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Welcome to Glacier National Park. We are delighted that you have chosen to stay with us, and we look forward to being a part of your adventure. I am hopeful that you will experience a restorative and peaceful respite during your time here in Glacier. Glacier National Park Lodges is dedicated to upholding the balance between providing legendary hospitality with maintaining a softer footprint in one of the most Beautiful Places on Earth®. Our values reflect a deep environmental ethic, one where our business decisions are based upon a balance of economic viability and ecological responsibility. We also realize that participation by our guests is vital in helping us achieve our environmental goals. We invite you to aid us in our mission by reducing waste, recycling, conserving energy and water, and by providing us with feedback regarding our various environmental programs.

Our staff is ready to assist you in realizing an exciting and memorable experience, as well as making your safety our priority. If there is anything we have overlooked, or can do to make your stay more comfortable, please let a manager or associate know so that we may meet your needs and expectations.

Thank you for staying with us, and have a great time exploring Glacier!


Vicki Murphy
General Manager
Glacier National Park Lodges


You are Invited to Participate

In an effort to conserve the resources and preserve the beauty of Glacier National Park, we invite you to participate in our sustainability efforts.

Opt In Program

To decrease our carbon footprint and better utilize our resources, we have an opt-in program for housekeeping. At check-in guests can request daily housekeeping service. Otherwise, housekeeping will not service the room. The front desk will notify Housekeeping which rooms have requested stayover service.

If you have need for specific items rather than a full stayover service, please contact the Front Desk for assistance. Those items will be available for pick up at the desk or delivered to the room.

What can I Recycle?

Please utilize the recycling container in your room for the following items:

  • Aluminum Plastics (#1 Only)
  • Paper Cardboard Glass

These items will be collected by our housekeeping staff and sorted by our recycling coordinators. In addition, we are also able to recycle used batteries and used or unused bear spray containers. Please see the Front Desk for recycling details.

Add Up 4 Glacier

Glacier National Park Lodges is proud to offer our guests an opportunity to support Glacier National Park through Add Up 4 Glacier, a guest donation program that contributes to the Glacier National Park Conservancy, the park’s official non-profit fundraising partner. We deposit 100% of the donations received from our guests to the program.

How it works: The program allows you as a Glacier guest, to donate one dollar per night per room on your lodging bill. You can also choose to donate more than one dollar per night. Ask at the Front Desk to find out more about Add Up 4 Glacier. With your help, the Conservancy will continue its work in preservation, research and education for our irreplaceable National Treasure.

If this type of contribution suits you, then no further action is required on your part. We will automatically add your individual donation of one dollar per night per room to your lodging bill. Your support of this program is greatly appreciated, however if you chose not to donate at this time, just let the Front Desk know and they will be happy to remove the donation from your lodging bill.

For information about Conservancy projects, please visit the Glacier National Park Conservancy’s website at

Thank you for helping us protect our Park!


To help you get the most out of your trip to Glacier and your stay at Rising Sun Motor Inn, the following services are available:

The front desk will be closed between 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. For assistance or in case of emergency, there is a phone box just outside the lobby front doors. Simply pick up the handset and you will be connected with on site security personnel.

Check-in time is after 4:00 p.m. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m. If you require a late check-out time, please contact the Front Desk. Depending on availability, we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Should you wish to stay beyond your scheduled check-out date, please contact a Guest Service Associate at the Front Desk by 11:00 am on or before your original check-out date. Depending on availability, we will attempt to accommodate you here or at another location in Glacier National Park.

Smoking and vaping is prohibited in all guest areas unless otherwise designated. There is a fee for noncompliance with this policy. Please help us to preserve these buildings by adhering to our smoking policy and only smoke in designated areas or no closer than 25 feet from any entry or window.

Pets that do not serve as a medical necessity are not allowed in any of the rooms. There is a fee for noncompliance with this policy. Service animals are permitted in the hotels and inns.

Basic amenities will be available to guests who may have experienced lost luggage or other travel mishaps. Contact a Guest Service Associate at the Front Desk if one is needed.

