Country Magazine has just listed the iconic road of Glacier National Park in their “2013′s Best Scenic Roads List.” If you have not yet experienced the exquisiteness of Glacier National Park, it’s time you started thinking about it.
Located in northwest Montana, Glacier National Park is a place of beauty and makes up the center of one of the largest and most intact ecosystems in North America known as the “Crown of the Continent.” In the heart of Glacier National Park, winding 50 miles through its rugged peaks lays Going-to-the-Sun Road. This road is the marquis attraction of the park and a piece of engineering brilliance. It travels from West Glacier, through Logan’s Pass at 6,646 feet, to East Glacier and provides some of the most incredible views you will ever see. It’s the only American roadway to be designated both a National Historic Landmark and a National Civil Engineering Landmark.
Each year crews work tirelessly in the spring on Going-to-the-Sun Road plowing the snow which can get as deep as 80 feet in some places. They usually begin plowing in early April and don’t complete the entire road until mid to late June. One section of the road that is slightly longer than a mile known as the “Big Drift” can take almost a month to plow. That’s a lot of snow!
If you’re headed to Glacier National Park this summer, you won’t be disappointed. There is incredible scenery and an endless amount of outdoor activities like hiking, camping, whitewater rafting, fly-fishing and bicycling. There are also a number of quaint towns a short drive from the park where you will find nice shops, restaurants, breweries and nightlife. A few of those towns are West Glacier, Columbia Falls, Whitefish and Bigfork.
If you are planning your trip to the Park, contact Glacier Raft Company and Glacier Anglers. We have modern rustic log cabins located 1/2 mile from the West Entrance to the Glacier National Park and offer whitewater rafting and fly fishing trips daily. You can visit our website at www.glacierraftco.com or give us a call at 1-800-235-6781.