7 Awe Inspiring Things To Do In Many Glacier

The Many Glacier area in Glacier National Park is well worth a visit and shouldn’t be missed. It is a less busy section of Glacier and definitely has more of a remote feel to it than main Glacier National Park.

Picture of the Lake in Many Glaciers National Park, Things to do in Many Glaciers

Always be sure to check the Glacier National Park official website to make sure this part of the park is open. 

***PLEASE NOTE – Glacier National Park has started requiring a reservation and a ticket to travel the Going-To-The-Sun Road or the Polebridge Ranger Station entrace. This will impact your trip. You can check out more details here.

Want help planning your trip? Check out our post: The Best Glacier National Park Itinerary from 1 to 7 Days.

Getting There

If you are staying in the main section of Glacier, either by West Glacier or the Lake McDonald area, you will have to drive a good 2 1/2 to 3 hours from the West Glacier side of the park to get to Many Glacier. You can either get there by going through the park on the Going-To-The-Sun Road, which is beautiful, but could take a while depending on how busy it is. Or by going around the bottom of the park.

We lay out the best routes and must-see stops along the way in our Glacier Guides. These 1, 3 or 7 day itineraries make it simple plan your trip to Glacier. If you want to see the Many Glacier area, you are going to want the 3 day or 7 day guide to help find your way.


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Planning a trip to Glacier? We put together a series of digital guides that take the guesswork out of planning. Stop-by-stop itineraries for making the most of 1, 3 or 7 days in Glacier National Park including where to stay, where to eat, what hikes to take and the best driving routes.

We’ve even included links for you to book your stays and buy your park passes. Everything you need in one convenient digital guide. Just download and go!


Map

Map of Many Glacier, Things to do in Many Glacier

Getting into this area is a little rough and bumpy and can be filled with free-roaming cattle. All this aside we were able to do it with our mid-size SUV and my parents were able to with their compact car. You just have to be aware and ready for a few bumps.

Picture of Glacier National Park,  Things to do in Many Glacier

The ride in is beautiful and you get a glimpse of the gorgeous blue waters of Glacier with mountains in the back. As you drive through the entrance and into the park, the views continue to be amazing.

Many Glacier Hotel

The Many Glacier hotel is located past the entrance. The hotel was built with a Swiss style back in the early 1900’s by the Great Northern Railway. The Many Glacier hotel is situated on the shores of the Swiftcurrent Lake with mountains surrounding it. It is the largest hotel in Glacier National Park with 214 rooms offering a great place to stay to enjoy this historic hotel and the area.

Where To Eat

Eating at Nells in Many Glacier, Things to do in Many Glacier

After that you can drive to the end of the road and you come to the Swiftcurrent area. There is a campground here, a convenient store/snack shop/gift shop, and a restaurant. We were very surprised with the great selection of food at the restaurant. They had a variety of vegetarian options and organic or grass-fed options on the menu. The gift shop had yummy self-serve huckleberry or vanilla ice cream! They also had a great selection of local microbrew for a very great price!

**Note this menu does change!! This is what it was when we were there.

Menu at Nell's, Things to do in Many Glacier

 

 

Hiking

Father and son hiking at Many Glacier, Things to do in Many Glacier

To really see the area, you are going to want to get out and do a hike. Yes you can drive through and get a good feel for this section of the park and take in some amazing views, but actually hiking it is going to really show you the brilliance of the area.

Here are a few suggestions for Many Glacier trails:

Apakuni Falls

Apakuni Falls in Many Glacier, Things to do in Many Glacier

You could catch this hike on the way in or the way out of Glacier. It is shorter at just 2 miles. But you are climbing up hill the whole way.

Hike to Fishercap Lake

A moose swimming in Fishercap Lake, Things to do in Many Glacier

This is a short walk (starts at the trailhead at the end of the Swiftcurrent Parking lot) to a lake where you may or may not see a moose. We were lucky enough to see one playing in the water. You can continue on to Red Rock Falls if you would like.

Grinnell Lake Trail

Kids walking over the bridge at Grinell Lake, Things to do in Many Glacier

This is a trail where you can take a boat with red bus tours boat cruises, hike a short distance, then take another boat, then decide to either hike to Grinnell Lake or to Grinnell Glacier before taking the boats back.

A boat tour of Grinnell Lake, Things to do in Many Glacier

Or if you would like you can safe yourself some money and hike the whole thing. So many choices!

A man standing next to Grinnell Lake, Things to do in Many Glacier

Grinnell Glacier Hike

Kids standing to the Lake watching glaciers float by, Things to do in Many Glacier

We did this hike when our kids were 11,9,9 and 7. It was a long hike at over 11 miles roundtrip and an 1800 foot elevation gain. It was totally worth it!

The views on the hike were gorgeous – similar to the Grinnell Lake hike – as you start on the same trail. But instead of taking the trail to the lake you take the trail to the glacier.

