5 Unique Ways to Experience “Big Sky Country”

Big Sky Country boasts some of the most open and breathtakingly beautiful land in the country. From Yellowstone to Glacier National Park, Montana is home to spectacular scenery and there are plenty of ways to enjoy it as you explore the “Crown of the Continent”. If you’re planning a trip to Glacier National Park, we highly recommend adding these five activities to your itinerary for a truly unique experience.

Hit the Trails on a Llama Trek

Going llama trekking is a wildly fun way to add even more magic to your Montana experience. Known for being strong and gentle, llamas make great hiking companions and help take the weight off your shoulders (literally) since they transport your pack and lunch during the hike. Whether you have a couple of hours or a full-day hiking trip, the journey will be much more enjoyable in the company of llamas. Try one of the “wine and cheese” treks, learn the art of llama packing and trekking at a llama packing clinic, or do yoga with a llama for a truly memorable experience.

Go Cherry Picking in Flathead Valley

Montana cherries, specifically, Flathead sweet cherries are some of the best in the nation. These cherries flourish along the shores of Flathead Lake, fed by clear, cool snowmelt water and warm sunny days. In late spring, the cherry trees are full of fluffy white and pink blossoms, and come July there’s an abundance of delicious red fruits ripe for picking. Take part in the local harvest at one of the many cherry orchards in Flathead Valley or go to one of the Flathead Valley events like the Cherry Festival to indulge in cherry-related foods and family fun.

Paddle the Clearwater Canoe Trail

This slow-moving stretch of the Clearwater River is a perfect, laid-back way to take in the tranquil surroundings of Western Montana and spot abundant wildlife. Along the watery trail, you may see loons, kingfishers, painted turtles, large trout, muskrats, beavers, deer, and more. The canoe trip takes anywhere from one to two hours depending on how fast you paddle and the trail ends at the northern part of Seeley Lake. Bring your own canoe and paddle or rent one in the town of Seeley to try out this adventure.

Try Your Hand at Montana Fly Fishing

Montana claims one of the top 10 best spots to fly fish in the world! With an abundance of trout and incredible Rocky Mountain scenery, it’s no mystery as to why. The iridescent glacier blue-green Middle Fork of the Flathead River bordering Glacier National Park is a prime place to cast your line. Whether you are an experienced fly fisher or a novice, there are plenty of seasoned guides who can help you make the most of your adventure and supply all the gear you’ll need including fly rods, reels, and a variety of fly fishing flies.

Explore Seli’š Ksanka Qlispe’ (formerly Kerr Dam)

Seli’š Ksanka Qlispe’ is one of Montana’s off-the-beaten-path places that is well worth exploring. The concrete arch dam stands 54-feet higher than Niagara Falls at an impressive 204-feet tall. Constructed in 1938, the dam was designed to generate hydroelectricity and for recreational purposes. Today, you can take the stairs down the 1,000-foot boardwalk right above the falls for an amazing view of the canyon where you can enjoy picnicking, hiking, and beautiful vistas.

After a day of exploring Big Sky Country, kick back and relax at Under Canvas Glacier, just 7-miles from the west entrance to Glacier National Park. Sleep under the stars in your own safari-style treehouse tent fitted with a plush king-size bed, an ensuite bathroom with hot, running water, and a private deck. Enjoy fast casual meals on-site or grill your favorite meal, followed by camp programming like live music, yoga, and kids’ activities. Discover connection with the outdoors without sacrificing the comforts of home with upscale Glacier National Park lodging.

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