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Free Weekend Guided Snowshoe Walks Offered at Glacier

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Date: January 3, 2007
Contact: Melissa Wilson, 406 888-7895
Contact: Matt Graves, 406 888-7942

WEST GLACIER, MONT. - Join a park interpreter at Glacier National Park weekends this winter for a free guided snowshoe walk to learn how plants and animals survive the challenges of the winter season. These two-hour guided snowshoe walks are suitable for visitors of all ages and abilities.

Snowshoe programs are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. from January 7 to March 18 (weather and snow dependent). Participants should meet at the Apgar Visitor Center, where the walks begin and conclude.

If needed, snowshoes can be rented for $2 per pair for the walks at the Apgar Visitor Center. Snowshoes are also available for longer rentals in West Glacier and elsewhere in the Flathead Valley.

Though reservations are not accepted, there is no limit to the group's size. Participants should wear winter footwear, dress in layers for a variety of winter conditions, and bring water.

For more information, or to confirm a day's outings when there is severe weather or possible insufficient snow, please call the Apgar Visitor Center (open Saturdays and Sundays only from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at (406) 888-7939.

Visitors are reminded that although the snowshoe programs are free, valid park entry is required. During winter months, entrance costs $15 for a seven-day single vehicle entry. Annual Glacier park passes are also available for $35.

Did You Know?

Jackson Glacier

If current trends continue, some scientists predict that by the year 2030, Glacier National Park will not contain any glaciers and many of the park's smaller glaciers will melt even sooner.