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21016
Montana

The Best of Glacier National Park

Discover Glacier National Park as you raft Flathead River, explore alpine trails, visit pristine lakes and learn how glaciers carved this stunning landscape eons ago.
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Program No. 21016RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,899
Montana

The Best of Glacier National Park

Discover Glacier National Park as you raft Flathead River, explore alpine trails, visit pristine lakes and learn how glaciers carved this stunning landscape eons ago.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,899
Program No. 21016 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & starting prices
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Jul 12 - Jul 17, 2021
Starting at
1,899
Jul 19 - Jul 24, 2021
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1,899
Aug 9 - Aug 14, 2021
Small group
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2,049
Aug 16 - Aug 21, 2021
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1,899
Aug 30 - Sep 4, 2021
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1,899
Sep 6 - Sep 11, 2021
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1,899
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jul 12 - Jul 17, 2021
Starting at
2,449
Jul 19 - Jul 24, 2021
Starting at
2,449
Aug 9 - Aug 14, 2021
Small group
Starting at
2,599
Aug 16 - Aug 21, 2021
Starting at
2,449
Aug 30 - Sep 4, 2021
Starting at
2,449
Sep 6 - Sep 11, 2021
Starting at
2,449

At a Glance

From our lodging inside Glacier National Park, explore different areas of the park daily and return to relax on cool summer evenings on spectacular Lake McDonald. Experience the grandeur of Glacier National Park — so named because its dramatic landscape was carved by glaciers eons ago. Encounter the wonder and splendor within this “Crown of the Continent” during daily field trips to the Lake McDonald Valley, Logan Pass and along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Field trips are enhanced by instructors, naturalists and other experts detailing the variety of life, mammoth lakes and serrated peaks in one of nature’s greatest works of art.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Hiking two miles daily over varied terrain. Possible optional hikes up to five miles. Some stairs; getting in/out of vans and water raft. Elevations of 3,153-7,000 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Travel the historic Going-to-the-Sun Road - a National Historic Landmark - for spectacular views of rugged peaks, vast valleys and idyllic waterfalls.
  • Take a scenic float trip down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.
  • Touch the Continental Divide - where waters run to both the Atlantic and Pacific.

