ACTIVITIES AT THE INN
Things to do near Glacier National Park
SO MANY ACTIVITIES AT THE INN...
No TV. No Wi-Fi. No problem.
Disconnect and relax. While a few rooms here do have Wi-Fi, no cell service or cable is available on site, and you'll leave believing that's a good thing.
Visitors often tell us how nice it feels to truly be away from it all at the Izaak Walton Inn. Especially with how much there is to do on the property and nearby.
THINGS TO DO AT IZAAK WALTON INN
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING
The Izaak Walton Inn boasts over 30 kilometers of maintained Nordic ski trails, making it a world-class cross country skiing destination.
Open to the public mid-December through late March.
The Izaak Walton Inn is the ideal vacation destination for those seeking winter activities, challenges, and fun.
Whether you're a classic cross-country skier or an avid skate skier, you'll find incredible trails with just the right amount of terrain variability to satisfy all skill levels.
All equipment available for rental.
All rental equipment is first-come first-serve. We have plenty of equipment but availability varies due to events, holidays, and weekend crowds. For more information call our Front Desk at (406) 888-5700
Rental Equipment Rates
Classic cross country ski lessons for Beginners & Skate ski lessons for the Never-Ever-Have-I-Ever skate skiers with ski instructor Tania!
Lessons are 1 hour of snow time and include a free hot chocolate after the lesson. Trail passes & ski equipment are NOT included.
Lessons are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays at 1pm with at least 24hrs advance notice. Contact the front desk for reservations
Be prepared for ski patrol and forest service employees to ask for verification of your pass on the trails. Keep your pass on you at all times.
Guided Tours in Glacier National Park
Don't miss out on the wild beauty of Glacier National Park in the winter.
Head out on a fun, flexible day tour suitable for travelers of all ages and abilities with one of the Valley's vendors.
Ski or snowshoe through pristine snow-dressed landscapes you'll never forget.
There are many vendors in West Glacier and Columbia Falls, Montana that provide excursions in the winter.
For vendor information go to: https://izaakwaltoninn.com/things-to-do/outdoor-adventures/ or click on "An Amazing Location - Other Outdoor Adventures"
You can find all you need for a great vacation on site at the Izaak Walton Inn, just one reason that we're the last flagstop station for the Amtrak Empire Builder passenger train.
It's a beloved tradition for guests to wave at trains as they pass the Inn.
Take the simple pleasure of sitting on a porch swing, the lawn, or the deck of a remodeled caboose to watch passenger and cargo trains chug by.
Railroad enthusiasts also love the footbridge over the tracks for train spotting.
Visitors find that the mountains, rivers, and bridges form the perfect backdrop for dramatic photographs of the Historic Great Northern Railway.
Stanton Lake Hike:
Located ten miles to the West of the Izaak Walton Inn on Highway 2 – this 3.8 mile round trip hike is a quick jaunt to one of the larger lakes in the area. The first half-mile is a steep incline and then the trail evens out to being one of the easiest in the area for lake access. A popular destination for hiking, fishing, and camping – Stanton Lake provides beautiful views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Best for hiking between June and October, the trail is additionally visited in the spring and winter as a snowshoeing destination.
Marion Lake Hike:
A moderate trail located right out the Izaak Walton Inn’s backdoor – this 7.5 mile round trip hike will take you up to the perfect hidden watering hole for swimming, fishing, or a relaxing picnic. The trail is steep, so we recommend bringing hiking poles, bear spray, and a good supply of water. Best for hiking between June and October, the trail is also a popular winter snowshoeing and backcountry skiing destination for experienced skiers.
Glacier National Park:
- Walton Ranger Station - 5 minutes away
- St. Mary Entrance - 45 minutes away
- West Glacier Entrance - 30 minutes away
- Many Glacier Entrance - 2 hours away
- North Fork/Polebridge - 1 hour & 30 minutes away
GOAT LICK OVERLOOK
Hang out with the "locals" just down the road from the Izaak Walton Inn. Access to the Goat Lick Overlook is only available in the summer months.
At this exposed riverbank along the highway only 3 miles from the Inn, mountain goats and other big game frequent the area to supplement their diet with needed minerals.
That means you get prime wildlife viewing at one of the most highly used natural mineral licks in the park.
Make sure you bring your camera and best lenses, as you're likely to come away with some fantastic shots as goats scamper into precarious positions for the best licks.
THE WALTON RANGER STATION - GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
A quick one-mile jaunt down the road from the Izaak Walton Inn will place you at the southern entrance to Glacier National Park, the Walton Ranger Station.
Hosting one peak bagger trail and two lengthy backcountry trails, this entrance to the park gets right to the nitty gritty of the great outdoors.
For a leisurely stroll, hike 1 mile in to the swinging bridge overlooking the Middle Fork of the Flathead River or journey on to the more lengthy backcountry trails for fishing and camping.
The most commonly hiked trail from the Walton Ranger Station is the Scalplock Lookout Trail, 11 miles roundtrip, which takes you to the peak of Scalplock Mountain and one of the manned lookout towers in the park boasting panoramic views of Glacier's most prominent mountain vistas.