St. Mary Falls

Glacier National Park was one of the highlights of the trip and I can't wait to go back there. The mountains and valleys are incredible. We also saw a lot of wildlife in the pre-dawn hours. If you visit Glacier National Park, I would go in early July when the Going to the Sun Road will be completely open.

Originally, the Going to the Sun Road was going to be plowed late this year to save money, but once again through private donations from the community this was avoided. In many of the parks we visited the surrounding community felt that they had to pay to keep things open or the economic impacts on their community would be too great. 


According to the NPS website over 90% of roads in the national parks are in poor or seriously deficient condition.

One of the biggest ways we saw Glacier impacted by budget cuts was on their roads. The main road was in good condition, but many of the side roads were filled with damaged sections. This is part of the almost $11 billion maintenance backlog that has been growing drastically over the last decade.

If you have never been to Glacier make plans to go, it is simply a magical place. Don't forget to take your passport so you can see the Canadian side of the park. 


St. Mary Lake