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.
Glacier National Park, Montana
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