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With jaw-dropping views, Kalispell is a hub for outdoor recreation, with abundant trails for hiking and rivers for adventuring.

Montana’s outdoors have been summoning adventurers, explorers and travelers for years. With wide-open spaces that practically beg to be explored, it’s easy to get into the heart of the outdoors from Kalispell. Anchoring the region is Glacier National Park. Within its 1 million acres you’ll find hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, not to mention stunning views of glacial-carved terrain, snow-capped mountains and wildlife. And while the park tends to get much of the spotlight when it comes to playing outside, rest assured that it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Bikers, hikers and horseback riders can explore to their heart’s content at Herron Park on the Foy’s to Blacktail Trail or in the Flathead National Forest.

Cyclists will love the Parkline Trail – which runs through downtown Kalispell – and the Great Northern Trail. On the water activities include fishing, kayaking, boating, sailing and more, with abundant opportunities on nearby lakes and rivers, including the various forks of the Flathead River, Flathead Lake, Hungry Horse Reservoir and Foy’s Lake. Winter adventurers will find endless terrain for a range of snow-fueled activities, from heart-pumping cross-country skiing to adrenaline-rushing snowmobiling tours. Combine that with downhill skiing and snowboarding at two area resorts and you’ve got a real-life winter wonderland serenely set in the wilds of Montana.

Northwest Montana’s Trails & Routes: Discover Year-Round Adventures

Surrounded by mountains and set in a lush valley, Kalispell is a trail-lover’s dream destination. Many of northwest Montana’s trails are multi-use, which means they can be used for hiking, trail running, horseback riding, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The region is home to hundreds of miles of trails that take users through tree-covered […]

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Winter in Kalispell, Montana: From the Slopes to Snow-Kissed Streets

A snow-lover’s dream can come true in the mountain town of Kalispell, Montana. With hundreds of inches of snow that cover our mountain ranges to the magic that comes from strolling through downtown, winter in Montana has abundant things to do and places to explore.  In winter, downhill skiing and snowboarding tend to get lots […]

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Meet the Waters of Northwest Montana, Where You Can Fish, Raft and Sail

Kalispell and northwest Montana are surrounded by incredible lakes, rivers and streams. South of Kalispell, you’ll find Flathead Lake and the Swan River. To the northeast, you’ll quickly come upon the Middle, North and South forks of the Flathead River. Farther northwest are the massive waters of Lake Koocanusa and a variety of mountain streams. […]

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If You’re Visiting Montana’s Glacier National Park in 2023, Here’s What You Need to Know

Kalispell’s backyard national park, Glacier National Park, is one of the state’s must-visit destinations. With 1 million acres of glacial-carved terrain, the park is open year-round and is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the United States.  From downtown Kalispell, Glacier National Park is a scenic 32 miles from the park’s west […]

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RightOnTrek

Flathead National Forest, Food & Drink, Glacier National Park, Hiking, Local Fare, Outdoor Recreation, Outfitters and Guides, Places to Go, Shopping, Tours & Sightseeing, Wellness, Winter Sports

RightOnTrek strives to make epic outdoor explorations accessible to new hikers and lifelong adventurers alike. Amazing front and backcountry experiences need a great itinerary that is matched to your pace; high tech tents and fitted backpacks for rent that are light and durable; delicious and nutritious healthy trail meals; and the right navigational tools, including maps and a satellite communica...
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Pine Grove Pond

Fishing, Outdoor Recreation, Places to Go

Pine Grove Pond is a family-friendly 5-acre pond that is 3 miles northeast of Kalispell. It has three accessible fishing piers and a picnic shelter, as well as a paved path around the pond. Fish species include rainbow trout and cutthroat trout. ...
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Somers Fishing Access Site

Fishing, Outdoor Recreation, Places to Go

Somers Fishing Access Site is a family-friendly site that is 9 miles south of Kalispell on Flathead Lake. It has an ADA Fishing Pier and ramp. Fish species include lake trout and whitefish. ...
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Paws to Play Dog Park

Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Gardens, Places to Go

Paws to Play Dog Park is a safe and natural off-leash park for dogs to run free and socialize with other dogs. Please be respect, well-behavior canines only. ...
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Glacier National Park

Biking, Cross-country skiing, Fishing, Glacier National Park, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Outdoor Recreation, Places to Go, Snowshoeing, Water Sports

There’s a reason Glacier National Park is called the Crown of the Continent. Inside the park’s 1 million acres you’ll find glacial-carved terrain, rushing waterfalls, snow-covered mountain peaks and 734 miles of trails, all perfectly complemented by the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which is a drive that can only be described as epic. If You’re Visiting Montana’s Glacier National Park i...
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Danny On Trail

Flathead National Forest, Hiking, Outdoor Recreation, Places to Go

Danny On Memorial Trail at Whitefish Mountain Resort provides dramatic panoramas leading to the 7,000 ft summit of Big Mountain. Choose from routes 3 to 6 miles in length. Ride the gondola or chairlift up and hike down or hoof it up the mountain. ...
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The Whitefish Trail

Biking, Flathead National Forest, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Outdoor Recreation, Places to Go, Snowshoeing

The Whitefish Trail is a non-moterized mutli-use trail system consisting of 15 trailheads and over 47 miles of natural trail surfaces from scenic overlooks. For ADA accessible terrain, check out the Reservoir Trailhead, Holbrook Overlook Trailhead and Swift Creek Trailhead. Minutes from downtown Whitefish, the Reservoir Trailhead has 500 feet of ADA accessible trails, as well as an interpretive/pi...
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Action Rentals

Flathead Lake, Flathead National Forest, Outdoor Recreation, Outfitters and Guides, Places to Go, Snowmobiling, Tours & Sightseeing, Water Sports, Winter Sports

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Glacier Outdoor Center/Glacier Raft Co

Fishing, Flathead National Forest, Glacier National Park, Outdoor Recreation, Outfitters and Guides, Places to Go, Tours & Sightseeing, Water Sports

Join Glacier Raft Company for an experience that will be the highlight of your vacation – an adventure on the river. Whitewater, scenic floats, fly fishing, multi-day and wilderness trips, and cabins. ...
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Bibler Gardens

Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Gardens, Places to Go

Enjoy a colorful, guided or self-guided stroll at beautiful Bibler Gardens where hundreds of thousands of tulips and daffodils bloom each May as well as lush gardens into the fall. Designated for special events or by appointment. ...
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