In this blog post one of our Ambassadors Bailey Brandon reflects on his time in Glacier National Park. You can follow his adventures on Instagram @rbbrandon
Glacier National Park – Montana, USA
If you enjoy the great outdoors like I do, you probably have a bucket list of national parks that you must visit. Zion, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, The Smokies and so much more. For me, Glacier was one that kind of fell into my lap. I was offered a job at a dude ranch post college to help out on the fly fishing and waterfront department. Little did I know before researching the lodge and its location, I quickly learned Glacier National Park would be my new backyard.
Figure 1: Highline Trail - GNP - overlooking the Going-To-The-Sun-Road
Glacier is like the Rockies, but on steroids. Known for its rugged, wild and remote feel, the park has so much to offer. From hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing, you could spend months in this park and still not cover all the majestic offerings. Whether it be mountain goats or grizzlies, you can bet you’ll come across a few different animals much larger than you during your time.
Figure 2: Avalanche Lake - A quick and Easy few mile hike that allows you to enjoy the beauty of GNP if you only have an hour or two.
Whether you have a few hours to spare or a few days, you can find offerings from 1-2 mile hikes to 12 mile, 3,000 feet of climbing and surreal views over the Blue Sky State. Fast flowing streams, an abundance of wild flowers, or even residue from previous forest fires, you can guarantee over stimulation from all of its beautiful creations.
Figure 3: The aftermath of a recent forest fire.
One thing to me that makes Glacier so special is its accessibility. Known for its Going-To-The-Sun-Road, you can enjoy the beauty of this park from the back seat of your car. And whether you want the rugged feeling of an historic lodge sitting upon on of the parks thousands of lakes, or heading down to Whitefish for the quaint ski town feel, accommodations and transporation are easy to come by.
Figure 4: Beargrass Blooms, one of GNP's many wildflower offerings.
For those of you looking for another adventure out west, add Glacier National Park to your list. You won’t be disappointed.
Figure 5: Highline Trail - Glacier National Park