A sign is provided to hang outside your door for privacy. Housekeeping will not check or clean your room if this sign is displayed. If a Do Not Disturb sign is displayed, housekeeping service will not be available. However, if you are in need of extra linens or amenities, please visit the Front Desk.

An ice machine is available for guest use and is located in the laundry room near the public showers.

Please ask a Guest Service Associate at the Front Desk for help in sending or receiving a fax. A copy machine is also available. There is a minimal fee for copies and receiving and sending faxes.

There is an ATM machine located in the main lobby.

Mail is sent from and received at the Inn daily, except Sundays. Outgoing mail may be deposited in the mail box by the main lobby entrance. Stamps can be purchased at the gift shop. Incoming mail may be picked up at the Front Desk.

Emergency medical assistance is available 24 hours a day from National Park Service personnel. Please contact the Front Desk. To prevent injury and exposure to hotel personnel handling trash, please do not dispose medical needles or sharps in in-room trash containers.

To conserve natural resources and where historically feasible, we offer a selection of products in an eco-friendly and secure dispenser. By using these dispensers, we are able to reduce landfill waste by up to 97% over conventional amenity packaging. Individually packaged amenities are available at the Front Desk upon request.

Interdenominational services, sponsored by A Christian Ministry in the National Parks, are held weekly. Details are available at the Information Desk.

Available at the Front Desk. The inn is not responsible for lost or stolen items left in your room.

Stay well-fed during your hiking or sight-seeing day. A menu is provided at the Restaurant to order TO GO LUNCH BOXES. Just order your box lunch prior to 7:00 p.m. You may pick up your box lunch at the restaurant the following morning before 10:00 a.m.

Please do not cook in or outside of your room. This includes but is not limited to the following: Crock pots, rice cookers, air fryers, hot plates, cooking stoves, grills, etc. Cooking is only allowed in designated picnic areas. Food and odors attract bears. All edibles (including pet food), food containers, stoves, grills, trash, coolers/ice chests, cosmetics and toiletries, and cookware must be stored in a hard sided vehicle, food locker, or building when not in use or unattended. Violation of these rules may result in an National Park Service citation and or confiscation of these items. Open flames such as candles, wax melts, incense, etc. are prohibited in all guest areas.


The gift shop is located in the main Registration Building. The store features photography, souvenirs, and snacks. Open 6:00 a.m.—11:00 p.m.

The store is located in the main building at Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and Cabins. In the store there is a wide variety of grocery items, camping and hiking supplies, apparel, gifts, and souvenirs. We sell a large variety of locally made huckleberry items along with many other Made in Montana gifts. We also sell locally made beer and wine along with other choices from around the region. Enjoy a cup of soft serve ice cream while you stroll around the store shopping for souvenirs that will remind you of your trip to Glacier National Park.

Open daily 7:00 a.m.— 9:00 p.m.

Timed showers are available for purchase at the Rising Sun Campstore.


There is a concierge located onsite who is able to assist you with booking Red Bus Tours. Hours are subject to change. Please inquire with the Guest Service desk as to the current hours of operation.

Public pay phones are located outside the Campstore. Calling cards are available for purchase in various locations around the park.



Located near Wild Goose Island, one of the most photographed locales in the park, Two Dog Flats at the Rising Sun Motor Inn is the perfect spot to begin or end your Going-to-the-Sun Road journey. Join us in the main registration building to enjoy a sustainable twist on classic American comfort foods along with great views of Red Eagle Mountain. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner selections. Children’s menus, box lunches, beer and wine service are available.

  • Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:30 a.m. — 2:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.


The prairies meet the mountains at Rising Sun where spectacular sunrises sparkle across the surface of St. Mary Lake. Two Dog Flats, located just East of Rising Sun Motor Inn, is a na?ve grassland community which provides a habitat for a number of species. Hawks prey upon small mammals while songbirds forage on seeds and insects. Two Dog Flats supplies a needed winter range for a large elk population.

