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Glacier Nat'l Park Arrival by Rail

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Glacier Nat'l Park Arrival by Rail

I am planning a cross country rail trip in June, 2014. I intend to spend a couple of days in Glacier Nat'l Park around 6/21. I will appreciate recommendations on hotels which are easily accessible from train stations. Also, which of the the three train stations are closest to most lodging.

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1. Re: Glacier Nat'l Park Arrival by Rail

All three stations are short walks to lodging. At East Glacier you have the historic Glacier Park Lodge which is across a lawn and garden from the depot. They will pick you up even though you could easily walk. Some of the small mom and pop motels that are in town but a few blocks away will also pick you up at the depot. The staff at the Isaac Walton Inn picks up passengers since the train stops a couple blocks down the tracks. The Belton Chalet is across the street from the West Glacier depot and the West Glacier Motel is a couple blocks down the street. Keep in mind, GTTSR may or may not be open when you are there.

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Thanks for the information. Any suggestions for lodging?

Bob

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GNP gave you several suggestions. Glacier Lodge is a one hundred year old log chalet located at the East Glacier train depot.

Belton Chalet is just a little bit younger and located across Hwy 2 from the West Glacier train depot.

The interesting tidbit that I was totally surprised by was that the train stop for Essex isn't at Essex but a few blocks away. Again the Izaac Walton Inn as do all of the others that gnp4me suggested are historic lodging built to support the Great Northern Railroad and still going strong over hundred years later.

I will aslo second gnp4me caution that it is possible that only part of GNP will be open in late June of any year. Something that will not be determined until mid May at the earliest and sometimes not known until mid July. That depends entirely on winter and late spring snowfall.

2011 was a historic winter for NorthWest Montana and you can see some of the effects on my page for that year.

www.glacierhikers.com/index2011.html

The only one of the above that I have stayed at as I usually camp is the Izaak Walton Inn in one of their caboose's, which was a lot of fun, that was over 20 years ago.

montana slow hiker

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I would not stay at Isaac Walton. It's very remote and the hikes from there are not ideal. Staying in West or East Glacier would give you access to rental cars.

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Thanks to all who have responded so far. I appreciate the information.

Bob

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