Preserving the Park’s Backcountry Character

Glacier National Park has an increase in visitation year after year and the main attraction is driving along the Going-to-Sun Road. But how many visitors are recreating in the more remote parts of the park?

This project will continue and expand on a study (partially funded by the Conservancy in 2016) to establish baseline visitor-use numbers in park areas outside the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor, including: the North Fork, Many Glacier, Goat Haunt, Middle Fork, Two Medicine and Belly River.

This information will help park managers understand how potential management actions within the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor affect areas outside the corridor as actions that divert traffic from one area of the park will likely push it into another. This was evident during the fire season in 2015 when the road was closed for a week. It also will help to better understand road, trail and river use outside the corridor.


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July 18, 2016