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Glacier National Park: Scenic Raft Trip

1. Glacier National Park: Scenic Raft Trip

Our Flathead river rafting scenic tour gives you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the spectacular beauty of Glacier National Park and the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Aboard this 2-3 hour float trip an experienced guide will share interpretive information about the flora and fauna and history of the area while escorting you down one of the most pristine rivers in the world. Wildlife abounds on this stretch; you may see eagles, osprey, deer and maybe even an elusive bear or moose! The trip starts with a short 5 minute bus ride down to the put in at West Glacier. Guides will give a safety talk and help everyone get loaded in the raft. From there you will pass through a steep, walled canyon and admire stunning views of Glacier National Park. There is lots of opportunities to take pictures so feel free to bring a camera. Arrive at the path where the Middle and North Forks of the Flathead River converge to form the southern tip of Glacier National Park. Your guide will take the raft out of the water just past the confluence, at Blankenship Bridge. From there, it's about a 15-minute bus ride back to the office where you can look at pictures.

Montana: Glacier National Park Whitewater Rafting Trip

2. Montana: Glacier National Park Whitewater Rafting Trip

Enjoy an exciting half-day Glacier National Park whitewater rafting trip on the middle fork section of the Flathead River. Manoeuvre the raft through 9 different rapids by following the simple paddle commands of the guide. The trip winds about 8 miles through the John F. Stevens Canyon. The rapids are rated class 2 and 3, making for a fun and splashy family-friendly whitewater rafting adventure. Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure and check-in at the office before meeting your friendly river guides. Leave your belongings in your car and your car keys for you at the front desk. Next, take a short 10-minute bus ride to the river. Your guide will launch the boat there, give you safety instructions, and you'll begin floating down the beautiful river. The journey starts on a 4-mile mellow section of the river, giving you plenty of time to learn to paddle and to adjust to being on the water. The rapids come on the second 4 miles of the trip and photographs of each boat are taken in the rapid named Bonecrusher. The raft will stop periodically to let you jump in and experience a dip in glacial water if you choose. You'll float under Glacier National Park's historic Belton Bridge towards the end of the trip. At the end of the trip, it's a short walk back from the river to the local partner's office in the village of West Glacier. The length of the trip depends on the river flow. In June through early July, it lasts about 2.5 hours, from mid-July to early August, about 3 hours, and from mid-August through the end of the season, approximately 3.5 hours. Safety and fun are the top priorities. Guides undergo training in river rescue techniques, first aid, and more. Many guides return year after year. If conditions call for wetsuits, fleece, and river shoes, or if you would prefer to wear splash gear, it is always available at no extra cost. Helmets and life jackets are mandatory and provided.

West Glacier: Moped Rental

3. West Glacier: Moped Rental

Hop on a moped and explore areas of Glacier National Park from a unique perspective. It's one of the most stunning national parks in the United States. Choose from a 2-hour, half-day, or full-day moped rental and explore areas of the Park on your own on this convenient self-guided tour. The activity does not include Glacier Park pass or Going to the Sun Road Corridor ticket. Feel the sense of freedom and adventure with a self-guided tour that offers unobstructed views of the beautiful landscapes around the park. After checking in for the moped rental and a safety briefing, instructional demo, you will be off on your self-guided moped adventure. The staff will give you plenty of suggestions on the itinerary and will also provide you with the maps and directions. The 2-hour rentals are perfect for taking in spectacular views. The half-day rentals will allow you to continue along breathtaking paths and enjoy the full beauty of this unique environment. The full-Day rentals are for the truly adventurous and will allow you to completely explore the area. Once you return to the Crown of the Continent Discovery Center, browse at the Made in Montana gift shop, treat yourself to ice cream, or an espresso drink or a refreshing Montana cocktail or draft beer. There is also a Mexican restaurant on site with hand-press tortillas and salsas made from scratch every day.

West Glacier: 1-Hour Fly Casting Lesson

4. West Glacier: 1-Hour Fly Casting Lesson

Join your guide and learn all about fly fishing, a must-do activity for everyone in Western Montana. Learn the basic skills to be able to fish effectively on your own. You'll receive a brief overview of assembling a rod and reel and tying a fly onto the line before spending the remaining clinic helping perfect the art of fly casting. Your professional instructor will guide you along the way to make sure you're ready to start fishing. Enjoy your class in a beautiful and secluded natural setting. After your class our instructors can suggest places to take your newly improved skills on local rivers and lakes.

From Whitefish: Glacier National Park & Polebridge Day Tour

5. From Whitefish: Glacier National Park & Polebridge Day Tour

Explore the areas of West Glacier, Polebridge, and Glacier National Park with a private guide on this day tour from Whitefish. Enjoy panoramic views of Hungry Horse Reservoir, get a photo with the iconic Glacier National Park sign, and stop at Lake McDonald Lodge. Begin your day with a pickup at your Whitefish hotel or accommodation and head out of town. Stop at Hungry Horse Reservoir and walk across the Hungry Horse Dam. Admire the view of the Rocky Mountains reflected in the still water of the reservoir. As you walk, hear the history of the dam, reservoir, and the town of Hungry Horse from your guide. Next, continue to West Glacier to reach Glacier National Park. Stop at the entrance sign for a quick photo op before heading to Lake McDonald within the park. Drive past the shores of Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park. Stop at the Lake McDonald Lodge and look over the still water to the towering Rockies. As you take photos from the dock, hear about the founding of the national park and fascinating tales of its bears. Continue to Apgar Visitor Center and this historic area of Apgar Village at the edge of Lake McDonald. Stroll around the area and explore the visitor center to learn more about the park. Next, leave the National Park and travel up the North Fork road, enjoying the sights of the mighty North Fork river. Stop to take pictures next to roaring waterfalls before arriving at Polebridge Mercantile. Take a seat in this historic cafe and outpost, just 20 miles south of the Canadian border. Grab a Huckleberry Bear Claw, a traditional pastry, or enjoy a delicious lunch (not included) and enjoy the views before returning to Whitefish.

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What people are saying about West Glacier

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 177 reviews

Jordan was our guy! He was absolutely great!! Very upbeat, personable, and knowledgeable on all things river, camping, fishing, and snow related!! My fiancé’, at the time, ( we eloped 2 days later) and I had a great trip with our group! We recommend the rafting and our guide to 2 of our friends who came up to be with us and they loved their experience as well!! You just can’t go wrong being outdoors in this area and seeing every angle of the beautiful views!! If you are thinking about doing it- Do IT! You won’t be disappointed and even if you have kiddos they would love it too! It’s literally fun for all ages!

What a great trip! Chelsie and Brock were great guides! They were both fun and Chelsie, our boat guide, was so knowledgeable about the river. We loved hearing about her adventures.

The tour was organized very well and our guide (Vance) was patient and helpful with my mom (who has some mobility issues).

Scenery was excellent but guides made the trip so enjoyable. Great memory

What a wonderful float down the river. My group loved every second.