Glacier National Park

Independent Review Calls on National Park Service To Bolster Its Natural Resource Stewardship and Science

National Park Service managers must do a better job "to advance natural resource stewardship and science" throughout the agency, according to an independent review of the Park Service's Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate.

Trolley Tours Come To Crater Lake National Park

Glacier National Park has its Red Jammers, Yellowstone National Park has its National Park Buses, and now Crater Lake National Park has its trolleys.

Top 10 Things To Know About Going-to-the-Sun Road Construction in Glacier National Park

While the Going-to-the-Sun Road that crosses the interior of Glacier National Park is open from end-to-end, ongoing construction work can make travel tricky at times. With that in mind, here, courtesy of the park staff, are the "top 10 things you need to know" about traveling the Sun Road this summer.
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Upscale Cabins Latest Trend in Commercial Campgrounds Bordering National Parks

There’s a new structure showing up this summer in campgrounds bordering national parks, one that offers a higher level of comfort than the family camper or pop-up tent. More and more campgrounds are adding cabins to their available accommodations, for while more people are heading to the parks, not all want to sleep on the ground in a tent.

Reader Participation Day: Should Rangers Cite, or Merely Warn, Visitors For Their Wrongs?

What should National Park Service rangers do when they come across a visitor who has gone astray of park regulations? For instance, should they have cited those women in Glacier National Park who squeezed off a round from a .357 to scare a deer, or was the warning enough?

How many of us have the courage of Elouise Cobell?

Thanks to a tenacious Native American banker who grew up on the flanks of Glacier National Park, the federal government is moving to correct mismanagement of oil and gas royalties due Native Americans across the country.

Melting Ice Patch Near Yellowstone National Park Reveals Ancient Hunting Weapon

National parks, long treasured as providing glimpses into our past, are proving to be better time capsules than we might have imagined just a decade ago. Proof lies in a 10,000-year-old hunting weapon found below a melting ice patch near Yellowstone National Park.

Glacier National Park Visitor Pulls .357 On "Weird" White-Tailed Deer

Confronted by what they termed a "weird-acting" white-tailed deer, two women hiking along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park fired off a round from a .357 handgun to scare off the animal.

Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park Should Be Fully Open Today

Barring any unforeseen snowstorms, avalanches, or any other unexpected events, you should be able to drive end-to-end on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park this afternoon.

Would Year-Round Access To Old Faithful Compromise Yellowstone National Park's "Frontier"?

Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, copyright Kurt Repanshek
In Dances With Wolves, Lt. John Dunbar requests a posting on "the frontier" because he "wants to see the frontier before it's gone." It's not too difficult to put Yellowstone National Park, between the months of December and April, as being on the last frontier of the Lower 48.While it would be relatively easy to maintain wheeled-access to Old Faithful year-round, with apparently few environmental consequences, should we shrink what little "frontier" we have left in the National Park System?
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Body of Missouri Woman Recovered from Virginia Creek in Glacier National Park

The body of a 62-year-old Missouri woman who fell into a cold, snowmelt-swollen creek in Glacier National Park on Friday has been recovered, according to park officials.

Glacier National Park Rangers Search For Woman Who Fell Into Creek

A search was under way Friday evening for a woman seen falling into Virginia Creek in Glacier National Park.

ReserveAmerica Can't Find a National Park Campground It Likes

ReserveAmerica, the company that manages camping reservations for the National Park System and other federal agencies, can't seem to find a national park campground it likes. In listing its "Top 100 Family Campgrounds," the company doesn't cite a single national park campground.

Fishing, Boating, and Camping Rules Changing at Glacier National Park

Concerns over the introduction of non-native pests into the waters of Glacier National Park have led to changes in boating and fishing rules at the park.

Unexpected Deaths of Two Mountain Goats Halt Study at Glacier National Park

Mountain Goat, Glacier National Park, Kurt Repanshek copyright
Glacier National Park officials have halted a wildlife research project after two mountain goats died this week during efforts to tranquilize them.

