Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Snowshoeing in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is offering free two hour guided snowshoe tours through the park every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am and 2:00pm from now until March 22nd.

Participants can meet at Apgar Visitor Center where snowshoes are rented for only $2.00.
In addition to being a great way to get outdoors and exercise during the winter season, I was pleasantly surprised at how educational the tour was!
Each tour is led by a knowledgeable park ranger. Our ranger's name was Becky. She did an excellent job with helping us determine what types of animal tracks we were seeing, explaining the unique differences in the individual ice crystals we call snow, and teaching us about the ways the winter affects the animals in the park.
We were lucky enough to see a beaver swimming in McDonald Creek just outside of its beaver lodge. "I have been coming here for seven years," said Becky, "And this past summer was the first time I ever saw a beaver here. We have been able to track them, we can see their prints in the snow and we can tell when the sticks in their lodge have been moved around, but seeing one again now, wow, what a treat!"
We also saw red squirrels jumping around from tree to tree, and a peaceful flock of ducks floating in the creek were there to greet us when we showed up.
This snowshoe tour was a truly great experience and a great opportunity to get up, get out, and get moving in beautiful Glacier National Park.


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