The Glacier National Park experience is a truly breathtaking and humbling one. At the Conservancy, we want to help keep that experience today and for future generations. Preservation encompasses trails and other services that keep our visitors safely in touch with the outdoor activities that Glacier has to offer, most notably hiking. Historical restoration and collections, safety, shelters, virtual participation such as webcams and bear lockers all fit into this category but at the center are trails.

Glacier is repeatedly described as a hiker’s paradise with a rugged beauty all its own. Wear and tear has taken a heavy toll on Glacier’s system of trails. Record snowfalls, avalanches, floods and forest fires wreak havoc on trails, as do the footfalls of millions of visitors. In spite of the Park’s dedication to regular trail maintenance, NPS staff has been unable to keep pace with rampant erosion because of inadequate funding.

At the Conservancy, we fund the following:

  • Trail rehabilitation and endowment
  • Accessible trail construction
  • Historic structure preservation
  • Native plant nursery operation
  • Backcountry cabin and campground maintenance
  • Publication of free informational handouts
  • Wayside road exhibits
  • Library and museum acquisitions
  • Preservation of historic photographs
  • Safety and rescue equipment
  • Webcams

Find out more about our 2014 Funding Priorities for Preservation!