Archive for the ‘Glacier Park Activities’ Category

Things to do in Glacier National Park

April 9th, 2014 by teresa

Glacier National Park Family VacationThe Glacier Institute is proud to receive the Flathead Conservation District’s recent grant which has been designated for new aquatics gear for the Big Creek Discovery School. The Institute has utilized the grant funds to purchase hip waders, life jackets, microscopes, pH/temperature testers, dissolved oxygen meters and new aquatic nets, all of which will enhance the aquatics program. 

 “We are excited to take our Aquatics Program to the next level with the addition of this new equipment,” states Tyler McRae, Big Creek’s Program Director. “Thanks to the Flathead Conservation District, boxes of great new resources have arrived to enhance outdoor learning experiences for our youth! This would not have been possible without the receipt of this generous grant.”

Solely dedicated to education, the Glacier Institute serves adults and children as an educational leader in the Crown of the Continent ecosystem, emphasizing outreach and field-based learning experiences; the non-profit Institute provides an objective and science-based understanding of the area’s ecosystem and it interactions with people. Marking its 31st year of educational programs, the Glacier Institute is a long-time educational partner with Glacier National Park, Flathead National Forest, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and Flathead Valley Community College. The Institute offers family programs, youth science adventure camps, Discovery School at the Big Creek Outdoor Education Center and adult educational programs. The Institute has never turned away a child who has requested an educational scholarship and has welcomed over 28,000 Flathead Valley elementary school children to its Discovery School three-day immersion learning program at the Big Creek Outdoor Education Center.

To register and gain more information on course, other courses, projects and activities of the Glacier Institute please call (406) 755-1211 or visit online at www.glacierinstitute.org.

 

Sled and stay from $17

December 12th, 2013 by teresa

Great savings on Montana snowmobile vacations

Great savings on Montana snowmobile vacations

Make great savings on winter accommodation when you book a sled and stay package with the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins and Swan Mountain Snowmobiling.

Get 10% off lodging and snowmobile rentals throughout the season and now for DECEMBER only get 20% off your lodging.

That’s lodging from as little as $17 per person per night (price calculated with 20% December discount on a party of six staying in a Family Cabin) and a half day guided snowmobile tour in the beautiful Flathead Valley for $94.50

Grab a great deal…shake away the Christmas crowds and book today!!

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.

 

 

Glacier National Park Winter Vacations

October 17th, 2013 by teresa

Family ski vacations at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

Winter wonderland vacations at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins

The Historic Tamarack Lodge is located minutes from many Montana winter activities that include acres of skiing at the Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort, ample cross-country skiingsnowshoeing,snowmobiling, ice fishing, ice skating, dog sledding and miles upon miles of open terrain or groomed trails.

A visit to nearby Whitefish is a must for our Winter guests. Home to Glacier Country‘s Whitefish Mountain Resort, Whitefish is a short 30 minute drive away and offers a resort-feel without the crowds. The ski resort is family-friendly with unsurpassed views, miles of groomed slopes, fresh powder and an easygoing environment. Catering to skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels, high-performance equipment, snowboards, telemark, cross-country, snowshoe, snow tube and snowmobile equipment is available. Full-service day care and lessons, as well as groomed cross-country trails are available at the resort.

We partner with Glacier Adventure Guides to bring you guided xc ski and snowshoe hikes withinGlacier National Park. Cross-country skiers can also enjoy several wilderness areas and national forests containing miles of groomed and unmaintained trails.

Snowshoes are available to rent from the lodge.  Take a hike to the Beaver Ponds behind our property to experience the silence and stillness of winter in our backyard.

Northwest Montana‘s recreation wonderland boasts miles of groomed snowmobile trails, and miles of U.S.D.A. Forest Service roads that lead to great hill climbing, powder play areas, wildlife viewing and spectacular ridge-top views of Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies. Canyon Creek to Big Mountain begins north of Columbia Falls and crosses Werner Peak to connect with the Olney Creek and Taylor Creek trails. Continuing north, the Graves Creek/Mount Marston trail system goes over the Whitefish Mountain Range to upper Whitefish and Red Meadow Lakes. Between Hungry Horse and the Great Bear Wilderness is the Desert Mountain area and south of Bigfork, between Flathead Lake and Swan Lake, are the Crane Mountain and Allard Areas.

