Raft and Bike Glacier National Park

Full Day Paddle and Pedal Adventure — Spring Only!

Due to COVID-19, guided biking and bike shuttles will return in Spring 2021!

Bike and e-bike rentals for self-guided tours will be available in Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020.

Raft And Bike Glacier – Dates and Pricing

Raft Glacier’s turquoise border river in the morning, then bike in the afternoon! Full day adventure, lunch and dinner included.

Dates: Daily between May 11 – mid to late June. When the Going to the Sun Road opens to vehicle traffic, this combination experience closes.
Time:  10:15 AM – 7:30 PM. Please arrive at our office by 9:45 AM. Directions are here.
Price Adult: $232 regular bike, $287 e-bike – lunch and dinner is included.
Price Child (12 – 10): $222 regular bike – lunch and dinner is included.
Additional Fees: Glacier National Park entrance fee — see entrance fee details here — 7% River User Fee, and gratuity for guide not included.

Reservations required in advance.

Morning Paddle

Spring in Glacier National Park means the whitewater rafting is extra fun. You'll likely have on wetsuits and splash gear, as pictured.

Spring in Glacier National Park means the whitewater rafting is extra fun. You’ll likely have on wetsuits and splash gear, as pictured.

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 9:45 AM meeting time, 10:15 AM launch

Trip Duration: Approximately 2 hours

Minimum Age: 10

Start your Raft and Bike Glacier adventure with the Paddle portion of the day! Meet at our office at 9:45am for a 10:15am whitewater rafting departure.

Enjoy our exclusive Sport Half Day Glacier National Park whitewater rafting trip on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.  Why is our Sport trip special? The small number of rafters — not more than 9 — allows for a more intimate experience with the river and a lighter, uncrowded boat. Follow the simple commands of your guide and be part of the crew that paddles the raft through the 9 named rapids.

Or, if you’d rather sit back and relax on this federally protected Wild and Scenic River, that’s fine, too! The river winds through about 8 miles of the John F. Stevens Canyon. Rapids are typically class II and III. This means a fun and splashy whitewater rafting adventure!

Raft and Bike Glacier: The More You Know

Dress to get wet.  Bring a bathing suit to wear under a wetsuit, if necessary. Wear sandals that strap to your feet or borrow our river booties. Secure your eyewear – we sell straps if you need them. Check out our Packing List – Day Trips for more information about what you need — in short, not much.

First, meet your guide. Afterwards, get fitted for lifejackets, helmets, and any other necessary equipment, such as wetsuits. If you have an epi-pen or other medication, your guide will stow it safely for you in a dry bag. Next, take a short bus ride — approximately 20 minutes — to the river. Your guide will launch the boat. From there, start the float down the stunning Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Flathead River!

You start on a mellow section of the river. This gives you plenty of time to learn paddle strokes, and adjust to being on the water. The rapids are towards the end of the trip. After tackling the whitewater, float under Glacier National Park’s historic Belton Bridge – the original entrance to the park. Take out in West Glacier. From there, it’s a 5 minute bus ride back to where you started, at Glacier Guides and Montana Raft.

The length of the trip depends on river flow. In May and June, whitewater rafting trips typically last about 2 hours.

No experience is necessary.

No maximum weight. Life jacket maximum size is 58″ chest. Life jackets are mandatory.

Trips depart rain or shine.

Glacier Park summer activities

Afternoon Pedal

biking Glacier National Park

Bike the Going to the Sun Road with our interpretive guides – a bucket list experience!

Difficulty: Moderate

Time:  1:30 meeting time, 2:00 p.m. departure.

Trip Duration: Typically 4 – 5 hours, depending on road conditions and availability.

Minimum Age: 10, with biking experience.

We guide bike — on e-bikes or regular bikes — tours in Glacier National Park from mid May through mid-late June. In the spring, the alpine section of the Going to the Sun Road is closed to vehicles but open to hiker-biker traffic. Biking the Sun Road is the ultimate spring adventure in Glacier! We take advantage of the afternoon warmth and the beautiful light with an afternoon departure. This timing also typically ensures that the plow crew is finished up, too. That way, we can bike as far as possible.

What If The Going-to-the-Sun Road Is Closed To Hiker/Biker Traffic?

Keep in mind that around here, we joke that we have two seasons: winter and road construction. Just like on a hiking trip, there is a chance that we may need to reroute our bike tour to another area of Glacier.  This may be on a road which is open to vehicle traffic, such as the Camas Road. Alternatively, we might take a longer van shuttle to Glacier’s stunning east side. We always keep you aware of your options.

Raft and Bike: Afternoon Itinerary

12:30 PM – Return from paddling the whitewater section of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River! Next, pick up your delicious, hearty sack lunch. Head out to our shaded pavilion to enjoy it.

1:30 PM – Check back into the office to prepare for your biking tour! Meet your guide. Next, get fitted for a bike and helmet.

2:00 PM – Depart for your bike tour. Typically, we bike on the iconic Going to the Sun Road, from the Avalanche trailhead up into the alpine section, but please see above.

7:30 PM – Return to Glacier Guides and Montana Raft.

Guided Bike Tour Overview

Distance: About 15 miles, depending on road conditions. 

Elevation Gain: 3,000 feet

Destination: Logan Pass, depending on road conditions.

Bike Glacier: What to Bring

Prepare for a Glacier bike tour just as you would for a hike. On a nice day, shorts will work just fine! On a cold day, you’ll want warm, breathable layers. Keep in mind that rain and snow are always possible in the mountains. Check out our Glacier National Park Day Trips Packing List.

Safety First

Safety is always our #1 priority. Guides train in river rescue techniques, first aid, and more. Many guides return year after year. If conditions call for wetsuits and river shoes, or if you would prefer to wear splash gear, it is always available at no extra cost. Helmets are mandatory.

Age Limits

Because this Paddle and Pedal adventure occurs in the spring, when river flows are typically higher, the minimum age is 10. At other times of the year, the minimum age for rafting is typically lower. It depends on the river flows and whether the trip is for a scenic float or a whitewater trip. Please call the office to inquire: 406-387-5555 or e-mail info@glacierguides.com

Biking Glacier FAQ

Do I need bear spray? What if the Going to the Sun Road is closed? Find answers to all your biking questions here.