Visitors often ask us where they can find the rainbow colored rocks they have seen in pictures of the park. These rocks are all over the park, but the best place to get a picture of the rainbow colored rocks is along the shorelines of one our many lakes. The water really helps to pop out the vivid yellow, red, and green colors in the rocks. The color isn't the only thing that makes these rocks awesome. They are also super old! These rocks were deposited between 1.47 to 1.37 billion years ago!
Image: A view looking down at multicolored rocks under water.
On a night with a good sunset you may see a dozen or more photographers at Lake McDonald. But it’s still easy to capture your own unique moment if everyone follows the seventh Leave No Trace principle: Be Considerate of Others. 🧘
"The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their lives." - Armistead Maupin
As America’s storytellers, the National Park Service is committed to telling the history of all Americans in all of its diversity and complexity.
Throughout June, #GlacierNPS
is celebrating Pride month in honor of our LGBTQ employees, visitors, and residents.
Tag your photos #GlacierPride
for a chance to be featured!
How many of you come to Glacier hoping to see wildlife? Mountain goats are a quintessential alpine species, and they are commonly seen at Logan Pass. But the more time they spend near people, the less wild they become.
Check out our story for a video that shows the park's research into balancing visitor enjoyment (i.e. seeing wildlife) with what's best for the wildlife (staying wild).
Tag a sucker in the comments - they are going to want to read this.
Though not prized by anglers - Largescale Suckers (We mean 🐟, not a big 🍭.) are amazing and charismatic animals. Large, with elegant fins, they are commonly seen grazing along the bottoms of the rivers on the west side of the Park. They are kind of like bison of the water. But don’t you think they look like dragons?
Just like the Apgar boat dock, Glacier is getting crowded as summer approaches. Last month was the busiest May on record with 195,000 visitors. The previous record for May was 184,000 in 2016. May 2017 had 178,000 visitors.
As you plan your visit to Glacier prepare to encounter crowds, lines, and limited parking. Pack your patience, have a backup plan, and consider spending part of your vacation at one of our less crowded neighbors.
Image: A crowd of people on a boat dock with a forested hill in the background.
Here's some footage from last week of Glacier's plow crews working their way through the "Big Drift, one of the most challenging areas to plow on Going to the Sun Road. 🚜
Because of the steep terrain and huge volume of snow, it's not as simple as pushing a big snow blower up the road. The top layers of snow must first be scooped off and holes must be filled in to create a stable platform. Then the dozer and rotary plow can get started safely.
Be sure to share this with ayone planning to drive the road this summer! Following @GlacierNPS
here and on Facebook and Twitter is one of the best ways to stay updated on current conditions.
Sperry Glacier was named for Dr. Lyman B. Sperry of Oberlin College, Ohio, the "Gentleman Explorer," who led the first European party to reach the glacier in 1896, and who later was responsible for the building of the first trail to this glacier over approximately the same route as the present one.
Sperry Glacier shrank quite a bit since the "Gentleman Explorer" last visited it. By 1966 it was 331 acres and when researchers measured it in 2015 it had shrunk to 198 acres.
In 1910, the park had over 100 glaciers but by 1966 only 35 remained. Today, rising temperatures are shrinking every glacier in the park. In 2015, 26 met the size criteria to be designated active glaciers.
Image: A large glacier covered in rocks and snow.
It's a chandelier! It's a starfish!! It's....meadow rue! .
Although they look like two different plants, these are actually male and female flowers of the same species. Like most animals (but few plants), western meadow rue is dioecious, meaning that it has separate male and female plants. The male flowers are the chandeliers, while the females are star-shaped. This lesser-known member of the columbine family is pollinated when wind blows pollen between the different flowers.
What would you have done? The guy in this video was having a moment of zen but decided to share the spot with this newly engaged couple.
In the summer, thousands of people visit Glacier every single day. But it’s still easy to feel solitude if everyone follows the seventh Leave No Trace principle: Be Considerate of Others. 🧘
Drop a comment if you have tips for being considerate to other visitors in a busy National Park.
Dogs are welcome to visit Glacier but they are not allowed to drive cars on Going to the Sun Road, their owners MUST drive for them. 🐶🚓 😉Everything you actually need to know about visiting Glacier with your furry friends is on our website.
Image: A dog sits in the driver's seat of a convertible car.