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International Migratory Bird Day 2014 at the National Bison Range

May 7th, 2014 by teresa

Bison cow and calf.DaveF.4.18.14Learn Why Birds Matter at the National Bison Range

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day 2014 at the National Bison Range on Saturday, May 10, 2014.  This year’s theme, “Why Birds Matter”, focuses on the benefits of birds to humans and nature. We will share the many ways in which birds matter to the earth, to ecosystems, and of course, to us.

Some bird species provide practical solutions to problems, such as the need for insect and rodent control. Others disperse seeds, helping to revegetate disturbed areas. Others help with pollination, ensuring that we are graced with flowering plants, trees, and shrubs. And beyond the utilitarian, birds are inspirations for the arts. For example, Amadeus Mozart had a pet starling that motivated the opening theme of the Third Movement of his Piano Concerto No. 17 in G.

As usual, the BIG event of Bird Day is the opening of Red Sleep Mountain Drive for the summer season, weather and road conditions permitting, of course.  This is a 19-mile, one-way gravel road which climbs 2,000 feet to the high point of the Range.  Because it travels through a variety of habitats, including grassland and forest, the scenic drive is a great place to see a broad spectrum of birds which have migrated back for the nesting season.

For those who are new to birdwatching, or those just wanting to dust off the winter cobwebs, the Refuge will conduct a Beginning Bird Walk early on Saturday morning.  The group will take an easy stroll around the Nature Trail to see which birds have completed their migration and have returned for the season.  We will also hold a Backcountry Birding Adventure along some of the back roads of the Refuge.  Both activities have limited space and will require registration. Call the office at 406/644-2211 extension 207 to register and get details about meeting place and times.

Wildlife photographer Donald M Jones will be available from noon to 2 p.m. to autograph his wildlife books, including “Buffalo Country; America’s National Bison Range”.  And at 5:30 p.m. he will lead a wildlife photography trip (registration required).  Additional activities for the day include special bird games, bird videos, trivia contests, tips and tidbits, coloring pages, and free posters.

Other walks and activities may be added at a later date so check out our new website atwww.fws.gov/refuge/national_bison_range.  And these trips have limited space so preregistration is required.

The Refuge and its scenic drives will open at 6:30 a.m. and the Visitor Center opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Visitors coming in the evening will need to start Red Sleep Mountain Drive by 6 p.m. to complete the trip before the Refuge closes as dark.  All Bird Day events are free but fees are charged for the scenic drives.

International Migratory Bird Day celebrates the incredible journeys of migratory birds between their breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Mexico, Central, and South America.  For more information about migratory birds and about events happening throughout the nation, you can check the website at http://www.birdday.org/birday.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with the Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region via our Facebook page athttp://www.facebook.com/USFWSMountainPrairie, follow our tweets at http://twitter.com/USFWSMtnPrairie, download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/51986662@N05, and watch our YouTube Channel athttp://www.youtube.com/usfws.

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Pat Jamieson

Outdoor Recreation Planner

NATIONAL BISON RANGE

58355 Bison Range Rd, Moiese, MT  59824

406-644-2211 ext 207

Check out our new website at www.fws.gov/refuge/national_bison_range

Things to do in the Glacier National Park area..

May 6th, 2014 by teresa

We highly recommend the nearby Lion Lake as a great picnic spot.  Swim, sunbathe or take a short hike around the perimeter.  Its close enough to bike ride, so why not hire a fishing pole and bike from our Front Desk and make a day of it?

Things to Do in the Glacier National Park Area

Glacier National Park | Winter Activities

February 28th, 2014 by teresa

Glacier Adventure Guides at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

Glacier Adventure Guides at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

Here at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins we all appreciate that the Glacier National Park area provides a full four-season experience to visitors from around the world.

Our facility is fully insulated and equipped to provide you with comfortable Glacier National Park lodging year round.  Choose from traditional mountain living in our recently refurbished lodge or cozy up in one of our private cabins.  All our guests can enjoy specialty coffee from our espresso bar and have access to the great room in the lodge to relax, warm up by the fireplace or browse our selection of gifts and guidebooks.

The Winter months in the gateway to glacier provide a range of ways to experience a true winter wonderland, and at the lodge our staff are trained to ensure you make the most of your vacation here with us.

For those new to winter sports, or seeking a quiet retreat to fully appreciate the stillness and beauty of Winter in Glacier, you can hire snowshoes from our front desk, hike out to the Beaver Ponds behind our property, or take a free ranger-led snowshoe excursion into Glacier National Park.

Got your own equipment?  There are many miles of groomed trails in the area, including the Flathead National Forest right outside our back door!  Ask our staff for the most up-to-date information on weather conditions and trails suitable for your needs.

