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Seasons of Glacier Park Gateway

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.


Summer brings clear blue skies, warm days and cool nights.  There is nothing like stargazing while toasting s'mors around a Montana campfire...they don't call it Big Sky country for nothing!  Camp, fish, hike, explore to your heart's content or simply laze the day away floating down the river.  There are recreation opportunities to suit all tastes, age and ability.  Accommodation varies from the  campsites and railway lodges in Glacier National Park to RV parks, motel accommodation, cosy bed and breakfasts and individual cabins in the Gateway communities.  Take your pic for a vacation tailored to your own needs!

Events in the Gateway area include the Heritage Days festival in Columbia Falls, weekly bull riding displays and 4th July celebrations throughout.  Glacier National Park is alive with activity at this time of the year and offers a multitude of Ranger-led activities, demonstrations and exhibits throughout the Park.

The Flathead National Forest offers more trails on which to hike and explore.  View the peaks of  Glacier National Park from the summit of Desert Mountain, test your mountain biking skills, swim in the local Lion Lake, a great place for families, or fish at Devil's Elbow below the Hungry Horse Dam.  Do not forget huckleberry picking!

Autumn (Fall)

Fall brings a more gentle pace and is a great time for couples to enjoy hiking amongst Fall colors and cozy up during cooler nights.  The lakes are glassy and still, reflecting the red, gold and ochre of the changing foliage and snow-capped mountain peaks.  This time of year offers great photo opportunities.

Events in the area consist of the La Grizz Ultra marathon, run around the periphery of the Hungry Horse Reservoir..  If you are not brave enough to compete, cheer on those who are or dance beneath the stars at Oktoberfest.

Hunting season follows the falling leaves and nowhere better to find deer, elk, mountain lions or bear than the 3 million acres of wilderness that surround Glacier National Park.


Winter in the Glacier National Park area is an experience not to be missed.  A true Winter Wonderland, sparkle on the slopes of nearby ski resorts at Whitefish Mountain or Blacktail, appreciate the peace and tranquility of the snow-covered landscape, especially beautiful beneath the light of the moon. 

There are ranger-led activities within Glacier National Park and opportunities for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.  At this time of year the Gateway communities really come into their own offering accommodation, dining, entertainment and recreational activities when the Park campgrounds and summer-season lodges are closed.

Experience the Christmas 'Night of Lights' in Columbia Falls, join in the fun at February's Cabin Fever Days,  and sip hot chocolate whilst watching the Race@Glacier or Doggie Skijoring.

Snowmobiles are available to rent for that high-speed adventure...experience the peaks of Glacier as viewed from the summit of Desert Mountain or the nearby Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort.  Or simply curl up in front of a log fire and watch the snowfall.


Spring soon comes around again and the snowmelt affords rafters the high-water adventure of a lifetime.  The whole area comes back to life as the snow line recedes up the mountains revealing spring buds.  Wildlife emerges from Winter hibernation and the cycle begins again.

Which Glacier National Park and Gateway events and seasons are you missing out on?!


For general park information such as maps, Web cams and bear safety information,
check the following park Internet links to help you find answers to your questions:

Area Member Links to Related Categories

Title Phone:
Artemis Acres Paint Horse Ranch 406-755-3723
Gentry River Ranch 406-892-1464
Northwest Montana Kidstuff Magazine 406-890-4902
Swan Mountain Llama Trekking - Guided DailyTreks and Overnight Trips with Llamas 406-886-3900
Swan Mountain Outfitters - Guided Fishing, Wagon Rides, Cross Country Skiing 406-886-3900
Wild Horse Island Boat Trips 406-837-5617
Winter Wonderland Sports - Snowmobile Rentals 406-257-2627

Title Phone:
A Able Fishing Charters and Tours 406-257-5214
Pointer Scenic Cruises 406-837-5617

Title Phone:
Candlewycke Inn B&B 406-837-6406
Gentry River Ranch 406-892-1464
Glacier Guides Inc / Montana Raft Co 406-387-5555
Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins - Bed & Breakfast 406-387-4420

Title Phone:
Bar W Guest Ranch - Cabins 406-863-9099
Bridge Street Cottages 888-264-4974-
Great Northern Whitewater 406-387-5340
Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins 406-387-4420
North Forty Resort 406-862-7740

Title Phone:
Bay Point On the Lake 1-406-862-2331
Edelweiss 406-862-2900

Title Phone:
A Able Fishing Charters and Tours 406-257-5214
Northern Rockies Outfitters 406-756-2544
Wild River Adventures 406-387-9453

Title Phone:
A Able Fishing Charters and Tours 406-257-5214
Gentry River Ranch 406-892-1464
Glacier Guides Inc / Montana Raft Co 406-387-5555
Swan Mountain Outfitters 406-886-3900

Title Phone:
Artemis Acres Paint Horse Ranch 406-755-3723
Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge 406-837-4391
Bar W Guest Ranch - Horseback Riding 406-863-9099
Gentry River Ranch 406-892-1464
High Country Trails 406-755-1283
Swan Mountain Outfitters - Glacier Division 406-387-4405

Title Phone:
Americas Best Value Inn 406-756-3222
BEST WESTERN PLUS White Oak Grand 406-857-2400
Comfort Inn Kalispell 406-755-6700
Hampton Inn Kalispell 406-755-7900
Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins - Hotel 406-387-4420
Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins - Lodges & Resorts 406-387-4420
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Kalispell 406-755-7405
La Quinta Inn & Suites 406-257-5255
Marina Cay Resort -406-837-5861
Pine Lodge 406-862-7600

Title Phone:
Artemis Acres Paint Horse Ranch 406-755-3723
Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge 406-837-4391
Bar W Guest Ranch - Lodges & Resorts 406-863-9099
Bay Club -406-837-5861
Belton Chalet 406-888-5000
Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge 406-862-2569
Big Mountain Lodge 800-888-4479
Brumar Estate 406-837-2231
Great Northern Whitewater 406-387-5340
Grouse Mountain Lodge 406-862-3000
Izaak Walton Inn 406-888-5700
Many Springs Flathead Lake Resort 406-982-3900
Meadow Lake Resort 406-892-8700
Mountain Lake Lodge 406-837-3800
Swan Mountain Ranch - Lodge, Guest Ranch & Cabin Rental 406-886-3900

Title Phone:
Aero Inn 406-755-3798
Glacier Highland Resort 406-888-5427
Glacier Park Motel & Campground 406-892-7686
Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins - Motel 406-387-4420
Motel 6 406-752-6355
Port Polson Inn 406-883-5385
Snow Slip Inn 406-226-4400
Timbers Motel 406-837-6200

Title Phone:
Glacier Guides Inc / Montana Raft Co 406-387-5555
Glacier Raft Co. 406-888-5454
Great Northern Whitewater 406-387-5340
Wild River Adventures 406-387-9453

Title Phone:
Back Room and Nite Owl Restaurants 406-892-3131
Best Bet Casino 406-862-2949
Brumar Estate 406-837-2231
Flathead Lake Brewing Co. 406-837-0353
Norm's News 406-756-5466
Snow Slip Inn 406.226.4400

Title Phone:
Avis Rent a Car 406-257-2727
Dollar Rent A Car 406-892-0009
Glacier Park International Airport 406-257-5994

Title Phone:
Bridge Street Cottages 888-264-4974-
Eagle Bend Flathead Vacation Rentals 406-837-4942
Five Star Rentals & Prop. Mgmt. 406-862-5994
Lakeshore Rentals 406-863-9337
Montana's Best Vacation Homes 406-837-6424