Archive for the ‘Glacier Park Area’ Category

North Fork Road Opening

July 26th, 2013 by teresa

polebridgeWith news from Glacier National Park that the entire North Fork Road is scheduled to open this weekend, it seems like a great time to visit Polebridge!

The Inside North Fork Road was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. It is a narrow, gravel road and use of recreational, towed, and low-clearance vehicles is strongly discouraged. In ideal conditions, at least two hours are needed to travel the entire length of the Inside North Fork Road. Visitors are advised to prepare for travelling this road by carrying plenty of water and food. Also be prepared to encounter possible downed trees. 

A general store and bakery, the 100 year old Polebridge Mercantile is a favored destination for visitors to Glacier National Park.  Along with the Northern Lights Saloon beside it, the Merc offers a true taste of mountain living with few changes to its original features.

We highly recommend the bear claws!  Make Polebridge a must-see on your itinerary.

 

Glacier National Park BBQ

June 7th, 2013 by teresa

shak-bbq-logov2_2500w-1NEW for Summer 2013, we are excited to be partnering with The Shak to bring a true southern-style BBQ experience to the Glacier National Park area!

The Shak will be serving a selection from their menu at the Historic Tamarack Lodge from June 15th – September 30th.  Opening hours are from 3pm until 9pm.

Visiting Whitefish?  Guests of the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins get a 10% discount at The Shak’s Whitefish location.

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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(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)

Made in Montana

May 7th, 2013 by teresa

Gift shopHere at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins, we aim to make your stay as comfortable as possible and do our best to ensure that your needs are met.  We appreciate our guest feedback and we constantly update our facilities to ensure we provide the amenities you expect for your Glacier National Park stay.

Our newly refurbished gift shop has everything you need to help you find that perfect memento of your stay in the Flathead Valley.

Choose from a range of clothing bearing our logo or some etched glass for your home.  There’s a wide range of local art and Made in Montana items such as Sopeshop Herbal soaps and Huckleberry Haven Huckleberry Jam.

Feeling hungry? Grab an ice cream to enjoy on the deck, choose a snack from our selection for energy on the go, or take out one of our Earth Angel Organic pre-packed frozen meals for a nutritious, easy-to-prepare dinner.

There’s also a whole heap of items you may find useful during your stay including charcoal for your grill, insect repellent and bear spray and there’s even a range of pocket money items such as magnets, playing cards and puzzles (for big kids and little ones!).  You can use the atm located in front of the lodge to ensure they stay on budget, but we do take credit cards too!

Send a postcard home and tell others what they are missing!  Don’t forget to let them know that we offer a 10% discount for friends and family AND for returning guests.

Thinking about next year already?  Check availability and book your stay today.

 

 

 

Glacier National Park Lodge

May 3rd, 2013 by teresa

5182026670_a5363cd092_bIn 1862, a group of men from a Minnesota Masonic Lodge met in the breathtaking Montana Rockies.  In the early 1900’s they built and used the “Belton Masonic Lodge” to stay in while they played in and explored Glacier Park. Originally located on the site of West Glacier Elementary School, behind the train station at West Glacier (or Belton, as it was then known), the lodge was not open to the public during this time.

In the 1940’s the lodge was moved log by massive log to its current home in Martin City.  Since its reconstruction the lodge has served in many forms, from a simple shelter from the elements to a playground for school children, a restaurant, a dance hall and even a roller skating rink.

Today, the lodge continues to provide guests a truly wonderful experience in keeping with the spirit of the Montana Mountains in which it resides.

Four Glacier National Park themed lodge rooms provide accommodation within the lodge itself for our guests to experience a taste of traditional mountain living.  Each lodge room has attached private bath and shared access to the lodge great room and amenities.  Rates include a continental breakfast in the lodge (May-October).

Check availability and book your Glacier National Park vacation steeped in the history of the area.

  • Black and white postcard of Masonic Hall in Belton, MT. Log structure relocated to Martin City, now Tamarack Lodge. Date: circa 1920. Photographer: Ted Marble.

Espresso and gifts to go

May 1st, 2013 by teresa

BeFunky_IMG_8045The Historic Tamarack Lodge has always had a welcome at the ready for passers by and visitors to our area. From its origins as a visitor center to Glacier National Park, through its many years as an inn, it has offered hospitality aplenty and continues to do so.

We are happy to continue the tradition and we ensure we keep the homefires burning for our guests throughout the year.

Now we are able to spread the love even further with our new guest coffee bar! 

‘Off the Beaten Path’ at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins offers our guests a chance to enjoy relaxing in the lodge Great Room with an espresso made to your requirements by our team of trained baristas.  Join us in the lodge for coffee and pastries and share the highlights of your day, plan your next outing using our selection of maps and guidebooks, or simply relax and enjoy the ambience of mountain living.

Choose from:

12 oz Americano or Espresso: $2.oo (16oz $2.25)

12 oz Latte or Cappuccino: $3.25 (16oz $3.75)

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
Fee Free Days 2013
Facebook
Twitter
Flickr
Web cams

Maps

Natural resources

Bear information

Park publications

Park news

Park photos

GNP FAQs

 

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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