Somewhere in between starting out and Winter Olympic standard?!  Why not visit with Glacier Adventure Guides for an expert guided tour tailored specifically to your needs, desires and abilities?  Guests of the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins receive discounted rates on all their packages and we can guarantee you will make memories that will last a lifetime.

With changing weather patterns throughout the USA and beyond bringing chaos to many, we can provide a safe haven fully equipped for any weather conditions.  Enjoy what this winter throws at us and book your winter vacation in Northwest Montana today!

Glacier National Park Events | Cabin Fever Days 2014

January 25th, 2014 by teresa

Historic Tamarack Lodge West Glacier National Park CabinsIts getting to that time of year again when both locals and visitors can enjoy a weekend of fun at our local Cabin Fever Days event.  Run by the Trapline association to benefit local charities such as Headstart, the food bank and Quick Response Unit, its a great way to support our community whilst kicking back and enjoying canyon hospitality.  From the famous barstool racing to hog roasts and live music there’s something for everyone to enjoy, and with family-friendly activities such as cupcake walks and magic shows the kids can join in too!

Choose to stay at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins and enjoy the classic ambiance of Glacier National Park lodging with modern amenities such as daily housekeeping and satellite tv.  You’ll already be at the centre of the action with all the activity venues within easy reach, but why not take advantage of our spectacular location and explore a bit further afield? Entry to Glacier National Park will be FREE for President’s Day weekend and guests of the Historic Tamarack Lodge get a great discount on local activities including guided snowshoeing and snowmobiling and you can also rent snowshoes right at the lodge itself.

Our espresso bar will be open and serving our special Montana Coffee Traders Tamarack Blend and we will be serving breakfasts, hot burritos and a selection of pastries.  We are on the free shuttle route between parking spots and activity venues!!  So why not come in and enjoy the ambiance of our 100 yr old lodge, surf the internet with our free wifi, and take a break from the hustle and bustle in front of our cozy log fire?  Our gift shop will be offering locally made souvenirs at discounted prices.  Pick up a bargain to remind you of your stay, or send something home to a loved one to entice them to come enjoy the fun!

Our staff are on hand to ensure your stay exceeds your expectations and to welcome you to Cabin Fever Days 2014.  See you on the hill!

Book your 2014 Glacier National Park vacation in December and save $$$

December 27th, 2013 by teresa

NA008587We know that many of our guests return again and again to take advantage of our great location between Glacier National Park, Whitefish and the Flathead Valley and we love to welcome you on your return and catch up on life’s great adventures.  In recognition and appreciation for all our guests we offer a 10% discount exclusively for all guests booking a return stay.  Typically, we only allow one discount per booking but with a friends and family discount you can combine your 10% with any other offer.

There’s nothing better to us after the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and parties to get out in the mountains and enjoy the silence and stillness and snowmobiling is a great way to get out there and get some fresh air.  There are plenty of groomed trails and something for every age and ability and if you book a sled’n'stay for the 2014 season during December we will give you an extra 10% discount.

Already thinking about Summer in Glacier National Park?  Book your summer stay with us during December and we will also discount that for you!  Shh….we never discount our summer rates, so take advantage while you can!

The lodge is not in hibernation mode..on the contrary, not only are we open year round, we are making changes and creating new additions ready for Summer 2014.

It promises to be a great year and we wish you all the very best 2014.

See you soon!

PS For details on how to claim your discounts visit our deals and specials page by clicking here.

Montana Winter Wonderland

November 19th, 2013 by teresa

Glacier National Park Christmas Lodging

Enjoy a true winter wonderland in Glacier National Park!

Looking for that picture perfect winter wonderland experience?  Look no further!  In our little corner of the Rocky Mountains we have all the ingredients for you and yours to create memories of a lifetime.  Enjoy a hot cocoa in the lodge before starting your day.  Curling up in front of our original stone fireplace beneath the lodgepole pine architecture is the perfect way to plan your day with our selection of guidebooks and maps.

Sparkle on the slopes with two outstanding resorts each within 30 mins of the lodge.  Choose from Whitefish Mountain Resort, or take a spin out to Blacktail Mountain.

Skiing not your thing?  Rent snowshoes from the lodge and experience the silence and stillness of the trails in Glacier National Park or get some speed with a snowmobile ride through the Flathead National Forest.

Dine out at picturesque Bigfork (where the elves decorate for Christmas with style!), Whitefish or Columbia Falls.

No need to head into town for gifts – we have everything you need for that special souvenir in our on-site gift shop.

Don’t forget – returning guests get a 10% discount on future stays!

