Essex Glacier National Park & Western Montana

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Essex

Essex Glacier National Park and Glacier Country Montana

Though it may be small, Essex is a destination to note in northwest Montana. Located a stone's throw from Glacier National Park, Essex sits just off Highway 2 at the southern border of the park. A short drive and hike from Essex leads to the Walton Goat Lick Overlook, a viewing spot for mountain goats overlooking Sheep Creek. The rocks along the creek are exposed and seep salts and minerals that attract goats. Combining the railroad history and surrounding wilderness, the Izaak Walton Inn is a popular destination for rail buffs and cross-country skiers.

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Take time out to enjoy a meal at The Dining Car Restaurant, located at the Izaak Walton Inn. The chef creates delicious meals using authentic Montana ingredients, including wild huckleberries, elk and rainbow trout.


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Izaak Walton Inn

  • City: Essex
  • Phone: 406-888-5700
Izaak Walton Inn


Walton Mercantile

  • City: Essex
  • Phone: 406-888-5700
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Annual Ski Fest
290 Izaak Walton Inn Road
http://www.izaakwaltoninn.com
406-888-5700
Essex

Glacier Haven Inn
14305 US Highway 2 East
http://www.glacierhaveninn.com
406-888-5720
Essex

Glacier Haven RV & Campground
14305 US Highway 2 East
http://www.glacierhavenrv-campground.com
406-888-9987
Essex

Glacier Park Lodging
PO Box 643
http://www.vrbo.com/408899
406-888-9067
Essex

Glacier Village Cafe
290 Izaak Walton Inn Road
http://www.glaciervillagecafe.com
406-226-4464
Essex

Izaak Walton Inn
290 Izaak Walton Inn Road
http://www.izaakwaltoninn.com
406-888-5700
Essex

Kick-Out-The-Kinks Benefit Ski Race
290 Izaak Walton Inn Road
http://izaakwaltoninn.com
406-888-5700
Essex

Snow Slip Inn
PO Box 662
http://snowslipinn.com
406-226-4400
Essex

Snow Slip Inn
PO Box 662
http://snowslipinn.com
406-226-4400
Essex

Snowy Springs Outfitters
15600 US Highway 2 East
http://www.snowysprings.com
406-226-9225
Essex

The Half-Way Motel
PO Box 632
http://www.halfwayhotelglacier.com/
406-888-5650
Essex

The Half-Way Restaurant
PO Box 632
http://www.thehalfwaymotel.com
406-888-5650
Essex

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Essex , Montana Visitor Information

Western Montana's Glacier Country

News from Glacier National Park: Currently 11.5 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.

Bird Woman Falls

An icon in Glacier National Park, Bird Woman Falls is a glistening 492-foot-high waterfall that cascades down the side of Mt. Oberlin. From West Glacier, travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Bird Woman Falls Overlook, located on the west side of the Continental Divide.

Trail of the Cedars

This short boardwalk trail (ADA accessible) takes visitors through an old growth cedar forest. It’s also the beginning of the Avalanche Lake Trail (just over two miles long) that leads to Avalanche Lake—one of the most popular day hikes in Glacier National Park. Trail of the Cedars is located about five and a half miles north of Lake McDonald Lodge.

Drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road

If your time in Glacier National Park is limited, one must-see attraction is the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This 50-mile long road takes travelers between St. Mary and West Glacier through the heart of the park, crossing the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. There are numerous pullouts along the road, ideal for taking photographs and enjoying the scenery.

See a Glacier

As you’re traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road, pull over at Jackson Glacier Overlook (located east of Logan Pass). The overlook offers the best opportunity to see a glacier from the road.

Many Glacier Valley

Home to incredible mountains, active glaciers, abundant wildlife and miles of hiking trails, Many Glacier is located in the northeast section of Glacier National Park. Trails leave from this valley in numerous directions, with popular hiking destinations including Iceberg Lake, Grinnell Lake and Ptarmigan Tunnel.

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