There aren’t too many places left in the United States that remain a mystery, but Montana (located in the Rocky Mountains) is a place that has seemed to withstand the tests of time. Even today, it remains slightly shrouded in mystery, with a charismatic personality that’s been created by the Wild West, a rich American Indian culture, notable outdoor adventure and some of the most authentically charming communities—and people—you could ever hope to encounter.
Making up the western portion of the state, Montana’s Glacier Country is home to millions of acres that are distinctly Montana with icons that include Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, the Blackfoot River (a blue-ribbon trout stream made famous by A River Runs Through It) and two Indian reservations—the Blackfeet Nation and Flathead Indian Reservation.
“There’s something innately special about this corner of the world,” said Racene Friede, Executive Director of Glacier Country Tourism. “From our small-town rodeos to world-class musical events and Broadway-caliber theatre, Glacier Country is a beautiful region to explore.”
Known to the Blackfeet Tribe as the “Backbone of the World,” Glacier National Park is part of the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park—the world’s first international peace park—in collaboration with Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada. Glacier National Park is also home to active glaciers, more than 700 miles of hiking trails and the Going-to-the-Sun Road. An engineering marvel and National Historic Landmark, the road takes visitors through the heart of the park and is one of the most scenic drives in North America.
Located on the eastern border of the park is the Blackfeet Nation. Each July, Indian tribes from across the United States and Canada gather for North American Indian Days—an events that celebrates time-honored customs and includes traditional drumming and dancing, a rodeo and Pow Wow. Montana is home to seven Indian reservations and 12 Indian tribes.