Things to Do: Crown of the Continent

South towards the Crown of the Continent
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The Crown of the Continent is a world-class destination for wildlife viewing, backpacking, fly fishing and river rafting.

Going-to-sun-road in Glacier National Park is a hallmark destination that you need to see to believe. But be sure to get off the road to fill up on huckleberry pie, hike to the many cascading waterfalls and have your camera ready for mountain goats. 

Hike Glacier National Park

Glacier is one of the most popular hiking parks in the nation because of its eye-popping overlooks and easily photographed resident mountain goats. If you plan to backpack, be sure to reserve your space ahead of time.  

Raft the North Fork of the Flathead

Floating the North Fork along the western boundary of Glacier is an incredible experience for folks of all ages. You’ve never seen such clean, pure water as that which is fed by glacial snowmelt.   

Spend an evening on the Blackfoot

Norman McLean’s famous novella ‘A River Runs Through It’ put the Big Blackfoot River on every angler’s map. But with so many clean streams and rivers full of native cutthroat trout in Crown, you can easily find your own stretch of paradise. 

Drive the Scenic Loop

This 400-mile drive has been hailed the “Best Scenic Drive in Big Sky Country” and its eastern segment along the Front offers the most scenic approach to Glacier National Park. 

Helpful links

  • Visit Montana: 

http://visitmt.com/national_parks/glacier/

  • Montana Scenic Loop:

http://www.montanascenicloop.com/

  • National Park Service - Hiking Glacier National Park: 

http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/hikingthetrails.htm