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Rockhounding Montana
Rockhounding Montana points the way to the best rockhounding in the state, including popular and commercial areas as well as lesser known sites on public land.
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Explore! Glacier National Park and Montana's Flathead Valley
Explore! Glacier National Park and Montana's Flathead Valley is a comprehensive guide to the numerous outdoor recreation opportunities in this spectacular landscape. It's also an affectionate tribute to this vast wilderness area by local outdoors authors Jane and Bert Gildart, who share their favorites places to hike, snowmobile, cycle, ski, take photos, float, fish, and more.
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Lodging & Services In & Around Glacier National Park

There is a multitude of services and lodging options inside and nearby Glacier National Park and the popular Going to the Sun Road. I've put this page together to give visitors to Glacier National Park an idea of the options available and where everything is located.

As might be expected around one of the nations most popular parks, there is no shortage of services around Glacier National Park. Within the park itself, food and lodging are all available at the following locations:

  • Apgar Village
  • Lake McDonald Lodge
  • Rising Sun
  • St. Mary
  • Many Glacier
  • Two Medicine Valley
  • East Glacier

There is NO gasoline sold within park boundaries, so when driving the Going to the Sun Road or heading up into the North Fork, be sure to have enough gas. However, West Glacier, St. Mary, and East Glacier all have places to buy gas just outside of the park's boundary.

Lodging Inside Glacier National Park

Lodging inside Glacier National Park itself is very expensive and in HIGH demand during the summer months. The popular lodges in Glacier Park almost always require reservations well in advance. Additonally, the number of rooms available inside Glacier National Park are limited. Because of this, the majority of visitors who choose not to camp stay in one of the many hotels/motels that are found outside of the park boundaries.

Glacier Park Inc. is the sole lodging provider inside Glacier Park. They operate all the lodges, along with many popular activities, such as the Glacier Park Red Buses. You can make a reservation at one of the lodges inside Glacier Park by going to their website: Glacier Park Inc.

Lodging Near Glacier National Park

Because of the cost and difficulty in procuring lodging inside Glacier National Park, most visitors tend to stay at hotels and motels outside of the park.

The best places to find loding outside of Glacier National Park are in the towns of Columbia Falls, Kalispell and Whitefish, all of which are located in the Flathead Valley and are 20-35 miles from the park entrance at West Glacier. Additionally, the small towns of West Glacier (outside park boundaries) and Hungry Horse have a few small, independent motels. But by far the best selection (and best odds of finding a room) will be found in the Flathead Valley, and in Kalispell in particular.

Here's the most popular hotels in the Flathead Valley that are also available for online booking. During the summer months, especially on the weekends, it's always a good idea to book your room in advance. Otherwise, you might spend hours driving from town to town in search of a room! Usually, only a reservation made a week in advance is needed.

Lodging in Kalispell

Lodging in Whitefish

Lodging in Columbia Falls

For those seeking a clean, affordable room during the summer in the Flathead Valley, I'll suggest the Super 8 in Kalispell. If you have a larger budget and you want/need a pool, consider staying at the La Quinta in Kalispell, the Hampton Inn in Kalispell, the Holiday Inn Express in Kalispell or the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell. And for those that wish to stay in Whitefish (and have larger budgets), one of the finest hotels in the Flathead Valley is the Grouse Mountain Lodge.

Finally, for those just "passing through" Glacier National Park, other lodging options can be found in Missoula and Great Falls. View the Full Montana Hotel List for more information about lodging found well-away from Glacier National Park.

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