Blackfoot and Jackson Glacier 1914 and 2009
A mountainous glacier. A mountainous glacier.
E. C. Stebinger, GNP Archives 1914
Lisa McKeon, USGS 2009

Every glacier in the park receded between 1966 and 2015.

In 1966 the park had 35 named glaciers large enough to be considered active. By 2015, only 26 named glaciers remained. The average area reduction was 39 percent, though some lost as much as 85 percent. This trend is expected to continue as temperatures rise. Some small remnant ice may persist late into the 21st century or even beyond, depending on how and when we act. 

a person stands in front of a glacier

How to see a Glacier

With a little effort you can see a glacier with your own eyes here. Some are visible from the road and others require a day hike.

Black dirty water melts onto white snow.

Melting Glaciers

All the glaciers in the park are melting. Click here to find out why.

A bright lake surrounded by gravel, snow, and ice in the mountains.

Glacial Geology

Once you know what to look for, viewing Glacier's landscape can seem like reading a textbook on the geologic effects of glaciation.

Last updated: September 5, 2019

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