Izaak Walton Inn Frequently Asked Questions
Q. HOW FAR TO EACH ENTRANCE OF GLACIER NATIONAL PARK?
It is 25 miles to West Glacier (driving time about 30 minutes). It is 28 miles to East Glacier (driving time about 30 minutes), going over the continental divide at Marias Pass.
Q. HOW MANY DAYS DO YOU THINK I NEED TO SEE THE PARK?
At least three days to one week to scratch the surface of an incredible park with nearly 750 miles of trails, more than 750 lakes, and more than 200 waterfalls.
Q. ARE THERE GUEST LAUNDRY FACILITIES?
Yes, you'll have coin-operated washers and dryers in the building across from the lodge. Quarters can be purchased at the front desk. Soap, bleach, and fabric softener are also available for purchase. Laundry room hours are 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Q. IS HIKING AVAILABLE WITHOUT HAVING TO DRIVE FROM THE IZAAK WALTON INN?
Yes! Amazing hikes in the Great Bear Wilderness start nearby, and you'll find access to Glacier National Park is 1/4 mile away at Walton Ranger Station. The most popular hikes are Marion Lake and Scalplock Lookout. In addition, all of our cross-country ski trails make wonderful scenic hiking adventures while staying close to the inn. Please visit the Forest Service’s website for more details.
Q. IS THERE A STORE NEARBY?
We have a full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snacks, chips, and gum are available for purchase at the front desk. Essex proper has limited services, other than the Inn.
Q. IS THERE CELL PHONE COVERAGE? HOW ABOUT WI-FI?
There is no cell service in Essex. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the lobby of the Inn.
Q. HOW DO I GET TO THE HOTEL AFTER I GET OFF THE TRAIN? WILL THERE BE SOMEONE THERE?
Yes. When you book your reservation, we'll ask how you're arriving. If by Amtrak, we'll arrange our courtesy van to greet you at the platform, no matter what time the train arrives.
Q. AMTRAK TELLS ME THAT ESSEX IS NOT A BAGGAGE STOP. WHAT IF I WANT TO BRING MY SKIS OR LARGE LUGGAGE?
The Amtrak conductors are quite familiar with Essex, Montana and the Izaak Walton Inn. Bring whatever you like and they'll accommodate your bags.
Q. IS THERE INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT?
Yes. We have a revolving library of books in our lobby, several board games, decks of cards, a ping pong table, pool table, and puzzles for loads of family fun. Satellite television is available in the Flagstop Bar.
Q. HOW FAR IT IS TO TOWN?
Columbia Falls is the closest city with substantial services year-round. It's 45 minutes west of Essex. West Glacier has services available only during the summer season. If you travel by Amtrak, car rentals are available at the front desk. If you plan on renting a car, please reserve at least two weeks in advance. Call our front desk at 406.888.5700.
Q. IS THE INN HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?
The First floor of the Inn is accessible via chair lift. Four Great Northern rooms and the Dining Car Restaurant are located on the first floor. Please ask the front desk for assistance when arriving.
Q. IS THE IZAAK A GOOD LOCATION FOR A BUSINESS RETREAT?
Yes. The Izaak Walton Inn is an ideal location for a business retreat. We can accommodate meetings of up to 50 people in our Signal Room.
Q. IS THERE A PUB OR BAR?
Yes. The Flagstop Bar is an excellent place to see train memorabilia, enjoy family table games like pool, or just relax and have a cocktail.