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Montana Camping in Pristine Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay National Park is located in Montana bordering the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. With over 1,000,000 acres, the park has a lot to offer, including majestic mountain ranges, over 130 named lakes, hundreds more unnamed lakes, glaciers, valleys, forests, waterfalls, and more. Established in 1910, Glacier National Park borders Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, and in 1932, the two parks were designated as the world’s first International Peace Parks. Even with about 2 million visitors a year, the vast park is a wonderful way to enjoy nearly pristine nature, making it a wonderful Montana RV camping destination.
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Glacier Bay National Park is open year round, although winter weather causes many of the facilities to close down, and many roads shut down due to snow. Due to the differing elevations and the Continental Divide, climate is different throughout the park. The western side of the park is in the Pacific watershed and has a milder and wetter climate. Spring and winter are the wettest months. Snowfall can happen any time of the year, even in summer, especially at the higher levels. The eastern side of the park tends to be sunnier and drier. The summer months reach into the 70’s, although the lower areas can be warmer while the higher elevations colder. Winter temperatures average in the 20’s, although again, temperatures vary with elevation, region and even day to day. Be prepared for any kind of weather at any time of the year. The summer entrance fee is $25, while the winter rate is only $15. An annual pass would be $35. An inter-agency annual pass which grants entry into most national parks is $80.
Regardless of when you visit the park, there is always plenty to do and plenty to see, from biking, hiking, boating, camping, fishing, and horseback riding to cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and more. With over 700 miles of hiking trails, there is plenty to explore and even during the busiest times of the years, there is plenty of space. The hikes available are as diverse as the park itself. There are hikes along lakes, such as Lake McDonald, and hikes by glaciers, such as Many Glacier. Some of the hikes take you through forests, valleys, mountains, along rivers, and through pristine wilderness. Going-to-the-Sun Road is a spectacular scenic drive that offers wonderful views of the park. This road travels 50 miles into the wildness of the park. Portions of the road stay open year round, although the entire road is usually only open from mid June through mid September with portions closing down in winter. This is a highlight of the park because as it winds through mountains, you have some wonderful and unique views of the park, including lakes, rivers, wildlife, and even glaciers. Winter activities are abundant, and opportunities for skiing, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing are plentiful. Camping is open year round. This is a park that has something to offer everyone, making it a terrific Montana RV camping destination.
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