Believe us when we tell you that we get why visitors from near and far visit northwest Montana during the summer season. The days are long, the weather is comfortable and there are so many things to see and do. But, as locals who hang our hats right here in Montana’s Flathead Valley, we have to tell you that spring is one of the best times to plan a trip to Kalispell. 

If you’re ready for spring break – Montana style – check out the suggestions below. 

Spring in Glacier National Park 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: spring is perhaps the most epic time to be in Glacier National Park. During this time of year the plows are working to clear the snow from the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which means the rest of the road is closed to vehicle traffic and is a playground for hikers and bikers who practically have it all to themselves. If you’re ready to ride, bike rentals are available in Kalispell at Wheaton’s Cycle and in West Glacier at Glacier Guides. Cyclists are welcome to bike at their leisure, while Glacier Guides also offers guided rides along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.    

Hike it Out at Lone Pine State Park 

A short drive from downtown Kalispell will find you at Lone Pine State Park. With a sweeping view of the Flathead Valley – as well as the peaks of Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake – and 7.5 miles of trails, Lone Pine is an ideal location for spring hikes. As you explore the park’s 279 acres, keep an eye out for wildflowers and wildlife. The park also has an Action Trackchair all-terrain wheelchair that’s available for individuals with disabilities. 

Paddle the Middle Fork of the Flathead River 

Spring brings snowmelt from Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness, which feeds into the Flathead River system. There are several licensed outfitters that offer Class II-III whitewater rafting trips on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. The season typically starts in early May, with experienced guides at the helm. Outfitters include Glacier Raft Company, Glacier Guides and Montana Raft and Great Northern Resort. 

Swing Those Clubs at Kalispell Golf Courses 

In northwest Montana, golf season typically kicks off in early May. Here in Kalispell, you can golf in the sunshine-filled valley while taking in the view of snow-capped mountains in nearly every direction. Tee up at Buffalo Hill Golf Club or Northern Pines Golf Club. And if it happens to rain while you’re here, take your golf game indoors at Clubhouse Lounge, an indoor golf simulator. 

Bike in Town 

One of the area’s most underrated biking destinations is found right here in Kalispell – Rails to Trails of Northwest Montana. The paved trail is 22 miles long, starting at the community of Somers (about 10 minutes south of Kalispell on Flathead Lake) and ending near Kila. The new Parkline Trail in downtown Kalispell also connects to the trail, making it easy to access and explore. As you ride, keep an eye out for hand-painted murals and birds, as you ride in, around and through some stunning landscapes. 

After playing in Montana’s great outdoors on your spring vacation, be sure to quench your thirst and sip on made-right-here libations at a local brewery, stroll businesses along Main Street or catch live music