April 12, 2019 - Friday
Signs of spring
The usual signs of spring are showing up in Glacier country. The bears are starting to emerge from hibernation and the Sun Road plows are coming out of hibernation too. I'm not sure where to find the bears, but I do enjoy following the plows:
Be advised, due to the resurfacing project on Going to the Sun Road, Logan Pass will not be accessible before June 21 at the earliest.
And the big question we are starting to hear is when will the Highline Trail into Granite Park be open? The answer to that is no one knows. Typically it is sometime in the first week of July, but Mother Nature always has final say.
If it helps, here are the Highline Trail opening dates from the last ten years:
July 4, 2018; July 6, 2017; July 6, 2016; July 1, 2015; July 17, 2014; July 13, 2013; July 27, 2012; July 29, 2011; July 9, 2010; July 3, 2009.
We are looking forward to getting on the trail with you.
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.