Glacier National Park

Rangers Looking for Missing Paddler at Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park rangers were searching Tuesday for a paddler who apparently failed to make it to shore after the canoe he was in overturned on Swiftcurrent Lake.

Upgrades Coming to Logan Pass Visitor Center in Glacier National Park

Ever been to the visitor center atop Logan Pass in Glacier National Park? Then you know it's not the Hilton, and that the restrooms long have needed improvements. Well, the work is being scheduled.

At Long Last, Glacier National Park's Inside North Fork Road is Open to Travel. Kind of.

It took a while. Going on three years, in fact. But Glacier National Park crews finally have been able to get the Inside North Fork Road open to traffic. Just don't plan on driving the family sedan down it.

Interior Secretary Salazar Endorses World Heritage Committee Visit to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who last week called for Everglades National Park to again be listed as a World Heritage Site In Danger, is endorsing the committee's decision to examine mining threats to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

UNESCO Agrees to Send Field Team to Inspect Threats to Glacier, Waterton National Parks

Things are going to get real interesting on the U.S.-Canadian border where Glacier and Waterton Lakes national parks meet now that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage Committee has voted to send a team to the parks to inspect threats to their resources.

Going-to-the-Sun Road Open End-to-End in Glacier National Park

If you're heading to Glacier National Park, you'll be glad to know the Going-to-the-Sun Road is now open end-to-end.

Zoonotic Disease Survey Addresses Potentially Dangerous Health Risks

Zoonotic diseases can be transmitted from animals to humans, and there are some dangerous ones in our parks. The NPS Zoonotic Disease Survey currently underway will help to improve safety protocols for employees at risk. If you want to participate I this survey, you’ll need to hurry.

National Park Quiz 60: Bears

This week’s quiz will be a snap if you know your bears. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Sporadic euthermal arousal imparts an episodic character to hibernation.”

The National Park to Park Highway

In the early 1900s, some national parks existed, but getting to them was problematic. Then was born the idea to develop a "National Park-to-Park Highway," one that would run through 11 states and connect 13 national parks.

Glacier National Park Was Popular With Boaters Even Back in the 1920s

Despite it's name, Glacier National Park is a pretty great place for boating and fishing. And, as this vintage film clearly shows, that's been true for a long time.

Trail Jogger at Glacier National Park Walks Away from Encounter With Two Grizzlies

A trail runner in Glacier National Park has survived an encounter with two young grizzly bears, although he's got some bite marks to show for it.

Updated: Coal Mine Proposed North Of Glacier National Park Strains US-Canadian Relations

The longstanding relations between the United States and Canada are being strained a bit by a proposal to mine for coal in a biologically diverse region of British Columbia that just happens to be upstream of Glacier National Park.
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Glacier National Park Officials Want to Eliminate Lake Trout From Quartz Lake

It seems non-native species are reaching all ends of the National Park System. In Glacier National Park, non-native lake trout have made it all the way into Quartz Lake, and officials are not happy about that.

Hazing Efforts Lead to Death of Black Bear in Glacier National Park

Efforts to convince a black bear in Glacier National Park that it shouldn't hang out around people have led to the bear's death, according to park officials.

Don't Take National Park Landscapes for Granted

How comfortable have we become with national park settings? With the big sweep of granite that frames the Yosemite Valley, with Old Faithful's not-quite-so-faithful demonstrations of steam and hot water, with the fall's colorful deciduous forests of Great Smoky and Shenandoah?

Massive Avalanche Took Out Sections of Stone Wall, But Glacier National Park's Sun Road Should Open On Schedule

A massive avalanche, one not seen in Glacier National Park in decades, roared down the "Garden Wall" in January and took out nearly 550 feet of stone retaining wall along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Upon Further Review - Wacky Question of the Week

Ranger talking to visitors.
Another summer is almost here, and with it, the opportunity for those who work in parks to field some excellent questions from visitors. Along the way, those rangers and volunteers will also undoubtedly encounter a few new candidates for the wacky question of the week.

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.
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