Glacier National Park

Help Your Essential Friends: Suggestions On Contributing To National Park Friends Groups

Throughout the summer we've been celebrating the work of national park friends groups. While the summer is coming to an end, their good work continues throughout the year. And with that in mind, they could use your support to fund that work. Here's a look back at some of the park system's "essential friends" and how you can support them.

Reader Participation Day: Should The National Park Service Ban Solo Hikers In Grizzly Bear Territory?

Does the National Park Service have to rethink its rules when it comes to backcountry travel in known grizzly bear habitat? That question grows in importance in the wake of last week's fatal mauling of a backpacker in Denali National Park.

Discriminating Explorer: Enjoy Western National Parks With Tips From National Park Friends Groups

August is on the run, but that doesn't mean the time to get the most out of your favorite national park in the western part of the country has passed by. Take the following tips from friends groups in Big Bend, Glacier, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone national parks to heart and you'll create years of memories.

Enjoy The Perseid Meteor Showers In The National Parks

This coming weekend will be the perfect time to be camping in the backcountry of a national park, or at least visiting a national park that doesn't suffer from light pollution. That's because the annual Perseid Meteor Showers are scheduled to arrive Saturday, and a dark sky is the best sky to observe them.

Politicians, Staff Heading To National Parks During Congressional Recess

Denali National Park and Preserve seems to be quite popular this August with congressional staffers, though a number of other parks also are destinations for politicians and their staff during the August recess.

Parents Of Hiker Missing In Glacier National Park Extend Thanks To Park Staff

Parents of a 19-year-old Michigan man who vanished on a day hike in Glacier National Park expressed their struggle with accepting their loss Monday, but also extended their thanks to the park staff for their efforts in finding him.

Search Scaling Back For Missing Hiker In Glacier National Park

With no signs of a hiker missing in Glacier National Park for the past week, park officials are scaling back the search.

Few Clues Found In Search For Missing Hiker In Glacier National Park

A search for a hiker missing in Glacier National Park since Saturday has been hampered by a lack of strong clues as to his whereabouts, although park officials say partial boot prints found might belong to the man.

Search At Glacier National Park For Missing Day Hiker

A search was under way Monday in Glacier National Park for a day hiker who failed to return from a hike on Saturday.

Highline Trail in Glacier National Park Expected to Open By July 27

The popular Highline Trail in Glacier National Park is anticipated to be open by Friday, July 27. However, the good news for trail fans comes with a caveat: "Hikers are encouraged to plan ahead and be prepared. Hikers may encounter rocks and mud on trails, eroded trail tread, and some snowfields on higher elevation trails across the park."

Crews Clear Debris Quickly, Going-To-The-Sun Road In Glacier National Park Again Open End-To-End

In less than two days crews at Glacier National Park removed tons of rock and mud from the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which reopened end-to-end Thursday afternoon.

UPDATE: Portion Of Going-to-the-Sun Road At Glacier National Park Closed By Mudslides

Glacier National Park officials are predicting that the entire Going-to-the-Sun Road, which was buried in places by a number of mud-and-rock slides on Tuesday, will be open for end-to-end travel by Thursday evening.

About 10 Vehicles Trapped In Slides On Going-to-the-Sun Road In Glacier National Park

A heavy downpour Tuesday triggered some mud and rock slides along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, trapping about 10 vehicles and requiring at least one visitor to be taken to a hospital.

About 10 Vehicles Trapped In Slides On Going-to-the-Sun Road In Glacier National Park

A heavy downpour Tuesday triggered some mud and rock slides along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, trapping about 10 vehicles and requiring at least one visitor to be taken to a hospital.

Work Continues On Many Glacier Hotel Renovations In Glacier National Park

Progress is being made on the latest phase of renovations to the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park, though it still will be some years before the entire hotel has been brought up to code.

Exploring Glacier National Park With Insider Tips From The Glacier Fund

Tucked far north in Montana, hard against the Canadian border, Glacier National Park is a rumpled and craggy masterpiece. Within the park’s 1 million acres rise rustling aspen glades, stands of an unusual evergreen—larch—that loses its needles in winter, even a temperate rainforest of Pacific red cedars, hemlocks and Pacific yew. This is the kingdom of grizzlies and wolves, wolverines and lynx, species that for many exist only in books, magazines, and nature documentaries.

Reader Participation Day: Will Record Heat And Major Wildfires Change Your Vacation Plans?

We're just entering the peak of the summer vacation season, but 2012 has already set some unwelcome records, including destructive wildfires and all-time high temperatures in many states. Will you alter your summer vacation plans based this year's heat and fires? If so, what changes will you make?

The Glacier Fund: Supporting The Crown Of The Continent

From introducing school children to nature and underwriting wildlife research, the Glacier Fund is at work daily on helping the National Park Service meet the needs of Glacier National Park.
Peter Greenberg, travel editor for CBS News, featured the Traveler's well-received Essential Friends magazine on his Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio show in late June. Listen to Peter's six-minute interview with the Traveler's Travel Editor Randy Johnson.

Great Way To Cool Off And Benefit The Glacier National Park Fund

If you find yourself in Glacier National Park in mid-July, and need to cool off, you can accomplish that and benefit the Glacier National Park Fund by joining a rafting trip on the Flathead River.

Reader Participation Day: Given A Choice, Which State Would You Visit To Tour Its National Parks?

If you could visit only one state to tour its national parks, which state would it be? Would you head to Utah with its five "national parks," to California with its eight "national parks" and handful of other designated park units, or choose Maine with its one national park (Acadia), a stretch of Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and lone international historic site?

U.S. House Approves Legislation That Would Toss Aside Environmental Laws Protecting National Parks

A package of bills that would toss aside environmental laws and regulations protecting a wide number of national parks passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, though its prospects in the Senate were unclear.

U.S. House To Consider Legislation Opponents Believe Would Degrade Public Lands, National Parks

A package of legislation that sponsors call the Conservation and Economic Growth Act and which critics maintain would severely cripple the nation's environmental laws and pose a threat to the National Park System is expected to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives this week.

Essential Friends: Ensuring Excellence In The National Parks

As lovers of national parks look forward to the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service—guardian of ”America’s Best Idea”—there has never been a better time to profile the rise and role of what may be our “Second Best Idea”—the friends groups, trusts, and foundations that support those parks.

Spring Storms Slow Plowing Of Sun Road In Glacier National Park

Plowing of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park was going fine...until recent storms dumped at least 16 inches of snow on parts of the alpine road.

The Best National Park Campgrounds (According To Us)

Here are the best national park campgrounds, according to the Traveler's lodging experts, David and Kay Scott, who actually spend more time in a tent than you might imagine!

Bone Fragments Found At Glacier National Park Came From Hiker Who Vanished In 2008

Analysis of bone fragments found in the backcountry of Glacier National Park last summer have confirmed they came from a hiker who vanished in the park four years ago.
Your Guide to the National Parks: The Complete Guide to all 58 National Parks Coming soon to book dealers is a hefty new guide to the national parks -- the 58 "national parks" -- that strives to go a step further than the texts offered by publishers such as Fodor's, Frommers, and Falcon Guides.

Is A Tiny Beetle Causing Haze In Places Such As Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, And Glacier National Parks?

Is there a connection between climate change, a tiny beetle, and increased haze in the skies over places such as Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone national parks? Research by an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University seems to connect the dots.
Before They In approaching Before They're Gone, A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks, Michael Lanza desires to take his young son and daughter to places that most amazed him -- national parks -- before climate change alters their appearance too greatly.
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