Glacier Park is the nation's tenth national park and was designated by President Taft in 1910 as such. The status of becoming a National Park is due in large part to the foresight of early explorer George Bird Grinnell whose determination and dedication to seeing that the territory was protected and preserved has left all Americans a gem that will be protected for generations to come.
The park has over 350 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and six National Historic Landmarks. During its early years, the park was nearly only accessible to those adventurous folks who didn't mind long hikes and/or horseback rides. That changed in 1932 when the final section of the Going to the Sun Road was completed. This road goes through the park over Logan Pass and allows visitors the luxury of driving through the park to experience its splendor. The road itself took 11 years to complete and today is still considered an engineering feat. It is one of the Nation's most scenic roads and is a National Historic Landmark. The construction of the road has allowed visitors to experience the Park in a completely different way.
In 1932 Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Park, in Canada, were designated Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. This designation celebrates the longstanding peace and friendship between our two nations. Glacier and Waterton Lakes have both been designated as Biosphere Reserves and together were recognized, in 1995, as a World Heritage Site.