Lodging Outside Glacier National Park

Classic “Railroad” Lodges Just Outside the Park

Amtrak’s famous Empire Builder® railroad line runs around the southern end of Glacier National Park with stations and lodges at East Glacier Park, Essex at the park’s southern tip, and West Glacier.

  • Glacier Park Lodge and Resort. June to September. Classic lodge constructed in 1913 by Great Northern Railroad at East Glacier Park. Noted for immense wood log columns 40 feet tall and 36-42 inches across. Lobby features enormous stone fireplace and seating. Lodge is run today as a resort with a heated pool and golf course, as well as park's recreational activities. Rooms have all amenities of modern motel rooms (private bathrooms, television, phones, A/C, etc.). Fine dining, lounge, country mercantile, and gift shop.
  • Izaak Walton Inn. Open year-round. Classic lodge constructed in 1939 by Great Northern Railroad, originally for snow removal crews. Remote location at Essex station near US-2 at southern tip of park. Rustic but well-kept motel-style rooms (similar to bed and breakfast style). Also, four unique "caboose" rooms, rooms with kitchenettes built into a caboose railroad car. Resort has sauna, ski trials, and hiking trails. Many recreational opportunities. Well-known for cross country skiing in the winter. Fine dining, lounge, and stores.
  • The Historic Belton Chalet. Open year-round. Classic lodge constructed in 1910 by Great Northern Railroad. Located at Belton station, near West Glacier. Rustic motel rooms with or without balconies. All have private baths. Also, cottages with three bedrooms, living room, fireplace, refrigerator and microwave. Grill Dining Room and Taproom. Fishing trips, golf, off-season packages.

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