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Where to Stay Near Glacier National Park: The Best Hotels, Dude Ranches, and Glamping Sites

From lakeside yurts to rustic log cabins, these are the coolest accommodations near the Montana park.

Glacier National Park, situated along the border between Montana and Canada, is simply breathtaking. It’s home to azure alpine lakes, ornery grizzly bears, enormous moose, and, of course, the iconic Going to the Sun Road, easily one of the prettiest in the entire country. The park has become so popular in recent years that the Park Service just reinstated its day-use quota, tacking on the Two Medicine and Many Glacier areas to its list of places requiring vehicle reservations in 2023.

As such, it’s more important than ever to plan ahead and book a place to stay early if you’re hoping to recreate in “the crown of the continent.” This list offers a little something for every kind of Montana traveler. From Wild West dude ranches and rustic log cabins to exclusive retreats serving chef-driven small plates, you’ll be able to hit the hay comfortably after busy days hiking in Glacier National Park

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Restored barn listed on Airbnb

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Luxe 1906 Barn

The vibe: Refurbished homestead with mountain views
Bed & bath: 2 bedrooms, 3 baths
Top amenities: Phenomenal deck views, full kitchen, washer and dryer
Best for: Families staying on the east side

Rustic wood walls and a shingled exterior pair perfectly with plush bedding and warm-toned rugs at this real-deal barn turned vacation rental in the Blackfeet Reservation on the eastern edge of Glacier. With ample space to spread out and unwind after hiking to brilliantly blue alpine lakes, this two-story home can comfortably sleep up to eight. Sip your morning coffee while enjoying panoramic mountain views from the upper deck or enjoy a relaxing bath before bedtime. Either way, you’ll be a stone’s throw from top sights like Two Medicine Lake and Going to the Sun Road.

Après Whitefish Hotel Montana

Megan Crawford

Après Whitefish

The vibe: Bohemian boutique hotel
Bed & bath: 1 bedroom, 1 bath
Top amenities: Sauna, gear storage, lobby espresso bar
Best for: Adventurous budget-conscious travelers

Après Whitefish prides itself on being a “thoughtfully curated boutique hotel” with wallet-friendly pricing, and we’re here for it. Just opened in 2022, the rooms here are simple yet comfortable, with custom artwork, free Wi-Fi, plush linens, and writing desks, but the communal areas are where Après shines. After a day of hiking to Avalanche Lake, kick back with a locally roasted coffee from the espresso bar, listen to records on a midcentury sofa, or cozy up to new friends around the firepit and in the sauna. If it was up to us, more national park gateway towns would have a hip, young hotel like this.

The Firebrand Hotel

Noah Couser

Firebrand Hotel

The vibe: Modern spa rooms near the slopes
Bed & bath: 1 bedroom, 1 bath
Top amenities: Rooftop hot tub, ski valet, free bicycle and snowshoe use
Best for: A couples’ spa and park vacay

Amenities abound at this modern oasis situated in the heart of downtown Whitefish. Want to hit a yoga class then soak in a rooftop hot tub? They’ve got you covered. Hoping to sip bubbly in a cozy igloo with a view? Yep, they’ve got that too. Guest rooms here are standard hotel fare–clean neutrals, walk-in showers, and well-placed writing desks–but it’s the thoughtful extras, like free airport shuttles, a game library, on-site spa, and ski storage that are truly impressive touches.

Revamped century-old house on Airbnb


Historic homestead with hot tub views

The vibe: Rugged cowboy chic
Bed & bath: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath
Top amenities: Hot tub, mountain views, playground, firepit
Best for: Families seeking quiet solitude

Not only is this updated, century-old homestead a photographer’s dream, it’s surrounded by sweeping, panoramic mountain views and boasts a deck-level hot tub for late-night stargazing. Inside, you’ll find bold but tasteful western decor (think black and white stills of whitetail deer and loads of reclaimed wood), as well as room for the whole family, all a mere 15 minutes from the national park.

Under Canvas Glacier

Bailey Made

Under Canvas Glacier

The vibe: Well-appointed safari tent oasis
Bed & bath: 1 bedroom, 1 bath
Top amenities: Organic bath products, woodburning stove, communal lounges
Best for: Glamping escape with your boo

Set in a tranquil conifer forest, these canvas safari tents offer everything you would expect from a luxe Under Canvas property: organic bath products, rustic wood furnishings by West Elm, and complimentary morning yoga, steps away from the national park. When you’re not lounging on your private deck or enjoying complimentary s’mores, the on-site experience coordinators can help you plan the perfect day inside the park.

