Glacier National Park, the 10th park created by the National Park system, turned 100 years old this past May. Native Montanans know that Glacier National Park is the crown jewel of the state, because everyone that lives in the great state of Montana knows that any park just has to be beautiful if it's in Montana – to think otherwise simply wouldn't make any sense!
But what makes Glacier so special? For one, it's size. It covers nearly 1.4 million acres of wilderness in the beautiful and captivating Rocky Mountains. Within this vast acreage, hikers can find over 730 miles of trails.
It was also created for a special reason – to protect the area's exceptional scenery. When the park was created, people were finally beginning to realize that land didn't need to be used just to farm or to mine – that it had value just as a beautiful landscape.
If you're not up to exploring Glacier National Park on foot, don't worry – the Going-to-the-Sun Road, an engineering marvel and a designated National Historic landmark, allows visitors to see the park as it had never been seen before. Before this wonderfully scenic road was completed in 1932, it would take visitors hours and hours in the saddle, on horseback, to see what today's visitors can see in just a few hours.
Glacier National Park is also unique in that it shares a border, and shares a park, with Canada. The Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada and the Glacier National Park in the United States are collectively referred to as the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Both parks are also biosphere reserves, and together they were named as a World Heritage Site in the mid 90s.
Glacier is lovely all-year round, but the winter is truly spectacular.