National Parks Montana
over 1,000,000 acres of forests, alpine meadows, and
lakes. Its diverse habitats are home to over 70
species of mammals and over 260 species of birds.
The spectacular glaciated landscape is a hikers
paradise containing 700 miles of maintained trails
that lead deep into one of the largest intact
ecosystems in the lower 48 states.
contains over 350 structures listed on the National
Register of Historic Sites and six National Historic
Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Park, in Canada,
were designated Wateron-Glacier International Peace
Park. This designation celebrates the longstanding
peace and friendship between our two nations.
Glacier and Waterton Lakes have both been designated
as Biosphere Reserves and together were recognized,
in 1995, as a World Heritage Site.
Established on March 1, 1872,
Yellowstone National Park is the first and oldest
national park in the world.
within Yellowstone are Old Faithful Geyser and some
10,000 hot springs and geysers, the majority of the
planet's total. These geothermal wonders are
evidence of one of the world's largest active
volcanoes; its last eruption created a crater or
caldera that spans almost half of the park.
outstanding mountain wildland with clean water and
air, Yellowstone is home of the grizzly bear and
wolf, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk. It is
the core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one
of the largest intact temperate zone ecosystems
remaining on the planet.
history of the park dates back 12,000 years. The
events of the last 130 years of park history are
reflected in the historic structures and sites
associated with various periods of park
administration and visitor facilities development.