January 10, 2019 - Thursday
What an amazing week it has been. It feels so amazing to see first hand how many people care about the little chalets in Glacier National Park.
If you have not heard back on your reservation request, sorry, we know that Email can get held up for a variety of reasons. Check your junk mail folder just in case. All successful reservation will also be getting a confirmation by postal mail.
If we were not able to award your reservation, we are so very sorry. We know you love the chalet and Glacier and that you planned for a long time. It breaks our heart too. Please don't give up all hope. We know that cancellations and new openings do happen for lots of different reasons. Keep checking back periodically through the spring.
We appreciate you! Thanks for your enthusiasm and we are looking forward to all the exciting adventures that will be happening this summer.
January 7, 2019 - Monday
We are very sorry for the technical problems with the opening of our reservations this morning. Our website ought to be recovering and we are currently taking reservation requests.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Here in the office we learned some good lessons today about being prepared for contingencies and being adaptable. Lessons that can apply to the mountains too. We are also learning some new website management techniques to help us with the unprecedented number of people trying to reach us.
We are grateful for everyone that enjoys Granite Park Chalet and wants to join us here.
January 4, 2019 - Friday
We are excited and looking forward to helping you with 2019 reservations, starting Monday, January 7 at 8:00 am Mountain Time zone.
The current government shutdown is not changing our plans or schedule. We are accepting reservations on the assumption that Glacier National Park will be open during our summer operating season.
The reservation request form will be available on our website beginning at 8:00 am. Any early requests are discarded.
We recommend that you use our website rather than call. The phone line is sure to be congested and it will be difficult to connect with us. The only phone help we can provide is to enter your information into the online form for you. Going straight to the website yourself will get you better results.
All requests are filled on a first come first served basis. Once you have entered a request there is nothing to be gained from more requests, your first submission will have the best chance at success. Be sure to tell us all your potential stay dates and contingencies.
We personally review all incoming requests and the process can sometimes take several days. Thank you for your patience.
Please be mindful that Granite Park Chalet is the smallest hotel in Glacier National Park and has the shortest operating season. We wish we could serve everyone that wants to stay with us but we know we will not have enough occupancy. If we are unable to create a reservation for you right away, keep checking back through the spring. Cancellations and new openings are common, there may yet be an opportunity if you have patience and persistence.
November 27, 2018 - Tuesday
Planning for 2019
Dates: Granite Park Chalet will be open from June 29 through September 8, 2019.
We will begin accepting reservations on January 7, 2019. 8:00 am Mountain Time Zone.
This website is the best, fastest, and easiest way to request a reservation. The online form will be available 8:00 am January 7. Early requests are discarded. The phone line will be congested and slower than online requests. We are usually able to process all the incoming requests within a few days.
We are still finalizing the 2019 fares with the National Park Service. We will have that information to you as soon as possible.
We are looking forward to seeing you next year.
September 12, 2018 - Wednesday
Thanks for a wonderful summer
Looking back on all the great hiking, the chalet camaraderie, the beautiful sights encountered, and even the way Mother Nature inconvenienced us with fire. I think it is fair to say, it has been a richly lived summer at Granite Park Chalet. Glacier has given us all a good adventure in 2018, thanks for joining us.
September 6, 2018 - Thursday
West Side Shuttles
Going to the Sun Road remains closed on the west side of the park, however, the National Park Service will begin operating shuttle service between Apgar Visitor Center and Logan Pass starting Friday the 7th.
You can learn more about using the shuttle through the west side closure here:
Space on the shuttle will be limited. Granite Park Chalet guests should contact our office to arrange standby seating to help you get your hike started.
The Highline Trail from Logan Pass is open. The Swiftcurrent Pass Trail from Many Glacier is open. The Loop Trail remains closed and the shuttle will not be stopping at The Loop.
Conditions have been beautiful up at Granite Park the past week, we have been enjoying some lovely September weather. Be sure to bring a comfortable warm layer for the evenings and mornings. The skies have been clear lately, but the Howe Ridge Fire is still not controlled. The fire could flair up again and weather and winds could change the air quality without warning. We are staying optimistic and looking forward to your visit.
August 25, 2018 - Saturday
Granite Park update
Granite Park Chalet is open, you can reach us on the Highline Trail from Logan pass and on the Swiftcurrent Pass trail from Many Glacier. Be prepared for cooler weather and occasional rain showers for the remainder of the season.
Going to the Sun Road remains closed on the west side between Apgar and Logan Pass and the Loop Trail remains closed. If you are trying to reach Granite Park from the west side you will need to add about three hours to your travel plans to use Highway 2 and access the park from the east at St Mary. We continue to recommend using the shuttle system as parking is challenging at Logan Pass.
A new wildfire has erupted near the U.S. Canadian border. If you are planning to travel north into Waterton Lakes National Park, all areas are currently closed except for Waterton Townsite. Any Granite Park visitors planning to hike north be advised that all trails out of Goat Haunt are now closed. More information about the Boundary Fire can be found here:
Air quality remains hit or miss. Wind direction and weather conditions determine if the air quality is clear or hazy at Granite Park. We have been using the webcams to monitor air quality.
In spite of the fires and road closure, we are still looking forward to a few more weeks of fun hiking and exploring around Granite Park Chalet.
Be safe out there.
August 13, 2018 - Monday
Granite Park Chalet is OPEN. However, recent new wildfires in Glacier may impact your travel and hiking plans.
Going to the Sun Road is currently closed on the west side of the park. Granite Park Chalet can be reached from the east side St. Mary access to Logan Pass and along the Highline Trail, or from Many Glacier over the Swiftcurrent Pass trail.
If you were already planning to access Granite Park Chalet from the east, carry on, we will see you there. Be advised that you will not be able to use the Loop Trail to depart. We recommend using the shuttle system for access to Logan Pass.
If you are coming from the west side of the park, you will need to add a couple hours to your plans and travel to the St. Mary entrance via Highway 2. Again, we suggest using the shuttle for Logan Pass access.
Unexpected wildfires are a fact of nature here in Glacier. Being adaptable is a good skill to foster for wilderness visits.
Be safe out there.
July 29, 2018 - Sunday
Summer at Granite Park Chalet
We are enjoying an amazing summer of hiking and mountain adventures. All the trails in and out of the chalet are open, Granite Park Chalet is a great hiking destination.
The weather has been hot and dry, so bring extra water on your hike. Snacks will help too.
Roads and parking are very crowded, we recommend the park shuttle system. The first 7:00am runs from Apgar Transit Center are express routes to Logan Pass. The last bus departs Logan Pass at 7:00pm.
Just because the weather was hot and dry last week does not mean it will stay that way. Hike smart; check the forecast and conditions before setting off into the backcountry. Think about bringing some extras like sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, even a light jacket for high country wind.