Great Northern 441 Luxury Locomotive Lodge

Glacier National Park

St. Mary Lake from the Sun Point trail
  Indian Paintbrush along Going to the Sun Road  

Come out to the West,
where the mountains call,
and play mid nature’s grandeur.

Throw out your chest and thrill with the very joy of living.

The scenic vastness
of the Rockies,
sparkling lakes of
wondrous azure and
giant glaciers,
glistening, rockbound,
above Alpine meadows,
flower-carpeted and
lures you, tempts you,
and brings you smilingly
back to yourself.

From a 1921
Great Northern Railway ad

Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is BIG: bigger than Rhode Island, with big mountains piercing the Big Sky of Montana. It’s a stunning land of glacier-saddled peaks, deep, pristine lakes and towering pine forests giving way to tundra. If you like to be overwhelmed by the scale of Mother Nature, this is your place.

Mountain goats in Glacier National Park

The mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) is one of Glacier Park’s signature species, as well as the corporate symbol of the Great Northern Railway. These hardy and sure-footed creatures are as curious about us as we are about them.

McDonald Lake in Glacier National Park

Lake McDonald, over 10 miles long, is the largest of Glacier’s 130-plus named lakes. Before Going-to-the-Sun Road was completed in 1932, tourists would journey through the park by boat – something you can still do at Glacier.


Here you'll find a hiker's paradise with almost 700 miles of trails, such as Sun Point along
St. Mary Lake.

Glacier was established as a National Park
on May 11, 1910.

The Great Northern Railway, whose tracks define the southern border of the park, promoted tourism and brought millions of visitors to the rugged and remote region.

  Sun Point trail to Baring Falls  
Swiftcurrent Lake in Glacier National Park

If you’ve done Going-to-the-Sun Road, you still haven’t done Glacier. There are other easy-to-reach destinations like Swiftcurrent Lake at Many Glacier.


Leave the car behind and take to the trails if you want to discover treasures like St. Mary Falls.
But watch out for grizzlies.

  St. Mary Falls  

Dock on Upper Waterton Lake

Glacier National Park’s northern boundary is the Canadian border; on the other side is Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta. In 1932, the two parks were designated the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the world's first international park. (Photo copyright Dan Nehmer.)

Lake Sherburne near Many Glacier

Even when the weather isn’t pretty, Glacier Park still looks spectacular. Sunlight filters through a summer rainstorm on Lake Sherburne on the way to Many Glacier.


Glacier Area Activities

All photos copyright Bill Christopher unless credited otherwise

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