Driving Directions to Izaak Walton Inn near Glacier National Park

The Izaak Walton Inn, offering lodging near Glacier National Park, is about an hour drive from Glacier International Airport.

  • Follow signs directing you to Columbia Falls and Glacier National Park.
  • Continue on HWY 2 past the town of West Glacier.
  • Essex is about 26 miles upriver at mile post 180 about halfway between East and West Glacier.
  • Turn right on Izaak Walton Inn Road and go approx half a mile to the Inn.
Group waving to passing train - Cabins Near Glacier National Park

Getting to the Izaak Walton Inn by Rail on the Amtrak Empire Builder Train

About a quarter of guests at the Izaak Walton Inn arrive via Amtrak passenger train: the Empire Builder. We are the last flagstop station on the entire line due to our history tied to the railroad and our unique location.

Our inn gives people anywhere between Portland, Oregon and Chicago, Illinois a chance to experience rail travel as it once was with a stop in an outdoor hotspot near Glacier National Park.

Note that we will ONLY pick up guests from the Essex Amtrak Platform, and only with advance notice of arrival by train. 

The Izaak Walton Inn cannot guarantee pickup or drop off to the Essex train platform. Weather permitting, transportation to the platform may not be available as our vehicle may not be able to access it. The Izaak Walton Inn & Companies are not responsible for missed trains, train delays, or weather related incidents involving the train. We offer this service as a courtesy and not a guarantee, guests are fully responsible for all travel related occurrences.

Please refer to Amtrak's website for planning and booking rail transportation: https://www.amtrak.com/home.html 

Rental Car Information

Rental vehicles are only available July 1st through October 1st

Rental cars are available at the Izaak Walton Inn with advanced reservations at limited capacity.  All contracts, payments and authorizations are process through Enterprise Rental Car Agency.  Rates start at $239/day before taxes and fees.

There are limited vehicles on property and tend to be reserved 3-4 months in advance due to the limited supply. Please discuss rental vehicles and make a reservation at the time of your accommodation reservation to ensure a car is available to you if they are not already reserved.

***FOR SUMMER 2021:  Rental cars are available for rent through the Izaak Walton Inn via Enterprise Rental Car.  Reservations are required WITHIN 14 DAYS of making your accommodation reservations with us.***

Other areas to find rental vehicles:

  • Glacier International Airport
  • Kalispell, MT
  • Whitefish, MT
  • Whitefish Amtrak Station
  • East Glacier Amtrak Station