Waterfront cabin on Airbnb


Waterfront island cabin

The vibe: Family-friendly fishing cabin
Bed & bath: 3 bedrooms, 1 bath
Top amenities: Private lake access, full kitchen, woodburning fireplace
Best for: Water sports with the kids

Ever wanted to run away to your own woodsy island retreat? Well, now you can. This three-bedroom cabin is nestled in a stand of towering pine trees on the western edge of Deer Island, making it the most secluded in the area. Outside, there are massive windows and a wrap-around deck, so you don’t miss a single sunset, while the home’s interior is adorned with colorful southwestern rugs, a wood-burning fireplace, and vintage fishing trinkets. A pontoon boat is available for use while visiting, ensuring you and your loved ones can travel to and fro with ease, plus you can rents kayaks nearby for easy exploring.

Montana log cabin on Airbnb


Vintage log cabin

The vibe: Your aunt’s funky vintage cabin
Bed & bath: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath
Top amenities: Full kitchen, grill, outdoor dining area
Best for: Artsy couples on a budget

Part of the joy of visiting a national park is immersing yourself in lodging as unique as the landscape. This authentic log cabin was once used by foresters, but has since been transformed into a funky retro wonderland, complete with gingham pillows, red-lacquered dining room chairs, and a private deck with a grill and mountain views. At under 10 minutes from the west entrance of Glacier National Park, this historic Airbnb getaway is the ideal place to snuggle up next to a wood-burning fireplace when your day of exploring is done.

Outlandish house in the trees on Airbnb


Meadowlark Treehouse

The vibe: Bespoke modern tree casita
Bed & bath: 1 bedroom, 1.5 bathrooms
Top amenities: Tempur-Pedic mattress, full kitchen, balcony dining
Best for: Whimsical families and woodsy couples

The Meadowlark Treehouse, crafted around a giant Douglas fir, is where luxury and fairyland collide, all within a 30-minute drive to Glacier. You’ll feel as though you’re tip-toeing through the halls of Hogwarts, ascending a spiral staircase to access the eat-in kitchen, private balcony, and tiled shower, while down below, guests have access to a fire pit, surrounded by Adirondack chairs.

The historic Many Glacier Hotel

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Many Glacier Hotel

The vibe: Historic national park lodge
Bed & bath: 1 bedroom, 1 bath
Top amenities: On-site dining, easy lake access, evening ranger programs
Best for: Outdoor lovers who want to stay inside the park

In a park known for its turn-of-the-century lodges inspired by Swiss Alps, the Many Glacier Hotel stands out as the crown jewel of the bunch. Set amidst jaw-dropping views of Swiftcurrent Lake, the property was partially renovated in 2016, though you’ll find no televisions or air conditioning here. Instead, the historic hotel beckons visitors to glean a more old-world experience of the park, with private bathrooms, easy access to dining options, and the same sky-high views of the Northern Rockies that have kept people coming back for generations.

Yurt listed on Airbnb


Luxury lakeside yurt

The vibe: Rustic yurt with modern amenities
Bed & bath: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath
Top amenities: Washer and dryer, private deck with grill and gas-powered firepit
Best for: Lakeside lounging

Mountain views abound at this lavish, two-bedroom yurt that’s packed to the brim with chic amenities like Miele appliances, fast Wi-Fi, a private wrap-around deck, fire pit, and stone-encrusted shower. Set on a farm at the northern end of stunning Flathead Lake, this canvas cabin feels like it’s a million miles from the city, while remaining under an hour’s drive to the bustling national park. 

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

The vibe: Mountain modern lodge with awesome extras 
Bed & bath: Varies by accommodation
Top amenities: Gas fireplaces, canoe use, heated pool, lakefront saunas
Best for: Summertime family fun in town and the park

With live music, yoga classes, and a “taprés ski” program (flights of draft beer with slider samplers), it’ll be hard to leave The Lodge at Whitefish Lake in search of some real wilderness. The main lodge building hosts a series of guest rooms, each appointed with a gas fireplace, private balcony, and flat-screen HDTV, while the property also offers a host of more premium options like lakefront condos with full kitchens and spacious luxury homes with floor-to-ceiling windows, pool tables, and soaking tubs.

