Izaak Walton Inn Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How does the Going to the Sun Road & Entry to Glacier work this year?
The Going to the Sun Road Tickets are $2 passes, that in addition to the Glacier Park Pass, allow visitors to enter the West Glacier and St. Mary entrances of the park. The Going to the Sun Road Ticket is required for entry to West Glacier & St. Mary and can be purchased on Glacier's website or Recreation.gov
You can also access these entrance before 6AM and after 5PM, without the Going to the Sun Road Pass. Additionally, Many Glacier does not require the Going to Sun Road Pass.
Q. WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR COVID-19?
We are following current Montana state regulations - masks are not required but preferred. In addition, we are not providing daily housekeeping service to rooms. If you require new towels or amenities let a desk agent know and they will get them for you. Please be patient and understanding during these times.
Q. IS THE INN HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?
As a historically preserved building, the inn does not have an elevator or wheelchair ramps for access. There is a crank lift to access the restaurant from the parking lot, though we ask you call in advance so we will have it prepared for you.
Q. ARE PETS ALLOWED?
No, all of our accommodations have a strict no pet policy.
Q. HOW FAR AWAY IS 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.
30 minutes to West or East Glacier Village
1hr & 30 minutes to St. Mary's
2 hours to Many Glacier
2 hours to the Logan Pass Visitor Center
Q. WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
We have a 30 Day Cancellation Policy - you can cancel your reservation anytime 30 days prior to the start of your reservation for a full refund. If you cancel within 30 days to the start of your reservation we hold the balance for a future stay you can use anytime within a year of your original check in date, if it is not used we take the balance as forfeit.
Q. ARE THE CABINS/CABOOSES/HOUSE'S KITCHENS STOCKED?
Our cabins and cabooses have kitchenettes and our houses have full kitchens but they are not guaranteed to be stocked with utensils and kitchenware. We try to keep some amenities in the kitchens, but we recommend bringing your own - they will not have the exact materials you have at home.
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 8 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 Essex 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, 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 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.
Q. CAN WE PARK OUR CAMPER OR RV
No, we do not have the space or hookups available for RV or Camper parking.