Glacier Outdoor Center Blog

Posted: October 21st, 2013 by kali

The trees begin to loose their leaves and businesses close for the season. But the fall colors are too good to miss!

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Going to the sun road in fall

Posted: September 21st, 2013 by kali

last raft trip of 2013

Today, September 21st marks our last raft trip of the season.  And what a great season it was!  Thank you to all of those who were able to be a part of our amazing summer!

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We appreciate being a part of your 2013 vacation.  We hope we provided you with awesome, unforgettable memories.  As always, we enjoyed our guests and sharing this wonderful place with you all.

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Have a fun winter and come see us next year!

Posted: September 10th, 2013 by kali


Whichever way reviews come, we love them all!  Check out a few of our latest reviews -

Glacier Anglers Trip Advisor
We had a 3 person 4 day fly fishing trip on the Upper Middle Fork with Marc. Best fly fishing trip ever. The equipment was all in good shape. Marc knows the river like the back of his hand, pointing out an innumerable number of good places to catch fish. We were killing them! In addition, we got some class 4 & 5 whitewater on the trip and he was masterful with the raft. Great places to camp and great weather just capped off a wonderful trip.

Glacier Raft Co Facebook
Never went rafting before but am now PUMPED! Ryan, our river guide, had an impressive resume as son of folks who own a rafting company in W. Virginia…and a history of rafting himself since he was a kid! OK, I’m old (68) and a woman whose interest in adventure takes a slow downhill slide on a yearly basis. What I loved at West Glacier was that our river run was both tranquil, exciting and WHOO HOO exhilerating from time to time. This was an occasion that fit our family group–grandma, kids, and grandkids–without being TOO Tame…and has convinced me to push the envelope next time. FANTASTIC experience wrapped up with a super steak dinner at the end. Ah, the Huckleberry Cheese Cake was to DIE FOR! THE BEST ADVENTURE FOR THE MONEY IN GLACIER NAT’L Park!

Glacier Outdoor Center Cabins
At the end of June our family of 4 adults and 2 young kids were doing a quick tour of Glacier National Park. Idea was to stay in a different location each night and explore the area each day. Our first stop was West Glacier and we decided to stay at the Glacier Outdoor Center Cabins this time to try and avoid a little of the congestion in West Glacier and Apgar Village. We were overwhelmed by how nice, clean and BIG the cabins were! It was shoulder season so we got a 2-story new construction cabin with sleeping room for at least 10 people for the same price we would have paid for a tiny/outdated/thin walled room or cabin in Apgar. There was a full kitchen with all the necessary utensils/plates/coffee/sugar etc. There were gas fire places downstairs in the “family room” and upstairs in the kitchen. We used the fireplace at night for the down stairs as it was a bit chilly. Cabin had 2 full bathrooms, 2 queen beds in each of the 2 bedrooms and 2-3 sofa sleepers. There was a great upstairs balcony with outdoor seating just off the kitchen and separate entrances on both levels. There was even a bbq, wish we had known- would have stopped at the grocery store on the main highway on the way in to get something to grill! There was nothing we needed…but more time! After seeing the lovely cabin with such comfortable accommodations we wished we had booked a longer stay- one night was not enough! The grounds were beautiful, grassy areas to play, a pond with geese within a short walk from our cabin, sand volleyball court, huge towering pines and cottonwood trees (that were “snowing” when we were there!) Location is perfect- t was literally a 3 min drive to West Glacier shops/restaurants and the entrance to GNP. And as an added bonus we got a discount on our white water rafting trips just for staying with them. Now that we know about this secret location, we will definitely be back and next time we will have to stay longer and have more time to explore and enjoy the area.

Posted: September 10th, 2013 by kali

whitewater rafting montana

What a great season!  As we wrap up our 37th year here in West Glacier, we are thankful for a summer that provided us with incredible weather and river levels.

In case you didn’t get a chance to see them while you were in Montana, check out your trip photos. You can order them online or give us a call at 800-235-6781 to order digital photos!

We appreciate being a part of your 2013 vacation.  We hope we provided you with awesome, unforgettable memories.  As always, we enjoyed our guests and sharing this wonderful place with you all.

Have a fun winter and come see us next year!

Posted: August 27th, 2013 by kali

whitewater rafting Looking for a fun family outing before the kids go back to school? Join us for a whitewater trip adjacent to Glacier National Park. Mention this e-newsletter and all students go on a half-day whitewater trip for our youth price!

Posted: August 19th, 2013 by kali

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We know you are busy paddling, laughing and enjoying every single moment of your whitewater adventure with us, so if you didn’t have time to snap an action shot of yourself—don’t worry. We take care of that too! We have professional photographers snap photos of your group at the most exciting spot along the way.

Digital photos of your raft trip are available for purchase immediately following your trip. Once you get home, your rafting trip photos will also be available for purchase at our online photo sales site. Just find the date on our website and the name of your guide to find pictures of your trip.

Here’s the best deal! Order a DVD of ALL of your whitewater rafting digital images for $57 including shipping and handling. To purchase the DVD just call us directly at 800.235.6781

Say cheese and remember your trip forever with these photos!

Posted: August 15th, 2013 by kali


Looking to hit all the stops in Glacier Park for your family vacation?  Glacier Park Inc. has you covered.  Check out their Great Glacier Adventure Tour which will have you staying at many of the Park’s lodges, enjoying day hikes and traveling around in an iconic Red Bus.  And not to mention you have a day full of casting and rafting with Glacier Anglers and Glacier Raft Co!  You start with a 2 hour fly fishing lesson from one of our great guides and then hit the river for a half day of whitewater rafting.  This tour is a great way to experience what Glacier Park has to offer without having to plan everything separately.



Posted: July 19th, 2013 by kali

whtiewater-rafting-glacier-national-park-webWhat could be better on a hot summer day than a whitewater trip on the Middle Fork of the Flathead? Cool off even more in an inflatable kayakor sport raft! Join us while the whitewater is at its peak for fun in the sun!


Posted: July 1st, 2013 by kali

Happy Canada Day to our neighbors to the North!  What better way to spend the day then Whitewater Rafting on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.

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canada day 2013

canada day 2013


Posted: June 21st, 2013 by kali

Trip Advisor

We always appreciate guests who review us on TripAdvisor!  Here is a recent review from a guest… wondering whether to go when the weather is cold and rainy?  Don’t worry; our guides have you covered from clothes to entertainment!

“Awesome experience”

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2013 NEW

We did a full day trip with our 13 & 14 year old kids. It was raining and only 50 degrees. They provided wetsuits & booties. We managed the whole 16 mile rafting without a problem. The guides were up beat & so friendly. Very knowledgeable of the area and history of the park. Our whole family loved it, in spite of the weather conditions. Would recommend rain or shine.