Glacier National Park, which forms part of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem, was established on May 11, 1910, and is located in northwestern Montana. Glacier is home to dramatic mountain peaks and stunning 400-foot waterfalls, as well as boasting more than 1 million acres and over 130 named lakes—making it an absolute must on your outdoor bucket list.
The history of the glacier area dates back over 8,000 years, making it rich in both natural and human history. In more recent times, the park was home to many Native American tribes, and during the 18th and 19th century, the Blackfeet Tribe controlled access to the area. Today, the National Park has more than 2 million visitors per year—in fact, in 2015, Glacier celebrated its 100 millionth visitor.
Glamping in Glacier with Trek Travel
Stretching over miles and miles of pristine terrain, visiting all of Glacier National Park seems daunting, but if done the right way, all of the sites become easily accessible. Trek Travel, an international bicycle tour company, is dedicated to making adventures in nature possible—all while exploring on wheels.
Truly experiencing the magic of the park is made all the better while glamping, which is why Trek Travel is hosting a biking event from August 14 to 17 at these amazing safari tents located just outside of the park's entrance! Included in the Trek Travel experience are guided tours of the must-see natural landmarks, along with a three-night glamping stay.
All of the comforts of home are included, such as a fresh linens, a cozy king-size bed, a wood-burning stove, and a private bathroom. Cycling under the sun and sleeping beneath the stars perfectly blends an adventurous outdoor experience with a luxurious glamping excursion.
Seasons of Glacier
There is no "best time" to visit Glacier National Park; however, the season depends on the preference of the traveler. From snowy winters to fragrant, blooming summers, Glacier shines throughout the entire year. The most popular time to visit is during the summer when days are long and warm—with an average temperature of a pleasant 75 degrees Fahrenheit—allowing the perfect amount of time to make the most of park.
Fall is also another stunning time to visit the park, with its ornamental foliage displays, and tends to be a quieter time for tourists. During fall, wildlife is usually more active, too, so if you are on the look out for a mountain goat, or grizzly bear, sighting, this is the best time to observe.
To ensure a fair weather forecast, safe cycling conditions, and agreeable glamping weather, August is an ideal time to embark on a bike tour through the park. The trip is tailored so bikers of all levels are welcome to attend, so those who would prefer a less strenuous ride and those who would are more advanced can all be accommodated. There is even an electric bicycle option available! Bicycles are provided and adjusted for comfort by professional guides, so trekkers will be in the best hands during their entire tour of the park.
Itinerary of Trek Travel excursion
Your Trek Travel adventure will begin as soon as you arrive at Glacier National Park. First, you will enjoy a steady ride from Whitefish toward Columbia Falls, where you will make your way the glamping site you'll call home base for three nights. The next day, you will tackle a gravel ride at the Flathead River, where you'll experience miles and miles of impressive landscapes.
On the third day with Trek Travel, you will discover one of the United States' most scenic roadways, Going-to-the-Sun Road, which will certainly be an unforgettable experience. Finally, on the fourth and final day, trekkers will take a tranquil cycle back to Lake McDonald, where the trip will come to an end.
On most Trek Travel trips, non-riding options are available for riders who want to take the afternoon off or for travel companions who want to take a break. Some non-riding options on this trip include:
- whitewater rafting on the Flathead River followed by a riverside barbecue;
- various outdoor activities that can be arranged, such as fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding, paddle-boarding; and
- day trips to explore Whitefish and its many galleries and shops.
Other ways to see Glacier National Park
Cycling is certainly an amazing way to see the park, but there are other activities, such as hiking and rafting, that should not be looked over. Since Glacier National Park has over a million acres of land and it may seem a little overwhelming to decide how you are going to see everything, we've put together a few other suggestions we don't want you to miss.
A must when visiting Glacier National Park is making the most of water-based activities. The Middle Fork and North Fork of the Flathead River, which combined cover 219 miles, offer the perfect spot for some whitewater rafting. The rafting season runs from May to September and features activities suitable for a range of ages.
Historic boat tour
The National Park is renowned for its large and stunning lakes, and a great way to experience the history and natural beauty of the area is by taking a boat tour. Choose from a variety of different lakes, all of which tell a unique story.
Scenic hiking tour
Another enjoyable way to learn about the National Park's history is to take a guided hiking tour. With experience, knowledge, and safety at the forefront, this is a great activity for the whole family. There is no need to worry about planning your hike; there are many companies that will make sure you see the best of the best. (Check out Glacier Guides for a variety of packages.)
When planning your trip to Glacier National Park and wondering what to pack, it's important for you to be prepared for all types of weather and activities. During the summer, you can expect warm days and cooler, breezy nights. Snow is also possible all year round, especially at higher elevations. Much of the cycling gear will be included with your trip, thanks to Trek Travel, so be sure to check the list on their website before packing!
For more information about the Trek Travel excursion to Glacier National Park, check out their website and reserve your spot today!