To experience a unique town, Hungry Horse, Montana is definitely worth a visit when traveling on your way to Glacier National Park, making the perfect home base for your vacation.
- Hungry Horse, Montana is the perfect home base for your Glacier vacation
- Only 11 minutes from Glacier National Park
- Food and lodging is available in town
- Hike the trails in the area to get out into the backcountry
- Fish the Hungry Horse Reservoir
- Tour the Hungry Horse Dam
Hungry Horse, Montana offers you the chance to really experience a wonderful western town in the northwest part of the state. Take a break and try out a huckleberry milkshake, famous in this region.
Hungry Horse is only 9 miles south of the western entrance to Glacier National Park, on US Highway 2, in northwestern Montana.
This small town has a couple of great restaurants where you can stop for a meal. Grab a pizza for lunch or get some real home-cooked food to sustain you for the rest of your journey.
Lodging in Hungry Horse is known for its hospitality and affordability. Get a rustic cabin with scenic views, stay at a guest ranch or move into a comfortable hotel or motel. You’ll find a convenient Bed & Breakfast is also a great place to stay.
On the Great Northern hike, you will do an out-and-back 8-mile trek through timber and along goat trails. You’ll need to be well conditioned for this hike. The scenery is spectacular. Find a number of trails within Glacier National Park too, for more adventure. There are even more trails available in the national forests and wilderness areas surrounding Hungry Horse.
- Whitewater Rafting
South Fork Flathead River offers up some incredible paddling, and there is plenty of Class I river to navigate. Before you tackle the Class III and IV rapids of the Meadow Creek Gorge, however, you must be an expert. Other parts of the Flathead River also offer up Class II, III, and IV rapids for those who want to have an exciting adventure in Montana.
Fishing the Hungry Horse Reservoir will provide you with lots of trout, and best of all, a breathtaking backdrop, with the mountain peaks towering above. From May through the month of November is the best time to catch cutthroat and whitefish.
On the Hungry Horse Reservoir, you’ll find 10 boat ramps that give you access to the water, and you can actually boat in to some of the campgrounds surrounding the reservoir. If the water is low, try the Abbot Bay ramp, which is the longest on the east side and can get you into the water. Lost Johnny Point is on the west side and is also a long ramp for low waters.
- Hungry Horse Dam
Tour the Hungry Horse Dam to see this – the tenth highest dam in the United States. At the visitor’s center you can also see interactive exhibits and learn about the dam’s construction.
- International Larix Arboretum
This arboretum, although small at 1.2 acres, is worth a visit. There are 600 trees of different species. View the European Larch, Japanese Larch and Subalpine Larch trees.
To get to Glacier National Park from Hungry Horse, you simply get on US Highway 2 and take Going to the Sun Highway, which will take you through the park on the most scenic drive imaginable. It only takes 11 minutes to get to Glacier Park from Hungry Horse.