Glacier National Park

Here's the Latest on Road and Campground Openings in Glacier National Park

There's expected to be better access in Glacier National Park this weekend thanks to the hard-working plow crews, and, as a result, campgrounds are slowly beginning to open.

Fire at Historic Many Glacier Chalet at Glacier National Park

Fire trucks outside the chalet.
The historic Many Glacier Chalet at Glacier National Park was damaged by a fire on Sunday, May 3, 2009. The building was saved thanks to prompt response from a nearby volunteer fire department.

National Park Superintendents Have Authority To Allow Bear Spray

While federal regulations prohibit bear spray in national parks outside of Alaska, park superintendents have the authority to override that ban within their parks, according to officials at Grand Teton National Park.

Are National Parks That Recommend Bear Spray Encouraging You To Break the Law?

"Bear spray" long has been recommended by national parks in the West as a great deterrent against grizzly and black bears. A check of the Code of Federal Regulations, though, shows those parks just might be encouraging you to break the law.

NPCA: Climate Change Greatest Threat Facing the National Park System

When you think about threats to national parks, you can point to air pollution, water pollution, development on a park's boundaries, and genetic bottlenecks affecting a park's wildlife. But few people seem to think about climate change. Well, the National Parks Conservation Association wants you to start thinking about it.

Building at Glacier National Park Garners LEED Gold Certification

Glacier National Park's Apgar Transit Center has received the U.S. Green Building Council's gold certificate for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for its "pioneering example of sustainable design."

Tracing The Postage Stamp-Sized History of the National Park System

You could call it a postage stamp-sized history of the National Park System, but the history of park scenes on U.S. postage is really quite colorful and carries a few stories with it.

Was This the Best-Ever Use of a Bra in a National Park?

Deane Lengkeek wasn’t carrying a concealed weapon when he was attacked and mauled by a grizzly bear in Glacier National Park. His wife Lorraine was wearing a bra, though, and that made all the difference.

Spring Plowing Operations Under Way in Glacier National Park

They've unleashed the snowplows in Glacier National Park, which means it shouldn't be too terribly long before the Going-to-the-Sun Road is once again open end-to-end.

National Park Quiz 46: Glaciers

This week’s quiz is all about glaciers and glaciation in the national parks. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Eskers, depositional landforms composed of stratified gravel and sand, characteristically exist as long, narrow, sinuous ridges with steep sides.”

Glacier National Park Officials Developing Battle Plan For Lake Trout in Quartz Lake

In a sign of how difficult it can be to overturn mistakes in national parks, crews in Yellowstone National Park are moving into their second decade of fighting non-native lake trout in Yellowstone Lake, where they're threatening to wipe out the lake's native cutthroat trout population. Now Glacier National Park has its own lake trout battle.
A prime concern, it seems, of folks who venture off into the backcountry of national parks in the Rocky Mountains and the high Sierra is bears. I know it took me several trips to get over that gnawing anxiety. This video from Glacier National Park will help you prepare for your travels in bear country.

Logan Pass Improvements Proposed at Glacier National Park

If you've ever headed to Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, more than likely the first stop you made was to the restrooms at the visitor center. If so, you're well aware of the updating they need. And so you'll appreciate the effort by Glacier National Park officials to improve that situation.

Discounted Lodging Available in Glacier National Park this June

In light of the weak economy, should it be any surprise that lodging deals are starting to materialize in the national parks? At Glacier National Park, for instance, you can find lodging discounts up to 40 percent per night for visits this coming June.
Climate change isn't only expected to erase the glaciers in Glacier National Park. It's also expected to change the vegetation across the park, wiping out meadows of wildflowers with forests prone to burn.

National Park Quiz 39: Winter

This week’s quiz will find out if you are a winterwise park visitor. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you explain why the Bergeron-Findeisen process grows snowflakes only because the equilibrium vapor pressure of water vapor with respect to ice is less than that with respect to liquid water at the same subfreezing temperature.
Scientists predict that, thanks to a warming climate, within 25 years Glacier National Park will be without its namesake glaciers.

Those Dogs Could Hunt! But Not in Glacier National Park

In the case at hand, the dogs could hunt. They just didn't know they weren't supposed to go into Glacier National Park in their pursuit of mountain lions.

Deadly Threats You Never Heard of Lurk in Our National Parks

Some deadly diseases you’ve never heard of lurk in our national parks. It's extremely unlikely that you'll ever be infected, but the odds are not zero. And if you are among of the unfortunate few, may the Good Lord have mercy on you.

How Many National Park Rangers Does It Take to Cut Down a Tree?

How many national park rangers does it take to cut down a tree? Well, before you can answer that question, you need to prepare a 100+ page document that not only identifies which trees need to be cut down, but explains how to go about cutting them down.

Weekly Snowshoe Treks Coming to Glacier National Park

Winter is one of the easiest seasons to follow the movements of wildlife in the national parks. Not only can their every move be captured in the snow, but on rare occasions you can follow the interplay between animals.

Gun Rules for The National Parks: Will They Really Make It Easier To Pack in the Parks?

The impending change of rules that would allow national park visitors to arm themselves stands a good chance of being placed in limbo, if not overturned, by legal challenges in the coming weeks and months. But if that doesn't happen, it'll be interesting to see how many gun owners actually follow the rules.

Glacier National Park's Centennial is Fast Approaching – Don't Miss These Upcoming Deadlines

Two Medicine Lake.
One of the "crown jewels" of the national park system will celebrate its centennial in 2010, and when you're talking about planning a celebration of that magnitude, there's plenty of work to do. Glacier National Park is off to a great start in that regard, and you may want to know about upcoming deadlines for some activities that are already underway.

Don't Overlook Park Advocates and Friends Groups When You Make Your Charitable Donations

Programs to lure youngsters into the parks. "Healthy Kids/Healthy Parks." Research to gauge the impact of visitation on park natural resources. Restoration work. These are just some of the projects that your taxable donations allowed to occur across the National Park System in 2008.
Glacier National Park, thanks to its rivers of ice, is one of the perfect spots in the continental United States to watch climate change at work.

NRDC Calls For Endangered Species Act Protection for Whitebark Pine Tree

While most often we hear about fish, bird, or animal species needing Endangered Species Act protection, today a group is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to extend that protection to a tree, the whitebark pine.
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Glacier National Park Moves to Winter Rates

It got cheaper this week to visit Glacier National Park. But not because the National Park Service is rolling back its entrance fees. Not exactly, that is. At Glacier, the fees automatically drop when the park moves into the winter season.

Wilderness for Glacier National Park – An Idea Whose Time Is Coming?

Glacier National Park includes just over a million acres of superlative Rocky Mountain terrain, and the park offers an interesting combination of front-country access and backcountry solitude in what has been called "the core of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem." Glacier will celebrate its centennial on May 11, 2010, and some supporters are saying it's time to finally formalize wilderness designation for key portions of the park.

Bull Elk Poached in Glacier National Park

The shot was good, but the location wasn't. And the result was that a 16-year-old could soon be facing charges for poaching a bull elk inside Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park Coffee Shop Honored For Its Mission 66 Style

While Mount Rainier National Park officials tore down their reminder of Mission 66 "parkitecture," at Glacier National Park a coffee shop from that era has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
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