Glacier National Park

If you look at the map, you can locate Glacier National Park in Montana located between the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. Glacier National Park includes 2 mountain ranges; these are often referred to as southern wings of Canadian Rockies ranges. The area has more than 130 named lakes, over 1,000 diverse species of plants, and more than hundreds of animal species. Glacier National Park borders two other parks: Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. These were assigned as the world's foremost International Peace Park during 1932. The two parks were allocated by United Nations to be a Biosphere Reserves during 1976, and during 1995 it was named as a World Heritage site.

This immense unspoiled ecosystem is the heart of what's called the "Crown of the Continent Ecosystem". The popular Going to the Sun Road, National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark goes across the center of the park and passing the Continental Divide, permitting visitors to see wonderful sceneries of the rugged Livingston mountain ranges and Lewis, dense forest, waterfalls, alpine tundra and two large lakes. Together with Going to the sun Road, there are five historic chalets and hotels which are known as its National Historic Landmarks, and there is a sum of 350 areas on National Register of Historic Places.

According to archaeological documentations, Native Americans were the original inhabitants of the area dating back to 10,000 years. Present tribes such as the Cheyenne, Shoshone, Flathead, and Salish can trace their ancestry back to the ancient inhabitants. Blackfeet appeared during 18th century and later on it governed the eastern slope. The eastern slope and the Great Plains were where the park was originally established. This area also provided shelter for Blackfeet tribe during the inconsiderate winter winds experienced in the plains. In addition it complemented their conventional bison hunts along other game meat.

Right now the Blackfeet Indian Reservation borders the park to the east. Blackfeet Reservation was initially established during 1855 by Lame Bull Treaty. This embraces the eastern location of the present park towards the Continental Divide. The mountain areas including the Chief Mountain and the Two Medicine were acknowledged as Backbone of the World. The areas are popular with the locals and tourists. Meanwhile, the Flathead Indian Reservation can be found south and west of the park.

The park is bordered on the north by Waterton Lakes National Park, the Flathead Provincial Forest, and the Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park located in British Columbia. Towards the west, the north fork of Flathead River structures the western margin. Flathead National Forests structure the western and southern boundary. Situated in the two forests is the distant Bob Marshall Wilderness complex bordering the south.

National Park Service administers the Glacier National Park. Their headquarters is located at West Glacier Montana. The Glacier National Park is definitely a must-see destination for every camper. So it is not surprising that the area attracts an average annual figure that reaches two million. It is only to be expected that Glacier National Park will remain as one of the top destinations visited by campers for many more years to come.