Snowshoe walks begin in Glacier Park

Published: December 28, 2011

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Elk in winter (photo courtesy of Glacier National Park)

Glacier National Park is hosting Winter Signs Snowshoe Walks at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, beginning Jan. 7, on Winter Trails Day – a day celebrated throughout the country as an opportunity to discover the fitness and social benefits of outdoor activities. The snowshoe walks continue through March 18.   

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Grizzly track (courtesy of Glacier National Park)

The public is invited to join the two-hour, ranger-led snowshoe excursions through the park’s winter wonderland. Participants are encouraged to bring snowshoes or rent them for a nominal fee at the Apgar Visitor Center. Trekkers should also wear sturdy winter boots, dress in layers for a variety of winter conditions, and bring water and snacks. The snowshoe walks are free, and suitable for all ages and abilities. Park entrance fees are required.

The walks begin and conclude at the Apgar Visitor Center. There is no group size limit and no reservations are taken. In the event of severe weather or insufficient snow, individuals should contact the visitor center at 406-888-7939 on respective weekend days, between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to confirm that day’s outings.

The park’s winter entrance fee is $15 for vehicles and $10 for single entrants (hikers, bicyclists or motorcyclists) for a seven-day pass. When an entrance stations is not staffed, it is the responsibility of the visitor to pay entrance fees at self-pay stations at park entrance stations.

Annual park passes, which allow visitors unlimited entry to the park for 12 months from the date of purchase, are available for $35, and may be purchased on weekends from entrance stations when staffed, from 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m. weekdays at park headquarters, or by calling 406-888-7800.   

The snowshoe walks are sponsored by the Glacier National Park Fund. For more information about this official partner of Glacier National Park, visit glaciernationalparkfund.org/.

For more information on winter recreation opportunities in the park, visit www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/winteractivities.htm.   

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