Glacier Park

Podcast: On the Road to a Record Year

Tristan Scott talks about what Glacier National Park officials are doing to prepare for what everyone expects will be an extremely busy summer

By Andy Viano

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This week: It feels like every year lately has been an unprecedented one at Glacier National Park, but 2021 might just end up being the busiest and most complicated of them all. With much of the world emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, officials expect extremely high visitation, and ongoing virus mitigation measures plus widespread road construction will make things extra challenging for park officials. Tristan Scott joins the show to talk about what those officials are planning to ensure visitors — and locals — go home from the park happy.

Later, host Andy Viano runs through the biggest stories from the last seven days, including the Blackfeet Nation’s decision to reopen the eastern entrances to Glacier National Park, a protest at Whitefish Mountain Resort, and a major conservation project taking another big step forward.

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The music in this episode is “Thinking Music” by Kevin MacLeod ( and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

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