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How to spot winter wildlife in Glacier National Park.

November 29th, 2015 by teresa

As the crowds of visitors recede and winter settles over Glacier National Park, the new found calm and quiet makes for an ideal environment to spot the park’s many inhabitants as they move about their habitats.

Many of the animals in the park have stealthy winter camouflage, which can make spotting them a fun challenge.  That said, one of the benefits of wildlife spotting in winter is that many critters that usually move to the highlands in warm weather (to forage and get away from humans) will come down to the milder, more accessible lowlands in winter.

While bears spend a good portion of the season hibernating, the park’s 65 other mammals like elk , red fox, white-tailed deer, and bald eagles come out to play in the winter wonderland giving visitors outstanding photo opportunities and great memories.  No selfies though! Stay safe and be sure to stay well away from wildlife (the law is 300 feet from bears, 75 feet from other animals) but don’t be afraid to keep your eyes open and look for these telltale signs of furry and feathered park inhabitants.



1. Check for Tracks 

The snow forms a perfect canvas to check out animal tracks, with fresh, well-defined footprints telling a detailed story of passersby. You don’t have to be an expert tracker to pick up on what the tracks mean. Does the animal have claws, paws, do they hop or run, how many toes? See what you can discover just by observing.  

2. Look to the Water 

When lakes and streams freeze, any liquid water draws animals like crazy. This makes springs and thin-iced lake-sides the ideal place to spot thirsty animals in their own habitat, taking a sip of that refreshing, icy water.

Lake McDonald in the Winter

Glacier National Park in the Wintertime

3. Scat 

No, we don’t mean skidaddle. While in the summer, animal scat blends in with the undergrowth, the bright white snow makes it easy to spot in winter. Small pellets in a cluster? Probably a deer. The bigger the scat, the bigger the animal that left it behind. If you look closely you may be able to tell what’s on the menu during winter in Glacier National Park.
Book a stay today and take your family on a tour of our winter wonderland.  We guarantee great memories and outstanding views, all year round.

Hunters are Welcome!

October 18th, 2015 by teresa


We recohuntergnize the heritage that comes with living here in Montana and know that many visitors to the area come here to experience hunting in the type of terrain only Northwest Montana can provide.

We have many groups of hunters who rest and relax before and after their hunt at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins, and we are happy to welcome them!

Visit our Specials page for more info on our Hunter’s Discount and ask us about amenities we can provide by calling our Front Desk on 406-387-4420.


Glacier National Park Lodging

September 30th, 2015 by teresa

Relax, restore and revive.

Glacier National Park vacations.

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  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

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 Connect with the Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region via our Facebook page at, follow our tweets at, download photos from our Flickr page at, and watch our YouTube Channel at

– FWS –

Pat Jamieson

Outdoor Recreation Planner


58355 Bison Range Rd, Moiese, MT  59824

406-644-2211 ext 207

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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

glacier national park cabins

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 at  Visitors may also learn more about the park via Facebook at