Environmental Efforts

At Glacier Guides and Montana Raft, we take our commitment to environmental efforts, in conjunction with our mission statement, very seriously. After all, we live in an area that is experiencing rapid change due to climate patterns.

Our mission is to provide exceptional active travel vacations and experiences in and around Glacier National Park while preserving and protecting Glacier’s unique ecosystem using the best available ecologically sound practices. And that means the best environmental efforts, too.

We are committed to being an environmentally responsible business and are continually looking for new ways to improve our environmental efforts and practices. At Glacier Guides and Montana Raft, we look forward to sharing Glacier National Park with guests for generations to come. Join us in our support the National Park Service, the United States Forest Service, and the surrounding communities in our collective efforts to preserve and conserve the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.

Our Environmental Efforts Include:

  • Preserving the entrance to Glacier National Park by maintaining a vegetative screen and refusing to use billboards.
  • Teaching and practicing Leave No Trace ethics on all our trips.
  • Recycling paper, cardboard, aluminum, glass, plastics, steel, automobile oil, and batteries.
  • Using post consumer paper in our printing and brochures.
  • Purchasing wind power and hydro power (as a second option) to fulfill our electric needs.
  • Using free trade and Energy Star products when available.
  • Using refillable dispensers for shampoo and conditioner in our lodge.
  • Using reusable dinnerware (plates, silverware and cups) instead of disposable ones on our trips.
  • No longer selling bottled water (we sell refillable bottles instead).
  • Selling more souvenirs with “Made in the USA” and “Eco-Sensitive” materials.
  • Converting all of our light bulbs to more efficient compact fluorescent.
  • In 1997, we founded Rafting for Refuse, a river clean up on the Middle Fork and North Fork of the Flathead River. Since then it has become an annual event. We have since added our “Rafting for Charity” events as well.
  • We are proud to be one of the founding sponsors of ClimateRide.org, a bicycle ride promoting responsible energy use and positive action toward climate change.
  • Buying organic and local food whenever possible for our trips.

Local Business Environmental Efforts

The following are just some of the local companies that we are working with:Local Montana Food environmental

  • Lifeline Farms – Victor, MT
  • Great Northern Pasta Company – Whitefish, MT
  • Half Moon Eggs – Columbia Falls, MT
  • Kalispell Creamery – Kalispell, MT
  • Mountain View Garden – Kalispell, MT
  • Two Bear Farm – Whitefish, MT
  • Perfect Cuts Meats – Columbia Falls, MT

  • Wheat Montana – Kalispell, MT
  • Montana Huckleberry Haven – Kalispell, MT
  • Western Montana Farmer’s Co-op

Recognition of Our Commitment to Environmental Efforts

In 2012, 2013, 2014, and again in 2015, Glacier Guides and Montana Raft was honored by Montana State University, in conjunction with the Montana Governor’s Office, with an EcoStar Award for our pollution prevention efforts.

We are supporters of TAP (Travelers Against Plastic). Their goal (and ours) is to get travelers to consider cleaning their own water while traveling. By doing so, we can avoid the disposal of billions of water bottles around the world each year. Please see their short informational page that simply and clearly outlines the advantages to treating your own water while traveling.

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft was in the first class from the Flathead Valley to graduate from the UnCommon Sense Program, a two year program set up by the Yellowstone Business Partnership that helps businesses further their environmental efforts. The above video was made for that program, and gives a glimpse into our environmental efforts and concerns.

Every little bit counts.