Summer Activities in Glacier National Park and the Flathead Valley

Summer Events

The Crown of the Continent, Glacier National Park is an awe-inspiring vacation destination.  Drive the legendary Going-to-the-Sun Highway for breathtaking views of the Park’s mountains, waterfalls and wildlife. Hiking trails come in all lengths and difficulty levels, and access pristine alpine lakes, meadows and vistas.  Visit the Park’s historic lodges and chalets, take an antique boat cruise across a glacial lake, and keep your eyes peeled for mountain goats and bighorn sheep at Logan Pass.

Summertime in the Flathead Valley offers limitless possibilities.  Come prepared for sun-filled days; 16 hours of daylight means plenty of time for rafting, fishing, kayaking, hiking, swimming, horseback riding and more.  The nearby mountain town of Whitefish is full of cafes, restaurants and nightlife.  Visit the charming village of Bigfork for a view of Flathead Lake, a delicious meal and a night at the famous Bigfork Summer Playhouse.

Arts in the Flathead:

These anticipated summer events boast the best art that comes to the Flathead Valley. You’ll catch some great entertainment too from local musicians and different community groups.

Whitefish Arts Festival : http://www.whitefishartsfestival.org/

http://www.hockadaymuseum.org/

Bigfork Festival of the Arts / Bigfork:  http://www.bigforkfestivalofthearts.com/

Local Farmer’s Markets

Check out one of these Farmer’s Markets for the freshest local produce, local artists and vendors providing prepared food, baked goods, and crafts.  These markets can be found in West Glacier, Bigfork, Columbia Falls, Kalispell, and Whitefish.

The West Glacier Farmer’s Market

June-September
Fridays 3:30 to 6:30pm
Location: Parking lot of Gift Store & Mercantile, West Glacier, MT

Bigfork Farmer’s Market Cooperative

May-October
Wednesdays 3:00-6:00pm & Saturdays 9:30am-1:30pm
Location: Masonic Lodge Parking Lot, 8096 Hwy 35, Bigfork, MT
http://www.bigforkfarmersmarket.com/

Whitefish Farmer’s Market

Late May- Late September
Tuesdays 5:00pm-7:30pm
Location:  Depot Park (North end of Central Ave.), Whitefish, MT
http://www.whitefishfarmersmarket.org/

Columbia Falls Farmer’s Market

June-September
Thursdays 5:00pm-7:30pm
Location:  Discovery Square at 540 Nucleus Ave., Columbia Falls, MT
http://visitmt.com/

Kalispell Farmer’s Market:

End of April-October
Tuesdays 4:30pm-6:00pm & Saturdays 9am-12:30pm
Location: Kalispell Center Mall at Center St. and 5th Ave., Kalispell, MT
http://visitmt.com/

ACTIVITIES & RENTALS

Bike Rentals & Dealers

Glacier Cyclery (Whitefish) • 406-862-6446, http://glaciercyclery.com/

Mountain Mike's Rental Bikes (Bigfork) • 406-837-2453

Sportsman & Ski Haus •(Kalispell) 406-755-6484, (Whitefish) 406-862-3111, http://www.sportsmanskihaus.com/

Wheatons (Kalispell) • 406-257-5808, http://www.wheatonscycle.com/

Boat Rentals

Wheaton's Cycle

Bigfork Marina & Boat Center • 406-837-5556

Bigfork Water Sports • 406-249-3732, http://bigforkwatersports.com/

Fast-N-Fun Rentals • 406-257-8697

Extreme Motorsports • 406-862-8594,  http://www.wfmextrememotorsports.com/

Golf Courses

Buffalo Hill • 406-756-4530, http://www.golfbuffalohill.com/

Eagle Bend • 406-837-7310, http://www.eaglebendgolfclub.com/

Meadow Lake • 406-892-2111, http://www.meadowlakegolf.com/

Whitefish Lake • 406-862-4000, https://golfwhitefish.com/

Glacier View • 406-888-5471, http://www.glacierviewgolf.com/contact/

Village Greens • 855-752-4666, http://www.montanagolf.com/

Health and Fitness

Kalispell Athletic Club • 406-752-2880, http://www.kalispellathleticclub.net/

The Summit, Kalispell • 406-751-4100http://www.kalispellregional.org/summit/

The Wave, Whitefish • 406-862-2444, http://www.whitefishwave.com/

Bigfork Athletic Club •406-837-2582, http://www.montanaathleticclub.com/

Helicopter Tours

Kruger Helicopter Tours • 1-800-220-6565, http://www.krugerhelicopters.com/

Glacier Heli Tours • 1-800-879-9310, http://www.glacierhelitours.net/

Hiking

Glacier National Park is the perfect place to see nature at its finest.   There are over 730 miles of hiking trails.  The trails vary from one to multi-day hikes and easy walking to more strenuous hiking. There are five self-guided walks that feature signs along the way to tell you about the trail and various fauna and wildlife.  They are: The Trail of the Cedars, Huckleberry Mountain, Hidden Lake, Sun Point, and Swiftcurrent Nature Trails. These trails encourage hikers to experience Glacier National Park at their own pace.  Glacier Park’s hiking web page will show you maps and give up-to-date information about the trails. http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/hikingthetrails.htm. Also, attendants at the front gate of Glacier Park can help you with maps and any needed information.  You can also talk to our staff about their favorite hiking locations!

Horseback Riding

Swan Mountain Outfitters • 406-387-4405,  http://www.swanmountainoutfitters.com/

    

Kayaking

Great Northern Whitewater • 800-735-7897

Mountain Biking

Whitefish Mountain Ski and Summer Resort • 406-862-2900, http://skiwhitefish.com/

Mountain Mike's Bikes • 406-837-2453

Spas

Remedies Day Spa • 406-863-9493, http://www.remediesdayspa.com/

Whitefish Lake Spa • 406-863-4050, http://www.lodgeatwhitefishlake.com/spa/

Waterslides / Fun Centers

Big Sky Water Park • 406-892-5026, http://www.bigskywp.com/

The Amazing Fun Center • 406-387-5902, http://www.amazingfuncenter.com/