Nestled in the Northeast corner of the spectacular Flathead Valley lies a community, which boasts Montana hospitality and family fun like no other. With a central location just minutes from Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, numerous golf courses and the Whitefish Mountain Resort, you'll find year round attractions, accommodations and dining with honest Montana flavor and value. Not only is Columbia Falls "The Gateway to Glacier National Park," it is the pathway to a rustic and scenic alternative route to GNP at the Camas Creek Park Entrance. County Road 486, also called the North Fork Road, follows along the North Fork of the Flathead River. This river is the Western boundary of the park and has been designated a Wild and Scenic River. It is about 20 miles to Camas Creek Park entrance. The last nine miles of this roadway are not currently paved. There are many recreational sites along this rustic route. The residents pride themselves on maintaining the "small town" family-oriented character, which is the backbone of this community.
Deciding where to go while you’re here won’t be easy (it’s a pretty big place), but what you’ll quickly discover is that there’s so much Montana to see, you’ll be planning your next trip before this one is even over.
Here are some easy ways to get started. From laid-back weekend jaunts, romantic getaways and family vacations, to complete cultural experiences, there are seemingly endless options for adventure in Western Montana.
At first glance, Montana may not seem like a dining destination, but we’re happy to report it’s exactly that. With incredible fine dining restaurants, steakhouses, bakeries, bars, breweries, food trucks and cafés serving up a mix of everything—for every kind of eater—Montana is an adventure in food, too.
You don’t even need to see what’s around the next bend to be stopped in your tracks at Glacier National Park. The sheer beauty is jaw dropping from every angle. With over 1 million acres of towering, jagged peaks, cascading waterfalls, wild meadows and sparkling waters, plus wildlife watching and recreation opportunities, it is, quite simply, the vacation of a lifetime.