Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park by Vaclav Sebek via Shutterstock.

Glacier National Park, situated in Montana, is a pristine ecosystem of rugged mountains, alpine meadows, and over 700 lakes. Known as the “Crown of the Continent,” it’s a hiker’s paradise.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Montana
Area: 1,013,322 acres (4,100.77 sq km) – 12th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Mount Cleveland – 10,466 ft (3190.04 m)
Lowest Elevation: Flathead River – 3,150 ft (960.12 m)
Date Established: May 11, 1910
Annual Visitors: 2,908,458 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Columbia Falls, Montana

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

  1. Grinnell Glacier Trail (10.6 mi, Strenuous) – Leads to one of Glacier’s most iconic glaciers, offering views of alpine lakes and wildlife.
  2. Highline Trail (14.6 mi, Moderate to Strenuous) – Offers breathtaking cliffside views across the Continental Divide.
  3. Iceberg Lake Trail (9.6 mi, Moderate) – Ends at a stunning lake where icebergs float even in summer.
  4. Hidden Lake Overlook (2.7 mi, Easy to Moderate) – A popular hike from Logan Pass to an overlook with spectacular views.
  5. Ptarmigan Tunnel (10.7 mi, Strenuous) – A unique hike through a man-made tunnel with views of Ptarmigan Wall.

🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Glacier National Park

Glacier is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Glacier National Park.

  1. Scenic drives on Going-to-the-Sun Road
  2. Boat tours on the park’s pristine lakes
  3. Horseback riding tours
  4. Whitewater rafting on the Flathead River
  5. Joining ranger-led evening talks at campgrounds

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Glacier National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Glacier National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Glacier National Park

After hiking and exploring Glacier National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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