Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Lodging & Dining

LODGING

Architects took the mountains' majesty to heart when they designed the historic hotels and lodges in Glacier and Waterton Lakes national parks. 

Glacier Park, Inc. (GPI) owns and operates Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton and Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier. GPI is a National Park Service concessioner for five of six lodging facilities inside Glacier National Park. Visit www.glacierparkinc.com for reservations, or call (406) 892-2525. (American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards accepted.)

Make reservations six months to a year in advance, particularly for July and August. Rooms may become available due to cancellations, but call early to ensure you have a place to stay.

For more information about GPI restaurants, accommodations and tours, stop at information desks located in the park hotels and motor inns.

Glacier Park Lodge

"The Big Tree Lodge," as the Blackfeet knew it, amazes visitors with its lobby lined with gigantic Douglas fir trees. The lodge, located in East Glacier, was completed in 1913 and now has 161 rooms. There is a swimming pool, a regulation nine-hole golf course and a nine-hole pitch-and-putt course that runs through landscaped gardens. Restaurant, lounge and gift shops are offered as well as horseback tours. The lodge is open from June 1 to late September. -

Many Glacier Hotel

One of the park's glaciers looms over its cliffside perch near this Swiss-style hotel. Located in Many Glacier Valley, the hotel's tall picture windows look out at Swiftcurrent Lake and a choppy sea of peaks. Many Glacier Valley is the center of the largest network of trails in Glacier, with five major valleys leading to glaciers, passes and lakes. The hotel, a National Historic Landmark, is the largest lodge in the parks with its 208 rooms. A restaurant, snack bar and lounge as well as nightly entertainment, a gift shop, and boat and horseback tours are available. Montana entertainment with singer/songwriter David Walburn is available nightly Monday—Saturday. The hotel is open mid-June to mid-September. -

Swiftcurrent Motor Inn

Swiftcurrent Motor Inn is just a short walk from the Many Glacier Hotel. It has 88 rooms and private cabins. The inn's front door is just a stone's throw away from the Iceberg Lake trailhead, one of the most dramatic and popular hikes in the parks. This facility was built as a rest stop for car travelers when the automobile became a popular mode of transportation in the 1930s. A general store was added later on and more motel rooms were also added as the Many Glacier Valley's popularity increased. It features a restaurant, camp store, laundromat and public showers. It is open early June to mid-September. -

Prince of Wales Hotel

Sitting on a promontory overlooking Waterton Lake, this European-style, seven-story hotel has huge picture windows in the lobby which frame a view of the seven-mile-long string of mountains that ring the lake. Built in 1927, the hotel was named for Great Britain's King Edward VIII, while he was Prince of Wales. This National Historic Site (Canada) has 86 rooms and is a good base for golf, horseback rides and boat tours. A restaurant, lounge, English-style tearoom and gift shop are available. The hotel is open from early June to mid-September.

Rising Sun Motor Inn

The St. Mary Valley, with its snaking lake and bright red mountains, is the scenic attraction of Rising Sun Motor Inn. The inn has 72 motel and cabin rooms and is located adjacent to Going-to-the-Sun Road on the eastern side of Glacier, close to St. Mary Visitor Center. A restaurant, camp store, public showers and a gift shop are available. You can book guided tours of Glacier National Park and boat tours conveniently at the front desk. The inn is open from mid-June to mid-September. -

Lake McDonald Lodge & Complex

George Snyder built the first hotel and hunting lodge in Glacier in 1895, when the area was still wild country. Huge logs support the lobby's high ceiling and the hotel is still decorated with animal trophies. Famous American Western artist, Charles M. Russell, is said to have drawn the pictographs on the lobby's immense stone fireplace. A short walkway leads to the Lake McDonald shore. The Lake McDonald complex has 100 rooms in the main building, cabins and an adjacent motor inn. A restaurant, pizzeria, lounge, gift shop and camp store as well as boat and horseback tours and rentals are offered. The lodge is open from late May to late September. -

Village Inn at Apgar

The 36 rooms of this motel have panoramic views of Lake McDonald Valley and the Continental Divide. Some rooms contain kitchenettes. It is located in Apgar Village near gift shops and Apgar Visitor Center. Horse rides and boat rentals are available nearby. The inn is open from June 1 to late September.

