Summer Activities

Railfan Destination

Railfans enjoy staying at the Izaak Walton Inn located in Essex, Montana because of the close proximity to the BNSF Railway and Great Northern Railway History. The Amtrak Empire Builder stops at our ‘flagstop’ platform twice a day. We will pick you up and drop you off at the platform with our courtesy shuttle.

The Inn is decorated throughout with railroad memorabilia.

On occasion a special train will pass by the Inn. Most recently the Southern Pacific 4449 passed by on July 5th. This train is the only surviving example of Southern Pacific Railroad’s GS-4 class of steam locomotives. 

Authentic Sun Tours

Sun Tours provides a Blackfeet perspective tour through Glacier National Park over Going-to-the-Sun Road. The tour narrative concentrates on Glacier's natural features relevant to the Blackfeet Nation, past and present. Spiritual and philosophical perspectives are interpreted in Blackfoot life in the buffalo days as well as modern times, commonly used plants and roots for nutrition and medicine are pointed out. Our guides are life residents of the reservation, knowledgeable in many facets of Blackfeet tribal history and culture.

These deluxe motor coaches, depart from our Inn at 8am and enter Glacier National Park via the East entrance then travel to St. Mary, over the Going-to-the-Sun Road, to Logan Pass when open, and to Big bend and return. Lunch will be in St. Mary and then travel back through Browning with the Views of the Tribal Buffalo herd.

Tours vary depending on the accessibility of the Going-To-The-Sun road. These tours will be available every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. 

Please call the front desk for booking information 406-888-5700.

Whitewater Rafting

Wild River Adventures run the Middle and North Fork of the Flathead River, two of Montana’s pristine rivers. These rivers form the southern and western boundaries of Glacier National Park. They are protected as Wild and Scenic Rivers, thus insuring that they will remain free flowing and untamed. These glacial fed waters rank as some of the cleanest rivers in the world.

On the adventure trips one often sees deer, mountain goats, osprey, and eagles. The river rapids on the Middle Fork were featured in the hit movie ‘A River Wild’. These river trips offer something for the entire family. In order to help you pick the ideal trip, we have divided our river raft tours into three categories:

Slow ’N Easy

No experience necessary. Class I rapids, calm water with a few small waves. Great for families with young children, photographers, wildlife watchers, and fishing.

Family Friendly

No experience necessary. Great for first timers and family groups. Primarily Class II-III+ rapids, fun, exciting waves separated by calm sections.

Wet ’N Wild

Guaranteed to get you wet! Geared for those with previous rafting experience or those who want to go for the gusto. Class II-IV rapids often run in small rafts or inflatable kayaks.

Wild River Adventures picks-up at the Inn on Tuesday and Thursdays for both 1/2 Day and Full Day Guided Whitewater Trips.  Scenic float trips are more easy-going and are also available on Tuesday and Thursdays.

If guests do not require pick-up at the Inn, whitewater rafting trips are available 7 days a week in West Glacier. 

Reservations are required. Please contact the front desk for booking  and rate information 406-888-5700. 

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is said to be "one of Mother Nature's best work", it's definitely not to be missed.  We are located halfway between the East and West entrances of the park, just a quick  30 minute drive in either direction. For more information on planning your trip to Glacier National Park, please visit: 

Red Bus Tours

The Red Bus Jammer Tours are available for trips departing from Apgar Village, West Entrance of the Park and the East Entrance of the Park, plus several other locations in and around Glacier National Park.

There are several different trips.  Please contact the Front Desk for more information.  Guests are responsible for their own transportation.

Scenic Boat Tours

Glacier Park Boat Company will take on a one-of-a-kind tour of the scenery of Glacier National Park.  Leaving from several different locations in Glacier National Park, taking a boat tour is the relaxing way to experience the beauty of the park.

There are several tours and rates vary.  Please contact the Front Desk for more information.  Guests are responsible for their own transportation.

Helicopter Tours

There are several helicopter tour companies available that offer scenic tours taking you over the peaks of Glacier National Park allowing you to view its beauty in a way that few have ever seen before.

Rates vary.  Please contact the Front Desk for more information.  Guests are responsible for their own transportation.

Horseback Riding

Join Snowy Creek Outfitters for a 1/2 day or Full Day trail ride into the Bob Marshall Wilderness.  Rides go during rain or shine.  Reservations are required.  All levels of riders are welcome.  Minimum age of 6 years old.

Trail rides are available Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays during the peak season months.  Transportation is included.  Snowy Creek will pick up our guests from the Inn.


1/2 day Trail Ride $125/person 4-5 hours
Full Day Trail Ride $175/person 8-9 hours 

**It is recommended that guests bring a variety of clothing layers, snacks, and good closed-toed shoes.