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5 things to remember when you snowshoe Glacier National Park

November 27th, 2015 by teresa

Have you tried Snowshoeing yet?  Fun for all the family, and easy to do,it is also an amazing way to get in some snow-covered mountain time while accessing pristine spots in Glacier National Park, even when areas are closed to vehicle traffic. Food coma from too much festive fun? You can’t beat a workout with views like this:stnick

As we’re gearing up for the winter season to start we are busy getting ready for snow.  Thoughts begin to turn to fun activities and great ways to get out into our backyard, and snowshoeing is one of our favorite ways to explore. These tips and tricks help make the snowy path to winter recreation a little easier:

1. Keep a slightly wider stance

Try not to exaggerate this too much, but keeping your legs slightly farther apart than normal gives you more balance as you walk.

2. Kick-step going uphill

This technique helps you get the most traction going uphill in fluffy powder, without sliding back down. Lift up your foot and kick into the slope with your toe so the crampons dig into the hill right under the ball of your foot.

3. Bend your knees

Going downhill can make you feel like leaning back and tensing up, but don’t lock your knees! Keeping them gently bent helps you maintain balance and stay stable.

4. Stay to the side of ski tracks

Showing respect for others using the trail is key when snowshoeing on shared trails with cross country skiers. Since snowshoes have an easier and safer time moving to the side, skis have the right of way on joint trails, so step aside and wave hello when others pass.  

5. Remember to walk naturally!

You’ve read all these tips, you’ve strapped some snowshoes on, but don’t forget, snowshoeing is really just walking. Put one foot in front of the other and try to be as natural as possible.

Rent snowshoes at the lodge and explore the Beaver Pond area behind our property.  Find your groove and then head out into Glacier National Park, or onto the many trails of the Flathead National Forest.  Ask our staff about the best trails for your ability, we’ll be happy to help!

Here’s some helpful links to get you started:

Christmas Parties at the Historic Tamarack Lodge

November 9th, 2015 by teresa

Glacier National Park Event Venue

Host your Christmas party and visit Glacier National Park

Tis most definitely the season, and this year we are open as a venue to host your Christmas party with (sleigh) bells on!

On the menu is:

Lodging from $54* per cabin
Choose from a cozy room on the upper level of the lodge or a private cabin
(cabins range in size and sleep from 2-6)

 The use of our 100 yr old lodge with original stone fireplace, cozy interior and restaurant seating for 40+

20% off drinks at our bar 

A selection of menu options to choose from by our in-house caterers Oso’s.

Traditional Christmas decorations throughout the lodge will give your photos a fabulous backdrop, local products from distilleries and breweries throughout the region will enable you to Shop Local and support the local community, and, with Glacier National Park on our doorstep its a perfect reason to stay and play the next day.

Let that fresh mountain air blow the cobwebs away
(or choose the hair of the dog with our special Sunday Bloody Mary bar!)

*regular Winter rack rates less a 20% discount for events

Events at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

October 16th, 2015 by teresa

The lodge has always been a popular location for family reunions, weddings and other group events.  22 cabins on-site and two large recreation spaces, plus all weather capacity in the lodge itself or in our outdoor Pavilion means large groups are able to meet, greet and entertain in one place.  Our host of outdoor games, such as badminton, tetherball, volleyball, football, horseshoes and more makes friendly competition between groups a fun activity and Glacier National Park a short drive away ensures breathtaking hikes, cycling and water sports.

Our venues are now available to be booked on-line and include the lodge (please note that lodge rental is not possible during restaurant opening hours unless you have made catering arrangements with the chef), the Pavilion, the lower recreation area and the upper recreation area.

Space for large event tents is available on the upper recreation area.  This is located at the rear of our property and offers privacy in close proximity to the Flathead National Forest and our family cabins.

Use of all our event facilities is available free of charge to our guests, but exclusive use of these areas do need to be reserved.

Book on-line, or call our Receptionists on 406-387-4420 for further information, for catering info and to ask us about discounted rates for large groups.


Pavilion Rest

Massage Mondays at the Historic Tamarack Lodge

June 30th, 2014 by teresa

Take time-out of your day for massage mondays!Take a time-out and relax with a chair massage on the deck.  Join John Ellis of Tapas Massage every Monday evening from 5pm (donations accepted) at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins:

‘To be able to take tension out of people’s lives and make them feel better, and hopefully help them achieve a better quality of life, is very rewarding.  Taking care of our bodies and listening to what they are telling us, that is what we are supposed to do.’

It’s a great way to relax and unwind after travel and before enjoying drinks and dinner at our saloon and restaurant.

