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Lodging near Glacier National Park

ABOUT OUR HISTORIC INN

Izaak Walton Inn lobby - Lodging near Glacier National Park

HISTORIC RAIL LODGING BORDERING GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

Experience a historic Tudor classic with a railroad heritage

Take the train back to a simpler time at a historic property. The last flagstop station for Amtrak's Empire Builder passenger train.

Izaak Walton Inn draws guests from around the world who want to experience rail travel as it once was.

Through the years, the Inn has remodeled railcars, cabooses, a diesel locomotive, and a schoolhouse to add to its unique accommodations. Though the Izaak Walton Inn has modernized with the times, it maintains its distinctive historic heritage.

No matter what time of year you choose to visit or how you arrive, enjoy the nature, the history, and the hospitality found at the Izaak Walton Inn.

Pathway to Izaak Walton Inn - Lodging near Glacier National Park

A Place to Unplug

"A Charming Little Inn"

"Be ready to disconnect from everything since you are right on the border with Glacier National Park and there is no cell reception an hour in any direction, as well as no TVs or phones in the rooms. But don't worry, you won't need them!"

- Todd T., five-star Tripadvisor review

The Izaak Walton Inn prides itself on being a place where you're happy to disconnect.

  • No cell service
  • No TV (except the TV in our converted diesel locomotive for watching DVDs)
  • No phones in the room
  • Wi-Fi only available in the main lobby, annex, and bar areas

But with your natural surroundings here, you'll be happier without it. Disconnect to reconnect. Trust us.

  • Miles of hiking or cross-country ski trails spur out from the Izaak Walton Inn.
  • On-site dining with rave reviews
  • Footbridge over railroad tracks and porches allow guests to watch trains and wave as they go by
  • Central location as the "Inn Between" East and West Glacier gives you all the outdoors you can handle
Man entering Izaak Walton Inn - Lodging near Glacier National Park

How the "Inn Between" East and West Glacier came to life

The Izaak Walton Inn dates back to 1939, when built for the use of railroad service personnel and Glacier National Park visitors. At the time, officials were considering making Essex, Montana into the south entrance to Glacier National Park.

But when plans to run a road into the Park Creek area were scrapped because of World War II, Essex ended up with a hotel that seems disproportionate to its modest needs.

1930's 706 Red Tour bus - Lodging near Glacier National Park

The Kelly Family - Owners of the Izaak Walton Inn

Brian Kelly is the proud owner of the Izaak Walton Inn. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Brian moved to Montana in 2003 to raise a family and run several businesses.

The Kelly family also runs Eddie’s Café in Apgar, MT as well as the Halfway Motel in Essex, MT.

Enjoy our family businesses and our own brand of Montana hospitality!