Activities in the Flathead, Montana

Practically every time someone books a retreat or stay with us, they send us an email asking us what activities they can do while we’re here. So…we created a list!

Whitefish

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Encompassing over 3,000 acres, including the Big Mountain backdrop of the city, Whitefish Mountain Resort is one of the top ski resorts in Montana and a year-round adventure destination.

Glacier National Park

Trail of the Cedars

Hike The Trail of The Cedars

There are so many great day hikes in Glacier (there are over 700 miles of trails!) and this is a great trail to start with. It is very popular and the trail itself is wide and well marked so you won’t get lost. It is also short so gives you a chance to warm yourself up for a couple longer hikes.

Apgar Nature Center

Apgar Nature Center

The nature center features interactive activities for kids: children can feel a grizzly bear’s fur, listen and identify birds by their “songs” or create their own puppet show. Educational displays detail plants found in the park and teach about the habitats of the vast array of wildlife. Ranger-led talks and other programs are held in the outdoor seating area.

Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park, is the major hub of activity on the west side. Carved out by massive glaciers thousands of years ago, the valley is home to the rustic Lake McDonald Lodge – one of the park’s most popular accommodations – and several historic chalets.

Kalispell

Conrad Mansion Museum

Conrad Mansion Museum

The Conrad Mansion Museum is located in Kalispell’s east side residential area atop a bluff overlooking the valley and the Swan mountain range. The home sits on three landscaped acres, surrounded by a dry stone fence with iron gates.

desoto grill

The DeSoto Grill

At the Desoto Grill in the wilderness-surrounded town of Kalispell, Montana, the specialty is “Montana Barbecue.” Housed within a quirky former blacksmith shop that dates back to the year 1910, the barbecue restaurant offers made-from-scratch sauces, rubs, sides, and desserts. The unique local Montana dining establishment invites people of all ages to “step out of the ordinary” and into its “funky Forge building” to experience their “custom deluxe barbecue.” 

Big Fork

Bigfork Farmers Market

Bigfork Farmers' Market

No small town is complete without a seasonal farmer’s market that brings the freshest local produce as well as arts and crafts to the town center. Bigfork is fortunate to have two markets!

The original Bigfork Farmers’ Market is on Wednesdays.

Whistling Andy

Whiskey Tastings

Located in stunning northwest Montana, Whistling Andy Distilling meticulously handcrafts the finest in innovative and classic spirits. They are dedicated to sourcing from the area and creating spirits as pleasing to the palate as the land is to the eye.

Recreational Activities in the Flathead, Montana

Whitefish

ATV Rental

ATV Rental

Explore Montana with our ATV rentals! An original in the ATV market, 4-wheelers are still the most fun and most sought-after method for exploring Montana’s stunning forests.

Paddlefish Sports

Paddlefish Sports

EASY. FUN. CONVENIENT. AFFORDABLE! Since 2012. NW Montana, right on Whitefish Lake, City Beach. We have paddleboards & kayaks for rent, from the industry’s leading manufacturers.

Glacier National Park

Rafting

Rafting

Several raft companies operate commercially guided raft trips on the Middle Fork and North Fork of the Flathead River. Both forks are within the Flathead Wild and Scenic River designation and are jointly managed by Glacier National Park and the Flathead National Forest. These raft companies have permits from the US Forest Service

Fishing

Fishing

Check Montana fly fishing off your bucket list with a Full Day Glacier National Park Trip. You’ll fish on either the Middle Fork or North Fork of the Flathead River, which form Glacier National Park’s southwestern border. Guides are very knowledgeable. If you don’t have much experience they are happy to teach you. These trips last all day and include a delicious, largely locally sourced and organic lunch on the river. The North and Middle Forks of the Flathead River typically become fishable around the end of June and remain enjoyable into autumn. Bring your own gear or use your guide’s.

Kalispell

Cycling

Cycling

Basically, any kind of riding you want, it’s around here. There are some seriously dedicated people around here who keep expanding the off-road trails, and there are great road routes in basically every direction.

art camp

Summer Art Classes For Kids

6 Great programs to choose from. Visit the site for more information.

dance camp

Summer Dance Camps

3 Different programs to choose from. Visit the site for more information.

Big Fork

Skiing

Skiing

We are surrounded by some of the best skiing you could ever ask for, including Crane Mountain and the Bigfork Community Nordic Center which maintains a large system of trails for snowshoers, x-c skiers and racers next to the Swan Mountains on Jewel Basin and Foothills Road.

Llama treks

Horseback and Llama trekking

Take a trail ride through one of the most beautiful places in Montana on horseback or even llama back (yes, llama trekking is a thing!). Choose from short, two-hour trips to day trips to pack rides that last a week or more.

Festivals in Flathead

Whitefish

Under the big sky festival

Under the Big Sky Festival

Under The Big Sky celebrates the tradition of gathering friends and family together under open skies to listen to music. The festival explores the breadth and legacy of Americana, taking in both traditional and contemporary takes on our country’s rich musical traditions, across two stages in naturally formed amphitheaters on the ranch.

Whitefish Arts Festival

Whitefish Arts Festival

Artists from across the country are represented in the Whitefish Arts Festival. Metal sculptures, paintings and photography, woodworking, pottery, jewelry, clothing, and home decorations are just some of the featured fine arts. There is always a variety of Montana style art available. All of the art is handmade.

Glacier National Park

Isle of WIght Festival

Isle of Wight Festival

The legendary Isle of Wight Festival returns to Seaclose Park in Newport on the beautiful Isle of Wight from 17-20 June 2021 – kicking off the British festival season for the summer.

Isle of WIght Festival

Glacier National Park Photography Workshop

On this 5 day Summer Photography Workshop you will immerse yourself in some of the Rocky Mountains most scenic locations. With any luck we will also be able to photograph some of the the famous wildlife in Glacier National Park! You will be guided you to some of the most beautiful spots in the park including some off the beaten path, and provided with expert instruction on how best to capture the light and interesting compositions. The goal of the workshop is to give you the ability to explore, learn, and fine tune your photography skills both in the field as well in post processing development to bring your images to life.

Kalispell

Great Bear Festival

Great Bear Festival

You will have the opportunity to taste local and regional beers, wines, and hard ciders. Local food vendors will also be on hand offering a variety of culinary delights while local musicians, Mike Murray Duo and Luke Dowler & the Midnight Conversations, entertain throughout the event. The Great Bear Festival will have something for everyone.

Celtic Festival

Flathead Celtic Festival

The Flathead Celtic Festival is an organization dedicated to promoting, preserving, and exposing our community to Celtic culture for the educational benefit of the people in this region and its visitors.

We provide education by exposing locals and visitors to music, dance, history, ancestry, language, food, crafts, and traditional athletic events in public venues as well as utilizing the corporation’s website to provide facts, statistics, and other related data on Celtic Nations.

Big Fork

Festival of Arts

Bigfork Festival of Arts

Over the years, the festival has grown steadily to its current size. In 2019, there were more than 140 booths representing a wide variety of arts and crafts by nationally and internationally recognized artists and craftsmen. Festival attendance is estimated to be more than 6,000.

Whitewater Festival

Whitewater Festival

This is the longest running event in Bigfork and is one that the entire Flathead Valley looks forward to each year. Participants come from around the world to race. Spectators are also a huge part of this festival and come to enjoy the races and other events held in town.