The Story of Otokomi Mountain

Named by George Bird Grinnell for Otokomi (Yellowfish), a part Blackfeet Indian who accompanied George Bird Grinnell on his early expedi?ons into this region. Otokomi’s English name was Rose, but early cartographers misspelled it as Roes, and Roes Creek and Roes Basin were the result. Early topographers sometimes called this mountain “Whitefish” Mountain probably an erroneous translation of “Otokomi.”
Source: Through The Years in Glacier National Park, An Administrative History.

Otokomi Lake Hike

The hike to Otokomi Lake begins from the Rose Creek Trailhead located on the west side of the Rising Sun General Store. This main trail from Rising Sun follows Rose Creek up to Otokomi Lake. Along this 5.2 mile (one way) trail one passes the southern slopes of the 7935 foot Otokomi Mountain, waterfalls, a habitat excellent for moose, and Otokomi Lake backcountry campground ending with a view of a cirque of red argillite cliffs for which the lake is known.


Reservations at Other Glacier National Park Lodges Hotels & Inns:
Glacier National Park Lodges operates four other hotels and inns in Glacier National Park. If you are interested in staying at one of them and would like to check on availability, you can phone the property directly, using the phone numbers below. Any Guest Service Associate will also be happy to help with additional reservations made for the following 72 hours.

If you are interested in future reservations, please call our Central Reservations Office at: 855-SEEGLACIER. They will be happy to help you with reservations for next week or next year.

Lake McDonald Lodge: 406-888-5431

  • (Located 10 miles from Apgar Village on the West side of Glacier National Park)

Rising Sun Motor Inn and Cabins: 406-732-5523

  • (Located 6 miles from the St. Mary’s Visitor Center on the Going-to-the-Sun Road)

Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and Cabins: 406-732-5531

  • (Located 1 mile from Many Glacier on the Northeastern side of Glacier National Park)

Village Inn: 406-888-5632

  • (Located 3 miles from the West Entrance of Glacier National Park in the village of Apgar)

Telephone Dialing Instructions
All calls within the hotel are free. There is a 50¢ service charge for all calls including 800 and operator assisted calls. All long distance calls will be charged at AT&T operator assisted rates, plus tax and service charge. Please note that there are no phones in the Snyder Hall guest rooms. A public phone for Snyder Hall guests is located in the downstairs seating area of the building.

PLEASE NOTE: In case of a call which is not connected, but allowed to ring for more than six rings, our telephone equipment will automatically place a charge on your
account as if the call had in fact been completed. To avoid such charges, we suggest you note the number of rings when placing calls. In all cases, after touching 9 please wait for the dial tone.

  • Montana’s Area Code is 406
  • The phone number at Many Glacier Hotel is: 406-732-4411

To Call Another Room:

  • Touch the Room Number

Local Calls*:

  • Touch 9 + Number

Long Distance (Charge to your Room)**:

  • Touch 9 + 1 + Area Code + Number

Toll Free Numbers*:

  • Touch 9 + 1 + 800 + Number


Sightseeing Tours:
No visit to Glacier National Park would be complete without a Red Bus tour over the Going-to-the-Sun Road. It is a breathtakingly beautiful trip through the Rocky Mountains that takes you across the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. The tours are fully narrated. Arrangements can be made at the Information Desk. Advance reservations are strongly suggested but not always needed and tours are available in many price ranges and times.

No license is necessary to fish in any of Glacier National Park’s 1,606 miles of streams and 253 snow-fed lakes. Fishermen can find as many as 26 kinds of fish, including six species of trout. There is a variety of fishing gear available for sale in the Campstore. Pick up a copy of the National Park Service Fishing regulations at the Visitor Center or access regulations online at

Over 700 miles of maintained trails wind through Glacier National Park and the adjoining Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. Trips can be taken through quiet forests, up mountain passes or up to glaciers. Trail maps and other details are available at our Information Desk. Don’t forget to order your box lunch from the restaurant the night before so that it will be ready for your early departure.

