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March 27th, 2012 by teresa

Glacier National Park

March 27th, 2012 by teresa

The Flathead Valley is the magnificent gateway to the west entrance of Glacier National Park – a park so naturally beautiful it is known as the “Crown Jewel of the Continent”.  Glacier was established largely through the influence of railroad magnate James J. Hill, who envisioned a North American tourist destination, comparable to the Swiss Alps, for travelers on his Great Northern Railway.

Crown of the Continent

The Crown of the Continent is the vast ecosystem stretching from the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex north to British Columbia, Alberta and Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park. Combined, Waterton and Glacier form the only trans-boundary “peace park” in North America.

Exceptional natural beauty is preserved in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, and is a result of dynamic ongoing natural processes. Because of this the parks have been jointly designated a World Heritage Site, an honor shared with the Taj Mahal, The Great Barrier Reef and the Egyptian Pyramids.

What Glacier has to Offer

Visitors to Glacier National Park enjoy the park’s 1 million acres of lakes, sweeping valleys and glacier carved mountains. Glacier is 40 miles wide from east to west, and 50 miles long north to south.

A complete suite of wildlife that includes wolves, grizzly bears, lynx and other natural predators sets Glacier apart from nearly every other national park. Glacier has 272 bird species, 63 different mammals, 23 fish species, five types of amphibians and three types of reptiles.

The park has a rich variety of flora as well. There are 1,270 vascular plant varieties, 880 mosses and lichens, 130 non-native plant species and 20 tree species.

Mountains, Lakes and Streams

The highest point in Glacier is Mount Cleveland, at 10,466’ and the lowest is the Middle Fork River near West Glacier at 3,215’. At an elevation of 6,646 ‘, Logan Pass is the highest point in the park accessible by vehicle.

There are more than 175 named mountains in the park, six of them over 10,000′ and 43 over 9,000’. The Continental Divide, the mountainous backbone that sends water either to the east or west, meanders 106 miles through the park.

There are 762 lakes in Glacier, and only 131 of them are named. They cover 30,022 surface acres, with 392 miles of total shoreline. Lake McDonald is the largest at 6,823 acres, followed by St. Mary Lake at 3,923 acres, Bowman Lake at 1,706 acres and Kintla Lake at 1,698 acres.

There are 563 streams or rivers in Glacier covering 1,513 stream miles. The longest is McDonald Creek, which stretches 25.8 miles.

Archaeological evidence of use by ancient American Indians indicates Glacier’s cultural history dates back at least 10,000 years. The first Europeans to explore the area were fur trappers who are believed to have arrived in the late 1700s.

Go to the Sun

With the exception of Going-to-the-Sun Road, most roads are limited to the park’s exterior, while an extensive trail network winds through the interior. The park has 168 miles of road, six entrances and 730 miles of trails.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road is a scenic landmark crossing between the west entrance near the Flathead Valley and the east entrance at St. Mary via Logan Pass. The 50-mile paved road was completed in the 1930’s. In 1983, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 1996 was designated a National Landmark. The road is narrow, steep and winding, with numerous pullouts for viewing scenery. Travelers should plan to spend 1½ to 3 hours to complete the distance.

Weather and snow determine when Logan Pass opens and closes. Most portions of the Going-to-the-Sun road are open year-round. Logan Pass opens in mid-June and closes in mid-October.

The Flathead Valley provides an outstanding base camp for exploring GP with its large number of accommodations, restaurants, activities, attractions and services geared to the traveler.

For general park information such as maps, Web cams and bear safety information, check the following park Internet links to help you find answers to your questions:

US Park Service website: http://www.nps.gov/glac
Fee Free Days 2011: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/GlacierNationalPark
Twitter: http://twitter.com/glaciernps
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/glaciernp/
Web cams: http://www.nps.gov/glac/whatsnew.htm

Frequently ask questions: http://www.nps.gov/glac/faq.htm

New cabin special offers!

March 27th, 2012 by teresa

We at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins are excited about our five brand new cabins!  Available to all guests from May 1st, we have three lofted cabins and two studio-size cabins designed and built for your comfort.  To celebrate, we have the following special offers available on our new cabins (Kintla, Stimson, Bowman, Merritt and McDonald).

Book today!  We look forward to welcoming you to your Glacier National Park home away from home!

  • New Cabin Discount
    Celebrate the opening of our brand new cabins with a 10% discount. Stay in one of our new cabins (Bowman, Kintla, Stimson, McDonald and Merritt) during May and get 10% off.

 

  • Free bike rental
    Book a stay in one of our brand new cabins (Merritt, McDonald, Kintla, Stimson and Bowman) and will give you one full day mountain bike rental for two people as our free gift to you.

Glacier National Park Weddings at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

March 27th, 2012 by teresa

Weddings at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins are always a special event. Situated in a spectacular scenic mountain valley in the midst of the Montana Rockies our environment is a naturally romantic backdrop, and it gives us great pleasure to be able to assist you in creating a day to remember for you and your guests.

We pride ourselves on our hospitality and our ability to deliver a family atmosphere for your special day. Our 100 year old lodge offers the perfect intimate setting for the exchange of vows surrounded by close family and friends. For larger groups, an outdoor gazebo lends itself perfectly to the beauty of the Flathead National Forest outside our backdoor. Enjoy a feast of delights beneath a canopied tent installed amongst the wildflowers of our back yard, and follow it up with an evening of celebration, dancing with loved ones, to the tunes of local musicians, beneath the stars of a crystal clear Montana sky. When the night is over the classic ambiance and modern facilities of our accommodation will ensure a comfortable night’s sleep followed by a continental breakfast in the Main Lodge in the morning.

Don’t forget to explore the area – bike rentals are available all year round at the lodge and snowmobiles, snow shoes and skiing are available locally during snow season. In the Summer months, the Going to the Sun road in Glacier National Park is a must-do, and for those last-minute wedding supplies and souvenirs there are big name stores and boutique shopping available nearby.

Our services include liaising with select local businesses in order to provide you with the best quality services and pricing for all your requirements, from necessary equipment rental to caterers and musicians.

Welcome to a wonderful new life together!
Welcome to the team Patrice Manget of The Montana Concierge!  Patrice has a vast amount of experience in events organisation and is an expert wedding planner with special focus on day of event coordination for self-planners.  With a slogan ‘You deserve the time of your life’  she states  ‘For bridal couples or family/club events, the meaning is two-fold:  First, that I strive to make their special day the very best celebration ever, and second, that I keep their event on track so that they have the time to enjoy every minute!’

To have Patrice assist you in planning your wedding at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins you can contact her direct at www.TheMontanaConcierge.com

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