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Glacier National Park Summer Vacations

May 13th, 2013 by teresa

Blue sky against tall pines, long drawn out sunsets, a million and one stars – you will soon discover why they call Montana ‘Big Sky’ country! With summer temperatures possibly hitting 100 you will find the perfect opportunity to head off into the cool air of the mountains or to take a dip in the lakes and rivers. The beauty of Montana at the height of the season is unsurpassed and you will return from your travels with a photograph album that will become the envy of all your friends!

The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins offers, within a five-mile radius, an array of activities appealing to all ages and a wide range of interests. The Flathead National Forest right outside our back door provides miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking and ample opportunities for fishing and hunting. Nearby Kalispell, Whitefish and Bigfork have plenty of boutiques and antique shops and, in the summer months, there are ample opportunities for water sports whether touring the Flathead Lake, rafting on the rivers or shooting down the slides at the nearby Big Sky Water Park.

Of course, there is always Glacier National Park, only 8 miles away and open year round, its our main attraction and with good reason!  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 it apart from nearly every other national park, a park so naturally beautiful it is known as the “Crown Jewel of the Continent.”

Mountain bikes and fishing equipment are available for rental from the lodge.

When you are done exploring for the day, try dinner at one of our many local restaurants, or cook on the grill at the lodge and enjoy a game of horseshoes or volleyball in our backyard. The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins are famous for our evening campfires, hosted by our staff and often accompanied by local musicians.

Regardless of the weather, season, or activity there is always spectacular scenery. With Montana’s Rocky Mountains as your backdrop, the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins will provide you with the perfect setting for your next family vacation, corporate retreat, or weekend getaway.

Use our convenient on-line reservations link or call us directly on 406-387-4420 . Also call toll free on 877-387-4420 .

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(photo courtesy Glacier Country)

The Crown of the Continent

April 26th, 2013 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.

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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 Glacier National Park with its large number of restaurants, activities, attractions and services geared to the traveler.

Located only eight miles from the west entrance to Glacier National Park, the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins offers traditional lodge room accommodation in our 100 yr old lodge, one of the original visitor centres belonging to the park.  We also offer 22 private cabins.  With great rates and clean and comfortable accommodation, check availability and book your stay today for a Glacier National Park vacation of a lifetime.

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
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Flickr
Web cams

Maps

Natural resources

Bear information

Park publications

Park news

Park photos

GNP FAQs

 

Plan your stay

April 5th, 2013 by teresa

We look forward to welcoming you to the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park area of Montana, but we know how daunting it can be to plan a trip in an unfamiliar area.  We’ve put together a few pages that we think might help out.

During your stay, our front desk staff will be ready to help you with all the latest local information to ensure you leave with memories that will last a lifetime.

Venture out on your own day excursion, or allow us to arrange a multi-day hiking, mountain biking, or sightseeing. Rent your mountain bikes right here at the lodge! For rafting, trail riding, hunting, fishing or snowmobiling, we can help by arranging an outing for you with one of the many outfitting organizations we partner with.  Ask us about great discounts on outdoor activities, whatever the season.

If some retail therapy is in order, the boutiques of nearby Bigfork, Whitefish and downtown Kalispell are sure to delight. Or why not try the many antiques shops? Don’t forget the gift shopping for loved ones, friends and family! After a long day’s adventure, come home and relax at the lodge, dine in one of the valley’s fine restaurants and unwind in the sheer beauty and spectacular scenery of the place we call home.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful area, and your home away from home right here at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins.

The owners and staff at the Historic Tamarack Lodge have ‘never met a stranger’ and want to make your stay a memorable one so breathe deep and prepare to experience the American West like you never have before.

Come to Montana, where the mountains call, and relax surrounded by nature’s magnificence letting the scenic and alluring greatness of the Rockies bring you back to yourself.

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Snowmobiling Adventures in Glacier National Park

March 25th, 2013 by teresa

Whilst motorized vehicles are prohibited within Glacier National Park, it is still possible to experience the unique views over the peaks from the many groomed trails in the surrounding area.  We partner with Swan Mountain Outfitters to offer you great rates and out of this world experiences of our area.

The season runs through April 15 (weather conditions permitting), making this a great Spring Break adventure for all the family and discounts can be taken along with our Spring Break offer.

Minimum age to ride on a snowmobile is 6 years old and minimum age to drive a snowmobile is 14 with a snowmobile safety certificate. All our guests receive a 10% discount on snowmobile tours.

Rates:

2 hour tour … $85 per person.
Guided half day tours … $105 per snowmobile (plus an additional $105 for the guide) max two people per sled.
Guided full day tour … $180/snowmobile (plus $180 for the guide).
Snowmobile rental (half day,4 hours) … $120 per sled.
Snowmobile rental (full day,8 hours) … $200 per sled.

Cost per family of four:

2 hour tour … $340 ($306 after discount applied).
Guided half day tours (two people per sled) … $315 ($283.50 after discount applied).
Guided full day tour (two people per sled)… $540($486 after discount applied).
Snowmobile rental (half day,4 hours, two people per sled) … $240 ($216 after discount applied).
Snowmobile rental (full day,8 hours, two people per sled) … $400 ($360 after discount applied).

