Glacier Guides & Montana Raft Blog

Glacier Guides & Montana Raft makes monthly contributions to this blog with subjects on all things rafting, hiking, fishing, biking and lodging in and around Glacier National Park as well as relevant news and information about Glacier National Park.

Glacier Park Summer Preview  

The whitewater rafting on Glacier’s border rivers is at its most thrilling in the spring, as peak runoff typically occurs then. As summer gets fully underway, overnight and full day rafting is where it’s at! Relax in the morning, eat lunch riverside, and go for a swim.

Spring in Glacier National Park  

May and June mean springtime in the Rockies is at its best, and early visitors will enjoy better, uncrowded wildlife, waterfall, and wildflower viewing than visitors in the peak July-August season.

FAQ: Backpacking in Glacier National Park  

Top 5 FAQ About Backpacking in Glacier National Park #1: What’s up with the backcountry permit system for 2023? Before you take off on your epic adventure, make sure you head to Recreation.gov or the permitting office the day your trip begins to snag a backpacking permit. Glacier National Park is transitioning to Recreation.gov for… Read more »

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 2023  

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.

Hiking Ptarmigan Tunnel in Glacier National Park  

Hiking Ptarmigan Tunnel in Glacier National Park Hiking Ptarmigan Tunnel in Glacier National Park is a dance between meadow and forest. It’s the perfect butt-kicking, beautiful hike. 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… Read more »

3 Perfect Days in West Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana | Glacier Guides and Montana Raft  

If you’re coming to Glacier National Park, we recommend a lifetime to explore it. But if you don’t have quite that much time, here’s what we suggest for 3 Perfect Days in West Glacier.