Safety First Adventure Second

Travel Safe In Kalispell

To keep Montana and our residents safe and healthy - while also ensuring it remains a place where visitors also feel safe, healthy and welcome - is going to take all of us working together cooperatively and responsibly. Whether you’re a traveler coming to Kalispell, a resident who calls this place home or a business who depends on both locals and visitors for support, we all have a responsibility to care for each other, look out for each other and be kind, all while enjoying Montana.

Around here, were big believers in personal responsibility. And in Kalispell we’re working hard to keep local businesses open, keep our kids in school and keep the wheels turning to continue making our mountain town a wonderful place for residents to live and for travelers to visit. As such there are a few things that we’ll ask of you when visiting Kalispell.

WHAT WE ASK OF YOU:

While visiting our spectacular state please be prepared for continued health protocols and safety precautions:

  • Know before you go: Although the state directive does not require masks, there are community and business-specific orders that do require face coverings in indoor public spaces. Be prepared to wear a mask whenever physical distancing is not possible in indoor settings.
  • Practice personal responsibility: Wash your hands, give people some space and be patient with businesses working hard to keep their customers and employees safe and healthy. It’s recommended that everyone should continue to follow CDC and Montana Department of Public Health recommendations to protect themselves and others.
  • Stay home if you’re sick. If you feel ill isolate yourself and call Kalispell Regional Healthcare 24-hour phone line 406-890-7272.
  • Understand some services may be limited: Plan ahead and be patient, flexible and kind.
  • Recreate Responsibly: Kalispell’s surrounding natural places are stunning and it’s our goal to keep them just as untouched, beautiful and wild for generations to come. Now, perhaps more than ever, we’re all drawn to the outdoors for safety, comfort and inspiration. When visiting Kalispell, the Flathead Valley and Montana, remember the simple steps you can take to protect our outdoor places and spaces, while also keeping yourself safe

HIGHLIGHTS OF CURRENT COVID CONDITIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:

Lodging Facilities

  • Lodging facilities are open.
  • Enhanced COVID cleaning protocols have been adopted.
  • Contact individual hotels for updated information on breakfast service, restaurants and other amenities.

Restaurants, Bars, Breweries, Distilleries and Casinos

  • Food and beverage businesses are open at full capacity for indoor service, take-out and delivery (as applicable). Businesses are advised to use precautions to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19 including social distancing.
  • Please check signage and policies at individual businesses and be patient as they continue to work hard to provide safe spaces for you to enjoy.

Public Gatherings and Events

  • Any public gatherings or events should be managed in a way that accommodates CDC social distancing guidelines and health protocols.
  • Montanans and visitors are urged to practice social distancing in any gathering of any size outside their own household.

Face Coverings in Indoor Spaces Open to the Public 

  • Although Governor Gianforte has lifted the mask mandate for the state of Montana, there are community and business-specific requirements for face coverings. That includes indoor spaces and areas where physical distancing is not possible including on the Flathead National Forest, Glacier National Park, and lodges at ski areas.  Visitors are required to wear face masks in federal buildings and when outdoors on National Park Service-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Pay attention to posted signage at shops, restaurants, and museums.

Face Covering Requirements for Certain Outdoor Activities

  • For organized outdoor activities where social distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible, attendees should wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose at all times. This includes lift lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort and Blacktail Mountain Ski Area.

Read the Governor’s COVID-19 current directive

Learn more about how to travel safely in Montana  HERE

HEALTH RESOURCES

Flathead City-County Health Department: https://flatheadhealth.org/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/
Testing facilities in and around Kalispell: https://www.krh.org/krhc/patients-and-visitors/covid-19-preparedness-and-updates/covid-testing
Kalispell Regional Healthcare: http://www.krh.org/covid-19

U.S. AND CANADIAN BORDER

The border remains closed for non-essential travel until further notice. US/CAN Travel Restrictions Fact Sheet

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

PLEASE NOTE:  Glacier National Park is instituting an online reservation system (ticketed entry) for the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor between the park’s West and St. Mary Entrances from May 28 to September 6, 2021.  For more information, visit https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/gtsrticketedentry.htm

 What to expect when visiting GNP:

  • Visit the park's Current Road Status webpage for real-time updates on road closures and hiker/biker access restrictions.
  • As the weather transitions from winter to spring visitors to the park need to be more self-reliant. Potable water and restrooms are limited. Fuel up and bring ample provisions when spending time in the park. Visiting Glacier In Winter.
  • The west gate entrance at West Glacier is open and the road is plowed and open to Lake McDonald Lodge. Recreation access for self-guided activities such as snowshoe walks and cross-country skiing is available past that point.
  • As of March 18 access to the east side of the park will reopen at Two Medicine, Cut Bank and St. Mary for foot traffic, skis and snowshoes. Regular winter closures remain in place. The entrance at St. Mary allows vehicle traffic on Going-to-the-Sun Road for 1.5 miles until the winter gate closure at St. Mary Campground. Access past the gate is allowed by foot, skiing and snowshoeing as is typical of normal winter seasons.
  • Visitors are required to wear face masks in federal buildings including visitor centers and when outdoors on NPS-managed lands when physical distance cannot be maintained.
  • You should be prepared to put on a mask if you encounter another person on the trail with whom you cannot maintain physical distance of at least six feet. Exhibit good judgement and recreate responsibly to protect yourselves, other visitors. and park staff.

Learn moreGlacier National Park's Park Status Updates
Going to the Sun Ticketed Entry 2021

TRAVEL UPDATES FOR INDIAN COUNTRY

Visitors to Montana should be aware travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic may vary on the seven Indian reservations in Montana. Click here for a map of their locations. As tribal governments continue to assess public health risks, travel restrictions may change at any time depending on current conditions.

In western Montana, visitors may drive through the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and the Flathead Indian Reservation however some services may be limited or unavailable, and recreation areas on tribal lands may be closed to non-residents. Contact the tribal governments for the latest information before beginning your trip in order to plan accordingly.

PARKS, FOREST and RECREATION

Montana State Parks

Flathead National Forest 

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks

Flathead County Parks

Kalispell City Parks and Recreation

COVID-19 RESOURCES

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Montana Governor's Coronavirus Task Force https://covid19.mt.gov/
Flathead City-County Health Department: https://flatheadhealth.org/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/
Kalispell Regional Healthcare: http://www.krh.org/covid-19
Business Resources: Toolkit of signage that can be printed and displayed. Click on the buttons below to download.

Business Resources

Visit our partner website, Kalispell Chamber for information on business tools and relief programs.

Contact Discover Kalispell

The Visitor Information Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm.  Located at 15 Depot Park, Kalispell, MT  59901.

We are also available to serve you remotely:
Email - info@discoverkalispell.com
Phone - 406-758-2811
Message - message our travel coordinator directly from this website by using the icon located at the bottom right corner.
Order a Kalispell visitor guide

Meetings and Group Inquiries:
Dawn Jackson, 406-758-2820 or dawn@discoverkalispell.com

Convention & Visitor Bureau Inquiries:
Diane Medler, 406-758-2808 or diane@discoverkalispell.com

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