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ESTABLISHED: Glacier National Park was established in 1910. Waterton Lakes National Park was first called Waterton Lakes Forest Park when it was set aside in 1895. Going-to-the-Sun Road was completed in 1933.
LAND AREA: Glacier is 1,013,594 acres, or 1,583 square miles. Waterton adds 203 more square miles.
WATER AREA: Glacier has 762 lakes; the largest is Lake McDonald, which is 10 miles long, 6,680 feet wide and 440 feet deep. The park also has 563 streams, totaling 1,606 miles in length; the longest is Upper McDonald Creek at 25.8 miles.
VISITORS PER YEAR: (both parks): More than 2.7 million.
FEES: Summer entrance fees to Glacier National Park are as follows:
Single Person Entry -- $12 for a seven-day pass;
Single Vehicle Entry -- $25 for a seven-day pass;
Motorcycle passes -- $12;
Hikers, bikers and skiers -- $12;
Glacier National Park Pass -- $35 for a one-year pass;
America the Beautiful -- National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. The annual cost is $80. This pass is available to the general public and provides access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an entrance fee for a year, beginning from the date of sale. The America the Beautiful Senior Pass costs $10 and is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or older.
GLACIERS: There are only 25 glaciers remaining that are large enough to be named, down from an estimated 150 in the mid-1800s. Today the largest is Blackfoot Glacier at 0.7 square miles.
MOUNTAINS: Glacier has 175 mountains, including six with elevations of more than 10,000 feet. The Continental Divide runs through the park for 106 miles.
ELEVATIONS: Glacier has a low of 3,150 feet at the juncture of the Middle and North Forks of the Flathead River; and a high of 10,466 feet atop Mount Cleveland. Waterton has a low of 4,050 feet on the Waterton River and a high of 9,646 feet at Mount Blakiston.
TRAILS: There are 151 hiking trails in Glacier, totaling more than 743 miles.
PLANT AND ANIMAL SPECIES: There are more than 1,800 kinds of plants, 25 major species of trees, 272 species of birds, 63 species of mammals, and 23 species of fish.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES: Glacier has 429 documented archaeological sites, including more than 50 vision quest sites.
POPULAR ACTIVITIES: Ranger-led walks and talks; sightseeing by foot, car, horse, boat and scenic coaches; hiking; wildlife watching; fishing; and cross-country skiing. More than 105,000 visitors participate in guided walks, talks and tours.
CAMPING AND LODGING: There are 13 campgrounds open in Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park, with 1,137 sites. There are 116 lodging accommodations in both parks, as well as 177 picnic sites.