Get a 10% discount off snowmobile rental on Desert Mountain, Crane Mountain and Canyon Creek.

The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins can arrange many adventures with services offered right at the lodge. Contact us to coordinate your activities or, just contact our partners directly below and tell them that the Historic Tamarack Lodge sent you to them.

Visit our Specials page and set up a package today!

Mountain Biking Glacier National Park

May 24th, 2013 by teresa

Cycle MontanaWhether you bring your own bikes or rent from those available at the lodge, there are plenty of choices for great biking adventures in our area.

Choose from family-friendly, flat and easy, such as the McDonald Creek Bike Path running 2 miles from West Glacier to Apgar Visitor Center within Glacier National Park.  Enjoy the park scenery from the North Fork Road – a gravel road running 14 miles from Polebridge to Kintla Lake.  Go the extra mile (or six!) when you take a side trip to Bowman Lake.  Or, for the ultimate Glacier National Park experience, ride the Going to the Sun Road.  Time your ride to coincide with the full moon to get a once in a lifetime experience and avoid the restrictions on bicycles within the park.

Nearby Whitefish Mountain Resort offers 20 miles of mountain trails with lift access, or explore the Flathead National Forest right on our doorstep. Bikes, helmets and cycle racks for your car are available to rent from the lodge as follows:
2hr … $8.00
6hr … $14.00
12hr … $25.00
Bike carrier $25.00 

 

 

Glacier National Park Concessioner Schedules 2013

May 19th, 2013 by teresa

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – The 2013 operating dates for concessioners operating in Glacier National Park are scheduled. These concessioners, who work under contract within Glacier National Park, provide visitor services including lodging, food service, retail shops, tours, transportation, horseback riding, guided day hikes and backpacking trips, boat tours and small boat rentals. Services are listed in alphabetical order.

Belton Chalets, Inc.

(1-888-345-2649 or www.sperrychalet.com orwww.graniteparkchalet.com) Backcountry Chalets:

Location Opening Closing
Granite Park Chalet* June 29 September 9 (after breakfast)
Sperry Chalet** July 11 September 9 (after breakfast)

*The historic Granite Park Chalet is available for overnight use as a rustic hiker shelter.

**Services at the historic Sperry Chalet include traditional overnight accommodations and food service for overnight guests and day hikers with meal reservations.

Glacier Park Boat Company (406-257-2426 orwww.glacierparkboats.com) Boat tours and rentals:

Location Opening Closing
Apgar (rentals only) June 1 September 2
Lake McDonald May 25 September 22
Many Glacier June 14 September 15
Rising Sun (tours only) June 22 September 2
Two Medicine June 8 September 8


Glacier Park, Inc.
 (GPI) (Central reservations:  406-892-2525 or www.glacierparkinc.com) Front country lodging, food and beverage services, retail, tour and transportation services:

Location Opening Closing
Lake McDonald Lodge & Camp Store May 25 September 29 (after breakfast)
Jammer Joe’s Restaurant June 29 September 2 (after dinner)
Many Glacier Hotel June 12 September 22 (after breakfast)
Rising Sun Motor Inn & Camp Store June 21 September 15 (after breakfast)
Swiftcurrent Motor Inn June 18 September 16 (after breakfast)
Swiftcurrent Campstore June 18 September 16 (closes at noon)
Two Medicine Camp Store May 31 September 2 (open all day)
Village Inn May 30 September 16 (after check-out)
Red Bus Tours Tours operate the same dates as the hotels.
Hiker Shuttle July 1 September 2
East-Side Shuttle June 8 September 22

Glacier Guides, Inc. (1-800-521-RAFT or 406-387-5555 or www.glacierguides.com) Day hikes and backpacking:

Location Opening Closing
Various Locations May October

Sun Tours (1-800-786-9220 or 406-226-9220 orwww.glaciersuntours.com) Road-based tours highlighting Blackfeet culture and history:

Location Opening Closing
Various Locations May 15 October 15

 

Swan Mountain Outfitters (1-877-888-5557 orwww.swanmountainoutfitters.com/glacier) Horseback rides:

Location Opening Closing
Apgar May 25 September 2
Lake McDonald June 1 September 29
Many Glacier June 15 September 15

 

Waterton Inter-Nation Shoreline Cruises, LTD (403-859-2362 or www.watertoncruise.com) Waterton Lake boat tours:

Location Opening Closing
Goat Haunt Landing June 1 September 22

 

There are also several privately-owned facilities in Apgar Village that offer lodging, dining, camping supplies, groceries, and gifts from May through much of September, some year round.

