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Plan your stay

May 10th, 2014 by teresa

Book your activities at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and CabinsAre you stuck for ideas for activities during your stay?  Spoilt for choice and no idea how to select the best activity for you? Just don’t have the time to coordinate booking your adventures in Glacier National Park?

We can help!

Here at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins we do our best to make your stay as comfortable as possible and strive to take care of the details so that you can relax and make memories.

Let our in-house guides and activity co-ordinators take the stress off by planning your itinerary for you.  Even better, let them be your guides for the day and ensure you are transported to your chosen activity, guided through the experience, and returned back to your lodging at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins to tell us all about it!

Simply visit with the guides in the lodge on Monday and Wednesday mornings, or join them for interpretive talks and stories from the backcountry around the campfire on Tuesday and Friday evenings.

If they are out on adventures with other guests, you can drop them a line via email to greg@glacieradventureguides.com or leave a voicemail at (406)871-2162.  They’ll be sure to contact you as soon as they are able.

You can also ask our Front Desk staff for suggestions for suitable hikes, places of interest, and for discounted opportunities with local outfitters.  They will be happy to help!

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 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.

 

Glacier National Park – Winter Snowshoe Walks

January 10th, 2014 by teresa

Glacier National Park Snowshoeing

Snowshoe Glacier National Park

Enjoy free, two-hour, ranger-led snowshoe excursions into the park’s winter environment every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, January 11  through Saturday, March 22 2014

Where: Apgar Visitor Center
Who:  suitable for varying ages and abilities, but not recommended for children under age 6.
How: bring snowshoes (or rent at the Apgar Visitor Center),wear sturdy winter boots, dress in layers, and bring water and snacks.

*Park entrance fees are required.  

The snowshoe walks are presented in partnership with the Glacier National Park Conservancy.  The Conservancy is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and the official non-profit fundraising partner of Glacier National Park,  providing support for preservation, education, and research through philanthropy and outreach.

Please contact the park at 406-888-7800 for general information regarding the ranger-led snowshoe walks.

Glacier National Park Adventure

November 26th, 2013 by teresa

 

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Glacier National Park adventures

The Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins is proud to support The Glacier Institute!

The Glacier Institute is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1983 by passionate scientists who wanted to share their love of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem and Glacier National Park.  The Glacier Institute provides outdoor education for elementary school children and custom Adventure Camps and Outdoor Education courses for youth and adults by instructors who are recognized experts in their fields. The Institute also provides scholarships to underserved youth.

Purchase a gift certificate or bid on their on-line auction for a fantastic Christmas gift for a loved one that comes with the guarantee of supporting the next generation of teachers, river ecologists, naturalists, wildlife biologists and innovators.

Watch out for our donation to the auction – a night in a cozy couple’s cabin with hot cocoa and FREE snowshoe rental!

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!

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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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 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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