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Glacier National Park

Montana's Glacier National Park and Flathead Valley

Newly Redesigned Bike Tour

Glacier National Park isn't just another protected wildlife site in northwest Montana.

It's one of Mother Nature's most prized possessions, crammed end-to-end with snow-capped peaks, blue skies, moose, big-horn sheep, mountain goats, aspen trees and inspiration. As you ride the smooth pavement of Going-to-the-Sun Road, your soundtrack will include the echo of Bird Woman Falls and the vast silences of the hinterland. And as you bed down for the evening, your lullaby will be a sea of stars, crystal clear and glittering. We'll ride Flathead Valley, sandwiched between the Blackfeet and Flathead Indian Reservations, surrounded by protected lands, and nestled square in the middle of nowhere. What are you waiting for?

There's no better time to visit this undiscovered country, because only 25 glaciers remain, and with every passing day, they get a little smaller. If you're lucky enough to have some extra time in Montana before or after your trip, take advantage of all the great opportunities this state has, like hiking, rafting, fishing and horseback riding. So pack up your all-weather gear and get training - it's time for an adventure as big as the glacier itself.
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Dates:


Daily Itinerary

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Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Two Medicine Lake to Saint Mary
Approximately 34 miles with 3,100 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Kiowa to Saint Mary
Approximately 19 miles with 1,750 feet of climbing

Description:

Welcome to what's historically been referred to as God's Country, or "The Last Best Place on Earth." We'll rendezvous at the Firebrand Hotel at 9:00am for the two-hour shuttle to Two Medicine Lake, where you’ll be introduced to the jaw-dropping scenery that abounds in Glacier National Park. Bring your camera because you’ll want to capture Rising Wolf and Sinopah Mountains which tower above and are reflected in the still waters of this crystal blue glacial lake. Dig into a hearty picnic brunch prepared by your guides, followed by a personal bike fitting to ensure a smooth and comfortable ride on your top-of-the-line Trek bicycle. Our first ride is both breathtaking and challenging as we pedal past Lower Two Medicine Lake, through the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and up and over Looking Glass Hill. We’ll end our ride at Saint Mary Lodge, which sits on the shore of another one of Glacier National Park’s many glacial lakes. Tonight, after unpacking and settling into your Great Bear Lodge room, we'll meet for social hour and dinner at the Snowgoose Grill where your guides will fill you in on what lies ahead.

Hotel:

Great Bear Lodge at Saint Mary Lodge and Resort
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Ride:

Many Glacier to Saint Mary
Approximately 20 miles with 725 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Many Glacier to Chief Mountain to St Mary
Approximately 57 miles with 3,550 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Boat Ride and Hike to Grinnell Lake

Description:

This morning we will start with a quick shuttle from Saint Mary to Many Glacier Lodge, a historic hotel whose Swiss-alpine architecture is inspired by the magnificent surrounding landscape. From here we'll board a historic wooden boat for a peaceful cruise across Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes, surrounded by majestic rocky peaks. Upon docking, we'll hike to yet another of Glacier’s 762 lakes, Grinnell Lake, known for its characteristic turquoise color. After a simple trailside lunch, we'll reverse our steps to Many Glacier Hotel, and you can choose to spend the afternoon riding or simply shuttle back to the hotel to relax. Today’s ride options will take you directly to the hotel, or if you are up for more miles, to the Canadian border. We’ll pedal along the quiet yet stunning Chief Mountain Highway. You can easily see where the road gets its name as Chief Mountain, or Ninaistako as it is known to the Blackfeet, juts up from the plains in dramatic fashion. At 9,080 feet, it is visible for up to 100 miles away and serves as both a natural landmark for travelers and a sacred site for the Blackfeet. This evening over social hour we will be joined by our friends Darnell and Smokey, who will share the history and legends of the Blackfeet Nation, a tribe that still lives on their ancestral lands which you are now visiting, and watch an award-winning documentary, Where God Likes to Be. Afterwards, you are free to grab dinner on your own, equipped with our recommended dining options.