When we came around the corner the view were UNREAL!! We sat for a while to enjoy some snacks and we did not want to leave!

If you can do this hike. Here is a video of our hike:

Iceberg Trail

We were not able to do this hike when we were there due to the trail being closed due to bear activity, but we would love to go back and do it in the future! How cool would that be to see an Iceberg floating around. You can see the icebergs all year round – even in summer.

Here is a link that shows what Iceberg Trail is like. It looks so cool!! Next time! 

There are a few more long trails that you could do and any of the visitor centers (there is not one by Many Glacier) have a brochure on the hikes in the area.

Read More About Hiking in Glacier: The Best Hikes in Glacier National Park With Kids

When planning your trip to Glacier National Park make sure to save at least one if not 2 days to explore this area. We made it back a few times and would love to come and camp in this section of the park in the future.

Things To Know

  • Cell coverage is pretty much non existent in the area.
  • The roads are bumpy on the way in. It is not all paved.
  • You will need your National Park pass/or Glacier day pass to get into the area.
  • Fill up on gas before you head here.
  • Bring water and good shoes if you plan to hit the hiking trails.
  • There are also options to do Horseback riding in the area if you are interested in that.

Don’t miss Bowman Lake and Polebridge Mercantile!

We know there is a lot to take in when you plan your Glacier trip! Don’t forget to get your Glacier Guide to help with the planning:


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Planning a trip to Glacier? We put together a series of digital guides that take the guesswork out of planning. Stop-by-stop itineraries for making the most of 1, 3 or 7 days in Glacier National Park including where to stay, where to eat, what hikes to take and the best driving routes.

We’ve even included links for you to book your stays and buy your park passes. Everything you need in one convenient digital guide. Just download and go!


Where to Stay Near Glacier National Park

Hotels

Haven Inn Located in Essex a short 20-mile drive away from Glacier National Park. This inn feels like home due to its breakfasts, packed lunches, and home-cooked dinners. This is a great location for anyone looking to explore the park.

Great Northern Resort is located in West Glacier, this hotel has great family-friendly amenities to make your stay more comfortable.

Vacation Rentals

Glacier Riverside Lodge is located just 10 miles from Glacier National Park. This beautiful house can sleep 8.

West Glacier Adobe House This unique home is filled with modern and luxurious amenities. This home is located across the street from the western entrance to the park.

Camping

Mountain Meadow RV Park & Cabins Peaceful and picturesque this RV park is located 28 miles from the park in Hungry Horse, MT.

More amazing things to do around Glacier National Park:

Whitefish Resort If you are visiting the park during the summer months, discover why you need to go to Whitefish Resort.

Rafting Discover more about the amazing rafting adventures you can have with your family.

Going To The Sun Road The Sun Road is a must-see for anyone that come to Glacier National Park.

Guided White Water Rafting Trip with Dinner included. This guided tour is the ultimate bucket list adventure for your family.

Private Fly Casting Lesson learn to fly fish with a 1-hour private lesson. Learn why fly fishing is so popular and a great source of exercise during this lesson.

Scenic Rafting Trip enjoy a 2 1/2-hour scenic rafting trip to remember. This is perfect for those that want a more relaxing experience than white water rafting.

Or visit our Glacier Page to learn all about visiting Glacier National Park with your family!

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Many Glacier in Glacier National Park in Montana. Is a park you shouldn't miss when traveling with your family. Your kids will love the water, mountains, and animal sightings!
Many Glacier in Glacier National Park in Montana. You will love the water, mountains, and animal sightings! This is a park you don't want to miss when traveling in Montana.
Many Glacier in Glacier National Park in Montana. You will love the water, mountains, and animal sightings! This is a park you don't want to miss when traveling in Montana.


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24 thoughts on “7 Awe Inspiring Things To Do In Many Glacier”

  1. I had the chance to visit Glacier National Park this past winter and I was blown away by how beautiful it and Montana are. Of course, visiting in winter limits the accessible areas in Glacier. I’d love to get back in summer and do some hiking.

    • Winter had to be beautiful in a whole different way! But yes definitely go back when you can explore more of the park.

  2. Who needs a cell coverage when you’re in the middle of this beautiful place! It would be lovely to unplug for a day. The rock formations are amazing in your photos too!

  3. Seems like a great destination for a family trip to get out of the city for some fresh air! Pictures look beautiful and I’m sure the children had fun exploring nature

  4. I had no idea that it is so big that you have to drive 3 hours! It is so worth it, tough, these views along the way are simply stunning! Would love to see the Apakuni falls. I was surprised to see vegan options at the restaurant.

    • We didn’t know either until we got there! We were pleasantly surprised by all the options on the menu too!

  5. Apakuni Falls looks amazing…
    and getting with kids to this place is totally worth, surely will suggest this place to my cousin she will really love it.
    Keep Posting
    Cheers:-)

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