The wonderful thing about Western Montana’s Glacier Country is that traveling from one place to the next is always scenic and there’s an adventure around every bend. With the region divided into nine travel routes, you’ll find unique Montana experiences no matter where you roam. Here’s a list of fun and noteworthy facts about each Glacier Country travel corridor that you should definitely keep in mind while visiting.
Clark Fork Corridor
- The Ross Creek Cedar Grove Scenic Area, in Heron, has 1,000-year-old cedar trees up to 12 feet in diameter.
- Trout Creek is the “Huckleberry Capital of Montana” and hosts the Trout Creek Huckleberry Festival every August.
- The 15-mile-long Route of the Hiawatha Scenic Bike Trail features 10 train tunnels, seven sky-high trestles and the 1.661-mile-long Taft Tunnel.
- The lawless, former town of Taft (1907 – 1910) was the last boom town of the American West and was known as the “Wickedest City in America.”
- The bitterroot is the Montana state flower and is a culturally significant plant for the Salish people, who, for centuries, established and used travel routes in the Bitterroot region, moving seasonally to hunt bison and trade with regional tribes.
- Travelers’ Rest State Park is home to the only archaeologically verified campsite of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
- Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi and the 79th largest freshwater lake in the world. It’s also one of the cleanest lakes in the world.
- The Flathead Indian Reservation (home of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes) includes both an Amish settlement (in St. Ignatius) and a Buddhist shrine (Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee).
- Eureka was once known as the “Christmas Tree Capital of the World.” Northwest Montana once shipped more holiday trees than anywhere else in the country, mostly from Eureka.
- The movies “The Revenant” and “The River Wild” feature scenes that were filmed at Kootenai Falls.
- The name “Lake Koocanusa” combines the first three letters of the Kootenai River, Canada and the USA.
Seeley Swan Corridor
- The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex is the third-largest wilderness complex in the lower 48 states and features a huge escarpment called the Chinese Wall, which averages 1,000 feet high.
- KettleHouse Amphitheater, on the banks of the Blackfoot River, is No. 8 in the Top 50 Amphitheaters in the World.
- The Blackfoot River was made famous by Norman Maclean’s novella “A River Runs Through It” and the movie version, which starred Brad Pitt.
East Glacier Corridor
- The Blackfeet Indian Reservation is home to the 17,321-member Blackfeet Nation, one of the 10 largest tribes in the United States.
- The Indian Relay, featured at North American Indian Days in Browning every July, has contestants riding bareback while switching mounts multiple times.
Glacier National Park Surrounding Area
- The Hungry Horse dam is one of the largest concrete arch dams in the United States, at 564 feet high. The dam’s morning-glory spillway is the highest in the world.
- Josephine Doody “the bootleg lady of Glacier Park” is the namesake of Josephine’s Speakeasy in Coram. She produced high-quality moonshine and delivered it across the river to passing trains.
- The Izaak Walton Inn is a stop on Amtrak’s Empire Builder route, and lodging options include classic cabooses and luxury railcars.
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November 14, 2022
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