Spring, Summer or Fall Activities

Our guests often share that a week in Glacier National Park is far too short to do all of the things they want to experience. Regardless of the season, you’ll find there are more things to do than there will be the time to do them. We tried our best to share our top 10 things to do…

10 Things You Must Do in Glacier National Park

  1. Drive the Going-to-the Sun Road for a host of photographic opportunities. And, if you’re not interested in driving, you’re only a short walk from the Apgar transportation center where you can enjoy a ride on the historic Glacier Red Jammers or take the free shuttle bus throughout the Park.
  2.  Hike one of the many trails in Glacier National Park. There are more than 700 miles of trails, from beginner to expert, each with its own beauty.
  3. Tour Lake McDonald by boat. We have two kayaks available for your use, plus rentals are available for additional kayaks, stand up paddleboards, rowboats, speed boats for water skiing or pontoons for touring.
  4. Go horseback riding. What a great way to see the Park!
  5. Enjoy whitewater rafting. Various levels/classes are available seasonally.
  6. Take a helicopter tour of the park. This will give you a sense of perspective that will help you see the forest for the trees.
  7. Spend time fly-fishing in McDonald Creek, minutes from Glacier Bear. Guides and equipment rental are available.
  8. Go for a bike ride on the Park roads or bike trails right from your vacation home. There are two bikes for your use and additional bike rentals are available.
  9. Swim in refreshing Lake McDonald and enjoy the mountain vistas and sunshine from the beach.
  10. Stargaze into the night sky and enjoy the peace that comes from feeling so small, surrounded by such grandeur.

Okay, we couldn’t pick just 10, so here are some more….

  • Enjoy learning at the Ranger-led activities or through an educational class at the Glacier Institute
  • Wildlife watching. Bring your binoculars!
  • Full moon bicycle ride to Logan Pass. What a great way to see the Park at night, in the glow of the full moon.
  • Visit one of the local whisky distilleries, micro breweries or wineries in the Flathead area.
  • Zipline down the mountain at nearby Whitefish Mountain Resort. Alpine Slide and a Walk in the Treetops are also available at the resort.
  • Rope some cows on a cattle drive in East Glacier.
  • Enjoy a live play at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse in nearby Bigfork, MT.
  • Bask in a massage or pampering treatment at a nearby spa or in-house massage.
  • Participate in one of the local seasonal festivals, from Winterfest, art festivals or music venues, to skijoring, antique shows or farmers markets.

Winter Activities

Wintertime in Glacier is simply spectacular. From January 1st-March 15th when Grist Road is closed, take the 1/4 mile walk down the snowy lane to reach Glacier Bear Retreat and enjoy the solitude and beauty of this easily accessible, yet extremely private and secluded home. Most days you will have the park to yourself. Your private vista… watching the falling snow while sitting in front of a roaring fire… is simply incomparable.

From the house, there’s plenty to do:

  • Cross country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife watching
  • Snow play (snowman building, snow fort, etc.)

Within a short drive from Glacier Bear, you’ll find:

  • Snowmobiling
  • Dog sledding
  • Sleigh riding
  • Alpine skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Imagine spending a week at a warm, cozy “Currier and Ives” storybook cottage in the woods surrounded by snow and silence… writing your next novel, brainstorming your next business idea, or just relaxing by the fire reconnecting with friends and family. Glacier Bear Retreat can give you a winter experience to remember.

Regardless of the season, a week simply won’t be enough time to enjoy all that Glacier Bear Retreat has to offer, but it’s a good start!