Suggested Reading List
Glacier - A Natural History Guide
Author: David Rockwell
Description: A jewel in the national park system, Glacier National Park encompasses one of the richest and diverse natural regions in North America. The vast watersheds of the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and Hudson Bay converge here, creating a dramatic landscape filled with plants and animals unique to those three basins.
Author and naturalist David Rockwell presents in-depth descriptions of the geology, history, flora, and fauna of the park. He explains the park's evolution from the erosion of Siberian mountains more than a billion years ago to the glaciers that gave Glacier National Park its distinctive landscape. He examines the park's great predators-grizzly bears, mountain lions, and wolves-and their complex relationship with their prey. The result is a fascinating and intimate portrait of one of the world's last wild places.
Going-to-the-Sun Road: Glacier National Park's Highway to the Sky
Author: C.W. Guthrie
Description: Traveling Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road is an experience like no other. Laborers toiled for nearly 20 years to complete the 50-mile road that winds an impossible route through the heart of Glacier. One of the most scenic highways in the world, this marvel of engineering set the standard for all national parks. C. W. Guthrie tells the intriguing tale of the history and the construction of the epic Going-to-the-Sun Road. Includes more than 60 black-and-white historic and color photographs, maps.
Geology Along Going-to-the-Sun Road
Author: Raup, Earhart, Whipple, and Carrara
Description: With this colorful and lively guide, Glacier National Park visitors can tour the fascinating geologic events that created the park's majestic scenery. Complete with an easy-to-read map that offers a three-dimensional perspective on the area's geology, Geology Along Going-to-the-Sun Road gives lay readers and geologists alike a glimpse into Glacier's unique geologic summary.
Author: Andy Russell
Description: The grizzly bear has always inspired awe in man, but the animal's true nature and character has long been shrouded in myth. Few people know grizzlies as Andy Russell does, and in Grizzly Country he shares stories from a lifetime of experience observing them, first as hunter, then as cameraman. In wonderfully engaging prose, he reveals the life cycle of this remarkable creature.
Wildflowers of Glacier National Park
Author: Shannon Kimball and Peter Lesica
Description: Wildflowers of Glacier National Park and Surrounding Areas is a user-friendly field guide featuring over 300 of Glacier National Park's most common plant species. From wildflowers to trees to grasses and sedges, this book features beautiful photographs, detailed descriptions, notes on habitat and fun facts for each plant. It's a perfect plant reference for anyone with an interest in the natural history and splendor of Glacier National Park.
KIDS: Glacier National Park: Adventure, Explore, Discover
Author: David Aretha
Description: Thousands of years ago, glaciers of the last ice age carved the majestic terrain that became Glacier National Park. Students will learn about the home of hundreds of species of animals and over a thousand plant species. The park is located in northern Montana and readers will find out how best to visit the park, depending on if they are hiking, camping or driving through. Includes color photographs and illustrations, glossary, chapter notes, further reading list, and index. 128 pages.
KIDS: Going to Glacier National Park
Author: Alan Leftridge
Description: Designed for children ages 8 to 13, Going to Glacier is packed with fun and fascinating information about Glacier National Park. Authored by Alan Leftridge, seasonal ranger and naturalist, the colorfully illustrated book details the parks namesake glaciers, flora and fauna, dramatic weather, Indians and early settlers, historic sites and structures, and the effects of fire. The book also features maps and interpretive information for hikes that the kids will love. A must-have for families traveling to Glacier National Park!
KIDS: Born Wild in Glacier National Park
Author: Donald M. Jones
Description: Springtime in Glacier National Park is where the wild things are---baby wild things! This charming collection of candid and sometimes comical images by wildlife photographer Donald M. Jones is devoted entirely to the park's junior residents.