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 Montana Raft)

Get itineraries and ideas on where to stay and where to play for the best park experience possible.

View with a Room: Glacier’s Historic Hotels & Chalets

by Ray Djuff and Chris Morrison

Discover the rich history of the park’s hotels and chalets influenced by the Great Northern Railway, complete with beautiful imagery.

People Before the Park

by Sally Thompson, Kootenai Culture Committee and Pikunni Traditional Association

The Kootenai and Blackfeet tribes share their traditions—stories and legends, foodways and hunting techniques, games and spiritual beliefs. 

The Best of Glacier National Park

by Alan Leftridge

Make the most of your visit with this insider’s guide to the best of the best in Glacier National Park.

What I Saw in Glacier: A Kid’s Guide to the National Park

by Ellen Horowitz

This perfect guide for little explorers keeping track of all they see in the park earned first place in the Children’s Book category in the Outdoor Writers Association of America’s Excellence in Craft contest.


Glacier is for the Birds: A Trail Guide to the Birds of Glacier National Park 

by David Benson

Expand your life list and get a local ranger-naturalist’s perspective on what birds to look for and where to find them in Glacier National Park.

Wildflowers of Glacier National Park

by Shannon Fitzpatrick Kimball & Peter Lesica

An excellent plant reference—complete with gorgeous photography—for anyone interested in the natural history and splendor of the park.

Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

by Erik Molvar

Plan your next Glacier hike with descriptions and detailed maps for more than 60 trails in Glacier and Waterton Lakes national parks.

Glacier Day Hikes 

by Alan Leftridge

Your all-inclusive guide to 34 of the park’s most spectacular day hikes, all field-tested by the author himself.

Day Hikes of Glacier National Park Map Guide

by Jake Bramante 

In 2011, author Jake Bramante—who hails from Kalispell—became the first person to hike all of Glacier National Park’s 734 miles of trails.

Hiking in Western Montana

Hiking Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness

by Erik Molvar

A comprehensive guide to more than 100 trails in the Bob Marshall, Great Bear and Scapegoat wilderness areas in Montana’s northern Rocky Mountains.

Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

by Scott Steinberg

Get the details on more than 1,500 miles of trails in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, all of which were trekked by the author himself.

Day Hikes Around Missoula Montana

by Robert Stone

Make Missoula your basecamp and discover multiple day hikes in and around Montana’s “Garden City,” including the Bitterroot Mountains and the Seeley-Swan Valley.

Day Hikes Around the Flathead

by Stormy Good Monod, with Geology Notes by Dr. Lex Blood and Judith Pressmar

Your guide to some of the best day hikes around the greater Flathead Region, including Jewel Basin, Ten Lakes Scenic Area and Glacier National Park.

Montana by the Book

Montana Off the Beaten Path

by Michael Mccoy and Ednor Therriault

Take the road less traveled in Montana and discover the best local dining, quirky cultural tidbits, hidden gems, unique finds, and off-the-wall locales.

Montana Curiosities

by Ednor Therriault

Uncover Montana’s oddest, quirkiest and most outlandish places, personalities, events, and phenomena in this amusing read.

Backroads & Byways of Montana 

by Jeff Welsch and Sherry L. Moore

Explore Montana like a local on and off the beaten path, complete with the best places to stay and play along the way.

Small Towns in Western Montana

Let local authors guide you through the history of these charming small towns and Western Montana treasures.

A Guide to Historic Hamilton

by Chere Jiusto

A Guide to Historic Kalispell

by Kathryn McKay

A Guide to Historic Missoula

by Allan James Mathews

Local Bookstores

In the spirit of shopping small and supporting local businesses, here’s a list of places in Western Montana to shop online for the above-mentioned books, and more!

The Book Exchange, Missoula 

Fact & Fiction, Missoula

Chapter One Bookstore, Hamilton

Glacier National Park Conservancy, West Glacier

Please note: Face coverings are required indoors or when social distancing in groups is not possible outside. Social distancing is required to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Thankfully, we’ve got plenty of space for social distancing activities and recreation in Western Montana. It’s vital, however, to recreate responsibly. Maintain a 6-foot distance from others, even outdoors. Please be mindful of our small businesses—like bookstores—and our communities, which have had to adapt to the change and may face limitations this year—always call ahead. Take the Tourism Pledge to travel responsibly in Glacier Country.

November 23, 2020

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