Apgar Village Lodge

Located in scenic Apgar Village, this privately owned lodge has 48 units, including 26 kitchenettes. It is run by the Lundgren family of West Glacier; please call (406) 888-5484 for more information and reservations. (American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover are accepted.) Rooms have televisions and showers. There are no telephones. It is open from early May to early October.

Chalets

Granite Park and Sperry Chalets are both National Historic Landmarks that were constructed by the Great Northern Railway in 1912 and 1914. They have both undergone extensive restoration recently, thanks to considerable public involvement and support from both the public as well as the federal government. Sperry Chalet offers traditional services to the public. Granite Park Chalet currently operates as a self-service hiker shelter. For more information, check their respective websites atwww.graniteparkchalet.com/ granite.html or www.sperrychalet.com/ menu.html or call (800) 345-2649.

Other Options

Accommodations and restaurants can also be found in Glacier's gateway communities and in the Town site of Waterton Park. Contact Glacier Country at (800) 338-5072, Flathead Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 543-3105, or Cut Bank Area Chamber of Commerce at (406) 873-4041 for more information. For Waterton accommodations, call (800) 215-2395. For general information, contact Waterton Town site Chamber of Commerce at (403) 859-2203.

DINING

Glacier Park Lodge (East Glacier)

The Great Northern Restaurant is the main restaurant in Glacier Park Lodge at East Glacier. It maintains a Western theme on its menu of choice beef, barbecued ribs, chicken and fish entrées. A full breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner are available. Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. -

The Lounge has a well-stocked bar and a TV, making this a popular social gathering place. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight and offers lunch and bar menu items from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. -

Many Glacier Hotel (near Swiftcurrent Lake at Many Glacier)

The Ptarmigan Dining Room features picture window views of Many Glacier's towering peaks and adds a Swiss Alps atmosphere to this dining experience. Continental and American cuisine is served, as is a full breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. -

The Swiss and Interlaken Lounge has a fully stocked bar on the lobby level. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight and offers lunch and bar menu items from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Afternoon fondue is served from 2—4 p.m. -

Lake McDonald Lodge (near Lake McDonald)

Russell's Fireside Dining Room is decorated with hunting trophies and rough-hewn western red cedar wood beams that recall this building's hunting lodge origins. The dinner menu tends toward sportsmen's favorites. Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. -

The Stockade Lounge features cedar-paneled walls and a view of the lake, giving this bar a cozy feel. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight and offers lunch and bar menu items from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. -

Jammer Joe's Grill & Pizzeria offers casual dining with an Italian flair. Meals include lunch and dinner. Pizza-to-go or to eat-in is available. It is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Pizzeria closes in early September. -

Prince of Wales Hotel (Waterton Lakes National Park)

The Royal Stewart Dining Room offers fine English and Continental dining at the lobby level of this picturesque hotel. Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. -

Valerie's Tea Room offers traditional afternoon tea with scones, and is served in addition to fresh pastries and alcoholic beverages. Teatime is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., daily in the pictur- esque lobby. -

The Windsor Lounge features spectacular views, traditional English fare and a full bar, making this a relaxing place to review the day. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight and offers lunch and bar menu items from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. -

Swiftcurrent Motor Inn (Many Glacier Valley, one mile from Many Glacier Hotel)

Experience casual dining with an Italian flair at the Italian Gardens Restaurant. Meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings at the central registration building. Pizza-to-go or eat in is available. Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. -

Rising Sun Motor Inn (near St. Mary Lake)

Two Dog Flats Grill serves classic Montana fare with a Tex-Mex influence. This casual restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. -