Hotel:

Great Bear Lodge at Saint Mary Lodge and Resort
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Ride:

Saint Mary to Lake McDonald Lodge
Approximately 39 miles with 2,550 feet of climbing

Description:

Today is a day you're sure to remember for a long time. We're riding Going-to-the-Sun Road, which is one of the most scenic roads in America. This engineering marvel was completed in 1932. It is narrow and windy, snaking around mountainsides to give you magnificent views from every angle. We will traverse Glacier National Park pedaling past waterfalls, glaciers, lakes, wildflowers, cedar forests and hopefully some of the local wildlife abundant in this stunning refuge. You will surely waqnt to stop at some of the many viewpoints along the way as we make our way to the top of Logan Pass (6,646 ft) and the Continental Divide. We then descend to finish our ride at Lake McDonald. Since there is only one road, we haven’t listed a short option for today’s ride, but rest assured, your guides can provide strategic shuttle options as needed. Once we reach Lake McDonald, you are free to enjoy lunch on your own and perhaps take a short hike or a dip in the lake. The choice is yours. When we are ready, we’ll shuttle to Whitefish, our home for the rest of the trip. Whether you are staying downtown at the brand new Firebrand Hotel or a few minutes away at the luxurious Lodge at Whitefish Lake, you are in for a treat. Top off this amazing day by getting acquainted with downtown Whitefish and its vibrant Tuesday evening Farmer’s Market. Dinner is on your own this evening and your guides will help steer you in the right direction, maybe over a beer at Great Northern Brewing Company.

Hotel:

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake
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Hotel Variation on Select Dates:

Firebrand Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

Whitefish to Columbia Falls
Approximately 22 miles with 700 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Whitewater Rafting
Approximately 8 river miles

Description:

Today begins with a quick spin to Columbia Falls and back to Whitefish. After a delicious lunch at a local favorite, Zucca Marketplace and Bistro, we will get ready for the next adventure which begins with a short shuttle up to West Glacier, known as the Gateway to Glacier National Park. This afternoon, enjoy a thrilling float down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River with Glacier Raft Company. We’ll be on the water for approximately 2 & 1/2 hours as we make our way through 8 thrilling miles of Class II to III rapids. Be sure to look for bears, moose and other local wildlife as you go. Afterwards, it’s time to kickback and toast to another gorgeous day in the great outdoors as your guides host a Montana-style BBQ on the riverbank. Following dinner, we’ll shuttle back to our hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Hotel:

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake
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Hotel Variation on Select Dates:

Firebrand Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
5
Day
5

Today's Ride:

Whitefish to Lupfer and Return
Approximately 36 miles with 1,425 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Whitefish to Lupfer and Return with Shuttle
Approximately 29 miles with 600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Whitefish to Lupfer with Big Mountain Climb
Approximately 56 miles with 3,050 feet of climbing

Description:

Today's ride has it all--sweeping views of lush farmland in North Valley and the majestic mountains surrounding the Flathead Valley. The morning ride along Farm to Market Road is a warm-up for the 5-mile optional climb up Big Mountain, home to Whitefish Mountain Resort, later in the day. Those who brave the climb will be rewarded with panoramic views of the peaks of Glacier National Park from the ceiling of Big Sky country. Don't have a climb in your legs? Use the afternoon to hit the spa or explore town instead. Lunch is on your own in one of Whitefish’s many cafés today. Tonight we'll gather for a farewell social hour and dinner for the grand finale to this gorgeous week of natural beauty.

Hotel:

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake
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Hotel Variation on Select Dates:

Firebrand Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
6
Day
6

Today's Ride:

Whitefish Lake Out and Back
Approximately 19 miles with 875 feet of climbing

Description:

It's time to say goodbye to God's Country with a tranquil spin or hike around Whitefish Lake. You’ll say farewell to your guides at the hotel and then continue your adventures, or if you must, take the free hotel shuttle to the airport. You may be leaving Montana, but Glacier National Park is sure to stay with you for a lifetime.

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Dates & Pricing

Our 2017 trip dates are sold out!

Please contact a Trip Consultant to be added to the wait list or notified when 2018 dates are released: sales@trektravel.com

2017


Jul
16th - 21st / 6 days / 5 nights
$3199 / Person, $850 / Single Occupancy / Hotel Variation: Stay at The Firebrand Hotel / WAITLIST ONLY
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Jul
23rd - 28th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3199 / Person, $850 / Single Occupancy / Hotel Variation: Stay at The Firebrand Hotel / WAITLIST ONLY
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Jul
30th -
Aug
4th
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$3199 / Person, $850 / Single Occupancy / Hotel Variation: Stay at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake / WAITLIST ONLY
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Aug
6th - 11th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3199 / Person, $850 / Single Occupancy / Hotel Variation: Stay at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake / WAITLIST ONLY
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Aug
15th - 18th / 4 days / 3 nights
$2399 / Person, $550 / Single Occupancy / Glacier National Park Family Edition / Kids 12 and under get 10% off
Guaranteed *
Aug
20th - 25th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3199 / Person, $850 / Single Occupancy / Hotel Variation: Stay at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake / WAITLIST ONLY
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What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

