Glacier Will Waive Entrance Fees During National Park Week
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
Contact: Wade Muehlhof, 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced all 392 national parks will have free admission during National Park Week, April 17 to 25. “We are rolling out the red carpet and inviting everyone to visit a national park and help celebrate National Park Week,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “Parks are fun and affordable destinations and great places to engage in healthy, outdoor activities, whether for a few hours or a few days.”
National Park Week, a program of the National Park Service, is an opportunity to engage families and communities in America’s Great Outdoors, reconnecting them with nature and creating close to home opportunities for people to get outside, be active, and have fun.
“There are great recreational opportunities in Glacier this spring. Roads are being plowed and opened as fast as safely possible. Hiking and biking is possible on some roads beyond vehicle closures,” says park superintendent Chas Cartwright. Signs will indicate when caution should be exercised and when closures for hikers/bicyclists are in effect.
“National parks preserve our heritage, promote recreational experiences, and provide places of quiet refuge,” said National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. “Most people live within a short drive of a national park so I encourage everyone to spend some time enjoying America’s Great Outdoors during National Park Week.”
Other National Park Week highlights include the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and a number of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of Glacier National Park. www.glaciercentennial.org
Visitors should always be alert for snowplows and other heavy equipment on park roads as well as areas of ice, slush, avalanche zones and/or fallen rock. Current road conditions are available on the park’s road status web site http://www.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm. This page is updated as conditions change. Travelers may also call park headquarters at 406-888-7800 for current road and weather conditions.
Did You Know?
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.