There are many Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter activities that you and your family can enjoy in the surrounding area.  Here is a sample of the many activities we would be happy to help you find and enjoy during your stay with us.

SPRING ACTIVITIES

Glacier National Park is open year round but access is limited during the off-season. Spring is a beautiful and quiet time to be in Glacier National Park due to the sights of springtime coming to the park and less visitors during this time. However, you must be more self sufficient for there are very few services open in the park in the early spring. Most of the concession services in the park do not reopen for the season until late May to early June.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road is plowed from the Park entrance at West Glacier to Lake McDonald Lodge. Plowing of the rest of Glacier's roads begins in late March on the east side of the park and by the beginning of April, plow crews turn their focus to the Going-to-the-Sun Road from Lake McDonald. Plowing of this historic landmark can take two and a half to three months depending on the snow conditions. By mid to late May, most roads throughout the park will be open for vehicle travel with the exception of the whole Going-to-the-Sun Road. The entire road will not open until mid to late June. The actual date of opening the whole road will depend on whether crews have finished plowing it.

During the spring, lower elevations in the park usually melt out by the end of April, opening up some of the hiking trails. Trails towards the continental divide or middle of the park take longer to be free of snow for hiking, usually not until late July.

Bicycling



Before the Going-to-the-Sun Road is open to vehicle traffic, one can experience the park in a special and unique way on a bike. We have had opportunities to ride on the Going-to-the-Sun Road with our bikes with no one else around, creating a feeling of having the whole park to ourselves. Depending on where they are plowing, the Park allows you to ride on the Road in sections closed off to vehicle traffic. When the road crew is not working on the road, you can ride all the way as far as they have it plowed off. If you do not have your own bike with you, we can get you in touch with someone you can rent a bike and helmet from to use on your trip.

Hunting
If you have plans on doing some hunting in this area, we can take care of you and your hunting partners. Not only will you have a comfortable room and bed to come to after a day of hunting, we can take care of your nutritional needs as well. If you need a sack breakfast or lunch, we can pack it for you and have a nice hot homemade meal for you at the end of the day.

Retreats



From the middle of September to the middle of June, our place is available for churches to have a place to come and be renewed in Christ. Our café is closed to the public. It is where we would serve you meals and where you can also have discipleship and fellowship. Our rooms are available for lodging. The RV Park and Campground for RV’s, tenting, and outdoor activities are available weather dependent in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall. All of this is available at a reduced lodging and meal rate.

SUMMER ACTIVITIES


There is so much to do in Glacier National Park and the surrounding areas. For a small fee, as a service for our guests, we can book some local activities to enhance your visit. Please call us before your arrival and we can take care of these arrangements for you. Here are a few of the companies that our family has participated with over the years.


• Glacier Park Boat Company, http://www.glacierparkboats.com. A great way to see and experience
  Glacier National Park is taking a scenic boat tour on one or more of the four alpine lakes in the park.
  We can schedule a tour for you and your family.
• Glacier Raft Company, http://www.GlacierRaftCo.com. A favorite summer activity is taking a
  whitewater raft trip right here on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River that borders the southern
  portion of Glacier National Park and is near our property. Some of the best fishing is on this stretch
  of the river near us. We can book a raft trip or fishing trip for you and your family.
• Swan Mountain Outfitters, http://www.swanmountainoutfitters.com/glacier. If you want to experience
  the park on horseback, we can get you in touch with these folks for one or more of their many
  horseback trips throughout the park.
• Kruger Helicopters, http://www.krugerhelicopters.com, or Glacier Heli tours,
  http://www.glacierhelitours.net. If you want to get a bird’s eye view of the park, there is nothing
  like seeing Glacier National Park from the air.
• Red Bus Tours, http://www.glaciernationalparklodges.com. If you want to learn about Glacier
  National Park while sitting back and enjoying the views from the famous Red Buses, this is the way to go.


Hiking



There are so many hiking experiences in and around Glacier National Park. We can give you ideas on where to go and what you may experience from many of the Park’s trails. There are many trails that can be accessed near our place both inside and outside of the Park. There are a couple mountain lakes nearby and even a glacier behind us in what we call “our backyard”.

