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Glacier National Park, MT

General InformationThe park's peak travel season is roughly from mid-June to mid-September; however, the park is open year-round. Visitors can use the park's shuttle system for unlimited one-way or round-trip travel to various park locations from 7:30-7, early July through Labor Day. The last shuttle buses leave Logan Pass at 7 p.m. for both Apgar Transit Center and St. Mary Visitor Center. Check the shuttle schedule upon arrival. The shuttle is free with park admission. Canoe and motor boat rentals are available at the Apgar dock; phone (406) 257-2426. Additional docks and rentals are at Lake McDonald Lodge, Two Medicine and Rising Sun.

Note: Vehicles and vehicle combinations longer than 21 feet or wider than 8 feet (including mirrors) are prohibited from traveling the section of the Going-to-the-Sun Road between the Avalanche Creek picnic area and Sun Point parking areas, where they may park.

More than 700 miles of trails penetrate the park, and many points of interest are within easy walking distance of the hotels and chalets. Swan Mountain Outfitter offers guided horseback rides through the park. Tours depart from Lake McDonald Corral near Lake McDonald Lodge, Apgar Corral and Many Glacier Corral; phone (406) 387-4405 or (877) 888-5557.

There are more than 60 campsites for backpackers; backcountry camping permits are required ($5 per person per night, May 1-Nov. 1) and can be obtained at Apgar backcountry office, St. Mary Visitor Center and the Two Medicine, Many Glacier or Polebridge ranger stations. For more information about permits phone (406) 888-7857. Topographic maps can be purchased at the park visitor centers.

Mountain whitefish and cutthroat trout are the most common fish. Lake trout are taken from the larger lakes, principally McDonald, St. Mary and Waterton lakes. Grayling thrive in Elizabeth Lake. A fishing license is not required inside the park; regulations are available at the visitor centers. When fishing or participating in any activity in or near park water, watch for slippery rocks at the water's edge.

Several concessionaires within the park provide tours. Glacier Guides arranges guided backpacking trips for those in search of adventurous things to do. Glacier Park Boat Co. operates guided lake cruises on McDonald, St. Mary, Two Medicine, Swiftcurrent and Josephine lakes. Boats and canoes can be rented at Two Medicine, Swiftcurrent and McDonald lakes and at the Many Glacier Hotel on Swiftcurrent Lake. Shuttle services are available at Upper Waterton Lake.

CCInc. Auto Tape Tours of the park are available at Glacier Gift Shop in West Glacier or St. Mary's Lodge in St. Mary; phone (201) 236-1666.

Trail rides ranging from a 1-hour trip to an all-day journey depart from Lake McDonald Lodge and Many Glacier Hotel. Daily schedules of ranger-led hikes, junior ranger activities, boat trips and campfire programs are printed as a supplement to the Waterton-Glacier Guide, the park's newspaper, which is handed out at the visitor centers.

Note: Although the animals in the park might appear tame, they are wild and potentially dangerous. Do not approach, feed, molest or tease them in any manner. Bears and mountain lions especially should be avoided; if one approaches, stay in your closed vehicle. Sightings should be reported to park rangers.

ADMISSIONADMISSION $35 (per private vehicle); $30 (per motorcyclist); $20 (per person arriving on foot or by bicycle). The above fees permit entrance to the park for 7 calendar days from date of purchase.

PETSPETS are permitted in the park only if they are leashed, crated or otherwise physically restrained at all times. They are not allowed on park trails or in the water.

ADDRESSADDRESS inquiries to the Superintendent, Glacier National Park, P.O. Box 128, West Glacier, MT 59936; phone (406) 888-7800.

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