Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is ones of the largest national parks in the lower 48 states and is one of the most beautiful of America's national parks. Native Americans referred to the park as the "Shining Mountains" and the " Backbone of the World." The park is home to over seventy species of mammals including the wolverine, grizzly bear, gray wolf, and lynx. Over 260 species of birds visit or reside in the park.

Glacier eagle

Many people, when they think of Glacier, they think of the grizzly bear or the brown bear. Glacier contains one of the remaining grizzly bear populations in the lower 48 states. The park, however, is home to over 60 species of other animals, including elk, gray wolf, wolverine, cougar, mountain goat, and bighorn sheep, to name a few. The lynx and grizzly are threatened species, while the gray wolf is endangered.

Red Eagle Mountain
A park visitor also can find a number of amphibians-some quite unusual. The tailed frog, for instance, is named for the male's inside-out reproductive opening. This is the only frog in North America that fertilizes the females eggs internally.

Glacier Park's cold winter is not an invitation to many reptiles. However, three species of reptiles live in the park. The Western painted turtle is one of the favorite reptiles of many visitors. Their bottom shell has bright yellow and orange markings, and the skin is streaked with yellow. They can be seen basking in the sun of logs around low elevation lakes.

Mountain sunset

Painted turtle

The park is open 24 hours year round
Park Service Information Office:
Glacier National Park
PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936-0128