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Glacier National Park

Reach towering peaks and see breathtaking natural scenery as you make your way over, around and through mountains and waterfalls in this national park.

Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Glacier National Park, one of North America’s most pristine ecosystems, established in 1910 as the 10th U.S. national park. Its glacier-capped peaks, alpine valleys and crystal clear lakes fill more than 1 million acres (400,000 hectares) within Montana state.

Glacier Park’s 700 miles (1,126 kilometers) of hiking trails guide visitors into the wilderness to experience the park’s rugged beauty. Among towering mountains, encounter meadows carpeted with wildflowers, waterfalls and wildlife, including mountain goats and marmots in higher elevations and elk and harlequin ducks in lower valleys and streams. Choose from numerous novice hikes, from the Trail of the Cedars to St. Mary Falls.

For experienced hikers, the possibilities are almost endless for day hiking or backpacking. On the park’s east side, Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail is a strenuous 10.7-mile (17.2-kilometer) trek offering fantastic views of the glacier-carved Ptarmigan Wall. On the west side, Quartz Lake Loop from Bowman Lake Campground is a moderate 12.8-mile (20.6-kilometer) hike that swings between picturesque alpine lakes.

Bisecting Glacier Park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of the world’s most scenic drives. Traversing 50 miles (80 kilometers) and reaching heights up to 6,646 feet (2,026 meters) at Logan Pass, the motorway’s engineering is as impressive as its unrivaled views. Sit back and enjoy the ride on the National Park Service’s free shuttles. For a guided, open-air tour, book a spot on a historic Red Bus. The 1930s bus fleet and historic lodges and chalets are significant parts of the park’s rich heritage.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road is open to cars after the snow is cleared, typically from mid-June through September. Cycle along the route from spring through fall. In winter, the road offers fantastic cross-country skiing.

Visit Glacier Park year-round. Most facilities, including campgrounds and lodges, however, are open only during summer. Snowshoeing and Nordic skiing are popular in winter.

Drive to Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Whitefish or Browning for easy access to park entrances. Several outfitters offer whitewater rafting, horseback riding and fishing excursions within the park. Kalispell’s Glacier Park International Airport is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the park’s west entrance.

Popular Activities at Glacier National Park

Ensure you have plenty of time at Glacier National Park. Below are the best activities:

Why not think about purchasing a Private Guided Climbing Experience at Stryker Rock? It's one of the most exciting experiences available here.

For even more things to do, peruse our Kalispell things to do page.


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Lake McDonald Lodge - Inside the Park
Lake McDonald Lodge - Inside the Park

Lake McDonald Lodge - Inside the Park

288 Lake Mcdonald Lodge Loop, West Glacier, MT
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the waterfront, this lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake McDonald and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mount Brown Lookout and Apgar Visitor Center. Glacier National Park and Alberta Tourist Information Center are also within 12 mi (20 km).

    Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park
    Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park

    Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park

    1256 Many Glacier Road, Glacier National Park, Babb, MT
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in a national park, this motel is 8.3 mi (13.3 km) from Glacier National Park and within 32 mi (52 km) of St. Mary Visitor Center and St. Mary Falls. Virginia Falls is 32.3 mi (52 km) away.

      Many Glacier Hotel - Inside the Park
      Many Glacier Hotel - Inside the Park

      Many Glacier Hotel - Inside the Park

      36 Many Glacier Hotel Loop, Babb, MT
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated on a lake, this motel is 7.6 mi (12.2 km) from Glacier National Park and within 32 mi (52 km) of St. Mary Visitor Center and St. Mary Falls. Virginia Falls is 31.7 mi (50.9 km) away.

        Glacier Outdoor Center $125
        Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019
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        Glacier Outdoor Center

        Glacier Outdoor Center

        12400 U.S. 2, West Glacier, MT
           
          4.7 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          The view and the location near the entrance to Glacier National Park are the main attractions. The staff was friendly and helpful but we were a little surprised by the "Save Your Towels" notice. We commonly use towels for several days but most lodgings do not require us to do so. Also the driveway ...

          Rising Sun Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park
          Rising Sun Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park

          Rising Sun Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park

          Going-to-the-Sun Road, East Glacier Park, MT
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in a national park, this motel is within 6 mi (10 km) of St. Mary Falls, Glacier National Park, and Virginia Falls. St. Mary Visitor Center is 5.5 mi (8.8 km) away.

            Village Inn At Apgar - Inside the Park
            Village Inn At Apgar - Inside the Park

            Village Inn At Apgar - Inside the Park

            1039 Going-to-the-Sun Road, West Glacier, MT
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the waterfront, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Apgar Visitor Center and Lake McDonald. Glacier National Park is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

              St. Mary Lodge and Resort
              Reviewed on Jun 22, 2019
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              St. Mary Lodge and Resort

              St. Mary Lodge and Resort

              3 Going-To-The-Sun Road, St. Mary, MT
                 
                4.0 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Room overlooking a whitewater stream was also nicely furnished in comfortable rustic style. Andy at the front desk was extremely helpful.

                Best Mountain Views of Glacier Park, West Glacier! One Mile From Glacier Park!
                Reviewed on Oct 2, 2018
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                Best Mountain Views of Glacier Park, West Glacier! One Mile From Glacier Park!

                Best Mountain Views of Glacier Park, West Glacier! One Mile From Glacier Park!

                West Glacier, Montana
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  If I could wake to the view from the apartment for the rest of my life I would. The location was perfect and very close to the west entrance. My husband and I are avid hikers and this place couldn't have been more perfect for us to come to after a long day on the trails. The kitchen was supplied ...