How We Protect Our Guests

Smoky Bear Ranch has always been fanatical about cleanliness, long before recent concerns of COVID-19. Glacier National Park and surrounding area are pristine environments, and we wanted our existence here to be no less. We made a conscious decision when opening our lodging facility (26 years ago) to meticulously clean

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Learn About Glaciers

Introduction A glacier is a body of ice on land that may look exceptionally beautiful and simple, but it has a very complex formation process. Depending on the type of glacier and its location, glaciers may move down mountain slopes and can sculpt any adjacent landmass including cliffs, hills, and

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Growing Vegetables in Pots and Containers (Year Round)

If you don’t have a back yard, or simply want to experiment with indoor growing, a container garden is an effective way to grow many types of vegetables. The container (or pot) can be situated on a balcony, a rooftop, a community patio, near your windows or in a lighted/heated

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The Hairy Woodpecker – A Fascinating Specimen

While far from unique in the family of woodpeckers, the hairy woodpecker (which bears a striking similarity to the downy woodpecker in plumage and general appearance, differing primarily in the shape and size of the bill) is a fascinating specimen all the same. Categorized as a “medium-sized” woodpecker, the hairy

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Glacier National Park Weather

When vacationing in the mountains, the weather can be unpredictable. Coming prepared can make all the difference in the world, especially during colder times of the year. Although extremely rare, it can snow in Glacier National Park every month of the year therefore bringing appropriate clothing (just in case) can

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Golf Courses in Montana – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our Montana golf course list – if you haven’t seen Part 1, click here. Don’t forget, competitive green fees and affordable lodging are a perfect combination for your next golf vacation. Wolf Point Airport Golf Club Type: Private 9 Hole: Yes Yards: 3267 Par: 36

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Golf Courses in Montana – Part 1

Golfing in Montana is a unique delight. Stunning forestry and mountainous backdrops coupled by comfortable temperatures can bring out your best game. Competitive green fees and affordable lodging are a perfect combination for your next golf vacation. In no particular order, enjoy Part 1 of our Montana golf course list.

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Hiking Essentials for Glacier National Park

Hiking is very popular in Glacier National Park; it is estimated that over half of all visitors to the park will hike some part of its nearly 700 miles of trails. Good planning is paramount anytime you embark on a hiking expedition. The list of essentials when hiking in Glacier

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Wilderness Apps for Android & iOS

Apps for Adventurers According to Statista there are 3.3 billion worldwide smartphone users in 2019, with expected growth to 3.8 billion by 2021. Chances are you are part of this statistic, even if you’re an avid outdoorsman (or woman). With such a high likelihood that your smartphone accompanies you on

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Best Time to Visit Glacier National Park

Although Glacier Park is open year-round, certain facilities in the park may be closed due to seasonal weather conditions, primarily snowfall. That doesn’t mean winters are boring, in fact, the snow-covered landscapes are stunning and there’s still plenty to do. Deciding on the best time to visit Glacier Park depends

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