That’s snowmobiling for less than $55 per person (based on half day rental for two snowmobiles after discount applied)!!

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Flathead Valley Activities

March 16th, 2013 by teresa

20sWhilst we are thrilled that we are located so close to Glacier National Park, we don’t want our guests to miss out on experiencing the rest of our back yard.  Glacier National Park is a tiny million acres of wilderness in comparison to the 2.4 million acres of the Flathead National Forest.  For guests seeking backcountry adventures beyond the constraints and crowds of the national park, the Forest offers many, many opportunities including three areas designated wilderness areas.  The Bob Marshall Wilderness is probably the most well known of these three, offering camping and fishing and an absence of motorised vehicles.

Within a 30 minute drive of your accommodation at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins is the beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.  The 27 mile long lake has camping spots and boat launches around its periphery.  Take a drive around the entire lake stopping off at places of interest on your way.  Dip your toes in the crystal clear water at Yellow Bay or Lakeside, enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants overlooking the water, or shop for antiques and take an art walk at Bigfork.  Cherry orchards line the east side of the lake and cherry season is a must!  Don’t worry if you miss it – there are plenty of locally-made preserves around to enjoy. Eva Gates in Bigfork will even mail them to you!

Whitefish city is another local delight, whatever the time of year.  Home to the outstanding ski slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort, you can take in the view from the summit whether skiing or enjoying one of the many summer activities on offer.  Enjoy a day mountain biking or ziplining.  Take a walk in the treetops or simply relax and indulge yourself in the day spa.

Movie theatres, restaurants, bars and bowling alleys are all available within a short drive, but we find our guests’ favorite way to while away the evening consists of toasting marshmallows around the firepit whilst watching the sun set in our big Montana sky.

Visit our website to select your lodging choice and book your stay here. We can’t wait to have you join us!

 

Columbia Falls

March 19th, 2010 by HTL

The closest small town to the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins, Columbia Falls, is located at the entrance of the Canyon, the Gateway to Glacier National Park.

For the kids, there is Pinewood Aquatic Park, with outdoor pool; the Big Sky Waterpark with its chutes and slides; and two great playparks.  For the adults there are antique stores, and plenty of places to dine.  Why not try the Three Forks Grill for a great evening out ?

In the Summer months there is a fantastic weekly Farmer’s Market selling local produce and showcasing local musicians.

In the Winter, take your snowmobile out on over 80 miles of groomed trails via the Canyon Creek Trailhead or rent from one of our local outfitters.

Celebrate Heritage Days the last week end in July with a Rodeo, Parade, Craft Fair, Car Show, Basketball 3-on-3 Tournament and 5K & 10K Runs.

Or, take a trip back in time via an alternative route to Glacier National Park by following the North Fork Road to the Camas Creek Park Entrance. A twenty mile drive following the North Fork River there are plenty of opportunities for photography and fishing. Be warned – the last nine miles of the roadway are not paved !

Just a few miles from your accommodation at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins, add Columbia Falls to your itinerary for a great day out !

Whitefish, Montana

February 11th, 2010 by HTL

Less than 30 minutes drive from your accommodation at The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins is the picturesque town of Whitefish.

A 30min drive from The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins.

Originally a railroad town, Whitefish is now probably better known for its ski resort on Whitefish Mountain.  In the Winter months there is plenty of winter sports activity whether on the downhill ski slopes or snowmobiling the mountains beyond. Down from the mountain the town is served by the historic Amtrak station and a number of boutique shops, restaurants and bars for apres ski.

In the Summer months, Whitefish Mountain turns into an adventure playground of a different kind with zip line tours, an alpine slide and a boardwalk high in the treetops. There are many opportunities for water sports on Whitefish Lake, and to bask in the beauty of the surroundings on the City Beach.  An abundance of local produce is available at the weekly Farmer’s Market, and, as an artist’s town, there are numerous opportunities for Art Walks of the many galleries. Let your own creativity flow at the Stumptown Art Studio and paint your own pottery to take home as a unique souvenir of your stay, then round off your day by returning home to an evening of hospitality at the lodge.

Relax by the fireplace in the Main Lodge

Cabin Fever Days

February 4th, 2010 by HTL

Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins are pleased to support the local Cabin Fever Days event by offering 50% DISCOUNTS on all our accommodation, complimentary continental breakfast to all our guests and full use of our 100 year old lodge.

Enjoy half price accommodation at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

The Cabin Fever Days weekend activity program includes the world famous barstool races, sumo wrestling, mouse races, live music, hog roast and much more besides.  Proceeds go to local charities.

Why not make the most of the long weekend by reserving your accommodation now to include an extra day to relax and enjoy the beauty of our surroundings ?

Rent bikes, snowmobiles, skis or snowshoes to work off the excess of the weekend and return to the routine relaxed, refreshed and revived !

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