John is also available for table massage at your cabin and specializes in:

Swedish Massage – for relaxation and wellness;

Neuromuscular Massage – for injury and chronic pain;

You can reach him at: 406-260-8826 to make an appointment at your convenience.

Glacier National Park – Apgar Visitor Center Relocates

May 13th, 2014 by teresa

Glacier National Park LodgingThe Glacier National Park Apgar Visitor Center operation is relocating to the existing Apgar Transit Center facility, and will begin daily operations Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   

The new location will be identified as the Apgar Visitor Center and will provide visitor information services, pick-up and drop-off services for the park’s shuttle system and concession-operated tour and transportation services, retail sales managed by the Glacier National Park Conservancy and restroom facilities.  The building is recognized as LEED Gold Certified.    The new location of the Apgar Visitor Center is located at the t-intersection approximately one mile north of the West Entrance Station on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. 

The Glacier National Park Conservancy is assisting with the relocation.  Superintendent Jeff Mow said, “The Conservancy has been instrumental in working with their donors to provide engineering and design expertise, materials and labor to retrofit the facility to serve as the Apgar Visitor Center.”  Mow said he was impressed with the assistance from several local and regional businesses and appreciates the Conservancy’s leadership with this project.”  

The small building that housed the visitor center in Apgar Village will have public restroom facilities available, but the main building will be closed. An analysis to determine the future use of that facility will begin later this year.

The park’s general management plan (1999) identified the construction of a West-side Discovery Center and Museum, but a lack of funding prevented such a facility.  In 2007, the Apgar Transit Center was constructed to serve as a transit staging area and facilitate visitor access and orientation along the Going-to-the-Sun Road during road rehabilitation.  It has been the park’s intention to relocate the existing west-side visitor center operations from Apgar Village to this area.  To accommodate increased visitor use at the site, the parking area is being expanded, per an environmental assessment completed in 2012.

The park hosts three visitor centers, Apgar, St. Mary and Logan Pass.  The opening and closing dates and times are as follows:

Apgar Visitor Center  May 17 – June 13

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 June 14 – September 1

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 September 2- October 5

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

October 6 – Spring 2015

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday/Sunday Only

Logan Pass Visitor Center As snow and road conditions allow – September 1

9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

September 2 – September 21

9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

St. Mary Visitor Center May 24 – June 28

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

June 29 – August 16

8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

August 17 – October 5

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.




Plan your stay

May 10th, 2014 by teresa

Book your activities at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and CabinsAre you stuck for ideas for activities during your stay?  Spoilt for choice and no idea how to select the best activity for you? Just don’t have the time to coordinate booking your adventures in Glacier National Park?

We can help!

Here at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins we do our best to make your stay as comfortable as possible and strive to take care of the details so that you can relax and make memories.

Let our in-house guides and activity co-ordinators take the stress off by planning your itinerary for you.  Even better, let them be your guides for the day and ensure you are transported to your chosen activity, guided through the experience, and returned back to your lodging at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins to tell us all about it!

Simply visit with the guides in the lodge on Monday and Wednesday mornings, or join them for interpretive talks and stories from the backcountry around the campfire on Tuesday and Friday evenings.

If they are out on adventures with other guests, you can drop them a line via email to or leave a voicemail at (406)871-2162.  They’ll be sure to contact you as soon as they are able.

You can also ask our Front Desk staff for suggestions for suitable hikes, places of interest, and for discounted opportunities with local outfitters.  They will be happy to help!

Glacier National Park Vacations

February 20th, 2014 by teresa

HIstoric Tamarack Lodge

100 yr old lodge and 22 private cabins, 8 miles from Glacier National Park

Summer 2014 in Glacier National Park offers an outstanding family vacation opportunity.  If warm summer days, cool mountain evenings and sunsets that go on forever sound like the perfect backdrop for you then look no further!  Montana is not known as ‘Big Sky Country’ for nothing.  Deep blue skies frame the snowy mountain peaks, and nights of a thousand stars are best enjoyed toasting smores around a campfire.

At the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins, we know the main attraction is the beauty that is our backyard.  Our job is simply to ensure that your daily needs are taken care of so that you can sit back and enjoy it.

Comfortable cabin and lodge room accommodation is carefully designed with our guests’ needs in mind.  The classic ambience of mountain lodge living is evident in our furnishings and attention to detail, such as wooden floors, handcrafted furniture and Glacier National Park themed artwork.  Modern amenities include daily housekeeping, wifi, satellite tv and iPod docks to ensure your comfort and convenience.

