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Western Montana Wildland Fire and Smoke Update

July 1, 2021: Western Montana Wildland Fire and Smoke Update It’s summertime in Western Montana, and with that comes outdoor fun, sunshine, camping, and…responsibility. Although it’s beautiful and green in Glacier Country right now, our friends and partners at the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation tell us they’re bracing for a lot of fire activity this year.

July 20, 2021

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31 of the Best Photo Ops in Montana

There are certain places that exist in the world that are so beautiful, they almost don’t seem real. One such place: Western Montana. Glacier Country is filled to the brim with amazing scenery and picture-perfect scenes. From the glacier-carved peaks of Glacier National Park in the north to the Old West town of Darby in the south, Montana is filled with awe-inspiring views. Taking pictures is a key part of vacationing, and to help you snag some of the most iconic images in Glacier Country, we’ve created a list of the 31 best locations for photo opportunities.

July 19, 2021

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21 Amazing Places in Montana You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of

Narrowing down this list was no small feat, but here we have it—21 of the coolest places in Glacier Country. Now, go forth and experience AMAZING. 1. The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas  Find peace in one of Montana’s most tranquil valleys just north of Arlee at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas where you’ll […]

July 12, 2021

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Accessible Recreation in Glacier Country

In Glacier Country, we know how restorative the outdoors and fresh mountain air can be. We strive to be a part of an inclusive outdoors, and make sure Western Montana is welcoming for visitors of all abilities. State parks, national wildlife refuges and rails-to-trails areas can be enjoyed by everyone, and Montana is continually working […]

July 6, 2021

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Summer Fun in Kalispell, Montana

The Great Outdoors meets Old West charm and a lively arts and culture scene in Kalispell, Montana. Access world-class outdoor recreation with ease in this vibrant community centrally located between Flathead Lake, Whitefish Mountain Resort and Glacier National Park in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, and also take advantage of all the fun happening in downtown […]

June 28, 2021

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Western Montana: Camping for Beginners

Camping in Western Montana is a quintessential pastime. The smell of fresh pine needles, the call of the birds, unmatched starry nights and the opportunity to disconnect from technology and connect with nature are only some of what lures us out. If you’ve never been camping before but are ready to try, the idea of […]

June 21, 2021

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Summer Fun in Bigfork, Montana

Nestled in the northeast corner of Flathead Lake is Western Montana’s storybook village of Bigfork. From endless charm, to lake and river adventures, to arts and culture, this little community packs quite a big punch. Take advantage of summer fun in Bigfork this year, but please remember: Like most of our small towns, things are […]

June 8, 2021

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Outdoor Recreation Classes in Western Montana

A few things that come to mind when you think of Western Montana are our vast alpine forests, mountain lakes and glistening rivers that equate to an abundance of outdoor recreation. From laid-back activities like birding and nature journaling to adventurous offerings like river surfing and horseback riding, our recreation scene can’t be beat. If […]

June 7, 2021

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Fishing the Famous Salmonfly Hatch in Western Montana

If you’re into fly-fishing, you’ve likely heard of Montana’s famous salmonfly hatch. It’s got somewhat of a cult following among the fishing obsessed. These big bugs are a really big deal. If you’re not familiar, the salmonfly is a large stonefly that lives in the heavy riffles of large freestone rivers across the West, with […]

June 1, 2021

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The Best Patios in Western Montana

When spring brings warmer days and summer nears, there’s nothing better than being outside and enjoying the sunshine. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best patios in Western Montana, making it easy for you to grab a bite, quench your thirst and relax under our big blue sky. From upscale dining on a […]

May 24, 2021

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Recreate Responsibly on Tribal Lands

Visiting an American Indian reservation in Western Montana is a special experience, and we must all do our part to recreate responsibly no matter where we roam. Here’s how to be a responsible and respectful traveler while enjoying the communities, great outdoors and fresh mountain air of the tribal lands in Glacier Country. Respect Tribes […]

May 17, 2021

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Explore Western Montana’s East Glacier Area

The East Glacier Corridor sits on the edge of Glacier National Park and continues the awe-inspiring vistas and abundant recreation that draws visitors to the park itself. The towns of St. Mary, Babb, Browning, Cut Bank and East Glacier Park provide launching points for exploring the Blackfeet Nation—which boasts a plethora of recreation, history, and […]