General Notes

Participants split into smaller groups of about 10 for daily field trips and hikes.
Featured Expert
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Marilyn Wood
Marilyn is a conservation biologist who has had the opportunity to work (and play!) in two iconic landscapes – the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the Continental Divide Ecosystem. One of her favorite memories is following radioed collared grizzlies in Yellowstone in the late 1970s but balancing private land with sustaining wildlife populations is the most rewarding. Marilyn was the northwest program manager of the Montana Nature Conservancy for thirteen years. In her free time, you’ll find her hiking or horseback riding the dynamic landscapes.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Josh Gubits is an environmental scientist for Whitefish Lake Institute. While in school, Josh worked as a fishing guide on the Blackfoot, Clark Fork, Bitterroot and Missouri rivers. After receiving his environmental studies degree from the University of Montana, he worked for the Audubon Society to develop education and outreach programs in Santa Fe, N.M. Before joining WLI, Josh worked for the Watershed Education Network as the field programs coordinator where he taught teachers, students, and volunteers about water quality, through the collection of chemical, biological, and physical data on stream sites across Western Montana. Josh is a certified Montana Master Naturalist, and in 2009 he was the recipient of the Montana Water Teacher of the Year award presented by the Montana Environmental Education Association.
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Throughout her lifetime, Leila Robinson has developed a great love of the outdoors and especially exploring it in hiking mode. Her love of travel and nature has taken her to every continent, and she is thrilled to see and experience each journey. She has been a high school and college educator in art and interdisciplinary studies and also a museum program developer for 13 years. Being able to live in Glacier for the past nine summers has given her a true appreciation of this incredible and favorite national park.
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Dan’l Moore is a true renaissance man. For many years, he worked with the U.S. Forest Service, utilizing his degree in wildlife resources. He then followed his passion for blacksmithing and has been the proprietor of Coon Hollow Forge since 1990, where he teaches and demonstrates the craft. Dan’l is a gifted musician and member of several local ensembles, as well as an avid hiker and patrol representative of Flathead Nordic Ski Patrol. He has led explorations in Glacier National Park for nearly 10 years.
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Marilyn Wood View biography
Marilyn is a conservation biologist who has had the opportunity to work (and play!) in two iconic landscapes – the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the Continental Divide Ecosystem. One of her favorite memories is following radioed collared grizzlies in Yellowstone in the late 1970s but balancing private land with sustaining wildlife populations is the most rewarding. Marilyn was the northwest program manager of the Montana Nature Conservancy for thirteen years. In her free time, you’ll find her hiking or horseback riding the dynamic landscapes.
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Megan Chaisson hails from in Concord, Massachusetts and developed a passion for nature early on. After attending Tufts University, she left New England to explore the Rocky Mountains at Glacier National Park in Montana. Enchanted by the free great spaces, she worked as a Park Ranger with Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest for the next ten years. After leading hikes, snowshoeing, boat trips and youth field trips, Megan is now a 7th grade Life Science teacher in Whitefish, Montana.
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Helen has lived in Montana two-thirds of her life now and can’t imagine living anywhere else. She leads hiking, skiing, dog sledding and bicycle adventures and loves to share her knowledge and gratitude of the Northwest with others. Her entrepreneurialism keeps her exceptionally busy playing music, fighting for clean water, creating cases for musical instruments, building bicycle trails, making her special handcrafted licorice, and keeping a positive attitude. Helen’s home base is an off-the-grid cabin she and her husband built in the woods.
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Rusty spent over 11 years leading backcountry expeditions and teaching outdoor skills for the National Outdoor Leadership School. Realizing the need for a “real” job, he left carrying packs to work in retail (fishing) for the last 20 some years. During that time he pursued his passion for the outdoors by working as a ski and snowshoe instructor in Glacier Park and fly fishing. Recently retired form his “real” job he has returned to leading and spends free time skiing, fishing and painting.
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Al Koss has lived and worked in the Glacier Park area for over 30 years. His love for the out-of-doors and passion for hiking was well represented in his career with the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service. Al taught environmental education and is a Master Trainer for the Leave No Trace Program. His experience as a Park Naturalist has given him extensive experience and knowledge of the flora and fauna of the park. He enjoys sharing his passion for natural areas with others.
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Rick Mace recently retired as a Research Wildlife Biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks after 28 years of field research. Rick was the Principle Investigator for long-term research on grizzly and black bears in the Crown of Continent area of western Montana including Glacier Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness complex. Rick’s most recent work was an 11 year, ecosystem-wide study of grizzly bear population trend in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem which involved the capture and satellite radio-instrumentation of bears.
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After graduating from Eastern Montana College, Tanya taught for 29 years in elementary and middle school classrooms in western Montana. She has trained teachers at the local, county and state levels in science and writing. Tanya spent two years as a member of the Montana Science Teachers’ Board of Directors, making multiple trips to Helena while working on projects with the Montana State Office of Public Instruction. She has won local, state and national awards as well as the many accolades of her students.
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Diane earned her MS and PhD degrees from the University of Montana researching wolf ecology, genetics and the recolonization process. Diane has published more than 40 articles on wolf and carnivore ecology in scientific journals and popular literature. She has taught wildlife ecology classes and has given numerous public lectures to a wide variety of audiences. Diane currently works for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks as a wolf/carnivore specialist, and as an affiliate faculty member at the University of Montana.
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Betsy Funk has spent her career as an educator teaching at the high school and college levels and has won several teaching awards. Whether earth science or health, she has integrated her passion for Glacier National Park into the curriculum, inspiring students to be engaged with the outdoors. Betsy looks forward to sharing Glacier National Park’s geology, natural history, and human history with Road Scholars, as well as the inspiring and powerful beauty of nature.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Wildflowers of Glacier National Park
by Shannon Fitzpatrick Kimball and Peter Lesica
Wildflowers of Glacier National park and Surrounding Areas is a user-friendly 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. The index lists plants both by their common and scientific names.
Moon Glacier National Park: Including Waterton Lakes National Park
by Becky Lomax
Writer, editor, and avid outdoorswoman Becky Lomax offers an insider’s perspective on Glacier National Park. From hiking through multi-color meadows filled with wildflowers to observing the Sperry Glacier, a victim of global warming that will vanish in less than two decades, Lomax knows the best ways to enjoy the park’s one million acres of wilderness. She also includes unique trip strategies for travelers with specific interests and restrictions, including a Wildlife-Watching tour and a whirlwind One Day in Glacier tour. Whether it’s biking up Going-to-the-Sun Road or watching a grizzly forage in huckleberries, Moon Glacier National Park gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Geology Along Going-to-the-Sun Road
by Raup, Earhart, Whipple, and Carrara
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.
Going-to-the-Sun Road: Glacier National Park's Highway to the Sky
by C.W. Guthrie
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.
Glacier - A Natural History Guide
by David Rockwell
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.
Blackfeet Tales of Glacier National Park
by James Willard Schultz
The author writes a series of diary entries as his Blackfoot friends tell stories in the lodge or around the fire at the end of the day. He has managed to keep the compelling style of his original material, told by talented story tellers. The stories run the gamut from tribal history to legend and myth and convey something of Blackfoot culture, daily life, and beliefs.
Grizzly Country
by Andy Russell
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.





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