We’re completely overjoyed to announce that after the devastating damage to Glacier National Park’s beloved Sperry Chalet from wildland fire in 2017, it will reopen in the summer of 2020. For those of you who know what the Sperry Chalet means to the entire Glacier National Park community—and to thousands of travelers who’ve experienced the wonder of this extraordinary place—this is truly heartwarming news.
Glacier National Park is one of the most intact natural ecosystems in the lower 48 states, and wildland fire plays a vital role in the park’s rich biological diversity. Although fire is natural and necessary for healthy forests, sometimes the effects can be heartbreaking. In August 2017, the Sprague Fire ripped through the Sperry Chalet complex, burning the Sperry Chalet dormitory—a historic landmark and remote, rustic retreat loved by many.
Built out of native rock in 1913 by Great Northern Railway tycoon James Hill and his son Louis Hill, the main buildings consist of a two-story dormitory and a kitchen/dining room, where hearty homecooked meals and fine western hospitality have long been part of the exceptional experience the chalet affords. For more than a century, the Sperry Chalet has served as a pristine Glacier National Park backcountry wilderness experience—the hike in being part of the magic.
Thousands of chalet-bound explorers have hit the Sperry Trail at Lake McDonald Lodge and trekked the 7 miles into the remote Sperry Chalet, hiking among some of the park’s most beautiful flora and fauna. Along the trail, iconic beargrass and huckleberries add to the allure. Mountain goats, bighorn sheep, moose, golden eagles, wolves, black bears, grizzly bears and even wolverines have all been spotted in the area, which consists of lush forestland, sweeping meadows and snowcapped peaks, plus Montana’s signature big blue sky. A stay at the chalet is complete with peace and quiet, fresh mountain air and phenomenal stargazing.
Eager to visit for yourself? Our friends at Glacier Guides offer three and six-day trips to Sperry Chalet. Of the unique experience, Corrie Holloway at Glacier Guides said “It’s fun to know that every single person who comes through that door has walked here, instantly connecting Sperry Chalet guests to each other. There are so many different types of people who visit, all with such interesting backgrounds. They come here because of family, friends, recommendations, nostalgia and love. And there’s never a lack of good conversation when you’re here.”
After the fire, efforts began immediately to restore the chalet and, three years later, it will be open for business in the summer of 2020. Reservations begin on January 13, 2020. Come experience the Sperry Chalet for yourself.