May 10, 2021

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Glacier National Park 2021 Updates

With national parks more popular than ever and things still a bit out of the ordinary, please plan ahead and travel responsibly with up-to-date and accurate travel information. Here’s what you need to keep in mind when traveling in and around Glacier National Park this year. Going-to-the-Sun Road Ticketed Entry System To help ease traffic […]

May 3, 2021

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Western Montana Lodging With a View

One thing’s for certain—all of Western Montana is jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and, no matter where you lay your head at night, your surroundings are sure to be beautiful. With that said, we do have especially noteworthy accommodations situated in extraordinary spots, like next to a national wildlife refuge or on the shore of a serene mountain […]

April 26, 2021

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Traveling With Your Dog in Western Montana

What’s better than roaming around Montana? Roaming around Montana with your dog, of course. We love dogs around here­—bird dogs, river rovers, hiking companions—so we get it. Western Montana’s wide-open spaces, miles of hiking trails and sparkling waters make a great place for a pet-friendly vacation, and there’s plenty of lodging to accommodate your pup, […]

Glacier Country’s Food Truck Scene

A surprising fact about Western Montana is that it’s a culinary hot spot. Some of the best chefs live here thanks to our slower-paced way of life plus a natural landscape and regional produce that feed creativity and inspire new dishes. Both local and renowned chefs have embraced a cornerstone of America’s food scene—the food […]

Vegan + Vegetarian Culinary Adventures in Glacier Country

Western Montana’s culinary scene is on par with its outdoor recreation scene. From fine dining to food trucks, you can’t go wrong—it’s all part of the Glacier Country adventure.

Spring Bloom: Wildflowers in Western Montana

Ah, spring. While we love all four seasons in Western Montana, wildflower season is extra special. Glacier Country in full bloom is quite a sight. These miniature miracles of Mother Nature brave cold nights and dramatic spring weather to sprout their way up into Montana’s landscape in a striking display. Mountains, meadows and hillsides speckled […]

10 Unique Glacier Country Experiences

Western Montana is full of authentically wild adventures and epic outdoor experiences. It’s a place unlike anywhere else, where natural wonders abound among awe-inspiring landscapes. We’ve put together a list of 10 legendary experiences you’ll find only in Glacier Country, so pull out your bucket list and get ready to add these to it. 1. […]

Recreate Responsibly in Western Montana

Spending time in outdoor spaces has become more popular than ever, and we sure are grateful for the quality and quantity of outdoor space we have here in Western Montana. It’s paramount, however, that we all do our part to recreate responsibly, whether playing in local parks, on public lands and trails, in Montana’s two […]

Hidden Gem Shopping Spots in Glacier Country

Western Montana is home to more than 75 charming communities, all worth exploring. We often boast about the vibrant downtowns in the hearts of these communities, but you’ll find a treasure trove of quirky, unique and delightful shops tucked into little spots off the beaten path all over the region. Find Montana-made items, one-of-a-kind goods, and […]

Spring in Western Montana and Glacier National Park

Spring is a time of renewal—a time to refresh, restore and rediscover. The thing about exploring Western Montana this time of year is that spring is our largely undiscovered season. As the region emerges from winter, hiking and biking trails are clearing, and the landscape comes alive with wildflowers, wildlife and rushing rapids and waterfalls. […]

20 Instagram Accounts to Follow in Western Montana

Western Montana is home to diverse and unique businesses—luxury resorts, local eats, adventure outfitters and a bison ranch are just a sampling of what you’ll find here. One thing they all share is gratitude for the place we’re lucky enough to call home, and their social media accounts reflect that with posts showcasing Glacier Country […]

23 Things to Do This Spring Under Montana’s Big Blue Sky

Spring is one of Western Montana’s best-kept secrets. It’s the season to get out and explore the region’s emergence from winter, and this year is no exception if we all travel safely and responsibly. Here are nearly two dozen ways to play in Glacier Country this spring. 1. Bike in Glacier National Park The famously […]

8 Ways to Treat Yourself in Western Montana

It’s always important to take time for yourself to relax and rejuvenate, and after the year we’ve all had, you deserve it. We make it easy to treat yourself in Glacier Country. From treatments at top-notch spas to feeding your soul at an art gallery, here are our top eight ways to indulge in Western […]