Book today and get great low winter rates plus activity discounts as an extra bonus.

Free entry to Glacier National Park

November 7th, 2013 by teresa

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Glacier National Park Cabin Rental

Book a stay in one of our year-round Glacier National Park cabins and enjoy free entry to the park.

Winter entrance fees to the park are in effect November 1 – April 30 each year.    The park’s winter entrance fee is $15 per vehicle and is valid for seven days.  The per-person winter entrance fee for a visitor traveling on foot or bicycle is $10 and is valid for seven days.  An annual Glacier National Park pass for unlimited access to the park for one year is available for $35.

Entrance fees to Glacier National Park will be waived Saturday through Monday, November 10-12, Veteran’s Day Weekend, in honor of those that serve and have served in the United States Military. 

Every season is a great time to visit, with spectacular scenery and an abundance of flora and fauna.  Our Lodge stays open year round providing premium service for our guests, an espresso bar and gift shop.

For additional information about Glacier National Park, visit the park’s website athttp://www.nps.gov/glac/index.  Visitors may also learn more about the park via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GlacierNPS.

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.

 

 

Who needs National Parks…?

October 3rd, 2013 by teresa

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Well, we do!  Glacier National Park is the biggest attraction that draws our guests to our area and we think its certainly worth travelling from the four corners of the world to experience.

However, there is much. much more to experience in our backyard than Glacier National Park, and the silver lining of the current park closure, due to government shutdown, is that we can draw the attention of our guests to the supporting cast whilst the main star has temporarily left the stage.

For guests craving spectacular vistas you can take a trip up to Desert Mountain in the Flathead National Forest and view the peaks of Glacier National Park from a different perspective.  Whilst you are in the park you are in the midst of this snowcapped majesty, and we all know how hard it is to see the wood for the trees sometimes.  Bike, hike or drive this trail for breathtaking views of peaks and valleys right up to the US/Canada border and beyond.

Or, stay on the flat (in comparison), and enjoy the still water and tall pines around Hungry Horse Reservoir.  Great Northern peak (pictured above) dominates the views on this drive right around the reservoir.  Great for wildlife viewing, a spot of fishing or stopping off for a picnic at one of the many sites you’ll pass.  The Hungry Horse Dam in itself is well worth the visit and full of the history of the area (spot the huge ball on your drive through Hungry Horse used for clearing trees during the construction).

Polebridge Bakery tingles your tastebuds and takes you back in time to the days of the mercantile (its compulsory to bring us back some of their bear claws!).  The drive up offers yet another perspective of park peaks.  Jewel Basin, in the opposite direction, offers hiking options and scenery away from the park.

Take our word for it, there are outstanding vistas and hiking everywhere you turn.

Feel like you’re missing out on that famous scenic drive? Take a drive around 27 mile long Flathead Lake instead, stopping at art galleries in Bigfork, the Miracle of America museum in Polson and various microbreweries for a great day out.  The sunsets over the lake are beyond spectacular.

Looking for some history and culture?  Check out the Conrad Mansion for a glimpse into days gone by, and don’t forget our lodge!  Built originally to greet visitors to the park there are more than 100 years of history in those solid log beams!

Don’t be sad because the park is closed, be glad because you get to experience all the hidden gems that most visitors don’t find the time for.

Book your stay today and fall for all the Flathead Valley has to offer.

Whatever Washington is up to, WE can promise you you will not be disappointed!

Fabulous Fall in the Flathead Valley

September 22nd, 2013 by teresa

Have you had the opportunity yet to visit with us in the Fall?  We think its just the best time of year in our little corner of Northwest Montana.  Beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures continue into September and October and fewer crowds mean more space to enjoy the Fall colors and crisp mountain air.

The lodge stays open year round providing full four-season facilities for our guests whether dropping by for a coffee by the fireplace, enjoying a fabulous Fall vacation, or staying longer term in one of our cabins throughout the winter.

This year, you can access Logan’s Peak from the West Side of Glacier National Park right into October.  Park facilities close down for the season by September so this means you get no lines and very little traffic.  Its a totally different experience, and one not to be missed!  The lakes are so still and offer perfect looking-glass reflections of Montana’s ‘big sky’ and the tamaracks turning shades of gold.

And there’s plenty more to see and do…..

Traditional Fall events in the Flathead Valley includes the Le Grizz Ultramarathon (a 50 mile footrace around the Hungry Horse Reservoir), the Great Northwest Oktoberfest (two weekends of German beer, food music and fun) and there’s always pumpkin picking at the pumpkin patch along with indoor entertainment at The Zone Family Fun Center for our younger guests (or the young at heart!).

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