Glacier National Park Officials Complete Revisions to Bear Management Plan, Guidelines

Revisions to Glacier National Park's bear management plan have been finalized, carrying with them hopes that better preventive steps and public education will result in fewer bears having to be put down.

With National Parks As the Draw, Luxury Railroad Plans 2011 Debut

How much would you pay to ride a luxury train across the Western landscape with stops at Crater Lake, Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton national parks? Two-hundred dollars a day? Five-hundred-dollars? More than $1,000?

National Park Mystery Spot 11 Revealed: It's the Logan Pass Visitor Center in Glacier National Park

Situated on Going-to-the-Sun Road, and straddling the Continental Divide, the Logan Pass Visitor Center in Glacier National Park is one of the National Park System's landmark structures.

Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service Show Citizens Can Make a Big Difference for Parks

NPS volunteer patch.
In the National Park Service, the acronym "VIP" usually stands for "Volunteers in Parks," but recent awards confirm an alternative meaning could be "Very Impressive Performance." The recipients of the 2009 George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service were honored at a recent ceremony, and their work was impressive indeed.

Add Glacier National Park to The List of Construction Zones

Let's see, Great Smoky Mountains? Check. Zion National Park? Check. Sequoia National Park? Check. Grand Teton National Park? Check. Yellowstone National Park? Check. Glacier National Park? Yep, it too will feature some traffic snarls due to road construction along the Going-to-the-Sun Road this spring and summer.

Glacier National Park's Logan Pass Designated as the First "Important Plant Area" in Montana

Alpine glacier poppy.
Choosing a "must see destination" at Glacier National Park would be a difficult task indeed, but one spot high on many people's list would be Logan Pass. That area now has another accolade—the Montana Native Plant Society has named the Logan Pass area as the first "Important Plant Area" designated in the state of Montana.

Report: ConocoPhillips Releases Oil And Gas Leases Near Glacier National Park

Montana's U.S. senators say that ConocoPhillips, one of the world's largest energy companies, is giving up rights to explore for oil and gas on nearly 170,000 acres outside Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park Taking Comments On Bear Management Plan Revisions

Changes to Glacier National Park's bear management plan, made in part to reflect recommendations stemming from the killing of the "Oldman Lake" grizzly sow and one of her cubs, are open for public review until May 7.
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Celebrate Glacier National Park's Centennial With a Seminar in the Park

Though the "official" birthday for Glacier National Park is May 11, throughout the year there will be various events to help celebrate the park's centennial. You can join in the celebration by attending one of the special seminars the Glacier Institute is offering.

Mark Your Calendars: Glacier National Park to be Rededicated On May 11

It was a century ago, on May 11, 1910, when President William Howard Taft affixed his signature to legislation that set aside Glacier National Park. This event isn't going unnoticed at Glacier, which on May 11 will celebrate its 100th birthday with a rededication of the park.

Glacier National Park Avalanche Victim Apparently Faced Varying Avalanche Danger

It had to be tempting: fresh snow, an early spring day in Glacier National Park's backcountry, and fresh tracks to be laid down. But Brian Wright's third run of the day proved fatal when a weak snow-bond gave way and spurred an avalanche that ran roughly 1,800 vertical feet.

Climate Change Continues To Melt Glacier National Park's Icons

Glacier National Park is suffering from heat stroke, a malady that could melt all of its rivers of ice within a decade and send impacts not only through the park's landscape and wildlife but also through Montana's economy.

How Goes The Plowing Of the Sun Road In Glacier National Park? Here's An Update

Progress is being made on plowing of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, but don't expect to be able to drive end-to-end this weekend or even next weekend. But that doesn't mean you can't go out and enjoy the park.

Can Hunting of Grizzly Bears in British Columbia Hurt Grizzly Populations in Glacier National Park?

Should we care that grizzly bears are hunted in British Columbia? The Natural Resources Defense Council and the David Suzuki Foundation think so, saying those hunts could end up harming grizzly populations on this side of the US-Canadian border.
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