Horseback Riding:
Swan Mountain Outfitters is located across the road from the Lodge. Guided Rides are conducted throughout the day, seven days a week. Details are available at the Information Desk or at the stable. Corral phone number: 406-888-5121

Boat Cruises:
Join the Glacier Park Boat Co. for a scenic boat tour on St. Mary Lake including commentary on the flora, fauna, geology and history of the area. The Joy II and Little Chief depart from the Rising Sun boat dock, less than 1 mile from the Rising Sun Registration Building. An optional unguided 15 minute walk to Baring Falls is offered on most tours. There are multiple departures daily. Brochures are available at the lobby Front Desk or at the boat dock. Tickets can be purchased at the boat dock.

Boat Rentals:
Canoes, kayaks, and rowboats are available to rent at the boat dock. These hourly rentals are another great way to explore the beauty of Glacier National Park.

Ranger/Naturalist Talks:
In the Lucerne Room, located on the lower level of the hotel, a National Park Service Ranger/Naturalist program tells the Glacier National Park story with a different presentation each night. There is also a campfire talk at the Swiftcurrent Amphitheatre (1 mile from the Many Glacier Hotel). A schedule of topics for both talks as well as information on other naturalist activities can be obtained at the information desk.


In 1914, Glacier National Park became the first National Park to offer motorized transportation to visitors when the newly formed Glacier Park Transport Company began giving tours through the Park with its fleet of White Motor Company buses and touring cars.

The first few seasons of motorized tours in Glacier proved difficult, as the roads were little more than muddy trails. However, as bus tours became more popular, the Great Northern Railroad, who operated the concessions in the Park, and the Park Service invested in the development of the roads. As the roads improved, the Transport Company updated and added to its fleet, and by 1930, the company operated 66 vehicles in the Park.

In 1932, the Going-to-the Sun Road opened, joining the east and west side of the Park and allowing visitors access to some of Glacier’s most impressive scenery. Shortly after the opening of the Road, the touring fleet was upgraded again with a new model of White Motor Company touring bus, designed specifically to meet the needs of touring through a National Park. These 1930’s era buses are the same red buses used to tour Glacier National Park today and have become an iconic and beloved symbol of the Park.

During your stay in Glacier National Park, take part in the century-long tradition of experiencing an open-top bus tour. Leave the driving to us so you can enjoy the majestic scenery within the park while our safe and experienced tour drivers inform and entertain you along the way. For more information, or to make reservations, please visit the Information Desk in the lobby of the Lodge or click on the button below.



Xanterra, the parent company of Glacier National Park Lodges, is committed to reducing our impacts on the environment. To that end, Xanterra has instituted an environmental program called “Our Softer Footprint.” “Our Softer Footprint” speaks to our sustainable business practices, and to being good stewards of the places we serve. In partnership with our employees and guests we seek to improve the way we do business in Glacier National Park, reduce the amount of trash generated and increase our ability to recycle and reuse whenever possible. As a result of these shared efforts, we will become better stewards of this precious land that is Glacier National Park.

Actions Taken by Xanterra–Glacier National Park Lodge:

  • Added energy saving CFL & LED light bulbs.
  • Installed water refill stations in the lobby and at the Campstore to provide guests
    the opportunity to use refillable water bo?les and reduce consumption of single use
    plastic bottles.
  • Recycling/Waste containers are Made in Montana.
  • Offering furniture made from locally sourced Montana beetle killed wood in some
    guest rooms.
  • Guest room pillows are Golden Memory down alternative fiberfill pillows
    produced from 100% recycled PET bo?les.
  • Guest room “key cards” are made of 100% biodegradable plastic.
  • Montana sourced coffees and teas are available in guest rooms along with
    biodegradable or reusable cups.
  • Bulk amenity dispensers are offered in most of our guest rooms. These dispensers
    reduce landfill waste by up to 97% over conventional packaging.
  • Our Campstore’s showcase local and indigenous items.
  • Electric vehicle charging station is available at the old Post Office.

