It’s against the law to take rocks , stones, flowers, sticks (even if you want to claim it as your new hiking stick) and every thing else that is naturally found in a national park.
If you like to swim in fresh water lakes , Apgar Village is the place to go. Apgar is located on the southwest shore of Lake McDonald , The water at Apgar Village in Glacier National Park is relatively shallow, so the sun really warms it up so you can enjoy a good swim without nearly freezing to death.
Glacier National Park
With the exception of gray and black, which mostly results from partially decayed organic matter, most rock colors are the result of iron staining. Ferric iron (Fe+3) produces red, purple, and yellow colors (from minerals like hematite and limonite). Ferrous iron (Fe+2) produces greenish colors .
The turquoise blue of the lakes in Glacier National Park are caused by ground up bits of rock and sediment referred to as “glacial flour”. The movement of the nearby glaciers erodes the bedrock providing a continuous source of “flour” to the lakes.
Leave your collecting bag at home. You may not take rocks , fossils, plant specimens, or anything else out of the park except the items you brought in and souvenirs you purchase during your visit. Some parks make exceptions for traditional visitor pastimes such as seashell collecting and berry picking.
“While a 2010 federal law makes it legal for visitors to carry loaded firearms in national parks, consistent with state laws, it remains illegal to discharge one in Glacier and most other national parks.” Just because you’re allowed to carry a firearm there doesn’t mean you’re allowed to discharge it at will.
No matter where you are in Glacier , including parking lots, there is always a chance of running into a bear . Bear spray is always recommended and can be rented from a kiosk in Apgar Village. It is also advisable to make noise while on any trail.
Glacier is much more rugged than Yellowstone . Hiking will demand much more physical ability and skill. The whole park is much higher than Yellowstone , so animals and plant life will be quite a bit different than what you find in Yellowstone . That is, if you want to see bison, you’d better head for Yellowstone .
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A Montana Road Trip Glacier > Bitterroot Valley > Yellowstone . DISTANCE : West Glacier to West Yellowstone , 467 miles. Glacier > Seeley-Swan Valley > Yellowstone . DISTANCE : West Glacier to Gardiner, 394 miles. Glacier > Missoula > Yellowstone . Glacier > Rocky Mountain Front > Yellowstone .