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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.
Rating (4.69)
Program No. 21016RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
2,099
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
2,099
Length
6 days
Rating (4.69)
Starts at
2,099
Program No. 21016RJ

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Jul 11 - Jul 16, 2022
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Jul 25 - Jul 30, 2022
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Jul 11 - Jul 16, 2022
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Jul 18 - Jul 23, 2022
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Jul 25 - Jul 30, 2022
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Aug 8 - Aug 13, 2022
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Aug 15 - Aug 20, 2022
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Aug 22 - Aug 27, 2022
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Aug 29 - Sep 3, 2022
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Sep 5 - Sep 10, 2022
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Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2023
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Jul 17 - Jul 22, 2023
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Jul 24 - Jul 29, 2023
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Jul 31 - Aug 5, 2023
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Aug 7 - Aug 12, 2023
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Aug 14 - Aug 19, 2023
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Aug 21 - Aug 26, 2023
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Aug 28 - Sep 2, 2023
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Sep 4 - Sep 9, 2023
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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
Outdoor: No Sweat
Hiking two miles daily over varied terrain. Possible optional hikes up to five miles some days. Some stairs; getting in/out of vans, bus, and water raft. Elevations of 3,153-7,200 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Travel the historic Going-to-the-Sun Road for spectacular views of rugged peaks, vast valleys and idyllic waterfalls.
  • Float down the scenic Middle Fork of the Flathead River.
  • Touch the Continental Divide.

General Notes

Participants split into smaller groups of about 10 for daily field trips and hikes.
Featured Expert
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Ellen Horowitz
Ellen Horowitz is a writer, adjunct professor of botany at Flathead Valley Community College, and a long-time natural history instructor with the Glacier Institute whose outdoor education career spans 40 years. Her work has been recognized with numerous honors including Montana Audubon’s Educator of the Year Award, and magazine writing awards from the National Wildlife Federation. She is author of the award-winning children’s book, “What I Saw in Glacier.” Ellen and her husband live on a farm with their dog and eight mules.

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

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Ellen Horowitz is a writer, adjunct professor of botany at Flathead Valley Community College, and a long-time natural history instructor with the Glacier Institute whose outdoor education career spans 40 years. Her work has been recognized with numerous honors including Montana Audubon’s Educator of the Year Award, and magazine writing awards from the National Wildlife Federation. She is author of the award-winning children’s book, “What I Saw in Glacier.” Ellen and her husband live on a farm with their dog and eight mules.
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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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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 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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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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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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Elise grew up in Spokane, Washington and enjoyed camping and fishing with her family. It was not until college that Elise fell in love with the Rocky Mountains and began hiking and backpacking with her husband and their goldendoodles. She is currently a middle school science teacher in Bigfork, Montana and recently earned an MS in science education. When she is not teaching, you will find her exploring the trails of Glacier National Park, the Flathead National Forest and the Bob Marshall Wilderness!
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Leslie Dillon discovered her passion for the Rocky Mountains spending childhood summers at 8,300 feet up in the tiny mountain town of Gold Hill, Colorado. While working on field crews for the U.S. Forest Service, she loved hiking all day, sharing stories and knowledge, and helping her crew. Now retired from the Continuing Education Center at Flathead Valley Community College, she enjoys sharing her passion for Glacier National Park with others who have the desire to experience and learn about this pristine natural treasure.
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Lisa Flowers received her Ph.D. in Forestry & Conservation from the University of Montana while working as the Director of Conservation Education for the Boone and Crockett Club on the Rocky Mountain Front. Her work has focused on K-12 science, conservation, and wildlife education, primarily in the outdoors. She has coordinated regional and collaborative entities including Crown of the Continent Ecosystem Education Consortium, Roundtable of Crown of the Continent, and Front Range Conservation Education Consortium. When not working, Lisa can be found enjoying the outdoors.
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Tim Manley retired from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) in 2021 after working on grizzly bears for 37 years. Born in Great Falls, Montana, he lived in Idaho and Colorado, graduating from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology. Tim moved back to Montana in 1981 and first volunteered with the USFS mapping grizzly bear habitat for the USFS in the Whitefish Range. He enjoys photography, bird watching, wildlife viewing, plant identification, hiking, camping, and exploring the outdoors with his wife Rachel.
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Susan Atkinson is an award-winning architect and professor of environmental design at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has traveled the world researching how people design and build in response to culture and climate. Susan grew up in the Flathead Valley, learning about wildflowers, and spotting grizzlies in Glacier National Park every summer since 1980. She is an avid trail runner who loves fly fishing, spending time with her rescue dog, Clover, and reading about wolverines. She has backpacked around the world.
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Rachel Manley, born and raised in Colorado, has been hiking and camping in the Rocky Mountains her whole life. While earning her bachelor’s degree in geology from Beloit College, Wisconsin, she completed a trail maintenance internship with The Student Conservation Association in Idaho’s Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. This opportunity sealed in her heart the need to work outdoors. Retired in 2021, she’s eager to continue helping people enjoy their time in the Crown of the Continent through education and expert-led hikes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.





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