If you’re looking for a place full of exquisite scenery and adventure, drive to northern Montana to find one of the most beautiful national parks in this country, Glacier National Park. This gorgeous park is home to many glaciers, including Grinnell and Blackfoot Glaciers. You will also find some of the most magnificent mountains in the entire world. Many of these mountains are above 10,000 feet and have never been climbed (World Book Advanced)! You could visit the 762 shimmering lakes and many glistening waterfalls here at Glacier (National Geographic). Also, you should explore some of the many scenic hiking and horseback riding trails through the park (National Geographic). Come to Glacier National park for a wonderful adventure!

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Where Did Glacier National Park Get Its Name?

In 1850, Glacier National Park had around 150 glaciers. Today, the number of glaciers has gone down to only twenty-five. These glaciers have existed for maybe thousands of years (National Geographic). Glacier National Park got its name from the many glaciers that carved the mountains and lakes in the area. These glaciers did not really shove or flatten the land; they just moved small particles of rock. They would melt during warm periods and then re-freeze, which would move rock deposits across the land. This is what forms the many valleys at the park. The melted water also rounds rocks and can turn them into sand (“Nature and Science”). The result of this glacier activity is many beautiful lakes, streams, and mountains at Glacier.

How Was Glacier National Park Founded?

In the 1800’s, people saw the Western United States only as a place to mine and settle on. Toward the beginning of the 1900’s, people began to appreciate the beauty of the land. In the 1890’s, people began to travel out west to go on vacations to see the magnificent mountains and lakes. There were some people who wanted to preserve the land out west before it got destroyed by mining and logging businesses. George Bird Girnnell wanted to keep a piece of land, which today is known as Glacier National Park, and preserve it for future generations. He succeeded in making it a Forest Preserve in 1900, but it was still open to miners and settlers (“Historical Overview”). Finally on May 11, 1910, the Forest Preserve was made into the United State’s tenth national park (National Geographic). Now, almost one hundred years later, the park is still protected and many tourists still come to see the park’s fantastic beauty.

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