Where Is Glacier National Park Located?

by frugalrvers

If you're wondering where is Glacier National Park located, the answer might surprise you. Glacier Park is not in Alaska, as many people assume. It is a place I call "home."

There are many beautiful places to see in the continental US, but none has ever held me quite as tightly, like a magnet, as Glacier Park has. Maybe it is because it is one of the few places left in the continental USA that is so primitive, where you can experience remoteness on foot or in a vehicle, without having to be in tourist traffic jams or guided tours.

Glacier National Park is like a "little Alaska" where grizzly bears still roam the land, power lines and cell phone service are virtually non-existent - a true step back in time to how life used to be...and probably was MEANT to be.

Beautiful Glacier National Park Is Located In Northwest Montana

Glacier Park Is My Home Away From Home

For those who question where is Glacier National Park located, many assume they will find this gorgeous area nestled somewhere in Alaska, or another country altogether. The truth is that, though Glacier Park gets a lot of tourism every year, it is a little unknown gem compared to other National Parks such as Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon. Northwest Montana is where Glacier National Park lies, right on the Canadian border.

Here Is Where Glacier National Park Is Located

In Beautiful, Northwestern Montana

A Photo Of The Western Boundary Of Glacier National Park

I Took This Photo Driving Up To My Dad's Cabin In December 2010
Western Side Of Glacier Park
Western Side Of Glacier Park

How Did I End Up In Glacier National Park?

I Got Tired Of Saying Goodbye To The Beauty...

In 1997, my father was finally able to leave Illinois and move to his cabin, just on the western side of Glacier Park, in an area called the North Fork. He and his wife live completely off the grid, use a generator for power, a well for water and have an even closer view of Glacier, that you saw in my photo above, when sitting on their deck. It's a beautiful, spacious home and you never feel you are lacking anything. 

I grew tired of visiting each year, and crying like a baby when the Amtrak would return me back to Union Station in Chicago. Having left such beauty and serenity, I was met with rude people, honking cars and filth. So in 2001, my husband, daughter and yours truly decided that we weren't going to say goodbye anymore...we were moving to Glacier Country. Ten years later, we rv full time, and wintering in Glacier can be rough...but late spring through fall, you will find us there.

The park itself has so much to see, but northwest Montana is a magical place all by itself. You could spend a lifetime here and never see it all. Some of our favorite, remote spots to visit are places such as Red Meadow and Kintla Lake.

What To Do, What You'll See In Glacier Park, Montana

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History And Information About Glacier National Park

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Use Caution And Common Sense When Vacationing In National Parks

Many people, when visiting remote wilderness such as Glacier Park, Montana, fail to recognize that they are in the wilderness, sharing the forests with all of the wildlife in Glacier. It isn't a drive through zoo nor do guardrails ensure you needn't worry about safety.

Glacier is, indeed, wild terrain - yet something everyone should see in their lifetimes. As cities and asphalt take away what used to be rugged beauty in places like Colorado, Glacier National Park is a large area that is still protected from development. Because of this, wildlife you don't regularly see elsewhere consider Glacier their home.

Grizzly bear are found in very few locations anymore in the continental US. I've seen them and, when I do, it is considered a privilege and a thrill. Quite honestly, I am more afraid of humans than I am of nature. In addition, grizzlies are not hiding behind trees, hoping to pounce on humans. Bear encounters are rare, injuries from bears even moreso.

That said, taking off on a hike into Glacier puts you out in the wild, on your own. You need to carry bear spray, travel in groups, and read up on how to recognize bear signs. Park trails aren't there because they ensure safety - they are a way for you to go deep inside Glacier, to experience its beauty. 

So be sure to visit Glacier National Park and all of its beauty - but be aware you are seeing nature in its purest form. Use common sense and you will have a safe, memorable vacation. If you're anything like me, its magnetism might relocate you permanently.

Grizzly Bears And Other Glacier National Park Wildlife

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Updated: 04/02/2016, frugalrvers
 
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frugalrvers on 09/30/2012

I just took the Empire Builder from Chicago To Glacier on Sept 16th and then returned on it Sept 25! What I've seen of BC is so gorgeous, I can see why you would be exploring north of the border...Absolutely not enough time to take in all of the beauty, I agree!

sheilamarie on 09/29/2012

Yes, I am a regular on the Empire Builder. I was on that train just two weeks ago. Where I live in BC is even more beautiful, but that's just me. Truth is, I haven't gone very deep into Glacier Park because there's so much to explore this side of the border.
A lifetime is just not enough, is it?

terrilorah on 03/11/2012

This is a really nice and interesting article. Thanks for sharing it. RV'ing fulltime has got to be an adventure in itself.

frugalrvers on 02/29/2012

Thank you for your comment! It is a great way to show your children nature at its finest. Of course you will always find some "touristy" things, no matter where you go, but there is so much area where you can just "be" without tons of cars, people and gift shops - a great experience for the young. Now you have to go back and experience it as an adult! :)

Pinkchic18 on 02/28/2012

Great article! I visited here with my parents back when I was about 10 years old. It was a wonderful place to vacation in the nature, which I still remember to this day. I even came home with a shirt that read, "Go climb a glacier" and at the bottom, "Glacier National Park, Montana" - I'm sure it's probably considered vintage now ;) But i still have it!

frugalrvers on 12/21/2011

Ohcaroline,
I don't know where you reside in the US, but you can find super cheap deals on Amtrak's Empire Builder out of Chicago, which can even let you off right in West Glacier,if you buy them far, far in advance. Plane tickets into Glacier Airport are almost always expensive. Driving, of course, is a possibility, too. The safest time to plan a trip is July or August, because snow on Going To The Sun Road takes forever to melt. Last year, the road wasn't open until mid-July (but that was not the norm...usually all cleared by end of June). Without being able to take Going To The Sun Road, you won't get the view deep inside of the park...so always stick to those 2 months. If you decide to go, just contact me and I can give you tips!

frugalrvers on 12/21/2011

You could go on talking about it forever, couldn't ya Sharilee? I never even touched on Waterton, etc...or the Canadian side. If you have experience with it, why don't you do a Wizzley on that side, and we can connect our experiences? That would be great! (no pressure, though)

ohcaroline on 12/21/2011

Glacier National Park is on my list of places to see in the USA. It's a truly beautiful place...and you are so blessed to be able to experience it in such a close up way.

SharileeShares on 12/21/2011

Yes, I have! I worked as a market researcher one summer asking American travellers about their stay on the American side. The park is absolutely stunning and I am glad you highlighted it. That is so cool that you live there!

A very cool thing to check out is the Alberta Pavilion, which highlights all that Alberta, Canada has to offer.

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