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National Park Boundaries

vail, co
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National Park Boundaries

Is the land around Glacier N. P. well traveled and camping accessible? How about pets?

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1. Re: National Park Boundaries

Unsure what you mean by "well traveled"?? Certainly there are towns around the park and residences and roads that are on the edges. There are multiple camping places, some very formal (KOA) and others rustic (chewing blackbones). Pets are an issue as there are a lot of hungry wildlife out there......pets must be leashed at all times inside the park

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Check into national forest campgrounds such as Hungry Horse Dam, just to the south of GNP outside the town of Hungry Horse; Swan Lake about an hour south of GNP; outside of Whitefish you'll find Dickey Lake, Tally Lake, Stillwater, all with great campgrounds.

State Park campgrounds are also plenitiful and a bit more "civilized" than national forest campgrounds.

All campgrounds in the high season of summer tend to fill quickly, and for weekend camping you'll need to secure a spot early Friday morning and plan to stay put until Sunday.

All these places allow pets on leashes, and you can take dogs on hiking trails on leashes (bring poop bags please and carry out refuse!) Our dog has had problems collecting bug bites and burrs so we no longer take him hiking except in our favorite local places. Wayfarer's State Park in Bigfork, on Flathead Lake, is one such spot. You can reserve a site, and it offers some great civilizsed camping.

Keep in mind it's hard to enjoy wilderness hiking with a dog off leash knowing that a bear or wildcat encounter is possible and that your dog would not come out on top.

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Thanks so much. I know that dogs are a challenge. Your suggestions are very helpful.

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4. Re: National Park Boundaries

You're most welcome, Vincent. BTW, our favorite dog-walking trail is in Bigfork, called "The Wild Mile Nature Trail". It's an old logging road, so it's nice and wide, and sits high above the Swan River, offering spectacular views. It's a simple 2 mile walk in one direction, turn around and walk back. You find it by going into the town of Bigfork, locate the Bigfork Inn, then drive (or walk) uphill about a half mile. Park, take your water bottle, and walk as far as you like.

Also, we use Lucky Dog Daycare, located south of Kalispell, open M-F 7am to 6 pm. They accept traveling dogs with proper vaccination documents. Great people who will care for your pooch with care, but not that convenient for Glacier Park hiking.

Check out Jewel Basin for world-class hiking in the mountais just south of GNP, where dogs are allowed on leash since it's national forest. No camping, but outstanding hiking. You can get there by first stopping at the famous and excellent Echo Lake Cafe outside of Bigfork for breakfast, then driving north to the Jewel Basin. Well marked signage, and all the locals can give directions. Camping at Wayfarers, then heading to the Jewel for a day hike would be an excellent combination.

Enjoy!

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