Fishing
Some of the best fishing is easily accessible from our place with the closest fishing access just a mile and a half down the highway.

Campfire/Barbecue
Our guests are welcome to use one of our campfire sites in our RV Park next door. If you just want to have a fire or cook a meal, you can enjoy the summer night’s outdoors. There is badminton, volleyball, and tetherball available there too.

Area Recreation
Besides spending time in Glacier National Park, within an hour away there is the Hungry Horse Reservoir, http://www.recreation.gov/recAreaDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&recAreaId=135, and Flathead Lake, (http://flatheadlake.us/). Both of these areas are filled with great outdoor activities.

Area Shopping
If you want spend time shopping in local boutiques, antique shops, and more, we less than an hour away from these three cities: Kalispell, http://www.kalispell.com/home/, Whitefish, http://www.whitefish.com/, and Big Fork, http://www.cityofbigfork.com/.

FALL ACTIVITIES

Glacier National Park is open year round but access is limited during the off-season. Depending on the weather and snow conditions, some of the summer activities are still possible. Fall in Glacier National Park and the surrounding areas can be a wonderful time to visit. Many of the services in the park are still fully available through mid to late September. By the end of September all of the concession services inside the Glacier National Park have closed for the season. Therefore, at this time of year, you have to be more self-sufficient when you are in the park. Generally, there are fewer visitors in the park, making it a lot quieter.

Most of the trails are still open for hiking in the park. There is a better chance of seeing wildlife because of being more active due to the coming of winter. The trees begin turning colors with the shorter sunlight available. On the west side of the divide, the larch trees turn a brilliant gold and red color. It is said the best area to view the larch trees and their changing colors are along HWY 2 around the southern boundary of the park, right where we are located.

In the fall, you will find the Going to the Sun Road is less congested with vehicle traffic. While the lower portions of the road remain open all year, the alpine section of this road generally closes for the season the third weekend of October. During this time, you can usually ride your bike on the road where it is closed to vehicle traffic unless roadwork is being done. Some sections of the road may close earlier to accommodate accelerated road rehabilitation work. When that happens, you will not be able to drive all the way through the park on that road, but you can still visit both sides of the park from our location. Other park roads into Two Medicine and Many Glacier remain open until the 3rd week of November. If you are planning on traveling to Canada, the Chief Mountain Port of Entry is open to September 30th, from 9am to 6pm and then closes for the season. Although the Port of Piegan/Carway, on Hwy 89, is open year round, 7am to 11pm.

Hunting
If you have plans on doing some hunting in this area, we can take care of you and your hunting partners. Not only will you have a comfortable room and bed to come to after a day of hunting, we can take care of your nutritional needs as well. If you need a sack breakfast or lunch, we can pack it for you and have a nice hot homemade meal for you at the end of the day.

Retreats



From the middle of September to the middle of June, our place is available for churches to have a place to come and be renewed in Christ. Our café is closed to the public. It is where we would serve you meals and where you can also have discipleship and fellowship. Our rooms are available for lodging. The RV Park and Campground for RV’s, tenting, and outdoor activities are available weather dependent in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall. All of this is available at a reduced lodging and meal rate.

WINTER ACTIVITIES

Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing



We have areas just outside your door where you can ski or snowshoe into the Flathead National Forest. There are many areas along Highway 2 where you can do the same. If you want to ski or snowshoe in Glacier National Park, you can park at Lake McDonald Lodge and then proceed on skies or snowshoes up the Going to the Sun road and trails in the area. The Park even has guided tours during the winter months.

Our neighbor, Izaak Walton Inn, has equipment for rent and groomed trails for skiing. Our guests can ski with a discounted trail pass.

Snowmobiling



If you want to do some snowmobiling, there are several miles of groomed trails 20 miles to the east of us near Marias Pass.

Retreats



From the middle of September to the middle of June, our place is available for churches to have a place to come and be renewed in Christ. Our café is closed to the public. It is where we would serve you meals and where you can also have discipleship and fellowship. Our rooms are available for lodging. All of this is available at a reduced lodging and meal rate.

We will be happy to give you information about the many activities you and your family can do in the area.

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