Spring in Glacier National Park

Welcome, Spring in Glacier National Park! It’s the time of year when everything starts happening 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. There’s also opportunities to do [...]

By |2019-07-09T10:39:24-07:00May 21st, 2019|

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 [...]

By |2020-06-29T07:30:06-07:00April 28th, 2019|

Government Shutdown: Lake McDonald Lodge Report

This post continues our series on the Government Shutdown in Glacier. Lake McDonald Lodge Report on January 8, 2019 Last week, we checked in on conditions at Apgar. This morning dawned mostly clear and cold, and we couldn't help but turn onto the -- plowed! -- Going to the Sun Road and head east. The [...]

By |2019-01-08T14:12:03-07:00January 8th, 2019|

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. Deciding to quash innuendo and rumor, we headed out to Apgar during lunch on Friday, January 4, 2019 to gather first [...]

By |2019-01-04T14:34:50-07:00January 4th, 2019|

Late Fall in Glacier

Late fall in Glacier National Park tends to mean unpredictable weather and predictably empty parking lots and trailheads. After all, Glacier begins its preparations for winter hibernation in mid-September, as many hotels and services within the park begin to close at that time of year. At Glacier Guides and Montana Raft, we usually stay open [...]

By |2018-11-06T13:41:01-07:00November 6th, 2018|

Sperry Chalet in 2018

Sperry Chalet Rebuild 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. Sperry Chalet in August 2016 When Dinosaurs Roamed Sperry Back in [...]

By |2018-07-25T07:48:47-07:00July 25th, 2018|

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

How To Get a Reservation at Granite Park Chalet  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. And it's a question we love, as the experience provided by Granite Park Chalet is one we would wish on everyone. [...]

By |2019-07-09T11:51:02-07:00April 25th, 2018|

Hiking Ptarmigan Tunnel | Glacier National Park | Montana | Glacier Guides and Montana Raft

Ptarmigan Tunnel Staggering views from Ptarmigan Tunnel into Belly River country. Photo by Guide Hannah Callahan. Ptarmigan Tunnel Hike Profile 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 [...]

By |2018-04-20T11:29:30-07:00April 20th, 2018|
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