There are many different types of Glacier Park Lodges so how do you know which one will be best for you? There are the historic lodges in Glacier National Park. These lodges were built in the early 1900’s for railway travelers. Some of them are built from giant cedar logs which still have their bark on today. They offer a very unique old west atmosphere but because of their age and they are on the national historic registry, some components of these lodges have changed very little since they were built. Because of this, they do not always make for a comfortable, quiet night’s rest.
Many areas of Glacier Park also offer cabin or cottage rentals. Many of these cabins or cottages are nearly as old at the lodges. Although most of them have private baths, they are not full service cabins with cooking facilities. Many of them are built as one bedroom duplexes so they share a common wall with another cabin or cottage. They are generally located very close together and/or are close to one of the lodges in Glacier Park.
You could rent a room at a Glacier Park Lodge just outside Glacier National Park. Many of these lodges were also built in the early 1900’s and have components that have changed very little since they were built. Once again, they were built for railway travelers and offer a unique old west atmosphere but provide amenities that are keeping with the era they were built in. You can also find newer built cabins just outside Glacier Park which provide you with cooking facilities and private baths. But these lodges and cabins are located in the US Highway 2 corridor. Because there is limited access across the Continental Divide, US Highway 2 shuttles most of the 2 million visitors to and from Glacier National Park – a steady stream of traffic nearly 24 hours a day during the summer months. Also within this US Highway 2 corridor lies the Burlington Northern railway track – the main rail line between Chicago and Seattle. Typically, there are 42 freight trains that pass through this corridor in a 24 hours period.
Another option is to rent a place at a Glacier Park Lodge in a more remote area away from the crowds, traffic, and trains. There are a few lodges that fall into this category. They tend to provide a quieter environment and a more personal touch. They may also provide full service cabins large enough to accommodate family gatherings and room for the children to roam and run.
So when choosing your Glacier Park Lodge, you need to determine what aspects of a lodge are most important to you. If you enjoy the hustle and bustle in an old west atmosphere with stores and restaurants at your fingertips, then one of the lodges or cabins in or just outside of Glacier National Park is probably right for you. But if you’re looking for a quiet environment with room to spread out and for children to play, a more remote setting may be what you want to search for.