In northern Montana bordering Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park, Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes combined to become the world’s first International Peace Park in 1932. Both designated as World Heritage Sites, the spectacular landscape in this region is truly a geological marvel. From ancient glaciers to crystal clear lakes, Glacier National Park is brimming with hidden gems to explore.
Located in the eastern part of the park on St. Mary’s Lake, Rising Sun is an amazing destination for a boat tour that won’t be crowded with masses of tourists. This area offers history unique to this part of the park, making it a true hidden gem.
A breathtaking body of water positioned in a remote part of Glacier National Park, Kintla Lake is one of the park’s most beautiful off the beaten path destinations. Due to the rugged and weathered path leading to the lake, Kintla Lake remains one of the park’s least visited sites, despite its incredible beauty.
Wild Horse Island
Wild Horse Island is located on Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Montana. This fascinating destination was once inhabited by the Salish and Kootenai tribes who used the vast lands to cultivate their horses and prevent them from being stolen by other tribes. Prime for wildlife viewing and only accessible by boat, this is a great hidden gem to explore during your trip!
National Bison Range
One of the country’s oldest National Wildlife Refuges, National Bison Range is home to one of the last bison herds on the continent. Just a few hours outside of Glacier National Park, it’s worth visiting this remarkable area to view bison and other native wildlife in their natural environment. You may also encounter elk, deer, sheep, and bears during your visit!
Located in the northwestern part of the park, Bowman Lake is a bit of a local secret. Due to its remote position in Glacier National Park, it’s not often visited by tourists as it’s difficult to get to. However, if you decide to make the journey, you won’t be disappointed by this magnificent lake!