Blackfeet tribal member Ed DesRosier considers this breathtaking park a part of his DNA, so he started a tour company to tell its story.
Growing up in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, DesRosier spent most of his childhood outdoors, nurturing an intimate relationship with a place that has always been a vital part of Blackfeet history. Today, DesRosier’s Sun Tours unravels that history for Big Sky visitors.
Home on the Rocky Mountain Range
The Blackfeet Nation borders Northwest Montana’s Glacier National Park, a 400,000-hectare wilderness in the Rocky Mountains that runs all the way to Canada. For DesRosier, who grew up with six brothers and sisters, it’s home. “My dad took us to the backcountry a lot. We went hiking, fishing and mountain climbing. I’ve always been very connected to this land, very passionate about it,” he says.
Ed DesRosier, member of the Blackfeet Nation and owner of Sun Tours, which offers cultural and historical Blackfeet tours of Glacier National Park in Montana
Ancient and Abiding Connections
Ask him what’s special about Glacier, and DesRosier grows thoughtful. “There are so many places in the park where you feel like you’re the first person to walk in that valley,” he notes. “You’re seeing it through your own eyes for the first time, so it’s special to you, but really, people have been walking these same valleys and mountain passes for ages.”
Taking in the stunning views of Glacier National Park, Montana