Historic lodge or wilderness campsite? Quick trail snacks or gourmet meal? A trip to Glacier is always better if you plan your lodging and dining options in advance.
Glacier National Park Lodges/Xanterra Parks & Resorts
Operates the Village Inn Motel, Lake McDonald Lodge, Rising Sun Motor Inn, Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, and Many Glacier Hotel.
Operates the Apgar Village Lodge and Motel Lake McDonald.
Glacier has two backcountry chalets to which visitors can hike for overnight accommodations. Both are operated by Belton Chalets, Inc.
Lake McDonald Lodge
Other Services in Glacier
Glacier Park Boat Co. offers boat tours with commentary at Many Glacier, Two Medicine, Rising Sun, and Lake McDonald. Optional guided hikes are offered on some cruises at Many Glacier, Two Medicine, and Rising Sun. Small boat rentals are available at Apgar, Lake McDonald Lodge, Two Medicine, and Many Glacier. For additional information and reservations:
Swan Mountain Outfitters offers guided horseback rides at Many Glacier, Lake McDonald Lodge, and Apgar. Special arrangements can also be made for drop camp services, which transport visitors’ gear to certain wilderness campgrounds using stock. A separate wilderness permit and advance coordination are required for drop camp services. For additional information and reservations:
Horseback rides are not available in Glacier National Park in winter.
Two tour bus companies are available, and both operate primarily along Going-to-the-Sun Road. For additional information and reservations:
Glacier Guides offers guided day hikes and backpacking trips for one to seven days. Custom trips are available. Also available are wilderness porter services, which carry visitors’ gear to wilderness campgrounds or chalets. Camping equipment is available for rent at the company’s West Glacier office. For additional information and reservations:
Several companies operate guided rafting trips on the Middle Fork and/or the North Fork of the Flathead River. Both forks are within the federal Flathead Wild and Scenic River designation and are jointly managed by Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest. The companies listed below have raft guide permits issued by the US Forest Service:
Several private businesses also offer lodging, recreation, grocery stores, restaurants, camp stores, and other services just outside the park. Many operate only during the summer months. For specific information regarding state parks, businesses, and services adjacent to Glacier, please visit the State of Montana’s tourism website at www.visitmt.com.
With 13 different campgrounds and approximately 1,009 sites to choose from, options are plentiful.
With its towering mountains, pristine alpine lakes, abundant wildlife, and over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a backpacking paradise.
Last updated: November 4, 2021