Glacier National Park is an American national park located in northwestern Montana, on the Canada–United States border, adjacent to the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. The park encompasses more than 1 million acres (4,000 km2) and includes parts of two mountain ranges (sub-ranges of the Rocky Mountains), more than 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants, and hundreds of species of animals. This vast pristine ecosystem is the centerpiece of what has been referred to as the “Crown of the Continent Ecosystem,” a region of protected land encompassing 16,000 square miles (41,000 km2).
With over 60 designated backcountry campgrounds throughout the park, Glacier is a backpacker’s paradise. To camp in the backcountry, a backcountry use permit is required for all overnight camping. Glacier National Park has 13 campgrounds. Three campgrounds allow reservations for individual sites.