For reservations and details, please call respective phone numbers listed. For general park information, please visit the park’s website at: http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htmor call park headquarters at 406-888-7800.

 

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Summer Savings

May 14th, 2013 by teresa

Pay 100% at time of booking and grab an extra 5% discount!  

To celebrate the launch of our four brand new lodge rooms, we are offering an additional 5% discount to all guests paying 100% at time of booking.  Combine this with one of our other great offers for a Glacier National Park vacation to remember.  Choose from Multi-Night savings, June 3 for 2, AAA or AARP discounts and don’t forget you can also get 10% off your summer activities with Swan Mountain Outfitters, Great Northern Whitewater and Wild River Adventures when you stay with us.

Returning guest?  All returning guests get a 10% discount.

Stay and play for less this summer at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins!  

Call toll-free on 877-387-4420 and claim your savings today.

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photo courtesy Glacier Country

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)

Glacier National Park Free Entry

April 16th, 2013 by teresa

National Park Week April 22-26 means no entrance fees at Glacier National Park!

Spring is an awesome time to visit and enjoy spring in the Rockies.  Low lodging rates and deals and specials will help you budget for the trip of a lifetime and no crowds mean you get to enjoy the  scenery hassle-free.

Other Fee-Free Days for 2013 include:

  • August 25 (97th Birthday of the National Park Service)
  • September 28 (Public Lands Day)
  • November 9-11 (Veteran’s Day Weekend)

Regular entrance fees are:

7-Day Single Entry Permit  - $12  (May 1 – October 31) / $10 (November 1 – April 30)

(per person for a visitor traveling on foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or for individuals traveling together in a vehicle as a non-commercial, organized group. The permit is non-transferable)

 7-Day Automobile/Vehicle Permit  - $25 (May 1 – October 31) / $15 (November 1 – April 30)

(flat fee for all persons traveling in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle (car/truck/van). The permit is non-transferable)

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Golfing in the Flathead Valley

April 2nd, 2013 by teresa

Glacier National Park GolfingGolf Digest named the Flathead Valley a top 50 golf course destination.   With eight championship golf courses the Valley’s courses offer outstanding quality and affordability.

Book your stay with us today and choose from the following local amenities:

Big Mountain Golf Course – Kalispell, Montana combines traditional Scottish links with natural towering pines winding along the Stillwater River.

Buffalo Hill Golf Course – Kalispell, Montana The most popular golf course in the Flathead Valley.  The beauty and charm of the Championship 18 along with the scenic splendor and panoramic views will bring you back time and time again.

Glacier View Golf Course - West Glacier, Montana Borders Glacier National Park! Glacier View Golf Course has always been known as a friendly, relaxing, and family-oriented course.

Meadow Lake - Columbia Falls, Montana Rated as a “‘Top 500 U.S. Public Course’ by Golf Digest, and a “must play” course by Golf Magazine.

Mission Mountain Country Club – Ronan, Montana This 18-hole golf course is located 14 miles south of Flathead Lake in the heart of beautiful Mission Valley.

Polson Country Club – Polson, Montana Polson Country Club’s twenty seven breathtaking holes boast spectacular lake and mountain views.

Village Greens Golf Course - Kalispell, Montana Spectacular fairway mounding, crystal clear lakes and beautiful white sand complement the Valley’s fastest growing golf course.

Whitefish Lake Golf Club – Whitefish, Montana Montana’s only 36-hole golf complex located adjacent to Whitefish Lake, affords fabulous mountain views and is the most requested destination for Montana golfers.

 

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