Montana Waterfalls seem to be mostly concentrated in the Rocky Mountains, and in our experience, that pretty much meant Glacier National Park and its vicinity. In this state, things just feel different. We shared the road with lots of cows on the 89, the “Crown of the Continent” was always within sight to the west, and even legendary basketball coach Phil Jackson spends his off seasons in his ranch here.
On later trips, we also managed to visit other waterfalls outside the famous national parks associated with the state – Glacier and Yellowstone. And they offered us refreshingly quiet and uncrowded off-the-beaten-path experiences in comparison.
But of course, Glacier National Park was the main reason why we visited the state, and for us, it was a great way to get reacquainted with America’s National Parks, which was something we hadn’t really done in earnest for several years. For it was here that we saw towering mountains backing dramatic lakes like St Mary Lake, Two Medicine Lake, and Swiftcurrent Lake.
We also saw some endangered glaciers like the Jackson Glacier as well as getting that feeling that we were at the top of North America somewhere as we made it all the way up to Logan Pass. We even saw some wildlife like the elusive moose as well as evidence of grizzly activity (though we didn’t get to see one in person).
And nestled amongst all this natural goodness, we managed to witness the dramatic Apikuni Falls, the unusual Running Eagle Falls, and the intimate Baring Falls among others. We also experienced the impressive Grinnell Falls on the way up to the Grinnell Glacier, which was like the poster child for Global Warming and the rapid recession of mountain glaciers.
Indeed, we’re keen on seeing what other surprises this state has in store with each visit we make!
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