A selection of outdoor games such as volleyball, tetherball and horseshoes are available along with outdoor grilles, picnic areas, a covered pavilion and fire pits.  If that’s not enough to persuade even the most reluctant outdoor enthusiast, our llama Star and the Beaver Ponds located behind our property are added attractions popular with all our guests.

Whether you are just seeking a soft pillow and warm bed for a night along a carefully planned out road trip, an experience immersed in the history of the Glacier National Park area, or room for all the family to spend an extended vacation , we can meet your needs.

Book today to ensure your lodging choice and come and enjoy mountain hospitality in the Montana Rockies this summer.

We look forward to welcoming you to your home away from home!

Glacier National Park Lodging

January 16th, 2014 by teresa

Glacier National Park lodge and cabins

Glacier National Park lodge and cabins

The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins is located only 8 miles from the West Entrance to Glacier National Park.  We offer a range of lodging choices including: newly refurbished lodge rooms located on the upper level of our 100 year old Glacier National Park lodge; practical and cost-effective motel-style unit cabin; and full-size private cabins.  If you are looking for a Glacier National Park experience full of the ambience of true mountain living with the added benefits of modern amenities such as daily housekeeping, wifi, and satellite tv we can help!

All our accommodations have been carefully designed for our guest’s comfort and satisfaction whatever the season.  We pride ourselves on our hospitality and on providing attention to detail such as ceiling fans, locally crafted furniture, and iPod docks.  Outside we provide grills and picnic areas with features such as an outdoor pavilion, fire pit and horseshoes.  Our property is designed for convenient parking that does not disturb your enjoyment of our backyard and wider environment.

We work with local outfitters to give our guests quality local activities throughout the year at discount prices.  Choose from whitewater rafting, fishing and horseback riding in the summer months, or snowmobiling, snowshoeing and xc skiing in the winter.

Whatever your ideal Glacier National Park adventure, we can provide you with a comfortable and convenient base camp for making memories that last a lifetime.

Check availability and book today to secure your choice of lodging and great rates!

Glacier National Park Lodging

January 9th, 2014 by teresa

Historic Tamarack Lodge CabinsOur 100 year old lodge has been welcoming visitors to the area for generations.  Its original lodgepole pine architecture is full of the ambiance of the mountain community in which it resides and we pride ourselves on mirroring its history in the hospitality we offer to our guests.

Choose to stay in one of our lodge rooms for your Glacier National Park 2014 vacation and experience for yourself the classic ambiance of mountain living with the modern amenities we provide for your comfort and convenience.

Our four lodge rooms sleep from 2-5 guests and enjoy private allocated parking, a separate entrance and 24 hour access to the lodge Great Room with its working stone fireplace, over-stuffed furniture and Glacier National Park decor.

Each room has its own attached bath, satellite tv, and iPod dock.  Sound insulation ensures a peaceful night’s sleep, and our daily housekeeping service provides ample stock of fluffy white towels.

Check availability and book today to make your Glacier National Park adventure the trip of a lifetime.




Winter in Glacier National Park

November 2nd, 2013 by teresa


Glacier National Park Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing and xc skiing in Northwest Montana

Book a stay with us during Winter 2013/14 and enjoy great seasonal rates, outfitter discounts and all the facilities of our four season Glacier National Park Lodge and Cabins.

All our accommodations are fully equipped to handle all season weather and our facility is plowed and maintained on a daily basis throughout the season.

Come in and enjoy a latte from our Espresso Bar in front of the Lodge fire, plan your day’s adventure with our collection of guide books and maps, and grab a high energy snack from our Gift Shop to keep you active on the trail.

Our staff are always on hand to help you plan your trip with local knowledge and first hand experience of the area.

All four seasons in Glacier National Park bring their own form of splendour, but there is nothing quite like the stillness of a snow-covered landscape.  Glacier National Park remains open throughout the Winter months for skiing and snowshoeing and provides many opportunities for experiencing outstanding scenery and fresh mountain air.

Ready to hit the trails?  Apgar Village and 11 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are plowed throughout the season.  As always when planning an excursion into the Park, be prepared for changes in weather conditions and be sure you are fully equipped. For latest trail closures and conditions click here.

Bringing the kids along? Why not rent snowshoes from the lodge and join in on a Park Ranger-Led Snowshoe Walk?  These two hour walks are a great way to discover all about Park flora and fauna during the Winter months and are usually held on Saturdays and Sundays from January through March.

(Snowshoe rental is also available at the Apgar Visitor Center)

Be sure to tell us all about it when you return at the end of the day and ask us for advice on planning your next Glacier National Park adventure!  Want to make it an extended stay?  Our cabins are available for long-term rental Oct-April.