8 Poisonous Flowers in the United States

When you’re hiking through the beautiful landscapes of Glacier National Park, you will encounter many different flowering plants. These native plant species thrive in territorial mild temperatures, fertile soil, and ample rainfall. Dahlias, cosmos, snapdragons, ranunculus, strawflower, lisianthus, scabiosa, amaranthus, lilacs, columbine, peonies, lupine, and salvia are among the many

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8 Poisonous Berries in the United States

A wonderful way to enjoy flora and fauna while vacationing in Montana is hiking. Every trail offers an expedition through nature’s vast beauty with something for everyone. From picturesque day hikes in Glacier National Park to multi-day hiking adventures in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. With moderate temperatures, fertile soil, and

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11 Common Tree Species in Glacier National Park

Located in the Northwest of the USA, Montana is the fourth largest state by mass, and third when it comes to the lowest population density. The state is home to various mountain ranges stretching from the west side, eastward. In total, 77 of these mountain ranges are part of the

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Astonishing Views Along the Famous Going-to-the-Sun Road

Hikers and nature-lovers alike are always on a quest for great views – the road upon which one can truly appreciate Mother Nature. Very few paths seem to fulfill these aspirations like the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Montana. This 50-mile long, scenic mountain road boasts breathtaking scenery and stunning views. With

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7 Edible Plants – Glacier National Park

Huckleberry (Vaccinium) Huckleberries are small and round, approximately 5 to 10 millimeters in diameter, and bear resemblance to small dark purple blueberries. They grow on bushes varying in height from 6 inches to 3 feet and reproduce with rhizomes.  The red variant of the Huckleberry is tart (with large bitter

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Glacier National Park Opening Soon (2020)

525 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the entire state of Montana as of June 7, 2020 [reference] What will be open beginning June 8? On Monday, June 8 the park will open the west gate entrance at West Glacier. The gate will be open until 4:30 pm each day until operations

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Driving to Glacier National Park

Are you concerned about flying this year? Driving to Montana from within the United States is a great way to enrich your vacation. Many of the routes here are incredibly scenic, there is less traffic on the road these days, and it is generally less expensive (especially now with low

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Purifying Water in the Wild

You’re stuck in the woods, supplies are running low, and the only source of water is a stream running along the edge of the forest. Can you dip your head in and a take a drink? Not a good idea, the water may contain toxic, microscopic organisms that can make

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How We Protect Our Guests

Smoky Bear Ranch has always been fanatical about cleanliness, long before recent concerns of COVID-19. Glacier National Park and surrounding area are pristine environments, and we wanted our existence here to be no less. We made a conscious decision when opening our lodging facility (26 years ago) to meticulously clean

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Learn About Glaciers

Introduction A glacier is a body of ice on land that may look exceptionally beautiful and simple, but it has a very complex formation process. Depending on the type of glacier and its location, glaciers may move down mountain slopes and can sculpt any adjacent landmass including cliffs, hills, and

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