Glacier National Park | Kalispell

Glacier National Park

Outdoor Recreation
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Located 32 miles from Kalispell is Glacier National Park. Fondly referred to as the Crown of the Continent, the park has 1 million acres of glacier-sculpted landscapes, including waterfalls, high alpine lakes, streams, snow-covered mountains and 734 miles of trails. There are many areas of the park, including the North Fork, Lake McDonald, Cut Bank Creek, Goat Haunt, Two Medicine and Many Glacier, as well as the Going-to-the-Sun Road. At 52 miles long, the Going-to-the-Sun Road connects the park’s west entrance with the east entrance at St. Mary, cresting the Continental Divide at Logan Pass.

Visiting Montana’s Glacier National Park in 2024? Here’s what you need to know. And if you don’t have a vehicle reservation to get into the park, here are 7 ways to play in Glacier National Park without one.

Accessible ADA information: Keep an eye out for scenic pullouts along the Going-to-the Sun Road. One not-to-be-missed stop: McDonald Falls. Located approximately 12 miles from the park’s west entrance, this is also where you can access Trail of the Cedars, a beautiful 1-mile scenic loop on a wide wooden boardwalk.

The park’s shuttles are also ADA accessible, while many of the ranger-led evening programs are held in venues that are accessible for individuals with a mobile disability. Venues include Apgar Campground amphitheater, Fish Creek Campground amphitheater, Lake McDonald Lodge auditorium, Many Glacier Campground auditorium, Many Glacier Hotel auditorium, Rising Sun Campground amphitheater and St. Mary Visitor Center auditorium. Learn more about accessibility in Glacier National Park here.

Upcoming Events

Vibes and Visions Concert Season

September through May

Glacier Symphony’s Vibes and Visions Concert Season will kick of with Beethoven Live Upstairs on September 23rd. Followed by a variety of concerts that will surly delight and entertain. 

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Glacier Range Riders Baseball

May through August

The Glacier Range Riders are the Flathead Valley’s Pioneer baseball league established in 2022. Enjoy an entertaining evening with the whole family!

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Brash Rodeo Summer Series 2024

June – September

Rodeo has been a part of Montana’s culture since the first cowboys arrived over 150 years ago. This events include bull riding, bronc riding, chute dogging, roping, barrel racing, and steer riding. Brash Rodeo is Montana’s longest running series open rodeo. Your Glacier country vacation would not be complete without experiencing the legendary Blue Moon Rodeo. Get your ticket and more information at

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Kalispell Farmers Market

May through October

The Kalispell Farmers Market offers the freshest produce grown in the Flathead Valley and an array of locally-made goods. Every Saturday during the summer and fall from 9 am to 12:30 pm, find local farmers selling everything from meat and eggs, fruits and vegetables to baked goods to native plants and trees. Shop for handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, paintings, and many more creations by the region’s talented artisans.

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May 24, 2024

Bigfork Whitewater Festival

The Bigfork Whitewater Festival is a local’s tradition! The Swan River spills into Bigfork Bay where this last mile of the Swan River is know as the ‘Wild Mile’, a class IV section of whitewater. Spectators have front row seats to some of the best whitewater action in the Flathead Valley.

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May 27, 2024

Downtown Kalispell Walking Tour

June through September

The Downtown Kalispell Walking Tour is a well-researched and high-quality tour that showcases the evolution of Kalispell as a cultural, economic, and transportation hub of Northwest Montana’s Flathead Valley. The tour is approximately two hours long, covers about one mile that is level and ADA-accessible, and includes over two dozen stops at 30-plus highlighted buildings that tell the story of Kalispell’s history and people. As you take the tour, you will learn about different architectural styles and modern reuse, prominent citizens and early settlers, how a bison herd could buy a city block, and where to spot ghost signs. It is a fascinating way to explore and learn about the history of Kalispell.

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