Stay With Me Through September
Fading into Fall near Glacier Park
Much to the chagrin of many of our guests, the vast majority of high-country cows, and nearly every newly-in-love twenty-something in the St. Mary Valley- Summer doesn't last. The season dwindles with the light as August comes to a close and the Rocky Mountain Front begins its occasionally abrupt segue into fall. The days get cooler, the evenings crisper, and by early September snow will begin to make its way back to the peaks to the west, and will occasionally visit us on our lawns and unsuspecting tomato plants. It's my favorite time of year.
There are fewer folks to navigate around in the Park, and the animals are putting hard work into gorging themselves in preparation for winter. Elk bugle their silvered call up and down the valley, while the moose search the drying marshes for a mate before winter.
Nearly all the trails are still open in September, and the haze from far-off forest fires has generally been knocked down by the incoming cold fronts. (For current and accurate updates on the current west-side fires, check out our good friends Glacier Guides and Montana Raft on social media.)
What's Open On The East Side of Glacier Park In September?
Many of the local restaurants and businesses close down around mid-September, but there are a few hardy souls that keep their doors open year-round. Duck Lake Lodge and the Leanin' Tree serve up delicious grub in every season. The St. Mary Grocery Store has limited fresh food available, but there is always enough to pick from to cook a meal in our Cosley or Sunrift Cabins. Best of all, the park is always open!
We are planning to do some special pricing for the start of the "shoulder season" so be sure to follow us on Facebook or Instagram if you're looking for a deal this September!
If you need any more encouragement, listen to the sage words of local legend Corb Lund: