Yesterday morning, at approximately 10 a.m., a mother and her two children from Bakersfield, California were recognized as representatives of the 100th million visitor to Glacier National Park.
According to park visitation statistics since 1911, a year after the park was established, the park has hosted 100 million visitors this month.
The visitors were selected as they entered the west entrance station and were escorted by park ranger vehicles to the Apgar Visitor Center. At the visitor center Superintendent Mow introduced the special visitors and spoke briefly about the significance of the event as it relates to the history and the future of the park. Refreshments were served prior to Pierce, Gretchen and Becky boarding a iconic red bus for a complimentary trip to Logan Pass for a picnic lunch.
As the representative visitors, they received an assortment of gifts and gift certificates donated from the park’s official partners Glacier National Park Conservancy, Glacier Institute and Glacier National Park Volunteer Associates, as well as the park concessioners Belton Chalets, Inc., Glacier Boat Company, Glacier Guides Inc., Glacier National Park Lodges, and Swan Mountain Outfitters.