Private, Modern Cabins Surrounded by Protected Wilderness
A short walk from Glacier Ridge Guest Ranch & Resort, the forest begins to thin as it approaches the shimmering blue water of Dickey Lake. This is a remote corner of America—the closest city is Eureka about 15 miles north—but the lake campground still fills up quickly in the summer months. Hiking trails crisscross the forest, and a grassy beach leads down to a swimming area set against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks. The same natural beauty surrounds the resort’s cluster of green-roofed cabins, which borders a small pond about an hour’s drive west of Glacier National Park.
Glacier Ridge’s six cabins are comfortably furnished inside, with wall-to-wall carpeting and modern appliances in each full kitchen. Wood stoves and log tables hint at the region’s frontier past, but there’s a flat-screen TV and DVD player in each living room and jacuzzi tubs in both family houses. The Big Sky family house ups the ante with central heat and air, a two-car garage, and a bar area where tenants can host mixers for local mountain goats. Each cabin overlooks the property’s pond or wetlands, with views of the Rocky Mountains in the distance.
A restaurant in the main lodge dishes up hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner to guests who haven’t spoiled their appetites at the onsite soda fountain. There are also two bars—a traditional one serving beer and wine, and a whimsical “soap bar” selling pie slices and other items made entirely of soap. The lodge rents out kayaks for paddling across the private pond, and can easily set up horseback and snowmobile tours depending on the season.
Northwestern Montana: Alpine Adventure Under the Big Sky
Tucked into a valley between Glacier National Park and the Kootenai National Forest, Glacier Ridge Guest Ranch is an ideal base for exploring the region’s plentiful scenic drives and hiking trails. If you have your passport, you can also take advantage of Waterton Lakes National Park across the border in Alberta, where you can find the same natural grandeur but with a fraction of the crowds. If you do go to Glacier, the historical Red Bus Tours are a fun and hassle-free way to take in the sights. Restored from their original 1930s design, the open-air coaches let riders feel the wind in their hair as they're driven through the park.