St. Mary Lodge and Resort

St. Mary, Montana

St. Mary Lodge and Resort is situated just outside the eastern border of Glacier National Park with views of its peaks in the distance. It combines modern amenities with the natural beauty of the area and the calming sounds of the St. Mary River just outside your door. We will stay in the Great Bear Lodge rooms which feature modern, upscale rooms equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, granite counter tops, and a private deck with exceptional views.
The Lodge at Whitefish Lake on a Trek Travel bike tour in Glacier National Park

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake | Hotel Variation

Whitefish, Montana

This 4 Diamond Award winner sits on the shore of the pristine Whitefish Lake, just a few minutes outside of town. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake features a full service spa, a private beach and swim area, both indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, multiple dining options, a 30-acre nature preserve, a complimentary shuttle to downtown Whitefish, boat rentals, and much more. Rooms are comfortably appointed and bathrooms include granite counters and floor-to-ceiling glass showers. You will stay at this hotel in place of The Firebrand Hotel on select dates.
The Firebrand Hotel on a Trek Travel bike tour in Glacier National Park

The Firebrand Hotel | Hotel Variation

Whitefish, Montana

Located in the heart of downtown Whitefish, the newly-opened Firebrand Hotel brings urban sophistication and service to the adventurous style of Northwest Montana’s rugged landscapes. Enjoy the views from the rooftop patio, take a stroll through town or relax in your deluxe room. Each room includes leathered granite counter tops and a European floor-to-ceiling glass shower and stone floor as well as custom-select luxury beds. You will stay at this hotel in place of The Lodge at Whitefish Lake on select dates.

What's Included

We Include More

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories.

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches.
  • Whitewater rafting and a boat tour and guided hike
  • Social hour with Blackfeet speakers, Smokey and Darnell
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Glacier National Park bike trip, enjoy accommodations in the heart of St. Mary and Whitefish. Our hotel in St Mary is lodge-style which is typical within Glacier National Park. In Whitefish, we stay at a 4 Diamond Award winning resort with a full spa or its brand new sister property in the heart of downtown.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 social hours, 3 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Glacier National Park bike trip, you’ll be experiencing a variety of regional cuisine. All of the dinners are casual in setting. Cuisine includes many options including wild game and fresh fish.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5%-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 2/3
  • Average Daily Mileage | 28
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 1,250 ft.

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Glacier National Park bike trip is best suited for our Type 2 and 3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is mountainous. Riders can expect longer climbs and also longer descents on the routes. Road conditions in the National Parks are varied, and riders should be prepared for some rough sections, although the speed limits for vehicles are also reduced on these roads. Options are available for riding more or fewer miles, and your Trek Travel guides and support vehicle are always close behind! See day by day itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Explore Whitefish with its many galleries and shops
  • Relax in the spa or go kayaking or paddle boarding at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake
  • Cruise glacial lakes on a historic wooden boat and enjoy a guided hike to Grinnell Lake
  • Visit the Great Northern Brewing Company for a tour and tasting
  • Join the group for whitewater rafting on the Flathead River followed by a riverside BBQ

Highs from 55-90 degrees depending on elevation, Lows from 35-65 degrees depending on elevation. Dress for warm days and cool evenings and mornings, and always be prepared for rain.

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the brand new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 Electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

If you’re going we’re going on almost all our trips. Trips with 1 guest booked are guaranteed to run. Select trips like Cross Country, Race and Special Edition trips require a minimum number of guests to run and are not guaranteed until that number is reached. Contact your Trip Consultant for more details.

In the event that a departure has low enrollment, we will notify guests at 60-90 days before departure to give the option to select a different date with more guests booked. Please do not reserve airfare before confirming your Trek Travel trip.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

Please review our packing list page for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend flying directly into Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) in Kalispell. Please arrive at least one day prior to the trip start so you may relax before your week of cycling and more importantly, to minimize risk of missing the pick-up for your trip start due to flight delays.

Firebrand Hotel | Whitefish, Montana

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Firebrand Hotel (650 E. 3rd Street, Whitefish, MT 59937) at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a 2-hour shuttle, we’ll arrive at Two Medicine Lake on the Eastern side of Glacier National Park. Enjoy a hearty picnic brunch prepared by your guides, followed by a personal bike fitting to ensure a smooth and comfortable ride on your Trek bicycle for the week. Your guides will then present an overview of the day’s ride through the Last Best Place on Earth and off we’ll go!