7 Things to Do in a Western Montana Winter if You Don’t Ski

There’s no question Western Montana is a downhill ski destination. But what makes this place so sought-after is the epic landscape, charming small towns and 300+ inches of snow the region sees every winter, all making it a popular destination even for those who don’t ski. Here are seven ways to play in a Western […]

Discover the Natural World of Glacier National Park

Quench your thirst for knowledge on your next visit to Western Montana. Slow down and have a deeper, more intimate trip by planning a class from The Glacier Institute into your itinerary. The Glacier Institute offers a variety of courses on Glacier National Park—one of the most intact ecosystems in the lower 48. Cultivate your […]

Gear Up for Winter Family Fun in Glacier Country

Winter is one of our absolute favorite seasons. That’s because, in a place like Western Montana, winter isn’t in the way, it is the way—the way to adventure. We gear up and get out, and you should too. Glacier Country boasts 300 inches of snow yearly, rendering the landscape a winter wonderland and offering endless […]

Pizza Night in Western Montana

If you’re like us, you scope out the best place for pizza whenever you visit a new place. If that new place for you is Western Montana, or if you’re a local looking to try something new for your next Pizza Night, we’ve done the legwork for you. Glacier Country has a phenomenal culinary scene, […]

New Year, New Businesses and Happenings in Western Montana

The theme for 2021 feels a little “in with the new.” We’re looking for a refresh, and we’ve got new businesses—and new happenings at old businesses we love—that have popped up (or will soon!) throughout the region. Find New Adventures at New Businesses in Western Montana ROAM Beyond You know we’re all about glamping in […]

New Year’s Resolutions: 10 Epic Montana Adventures for 2021

2020 has been a year. With 2021 upon us, hope is in the air and priorities have shifted a bit. Your New Year’s resolutions might look different from years’ past. Are you building in more family time? More space for reflection? More travel? Western Montana has you covered with 10 epic adventures for the new […]

Get to Know the Glacier National Park Conservancy

The beauty and wonder of Glacier National Park is conserved by a strong network of fiercely dedicated nature lovers and stewards of the land doing amazing work to protect and preserve the Crown of the Continent for generations to come. One such organization is the Glacier National Park Conservancy—the official nonprofit fundraising partner of Glacier […]

Know Before You Go! Skiing in Montana During a Pandemic

With things a little out of the ordinary this winter, we can all count on one thing—snow! That precious, fluffy white powder makes a Western Montana winter pure magic. We get a lot of it around here—more than 300 inches annually, in fact—and we’ve also got plenty of space to spread out. That means we’re […]

Holiday Gift Guide: Shop Local + Made in Montana

Spread some holiday cheer this year by not only giving your friends and family thoughtful, Made in Montana gifts, but by giving much needed support to our local craftspeople and small businesses while you’re at it. From candles, leather goods, jewelry and pottery, to locally roasted coffee and finely crafted beer and spirits, cross some […]

The Glacier Country Grind: Local Coffee, Tea, Cocoa + Chai

We LOVE our beverages in Montana, and while our local brewery and distillery scene is renowned, beer and whiskey aren’t the only things we’re meticulously crafting in the Treasure State. We take our coffee just as seriously as anything around here. And our tea, hot chocolate and chai, for that matter. Here’s where you can […]

Montana by the Book: Your Local Guides to Glacier Country

To really get to know Montana—and your way around Montana—let a local guidebook be your guide. From exploring Glacier National Park; to hiking, history and hotels; to backroads, byways and off-the-beaten-path adventures, Montana’s authors lead the way.  Glacier National Park Moon Glacier National Park by Becky Lomax (author and former guide for Glacier Guides and […]

Virtual Montana: Online Socials at Dunrovin Ranch

As we’re all doing our part to maintain social distance in light of the pandemic, some increased-risk and older populations are homebound, and virtual events are providing a much-needed outlet for those who find themselves unable to participate in some of the things that once kept them busy and fulfilled. That’s where Dunrovin comes in. […]

Be Grateful and Feast Local This Thanksgiving

Home for the holidays has a whole new meaning this year, and we’re grateful we have so many incredible local businesses to get us through the 2020 festivities when things are a little out of the ordinary. This Thanksgiving, more than ever, is the perfect time to support local eateries and other small businesses in […]

Amazing Glacier Country Photographers to Follow on Instagram

It’s been said that just looking at pictures of nature can lower your stress level, and we’re here to help you out with that. Follow some of Glacier Country’s finest photographers as they capture Montana’s most magical moments and places. Sit back, relax and be inspired. Aedan Arnot Aedan’s exquisite photos of the Montana landscape […]

Blue Moon Over Montana: Get That Glacier Country Glow

There’s a full moon on Halloween this year, and it’s the second full moon of October so it’s technically a blue moon. Cool, right? To say we’re kind of excited about it would be an understatement. Be inspired to spend the night out under that Glacier Country glow. We are! Our dark skies make for […]

Exploring Western Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness

There’s getting away, and then there’s getting away from it all. In Montana, when we want to really go remote, we head to a little place we like to call “The Bob.” The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex isn’t little at all, though. In fact, it’s vast. It’s the third-largest wilderness area in the lower 48 […]

Western Montana: 10 Small Towns You’ve Never Heard Of

Looking for a getaway that truly has you getting away? These lesser-known, small-town gems are some of Western Montana’s best-kept secrets. Big Arm Experience Montana lake life on the “big arm” of Flathead Lake along the scenic Flathead Corridor. Big Arm is your ticket to breathtaking lake views and Wild Horse Island exploration. Recreation abounds […]

Western Montana’s Top 6 Fall Hikes

Hiking is one of the most peaceful ways to discover Western Montana’s landscapes—and fall is an especially stunning season to do so. Explore our sweeping meadows, alpine forests and mountain waterfalls all cast in autumn’s golden hues. To help get you on the trail we’ve put together our top six fall hikes. Don’t forget your […]

Get Away From It All This Fall in Glacier Country

There’s fall fun to be had in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, where getting away from it all is our specialty. Autumn is our golden season, and not only because the hillsides and river banks are awash in vibrant hues of yellow and orange. With crisp autumn air, space to spread out and COVID-sensitive activities aplenty, […]

Glacier Country: Outdoor Fall Family Fun

Fall is here in Western Montana and it’s the ideal time to load up the family and hit the road to explore. Family fun abounds during our most vibrant season. From getting spooked at Garnet Ghost Town, to basking in the cool mountain air at hot springs, to surrounding yourself in a tapestry of golden […]

Western Montana: Respect Our Place, Leave No Trace

It’s fun to explore. It’s good to getaway. It’s life-changing to get up close and personal with a place like Western Montana. But while you’re discovering the wild wonder Glacier Country affords, it’s important to make as minimal an impact on our lands as possible. The most effective way to do this is to follow […]

A to Z: 26 Activities to Do in Western Montana

Recreation abounds in Western Montana, and, no matter the season we’re chock-full of activities. To give you a sampling of the unique adventures you’ll find here, we’ve made it simple and created an A to Z list of activities for your next Glacier Country getaway.  A – Air adventures offer a bird’s-eye view of our […]

What’s New in Western Montana

Local art galleries, restaurants and shops are the heart of our communities in Glacier Country. Thanks to the enthusiasm and support of locals and visitors alike, new businesses have opened their doors in 2020 despite the challenges presented by COVID-19. Our downtowns, cultural scenes and off-the-beaten-path locations remain vibrant. Here’s what’s new in our neck […]

Hidden Gem: Hungry Horse Recreation Area

Just 15 miles from the west entrance of Glacier National Park, Hungry Horse Reservoir provides four-season recreation in many forms: camping, boating, fishing, water skiing, hiking, huckleberry picking, hunting and snowmobiling. Road trippers will love taking the scenic loop, which winds around the reservoir—a trip that is especially spectacular in the fall when the larch […]

Safety Comes First in The Last Best Place

In Montana, we take the responsible route. Right now that means doing our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and make sure our residents, visitors, small businesses and essential workers stay safe. Glacier Country is an extraordinary place to live, work and play, and even in this unprecedented time we can experience all […]

The Latest From Glacier Country

Western Montana Wildland Fire and Smoke Update

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31 of the Best Photo Ops in Montana

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21 Amazing Places in Montana You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of

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Accessible Recreation in Glacier Country

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