The Nooq on Airbnb

The Nooq

The vibe: High-design Scandi ski chalet
Bed & bath: 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
Top amenities: Sonos speakers, craft coffee, Bosch kitchen
Best for: Ultra-luxe forest bathing

It’s a challenge to find anything as architectural and elegant as the Nooq in a land populated by antler chandeliers and rustic quilts, and the calming minimalism of this space helps accentuate the already glorious nature right outside the front door. A floating, wood-burning fireplace creates a mod focal point in the open-plan family room, while stainless steel appliances, Danish furnishings, cookware by Le Creuset, and a freestanding tub with mountain views elevate the rest of the space to a luxurious, tranquil retreat.

Whitefish, Montana, rental on VRBO


Quintessential Whitefish cabin

The vibe: Cozy rural couples’ cabin
Bed & bath: 1 bedroom, 1 bath
Top amenities: Outdoor dining nook, eat-in kitchen, flat screen TV, woodburning stove
Best for: Serenity and views, just outside of Whitefish

Named the friendliest city by Expedia users in 2021, Whitefish is the perfect base camp for outdoorsy travelers looking to explore Glacier National Park, and this quaint wooden cabin will make you feel instantly at ease. Little details are what makes this place so homey, like bird houses, colorful bursts of wildflowers, a private three-acre lake, bistro seating on the private patio, and warm-toned geometric rugs. Retire to your very own wood burning fireplace after taking in the sights on Going to the Sun Road.

Dancing Spirit Ranch

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Dancing Spirit Ranch

The vibe: Family-owned retreat center with hip rentals
Bed & bath: Varies by accommodation
Top amenities: Organic garden, porch views, paddleboards, kayaks
Best for: Traveling families and large groups seeking solitude

Whether you rent the two-person “little white house” or go all out on the seven-bedroom bunkhouse, you’re sure to fall for the inviting down-home charm of Dancing Spirit Ranch. This colorful trio of home rentals is full of rustic design accents (think vintage Persian rugs, rocking chairs, and exposed dark wood beams), plus modern amenities to match, like full bathrooms, organic bath products, and well-stocked kitchens. Best of all? All guests have access to the property’s huge organic garden for pick-your-own fruit and veggie feasts.

The Green O

Stuart Thurlkill

The Green O

The vibe: Adults-only architectural retreat
Bed & bath: 1 bedroom, 1 bath
Top amenities: Private hot tub, fireplace, included chef-driven meals
Best for: Special occasion couples’ getaway

Tucked into a shady pine grove at the southern edge of the 37,000-acre Paws Up Ranch, The Green O exudes luxury, serenity, and the chance to feel at home in nature, without foregoing a single creature comfort. Each of the 12 “Haus accommodations” possesses its own unique set of amenities—like floor-to-ceiling windows, forested hot tubs, cozy fireplaces, and reading nooks. Add to that the property’s live-fire menu, helmed by executive chef Brandon Cunningham, and a nature-centric spa for when you’ve had your fill, and it’ll be hard to ever want to leave. (Note, this is the farthest lodging option from the park, at about two hours south of the west entrance.)

Bar W Guest Ranch

Bar W Guest Ranch

Bar W Guest Ranch

The vibe: Log cabin dude ranch
Bed & bath: Varies by accommodation
Top amenities: Included meals, horseback riding, kitchenettes
Best for: Playing cowboy with the fam

A quintessential Montana dude ranch at its core, Bar W seamlessly blends homey western lodging (like framed antlers, bear-accented quilts, and roomy glamping tents) with a full suite of cowboy-centric activities like horseback riding, cattle herding, line dancing, and cookout dinners all included in a package stay. After a day exploring the park's hiking trails and chasing waterfalls inside the park (40 minutes away by car), soothe your tired bones in the property’s bubbling hot tub as a ranch hand serenades you with cowpoke tunes. Bonus: they just added 13 new “cabin suites” in larger log buildings for 2023.

If you're up for a more rugged experience on your next trip, consider camping in Glacier National Park—you can use our complete guide to plan it.