Northwest Montana, otherwise known as the “Gateway to Glacier National Park”, is a region where tourists from around the world flock each year to enjoy the majestic beauty and the wide variety of outdoor sporting activities on offer. But how can you enjoy northwest Montana on a budget?
Entry Fees for Glacier National Park
No trip to northwest Montana would be complete without a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can go hiking in the woods, enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery, and learn more about the diverse wildlife, from the famous grizzly bear to the snow-white mountain goat, that inhabit Glacier National Park. Entry fee free days are on 25 September and 11 November.
If you will be visiting Glacier National Park at another time, you can save money by purchasing a 7-day visitor pass for $10.00 during the winter (1 December to 30 April) or $12.00 for a summer pass (1 May to 30 November.) This fee applies to visitors arriving on foot, by motorcycle, or for individuals who are arriving together in a non-commercial vehicle. An annual pass costs $35.00, which allows all passengers in the same vehicle to enter without having to pay a separate entry fee. An annual pass is useful if you will be visiting Glacier National Park with friends or relatives who live near Glacier National Park.
Free Entry Farmers’ Markets and Entertainment
Northwest Montana is chock-full of entertainment to keep families happy during the year, especially during the height of tourist season, in summer. Visit free entry farmer’s markets in Columbia Falls, West Glacier, Bigfork, Whitefish, Kalispell and elsewhere. Many of the farmers’ markets in the Flathead Valley have live music and native Montana arts and crafts, as well as locally grown produce and products, such as huckleberry products.
Hungry Horse Dam and Reservoir
The Hungry Horse Dam and Reservoir is located off Highway 2, just a few miles distance from Columbia Falls. It is free to visit the visitor centre and take a guided tour of Hungry Horse Dam and Reservoir. Stop by to learn how the town got its unusual name of Hungry Horse and take in the breathtaking scenery from atop the 564ft structure that was completed in 1953.
Northwest Montana offers scenic views, plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy and much more. A lot of the entertainment on offer is free of charge, which is great news for families travelling on a budget. You can also obtain discounts based on the length of your stay, age and other factors.
Montana’s Official State Website