Area Guide – Glacier National Park Activities

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.

NEW !!!!! Looking for activities such as rafting, hiking, fishing, horseback riding or guided xc ski and snowshoe hikes?  Contact our partners Glacier Adventure Guides or visit with them at their location in the lodge to plan an itinerary that meets your needs!

Whatever your passion, here you can do it all.

  • Glacier National Park is a natural destination for anyone seeking to expand their experience of life through the ultimate outdoor experience. Known to the Blackfeet tribal nation as the ‘backbone of the world’, with its soaring peaks and acres of wilderness and influenced by George Grinnell and the arrival of James J. Hill’s Great Northern Railway, Glacier was formally designated a National Park in 1910 with the mission ‘to preserve and protect natural and cultural resources’. The lodges built by Hill to ensure his visitors a first class experience remain in use for those seeking the same solitude and natural beauty as visitors experienced 100 years ago. In the Summer months, the biggest attraction is the Going-to-the-Sun Road, a 53 mile long scenic drive that lets you take in the beauty of the Park from the comfort of your own vehicle and makes Glacier a destination for individuals of all ages and abilities. There are hikes to suit too, from the wheelchair accessible boardwalk of the Trail of the Cedars to overnight backcountry excursions and everything in between. To enhance your experience, take advantage of the many campsites dotted throughout the Park, learn about Park issues at the Ranger Stations, or get involved in a Ranger-led activity.There are also opportunities for guided hikes, boat tours and horseback riding or why not try an interpretive tour in one of the original Red Jammer buses! Even when the Going-to-the-Sun Road closes at higher elevations due to weather conditions, the Park remains open and is regularly plowed along the first ten miles enabling visitors the chance of a year-round experience. The beautiful colors of Fall reflected in the glassy lakes is not to be missed, neither the moonlight snowshoeing and glittering snowscapes of Winter months. Whether you are seeking a respite from the daily grind, a physical challenge to rise to, camping and exploring with the kids, or simply admiring the view, there is something for everyone at Glacier National Park.

Whatever the season, full services are always available in the Gateway to Glacier communities giving visitors to the area the chance to experience the beauty of every season.

  • The city of Columbia Falls sits at the entrance to Bad Rock canyon through which US Highway 2 takes you right to the West Entrance of Glacier National Park. Columbia Falls was the first township to be platted in the Flathead Valley and remains as a family-oriented mountain community. Here you will find bars, restaurants and shopping facilities. There is also a waterpark, outdoor community pool and playparks for the kids. Browse the Farmer’s Market whilst listening to local musicians, zip down the slides at the waterpark, enjoy a round of golf or a romantic meal for two or learn about the area. The tourist information center will ensure you are up-to-date on local events and facilities.
  • The community of Hungry Horse formed with the influx of workers on the Hungry Horse Dam Project. Everywhere in this little community you will see evidence of the history of the dam, from the equipment on display along the roadside, to the names of businesses. Comprehensive information of the history, construction and workings of the dam is available at the Visitor Center located on the Dam itself. The resulting reservoir is 34 miles long and it is possible to drive around its entire periphery with various locations to camp, hunt, fish, or just stop, relax and absorb the beauty of your surroundings. Nesting Bald Eagles can be spotted from the roadside and do not be surprised to see elk or bear along the way. There are many opportunities to hike, and a number of campsites around the shores of the reservoir, some of which have boat launches for enjoying the water in the summer months. Hungry Horse itself has a number of bars, restaurants, gift shops and antique stores to explore. You can also get groceries and gas at this location. Be sure to learn the history behind the name and learn about the legend of Bad Rock canyon!
  • Martin City was the original boomtown. Today it provides access to the reservoir, the Flathead National Forest and Desert Mountain trailhead (a favorite for snowmobiling in the Winter months).
  • Coram grew up around the railroad and was part of the infamous trapline. Today, it has much more of a family atmosphere with activities such as a maze, mini-golf and gem panning with opportunities for dining, gift shopping, fun local bars and a whisky distillery.
  • Originally known as Belton, the West Glacier area grew up around the railroad stop. Where James.J Hill’s Great Northern Railway brought visitors to view the peaks of Glacier National Park, today there are year-round opportunities for lodging, entertainment and recreation including river rafting, trail rides and much more.
  • Beyond the West Entrance, US Highway 2 winds through the mountains to the East side of the Park. The communities at Essex and Nyack Flats offer opportunities to stop and stay on your way through whether you are looking for somewhere new to fish or hunt, putting in to raft the river or checking out the wildlife at Goat Lick natural minerals.
  • Visit Polebridge, located north of Columbia Falls in the North Fork valley, and experience life as it was 100 years ago for the local remote communities. Without electricity, here you will find a single bar and a mercantile containing an outstanding bakery! From Polebridge you can access the Park from the west, visit Bowman and Kintla Lakes and experience unobstructed views of the peaks of Glacier National Park.

Venture out on your own day excursion, or allow us to arrange a multi-day hiking, mountain biking, or sightseeing. 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.

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.