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FAQ: Backpacking in Glacier National Park  

Top 5 FAQ About Backpacking in Glacier National Park #1: What’s up with the backcountry permit system? At Glacier Guides and Montana Raft, we put in for advanced permit requests in Glacier each spring. You can, too. Sometimes, we’re asking for specific itineraries for clients on a custom trip. Other times, we’re requesting tried and… Read more »

Government Shutdown: Lake McDonald Lodge Report  

This post continues our series on the Government Shutdown in Glacier.

Glacier National Park On January 4, 2019  

We’re proud to know you, Glacier lovers. There are so many dire headlines about the awful conditions in Zion, Yosemite, and other national parks that we were worried about Glacier during the government shutdown.

Glacier During a Government Shutdown  

Right now, the federal government is shut down, and yes, that is affecting Glacier National Park. Here’s what we know, and what we suggest if you’re visiting our gorgeous park over the holidays.

Late Fall in Glacier  

Late fall in Glacier National Park tends to mean unpredictable weather and predictably empty parking lots and trailheads.

Plan My Trip To Glacier National Park: The October Edition – Updated for 2021  

There’s a reason that Montana is filled with visitors every July and August – you have to see our alpine landscapes to believe they’re real, and that high country is only open for so long. But there’s another must-see time of year. It’s October in Glacier National Park.

Sperry Chalet in 2018  

Normally, I don’t write blog posts for Glacier Guides and Montana Raft in first person. But this one, about the Sperry Chalet rebuild, is personal. On Saturday, I went and paid my respects to Sperry Chalet. First, some background.

Granite Park Chalet | Glacier National Park | Glacier Guides and Montana Raft  

With the loss of Sperry Chalet last summer, a new frequently asked question around here is how to get a reservation at Granite Park Chalet.

Hiking Ptarmigan Tunnel  

Ptarmigan Tunnel Glacier Guides Difficulty Rating: Strenuous. Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft. Mileage: 10.6 miles. Hiking Time (estimate): Allow 4-4½ hours to reach the tunnel, 1 hour for lunch, and 3-3½ hours to return. Other: Trails in the Many Glacier area are frequently closed due to bear activity. It is wise to check with a ranger… Read more »