Glacier National Park Details
Situated in northwestern Montana, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park World Heritage Site contains 2,000 square miles of some of the most beautiful and dramatic natural scenery on the continent.
A bill designating Glacier National Park was signed by President Taft on May 11, 1910. The park fell to the management of the National Park Service upon the agency's inception in 1916, and it is still managed by the U.S. National Park Service. In 1932, Canada and the United States declared Waterton Lakes National Park and neighboring Glacier National Park the world's first International Peace Park. While administered as two separate entities, the park's two sections cooperate in wildlife management, scientific research and some visitors services.
Glacier National Park is located in the U.S. state of Montana, bordering the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia to the North and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation to the East.
The park encompasses over 1 million acres, with 300 lakes, more than 1,100 different species of vascular plants, 400 species of moss and hundreds of species of animals.
Glacier National Park contains two mountain ranges which are sometimes referred to as the southern extension of the Canadian Rockies. Comprised of multi-hued summits and peaks carved out by ancient glaciers, the mountains of Glacier National Park rise abruptly from gently rolling plains. Some 762 lakes, dozens of glaciers, and innumerable waterfalls glisten in forested valleys. A scenic highway crosses the park, making the surrounding beauty accessible to the casual traveler.