To the West of Glacier National Park lies the Gateway to Glacier, an area comprised of several small communities that are anchored by the city of Columbia Falls. Sitting proudly at the entrance to the wilderness, Columbia Falls is in the NE corner of Flathead Valley – Northwest Montana. A drive north out of town on Nucleus brings you up the North Fork road, where two little used entrances to Glacier National Park can be accessed at Camas Road and Polebridge. The North Fork road follows the meandering North Fork of the Flathead River all the way to the Canadian border.
Follow Highway 2 through the tiny “Trapline” towns of Hungry Horse, Martin City and Coram to the most popular entrance to the park at West Glacier. Here Amtrak stops twice daily swapping passengers between Seattle/Portland and Chicago on the Empire Builder line. Once through the park entrance, Going to the Sun Road takes you to Apgar Village, a quaint historic hub at the foot of Lake McDonald. Or continue around the southern border of Glacier past the historic rail stop in Essex and on to East Glacier.
We hope you will enjoy exploring the Gateway to Glacier and our inviting communities where the roads end, and the endless trails and river miles begin.