FAQs

Q. How far to each entrance to the park?

It is 25 miles to West Glacier (driving time approx. 30 minutes). It is 28 miles to East Glacier (driving time approx. 30 minutes), going over the continental divide at Marias Pass.

Q. How many days do you think I need to see the park?

At least three days to one week.

Q. Are there guest laundry facilities?

Yes, coin operated washers and dryers are located in the building across from the lodge. Quarters can be purchased at the front desk. Soap, bleach, and fabric softener are also available for purchase. Laundry Room hours are 7am – 9pm.

Q. Is hiking available without having to drive from the Izaak?

Yes. There are some amazing hikes in the Great Bear Wilderness and access to Glacier National Park is 1/4 mile away at Walton Ranger Station. The most popular hikes are Marion Lake and Scalplock Lookout. In addition all of our XC ski trails make wonderful scenic hiking adventures, while staying close to the inn. Please visit the Forest Service's website for more details.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/flathead/recreation/fishing/recarea/?recid=77673&actid=51

Q. Is there a store nearby?

We have a full service restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Snacks, chips and gum are available for purchase at the front desk. Essex proper has limited services, other than the Inn.

Q. Is there cell phone coverage? How about WIFI?

There is no cell service in Essex. Complimentary wifi is available at the Inn, however it is very limited.

Q. How do I get to the hotel after I get off the train? Will there be someone there?

Yes. When you book your reservation, we will ask you how you are arriving. If by Amtrak, we will arrange our courtesy van to greet you at the platform, no matter what time the train arrives.

Q. Amtrak tells me that Essex is not a baggage stop, what if I want to bring my skis or large luggage?

The Amtrak conductors are quite familiar with Essex, Montana and the Izaak Walton Inn, bring whatever you like, and they will accommodate your bags.

Q. Is there indoor entertainment?

Yes. We have a revolving library of books in our lobby, several board games, decks of cards, a ping pong table, pool table, and puzzles for loads of family fun. Satelite television is available in the Flagstop Bar.

Q. How far it is to town?

Columbia Falls is the closest city with substantial services year round. It is 45 minutes west of Essex. West Glacier has services available only during the summer season. If you travel by Amtrak, car rentals are available at the front desk. If you plan on renting a car, please reserve at least two weeks in advance. Call our front deak at 406.888.5700.

Q. Is the Inn Handicap accessible?

The First floor of the Inn is accessible via chair lift.  Four Great Northern rooms and the Dining Car Restaurant are located on the first floor. Please ask the front desk for assistance when arriving.

Q. Is the Izaak a good location for a business retreat?

Yes. The Izaak Walton is an ideal location for a business retreat. We can accommodate meetings of up to 50 people in our Signal meeting room.

Q. Is there a pub or bar?

Yes. The Flagstop Bar is an excellent place to see train memorabilia, enjoy family table games like pool or just relax and have a cocktail.