WEST GLACIER – The number one danger to visitors in Glacier National Park isn’t bears, but slips and falls near water.
As the park draws closer to opening Going to the Sun Road, spokeswoman Lauren Alley reminds folks to be on the lookout for slippery moss-covered rocks and logs near open streams and cliffs.
Alley notes that the park has almost 3,000 miles of stream and over 600 lakes that people need to be cautious of as falls are the leading cause of accidents and deaths that have happened in the park.
For example, since 2017 two people have died after falling in the area of Haystack Creek on Going to the Sun Road.
Park officials also advise to avoid wading in swift streams and to never walk, play, or climb on slippery rocks — especially around waterfalls.
Reporting by Maren Siu for MTN News