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Glacier National Park
for Wheelers and Slow Walkers

Glacier National Park
for Wheelers and Slow Walkers

Known as the “Crown of the Continent” because the Continental Divide bisects the park, Glacier National Park encompasses more than a million acres of coniferous forests, alpine meadows, pristine lakes and glacier-carved peaks. The wildlife in the park is just as diverse at the landscape that supports it, and it includes elk, bighorn sheep, moose, and one of the largest remaining grizzly populations in the lower 48 states.

Insider Tips

  • A well kept secret along Going-to-the-Sun Road, Red Rock Point offers a beautiful view of McDonald Creek cascading down over the massive red rocks. The turnout is located about a mile north of the Trail of the Cedars on the left side of the road. Keep your eyes peeled when you get close, as there is absolutely no signage to mark the overlook. There’s accessible parking near a hard-packed dirt path that leads .06 miles out to a boardwalk viewing platform.
  • Although the historic Red Buses of Glacier National Park are not wheelchair-accessible, Xanterra Parks and Resorts added two wheelchair-accessible vehicles to their fleet when they took over as concessionaire in 2014. The lift-equipped vehicles have roll-up plastic flaps on the windows, and passengers get a full view of everything around them, thanks to an on-board camera and monitors. It should be noted that these accessible vehicles are not solely for wheelchair-users, as anyone who feels they can’t manage the two narrow 18-inch high steps on the historic vehicles, and then slide over on a bench seat, is welcome to book a tour in an accessible vehicle. Even better -- the accessible vehicle is booked solely for your party, so you get a private tour at the regular tour price.
  • The Swiftcurrent Motor Inn offers a very cozy accessible cabin in the woods. It features two double beds, a bathroom with a roll-in shower and a small accessible porch. It’s just like grandma’s place, complete with the nostalgic screen door.
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