Visit Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park is 26 miles from BEST WESTERN Rocky Mountain Lodge, and offers many vacation and recreation opportunities. We recommend you stay at least seven days with us so you can explore some of those incredible opportunities!
The park is designated as a World Heritage Site and is an awesome display of mountains, lakes, streams, and alpine beauty. Drive the amazing “Going-To-The-Sun” road, or learn why this park is a hiker’s paradise. In the winter, experience some of the finest Nordic/adventure skiing in America. Hire a licensed guide, or just ski the snowy “Sun Road” into a winter wonderland.
Glacier National Park offers some of the most beautiful sightseeing in the world. Referred to as the “Crown of the Continent’, the Park has beautiful peaks and mountainess bowls sculptured by centuries of glaciers. Although the glaciers of Glacier National Park are rapidly disappearing, you can still see many when you choose to hike some of the back country’s 700 miles of trails – a true hiker’s paradise.
See many forms of wildlife including mountain goats, bighorn sheep and occasionally bear, deer, elk and moose. Drive by beautiful Lake McDonald and shoot photos of the lake with the Garden Wall in the background. Take a short hike on the Trail of the Cedars at the Avalanche Lake area or Hidden Lake Trail at Logan Pass. Or if you are a bit more adventurous, backpack into the Granite Park Chalet or Sperry Chalet area.
Glacier National Park Highlights:
- Going To-The-Sun Road: This engineering marvel spans 50 miles through the park’s wild interior, winding around mountainsides and treating visitors to some of the best sights in northwest Montana. The road is open to vehicles from mid-June to mid-September, based on the snowfall and road construction and maintenance. Check road status with the National Park Service or inquire at the front desk.
- Two Medicine is an area on the east side of the park with its own special charm. See Running Eagle Falls (trick falls) where water runs over the falls in the spring adding an upper falls to the lower falls that runs year round.
- Many Glacier has hiking trailheads to “Many Glacier.” Many Glacier is a beautiful, colorful autumn trip as well as one of the most likely places to see black and grizzly bears.
- Chief Mountain is a short jaunt between Many Glacier and Waterton National Park in Canada. Chief Mountain is a sacred mountain of Native Americans and when you see the area in the autumn, you are sure to feel some of what the Native Americans feel about the area.
- St. Mary is on the east end of Going to the Sun Road. . St. Mary Lake has many hiking trails and very beautiful photo opportunities for photographers.
- North Fork area including Bowman and Kintla Lakes provides camping areas as well as hiking and fishing. This area also displays spectacular autumn colors.
- Wildlife: Have your camera ready to capture the resident wildlife, including mountain goats, bighorn sheep, marmots, black bears, grizzly bears, deer, elk and many species of birds and other mammals.