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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 70 other species of mammal 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.

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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.

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 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)

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