Places to Visit: Glacier National Park

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Glacier National Park

As part of your McCall vacation, be sure to include a trip northeast to experience some of the most breathtaking natural beauty in the country at Glacier National Park, just outside of Kalispell, Montana.

  • Glacier National Park is a 414 mile drive to McCall through spectacular northwest scenery. 
  • Entrance fees range from only $10 to $23.
  • There are 700 miles of hiking trails and 1000 campsites in the park. 
  • The park offers bus, horseback, hiking, and boat tours for visitors.

Overview

With over two million visitors annually, Glacier National Park is a nature lover’s paradise. The park has several hundred miles of trails for hiking or backpacking, and nearly 1000 campsites. With majestic mountains, sparkling alpine lakes, colorful wildflowers, and magnificent wildlife, a trip to this park will definitely be memorable. Whether you visit for a day or a week, be sure to take advantage of one of the guided boat, hiking, horseback, or bus tours.

Hours/Seasons

The park is open year round, although inclement weather may cause visitor facilities to close at times. They are usually open late May to early September.

Fees

Entrance fees range from $10 to $25. Camping fees range from $10 to $23 per night, depending on the site.

Contact information

Glacier National Park
PO Box 128
West Glacier, Montana 59936
Phone: 406-888-7800

Highlights

  • The famous Lewis Overthrust Fault is a fascinating geological site that is definitely worth seeing.
  • A popular location for avid backpackers, there are 700 miles of trails to explore.
  • Going-to-the Sun road is an amazing engineering feat. Crossing over the Continental Divide, the 50 mile road will take you into the heart of the park.
  • View mountain goats, elk, black bear, brown bear, and bighorn sheep as you trek into Mary Glacier Valley.
  • The Trail of the Cedars has a spectacular bridge that spans Avalanche Gorge. This is one of two trails that has wheelchair accessibility.

Getting Here

To get to McCall from Glacier National Park, turn right onto US-2. Go left on MT-206, then left onto MT-35. Go 45 miles then turn left onto MT-93 for 59 miles. Merge onto I-90 to exit 101, then right onto US-12 crossing over into Idaho. Stay on US-12 for about 140 miles to ID-13; turn left and travel 26 miles, then left on US-95. Stay on US-95 for 79 miles to New Meadows, then ID-55 south for 12 miles to McCall. The drive is approximately 414 miles.

Stop for a picnic or a night of camping as you drive through the beautiful Clearwater National Forest. Watch for the majestic bald eagles that often soar in the Montana skies.