Archive for April, 2010

Glacier Will Waive Entrance Fees During National Park Week Annual Celebration takes place April 17- 25

April 16th, 2010 by HTL

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced all 392 national parks will have free admission during National Park Week, April 17 to 25. “We are rolling out the red carpet and inviting everyone to visit a national park and help celebrate National Park Week” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “Parks are fun and affordable destinations and great places to engage in healthy, outdoor activities, whether for a few hours or a few days.”

“There are great recreational opportunities in Glacier this spring. Roads are being plowed and opened as fast as safely possible. Hiking and biking is possible on some roads beyond vehicle closures,” says park superintendent Chas Cartwright. Signs will indicate when caution should be exercised and when closures for hikers/bicyclists are in effect.

Other National Park Week highlights include the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and a number of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of Glacier National Park.

Visitors should always be alert for snowplows and other heavy equipment on park roads as well as areas of ice, slush, avalanche zones and/or fallen rock. Current road conditions are available on the park’s road status web site

This page is updated as conditions change. Travelers may also call park headquarters at 406-888-7800 for current road and weather conditions.

Wildlife viewing in our area

April 16th, 2010 by HTL

The Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins boasts a wonderful resource
library for visitors coming to the area. Regardless of your interest
and activity level, we at the Lodge can help assist you in further
research and planning.

A part of ‘The Hunter Travel Guide’ series,  ‘The Adventure Guide to Montana’  by Genevieve Rowels is a great resource for our visitors who come for hunting season but is also a wonderful guide for any and all guests seeking the spectacular wildlife in the Montana Rocky Mountains.

Offering coverage of the history, culture, geography and climate, as well as wilderness trips in Montana, this book is highly recommended by avid hunters and wilderness lovers alike.  Much time is spent on our own beloved backyard, the Flathead National Forest but coverage also extends to the Flathead and Clearwater Mountains and fly-fishing, Nordic skiing, rock-hounding and overnight hiking excursions.

Another great way to experience the wildlife in the area is via horseback and we highly recommend Swan Mountain Outfitters for guided horseback rides and tours. They have two great locations on the West Side only minutes from the Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins. Ask about tours when you call our front desk.

Avid wildlife watchers come to NW Montana during almost every season
of the year to view specific creatures in this amazing wilderness.

Opportunities exist in almost every location surrounding our Lodge. Regardless of the season and whatever interests you have, our staff are here to assist you in your adventures.

We look forward to helping you plan your vacation !

Montana State Parks

April 9th, 2010 by HTL

Whilst the stunning scenery of Glacier National Park is a must-see on any trip to the area, not quite so many people are aware of the Montana State Parks.  An additional way to absorb the beauty of Montana, State Parks close to your accommodation at The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins include Lone PineWhitefish Lake, and Wayfarers.

Views from Lone Pine stretch across the Flathead Valley, down as far as Flathead Lake and are spectacular at any time of day.  There is also an information center where you can learn about the local geography and wildlife or buy maps and souvenirs.

Watching the sun set over the Flathead Lake from the shore-line at Wayfarers is truly a memorable event.  Do NOT forget your camera !

For travellers wanting to go a bit further afield, access to the Flathead Lake from Yellow Bay provides a sheltered bay for swimming or watersports, public restrooms and a boat ramp.

Ask your hosts for further information and for directions to the Park of your choice !

Places to visit: Kalispell

April 2nd, 2010 by HTL

The biggest and most diverse city in the valley is Kalispell.  Approximately 30mins drive from your accommodation at The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins, when planning your itinerary, make sure to add Kalispell to the list whatever your interests.

To inject a little bit of local culture into your stay, visit the Conrad Mansion and learn about the valley of days past, or the Hockaday Museum of Art.  There is a waterpark and skate park for the kids, and plenty of Summer activities to be found.

Dine in one of the many restaurants, browse the antique stores or the boutique stores downtown.

Big name brands like Herberger’s and JC Penney are available at the Mall downtown, or head out to Hutton Ranch Road for Target and Best Buy, or to get your outdoor gear at Sportsman Skihaus.

Look out for events at the Flathead Valley Fairgrounds too !