Welcome to part 3 of my photoessay on my national parks trip. We’ve already covered Yellowstone and sights of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, and now on to the third and final leg: Glacier National Park. This park is objectively gorgeous through and through. Snowcapped mountain peaks and breathtaking valleys, glacial lakes and waterfalls, and lots of wildlife. In June, the climate is warming up and so the snow melt was serious, with water trickling (or in many cases, pouring) down mountainsides at every turn.
It’s bittersweet. Glacier is on contested land – the Blackfeet Nation ceded the land to the US government in 1895, but they claim that it was a lease and not a sale (I read this at the park visitors center but was unable to find a credible citation online). They also wanted to maintain their rights to hunt and gather on the land, but they were forbidden once it became a national park. And aside from all that, the glaciers are receding due to climate change. Pretty much every glacier in the park has shrank significantly in size from 1966 to 2015. Which makes me concerned that in my lifetime, there’s won’t be anymore glaciers in Glacier.
But onwards to happier thoughts – how to spend three days in Glacier National Park.