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Home Travel Adventure Seekers “Winter Signs” Weekend Snowshoe Programs Begin Jan. 11

“Winter Signs” Weekend Snowshoe Programs Begin Jan. 11

Glacier National Park / Montana Adventure

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Glacier National Park in Montana is offering a unique adventure opportunity for visitors beginning Jan. 11, 2009, that gives the public a close-up view of how the park's plants and animals survive the challenges of the winter season.

The "Winter Signs" Weekend Snowshoe Program provides the public with free, two-hour, ranger-led snowshoe excursions of the winter environment to discover how the park's winter residents survive the cold and harsh months of winter.

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These guided outings are suitable for all ages and abilities, and are made possible through a grant from the Glacier National Park Fund.

Starting Sunday, Jan. 11, weekend snowshoe programs will be offered twice daily each Saturday and Sunday through March 15 (weather and snow conditions permitting). Excursions begin at 10:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. each weekend day.

In the event of severe weather or insufficient snow, individuals should call Apgar Visitor Center at (406) 888-7939 before noon on respective weekend days to confirm that day's outing. Snowshoes are available for $2 at the Apgar Visitor Center. Participants may also bring their own equipment. Snowshoes are also available for rent in West Glacier and elsewhere in gateway communities.

These wintertime tours begin and conclude at the Apgar Visitor Center. There is no group size limit, and no reservations are taken. Participants are advised to wear sturdy winter boots, and dress in layers for varying winter conditions. Participants also should bring water bottles/devises for personal drinking water.

Park visitors are reminded that although these winter activities are free, valid park entry is required. Even when entrance stations are not staffed, park entrance fees are required. Upon entering the park, visitors are directed to follow posted instructions to pay entrance fees at self-pay stations.

Glacier's winter entrance fee is $15 for vehicles and $10 for single entrants (hiker/bicyclist/motorcyclist) for a seven day pass. The winter entrance fee is $15 for a seven-day single vehicle entry. Annual park passes, valid for unlimited visits to Glacier National Park for 12 months from the date of purchase, are also available for $35.

For more information or to confirm that day's snowshoe programs, please call the Apgar Visitor Center at (406) 888-7939, on weekends, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


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