50 Interesting Facts About Glacier National Park

Last updated on June 19th, 2022

43. Following the 1910 official designation of the area as a national park, a rising number of tourists has visited. To contain the crowds, a series of hotels and chalets were constructed by the Great Northern Railway; these were designed to resemble lodges in Switzerland.

44. Because of the natural materials and designs used on the hotels and chalets, they were nicknamed “parkitecture.” World War II caused several of the lodgings to go into disrepair; however, some of the structures were restored and are designated National Historic Landmarks.

45. Highway 2 is designed to loop around the southern end of the park, meandering in and out between Flathead and Lewis and Clark national forests and the park.

Jackson Glacier
Jackson Glacier. Image credit – GlacierNPS

46. It is important for visitors to be aware that the park is bear country – bruins of the grizzly and black species. As such, bear spray is necessary.

47. Inside the national park in Whitefish, Glacier Adventure Guides provides guided cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter camping.

48. More than 350 structures are located in the park; these include hotels, barracks and chalets, which can be found on the National Register of Historic Places.

49. Glacier National Park is bordered by sovereign nations. The Flathead Reservation is south and west of the park, Canada is situated to the north and the Blackfeet Reservation is to the east of the park.

50. “It Happened in Glacier National Park” is a book that outlines some of the crazy things that has taken place in the park. These include sightings of mischievous park spirits and the vanishing of the Whitehead brothers.