Park services open in late May and continue through September.
Soon people, like George Bird Grinnell, pushed for the creation of a national park.
Grinnell was an early explorer to this part of Montana and spent many years working to get the park established.
You can visit without the crowds in the off season months.
Glacier National Park is located in the northwest corner of Montana in Glacier and Flathead Counties. Highway I-15 North to just about Shelby, Montana and then take Highway 2 West to the park. Highway I-15 North to Great Falls, Montana and then take Highway 89 to the park. You could also take I-15 North to I-90 west and then take Highway 200 / 93 North to Glacier. Highway I-90 or I-94 West to Highway 89 North to the park. Highway I-90 or I-94 West to Highway I-15 North to just about Shelby, Montana and then take Highway 2 West to the park or I-15 North to Great Falls, Montana and then take Highway 89 to the park. Rather than just seeing the minerals they could mine or land to settle on, they started to recognize the value of its spectacular scenic beauty. In the late 1890’s, visitors arriving at Belton (now called West Glacier) could get off the train, take a stagecoach ride a few miles to Lake Mc Donald, and then board a boat for an eight mile trip to the Snyder Hotel.
No roads existed in the mountains, but the lakes allowed boat travel into the wilderness.
The area was made a Forest Preserve in 1900, but was open to mining and homesteading.
Grinnell and others sought the added protection a national park would provide.
Grinnell saw his efforts rewarded in 1910 when President Taft signed the bill establishing Glacier as the country’s 10th national park.
The park encompasses approximately 1.4 million acres of wilderness and some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the western United States.