The Northern Rockies, often called “the crown of the continent,” are as picturesque as they are soul-stirring. Glacier National Park, tucked right against the border between Montana and Canada, is home to some of the area’s most spellbinding wonders, drawing so much attention in recent years that the Park Service has instituted a quota for day use access.
With so much hubbub surrounding the park, finding a place to stay can pose a real challenge. But, this list should offer a little something for everyone visiting Glacier National Park—from classic dude ranches and rustic log cabin rentals to exclusive retreats fit for a gourmand, you’ll be able to bed down comfortably after days spent enjoying the park.
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The Green O
Tucked into a shady pine grove at the southern edge of the 37,000-acre Paws Up Ranch, The Green O exudes luxury, serenity, and the chance to feel at home in nature, without foregoing a single creature comfort. Each of the 12 “Haus accommodations” possesses its own unique set of amenities—like floor-to-ceiling windows, forested hot tubs, cozy fireplaces, and reading nooks. Add to that the property’s live-fire menu, helmed by executive chef Brandon Cunningham, and a nature-centric spa for when you’ve had your fill, and it’ll be hard to ever want to leave. (Note, this is the farthest lodging option from the park, at about two hours south of the west entrance.)
Historic homestead with hot tub views
Not only is this updated, century-old homestead a photographer’s dream, it’s surrounded by sweeping, panoramic mountain views and boasts a deck-level hot tub for late-night stargazing. Inside, you’ll find bold but tasteful western decor (think black and white stills of whitetail deer and loads of reclaimed wood), as well as room for the whole family, all a mere 15 minutes from the national park.
Under Canvas Glacier
Set in a tranquil conifer forest, these canvas safari tents offer everything you would expect from a luxe Under Canvas property: organic bath products, rustic wood furnishings by West Elm, and complimentary morning yoga, steps away from the national park. When you’re not lounging on your private deck or enjoying complimentary s’mores, the on-site experience coordinators can help you plan the perfect day inside the park.
Waterfront island cabin
Ever wanted to run away to your own woodsy island retreat? Well, now you can. This three-bedroom cabin is nestled in a stand of towering pine trees on the western edge of Deer Island, making it the most secluded in the area. Outside, there are massive windows and a wrap-around deck, so you don’t miss a single sunset, while the home’s interior is adorned with colorful southwestern rugs, a wood-burning fireplace, and vintage fishing trinkets. A pontoon boat is available for use while visiting, ensuring you and your loved ones can travel to and fro with ease, plus you can rents kayaks nearby for easy exploring.
Bar W Guest Ranch
A quintessential Montana dude ranch at its core, Bar W seamlessly blends homey western lodging (like framed antlers, bear-accented quilts, and roomy glamping tents) with a full suite of cowboy-centric activities like horseback riding, cattle herding, line dancing, and cookout dinners all included in a package stay. After a day exploring the park's hiking trails and chasing waterfalls inside the park (40 minutes away by car), soothe your tired bones in the property’s bubbling hot tub as a ranch hand serenades you with cowpoke tunes.
Vintage log cabin
Part of the joy of visiting a national park is immersing yourself in lodging as unique as the landscape. This authentic log cabin was once used by foresters, but has since been transformed into a funky retro wonderland, complete with gingham pillows, red-lacquered dining room chairs, and a private deck with a grill and mountain views. At under 10 minutes from the west entrance of Glacier National Park, this historic Airbnb getaway is the ideal place to snuggle up next to a wood-burning fireplace when your day of exploring is done.
The Meadowlark Treehouse, crafted around a giant Douglas fir, is where luxury and fairyland collide, all within a 30 minute drive to Glacier. You’ll feel as though you’re tip-toeing through the halls of Hogwarts, ascending a spiral staircase to access the eat-in kitchen, private balcony, and tiled shower, while down below, guests have access to a fire pit, surrounded by Adirondack chairs.
Many Glacier Hotel
In a park known for its turn-of-the-century lodges inspired by Swiss Alps architecture, the Many Glacier Hotel stands out as the crown jewel of the bunch. Set amidst jaw-dropping views of Swiftcurrent Lake, the property was partially renovated in 2016, though you’ll find no televisions or air conditioning here. Instead, the historic hotel beckons visitors to glean a more old-world experience of the park, with private bathrooms, easy access to dining options, and the same sky-high views of the Northern Rockies that have kept people coming back for generations.
Luxury lakeside yurt
Mountain views abound at this lavish, two-bedroom yurt that’s packed to the brim with chic amenities like Miele appliances, fast Wi-Fi, a private wrap-around deck, fire pit, and stone-encrusted shower. Set on a farm at the northern end of stunning Flathead Lake, this canvas cabin feels like it’s a million miles from the city, while remaining under an hour’s drive to the bustling national park.
The Lodge at Whitefish Lake
With live music, yoga classes, and a “taprés ski” program (flights of draft beer with slider samplers), it’ll be hard to leave The Lodge at Whitefish Lake in search of some real wilderness. The main lodge building hosts a series of guest rooms, each appointed with a gas fireplace, private balcony, and flat-screen HDTV, while the property also offers a host of more premium options like lakefront condos with full kitchens and spacious luxury homes with floor-to-ceiling windows, pool tables, and soaking tubs.
It’s a challenge to find anything as architectural and elegant as the Nooq in a land populated by antler chandeliers and rustic quilts, and the calming minimalism of this space helps accentuate the already glorious nature right outside the front door. A floating, wood-burning fireplace creates a mod focal point in the open-plan family room, while stainless steel appliances, Danish furnishings, cookware by Le Creuset, and a freestanding tub with mountain views elevate the rest of the space to a luxurious, tranquil retreat.
Quintessential Whitefish cabin
Named the friendliest city by Expedia users in 2021, Whitefish is the perfect base camp for outdoorsy travelers looking to explore Glacier National Park, and this quaint wooden cabin will make you feel instantly at ease. Little details are what makes this place so homey, like bird houses, colorful bursts of wildflowers, a private three-acre lake, bistro seating on the private patio, and warm-toned geometric rugs. Retire to your very own wood burning fireplace after taking in the sights on Going to the Sun Road.