Upper McDonald Creek in Glacier National Park surges with water, tumbling over McDonald Falls on a late Spring day in May.
Glacier National Park in the Rocky Mountains of Montana encompasses more than 1 million acres. The park’s nickname is the “Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.” The park was established in May 1910.
Climate change is affecting the park. Glacier National Park is currently home to 26 glaciers. Compare that to the 80 glaciers that existed in the park in 1850. Based on the current rate of climate change, there may not be any glaciers in Glacier National Park in 2030. Already, some of the remaining 26 glaciers are considered too small to be considered glaciers. Between 1966 and 2015, every named glacier in the park got smaller, some by more than 80%.