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Saint Mary Lodge and Resort (406-732-4431) and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. There are no scheduled shuttle services to Saint Mary, and while you may be able to hire a taxi, please be warned that the cost involved would be significant. We strongly recommend that you arrive in Whitefish the night before the trip starts to ensure that you do not miss our Trek Travel shuttle.

Firebrand Hotel or The Lodge at Whitefish Lake | Whitefish, Montana

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at your final hotel in Whitefish. From here, stay a little longer to explore the Park or take the free shuttle to the Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell. There are daily connections on Delta Airlines, United, Alaska and Allegiant airlines to several major U.S. cities. For more information, please visit their website at www.iflyglacier.com. The short trip to the airport will take about 20 minutes. Whitefish is also served by an Amtrak station where the Empire Builder train stops twice daily on its route between Chicago and Seattle.

Before: Kalispell, Montana

The city of Kalispell has a walkable downtown shopping and dining district, and lucky visitors can catch local artists and musicians at the Arts in the Park festival, held each July in Depot Park near downtown. Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in the western U.S., lies just to the south of Kalispell and offers many recreational activities (check out www.FlatheadLake.name/index.html for details). Opportunities also abound for golfing and fly fishing excursions in the Flathead Valley, and it’s a short drive to Whitefish Mountain Resort or Glacier National Park from the Kalispell area. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre trip hotel.

Kalispell Grand Hotel

This small, western-style hotel is newly refurbished, with a lobby of cherry wood walls and historical memorabilia. It is located

100 Main Street | 800-858-7422| www.KalispellGrand.com | ~$125

Master Suite Bed and Breakfast

The Master Suite is a private luxury accommodation for two, located on 15 acres in the gentle rolling hills with million-dollar views overlooking the Flathead Valley in Kalispell, Montana. Guests at the Master Suite can see from Glacier National Park to Flathead Lake, the Rocky Mountains and the towns of Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls and Bigfork. Birds and wildlife abound, with bald eagles and deer a common site, and even the occasional black bear!

354 Browns Road, Kalispell, MT 59901 | 406-250-8521| www.mastersuitebedandbreakfast.com | ~$125

Flathead Lake Inn & Suites

Flathead Lake Inn & Suites is conveniently located between Bigfork, Kalispell and Lakeside. It's exactly where you want to be, with easy access to hiking at Blacktail Mountain, outdoor recreation at Glacier National Park, or shopping just minutes away.

4824 US Highway 93 S | 406-857-2400| www.www.bestwesternflatheadlake.com.com | ~$125

After:Whitefish, Montana

If you are able to spend a few extra days after your trip exploring the area, the mountain town of Whitefish is a great place to relax and enjoy the laid back attitude of a Montana summer. You might choose to shop or check out a local cafe downtown, relax at the Whitefish City Beach on the shores of gorgeous Whitefish Lake, or explore the options for hiking and mountain biking at Whitefish Mountain Resort. The Resort also features an alpine slide and zip-line tours during the summer months. There are also opportunities for fly fishing lessons, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting adventures within a short drive of Whitefish. We recommend the following accommodations for your post trip hotel.

Grouse Mountain Lodge

This hotel is known for its luxurious amenities and access to nature. Every room overlooks the majestic Lion Mountain, and the floor-to-ceiling windowed lobby with fireplace guarantees you won't miss a moment. Each room has wifi, and the outdoor deck includes a firepit and two year-round hot-tubs.

2 Fairway Drive, Whitefish, MT 59937 | 406-892-2525| www.grousemountainlodge.com | ~$160

Good Medicine Lodge

Recently named one of Travel America Magazine’s 10 Most Romantic Inns, The Good Medicine Lodge is built of cedar timbers with a rustic, informal atmosphere, punctuated by crackling fireplaces and solid wood furnishings. Its nine rooms are the perfect blend of intimacy, romance and access to the call of the wild.

537 Wisconsin Avenue | 800-860-5488 | www.GoodMedicineLodge.com | ~$150

Rocky Mountain Lodge

This charming hotel, with its heated pool and hot tub and complimentary breakfast, is the perfect choice for travelers who want to maximize their access to the great outdoors. After all, around here paradise is on the outside.

6510 Hwy. 93 South | 800-862-2569 | www.RockyMtnLodge.com | ~$175


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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