If you're wondering what its like to take your dogs to Glacier National Park, you've come to the right place. The park is situated in northwest Montana. West Glacier is known for being more dog friendly, so off we went.
The only trail within the park that you can bring your dog on is a bike path called Apgar Bicycle Trail. Located in West Glacier, It is about 2.6 miles in total. Generally, a straight and level trail, with a few off shoots that will take you to views of McDonald Creek. Its not much, but is a small taste of the forest offered by this magnificent park. The trailhead can be found in the Apgar Village, see the map below for more details. Remember, that this is bear country. Respect your surroundings, please keep your dog on its leash.
EXPLORING THE PARK
After hiking the Apgar Trail, we set out on a driving tour to take in what we could. While the scenery is stunning, we hardly scratched the surface of what this park has to offer. Basically all of the park, with the exclusion of the Apgar Trail, is not dog friendly.
There are a few camping spots in the area that are dog friendly, we opted for Glacier Campground. Its a full facility camp, even offers a small outdoor country restaurant. On our last day in Glacier, we decided to try "glamping" and stayed in a teepee provided by Glacier Under Canvas
OTHER DOG FRIENDLY LOCATIONS
I have to be honest and say, that this is Not on the top of my list of dog friendly National Parks. If you're hell bent on hiking the glacier trails, I think this is one spot that your pup will need to sit out on. We tried to find trails and parks that were within a relaxing travel distance to the West Glacier entrance but fell short. The best options, are to do a day or two in West Glacier, then get your hiking and camping fix in the Flathead National Forest or camp at Swan Lake. This location offers lush forest and a quiet escape.
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