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Known by the Native Americans as the "Shining Mountains" and the "Backbone of the World", Glacier National Park spans over a million acres of the Northern Rocky Mountains in Montana.  Its beautiful alpine meadows, forest, lakes, and craggy peaks are home to over seventy species of mammals and over 260 species of birds.  The park is named for the glaciers which carved its diverse landscape, remnants of which still exist in the region.  Explorer George Bird Grinnell was one of the most ardent supporters in the push to create a park in this part of Montana, finally seeing a reward for his efforts in 1910 when President Taft designated this as the 10th national park in the United States.  Early visitors toured via horseback, staying at hotels and rustic chalets scattered throughout the park, until the completion of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in 1932.  Today, over 750 miles of hiking trails crisscross the landscape.  Glacier National Park is an International Biosphere Reserve, and it was recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1995.

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