5 Reasons to Visit Montana
Glacier National Park in Montana is steadfastly considered to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. In 1890, naturalist and historian George Bird Grinnell described it as the "Crown of the Continent"-a two-tiered idea acknowledging the triple headwaters of the continent that flow out to three seas, and mountainous formations that decorate the rooftop of Big Sky Montana.
For millennia, the movement of glaciers in this area of the Rockies has carved out valleys and lakes while pushing peaks, cirques, ridges, and fins into the sky. Atop the peaks are snow and glaciers (which are sadly disappearing); and surrounding them are sub-alpine conifer forests and vast meadow slopes that create a wonderful home and habitat for wildlife.
You will start to see creatures that are essential to the strength of the ecosystem including scores of birdlife, elk, moose, and mountain goat-the last of which has become a symbol for the park. From January to March, Glacier is a premier destination for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and for other winter sports.
During summer, people come to see wildlife, go camping, fish and boat on perfect glacial lakes, and hit the ground to explore a trail network surpassing 700 that are consistently maintained. Long-distance treks, day hikes, wilderness walks, and backpacking adventures transcend visitors to that carefree state of being that Muir spoke of so long ago. Along the trails, visitors find out why Glacier is regarded to be among Earth's most lovely places with every sublime step.