety of bird and fish species such as Bald Eagles, Harlequin ducks, and Trout. Glacier Park is also home to a wide variety of insects, reptiles, and mammals making it an extremely diverse ecosystem.

The park is also home to around 1,132 species of plants. Due to the diverse ecosystems present within the park, many different species (around 20) can be found within the park. The park is also home to some 200 species of fungi, 855 species of moss, and 93 species of shrubs/vines.

One of the best features of Glacier National Park is its ecosystems. Of these ecosystems, the most famous would be the glacial regions. Some of these can be viewed from the roads, although most are located higher up in the mountains. Certain scientists speculate that the glaciers may completely melt by the year 2020 if current weather trends continue. This gives any traveler a good reason to plan a trip soon before one of the last living pieces of history disappear forever.

Visitors to Glacier National Park will find a wide range of activities to explore which will meet any person or families wish list. One of the most popular activities is a drive along the Going to the Sun Road. The road is 50 miles long and takes visitors into the heart of the park allowing some spectacular views as well as amble opportunities to view wildlife in different ecosystems. Be sure to check to national park service website for updates on the condition of the road as well as which sections may be closed due to snow or weather.

Some of the other activities include ranger led walks, visit the Discover Cabin to learn about plants and animals located within the park, and also take advantage of the Apgar area which allows visitors to use their cell phones to receive information on various parts of the park. Visitors staying for multiple days should be sure to check out the camping, hiking, and backpacking opportunities that stretch some 700 miles.

Anyone wishing to see the “Crown Jewel of the Continent” or “The Worlds Backbone” should be sure to plan a trip to Glacier National Park. Visitors will be immersed in nature and find themselves in one of the most beautiful areas in the world. Anyone lucky enough to spend some time there will surely appreciate it for its majesty as well as learn a thing or two about our world’s history and how we can protect its future. Please be sure to seek more information and begin your journey soon.

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