How You Can Help:

  • Use proper recycling receptacles located throughout the property to recycle
    aluminum, paper, plastic (#1 only), cardboard, glass, batteries, and bear spray.
  • Reuse bath towels to reduce the volume of water and energy used to clean them.
  • Enjoy a beautiful ride in a historic Red Bus or take one of the free National Park
    Service shuttles instead of driving your own vehicle.
  • Limit your use of plastics by using environmentally friendly and reusable
  • Refill reusable containers at one of our free hydration bottle-filling stations.

What Happens to Our Recycled Materials?
Our cardboard is sent to a mill in Oregon to be reused in making new cardboard. Glass is sent to a sandblasting firm in Utah. Shredded office paper is sent to a mill in Oregon to be used to make paper towels and toilet paper. Aluminum is sent to Kentucky to be re-used to make rolled sheet aluminum. Plastics are sent to California.


A Warming Climate
“Deadly Heat,” “Devastating Hurricanes,” “Rising Sea Level,” “Vanishing Glaciers”—headlines like these bombard many of us on a daily basis. Climate change is no longer just a phenomenon discussed among scientists. It is a pressing issue, one that permeates many aspects of our lives. Over the last 100 years, the earth’s average temperature rose by 1.5° F. By the end of this century, it is predicted to rise by an additional 2–7° F. This rapid temperature increase parallels an increasing level of carbon dioxide found in our atmosphere. Carbon dioxide, along with other gases, such as methane and nitrous oxide, is called a “greenhouse gas” because it traps heat in the atmosphere. While these gases are essential to all life on Earth, high concentrations lead to a warmer planet. Scientists link this build-up of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere, due largely to human activities, to the rapid rise in temperature. Although the earth has experienced cooler and warmer periods throughout its past, current warming is occurring at an unprecedented rate. A 2° F additional change in Earth’s temperature might not seem drastic, but even this increase could bring major changes to our water cycle and to many people, plants, and animals adapted to the current climate.

Melting Ice
Although Earth’s overall temperature is steadily rising, climate change affects areas around the globe in different ways. Mountain ecosystems in the western United States and, in particular, the Northern Rockies, are highly sensitive to climate change. Northwest Montana experiences the same general global warming pattern, but at a faster rate (1.8 times the global average). At elevations above 6,000 feet, temperatures are warming even faster—three times the global average. What does this mean for the park’s snow and ice? At the end of a cooler period in Earth’s history, known as the Little Ice Age (circa 1850), an estimated 150 glaciers existed within the present boundaries of the park. Today, due to a rapidly warming climate, only 25 glaciers remain—and the largest have lost roughly 75% of their size since 1850. If the current rate of melting continues, climate models predict the park’s glaciers will disappear by 2030, if not earlier. Ice patches and perennial snowfields are also melting. Along with glaciers, these sources contribute essential cold water to streams during late summer and early fall, when little seasonal snowfall remains. The loss of glacial and other ice could create many changes for species that depend on a continuous, cold water supply. Glaciers are visible from Going-to-the-Sun road, on the drive into the Many Glacier Valley, and by hiking on some of the parks many hiking trails (refer to Park website for specific trails or consult with a Park Ranger at one of Glacier National Parks Visitor Centers.

What Can We Do?
Xanterra Travel Collection® is committed to reducing our contribution to global warming. Current efforts include reductions in energy and water consumption through carpooling, modifications in operational vehicle use, energy efficient lighting and other electrical appliances, and support from guests with limiting use of room heaters, using water conservation measures, not idling vehicles, and participation in other housekeeping related conservation strategies. In addition, guests can support the carpooling effort by booking a Red Bus Tour or by using one of the parks Shuttle Buses to explore the park.


Construction began on the Inn in 1940. It was known at that time as “East Glacier Auto Camp” except on National Park Service maps where it was identified as Roes Creek after Charles Rose Yellow Fish, who was part Blackfeet. (The difference in spellings was caused by a typographical error on Park maps.)

During the 1940’s there were two locations named “East Glacier.” In April of 1950, the citizens of Glacier Park Station, where Glacier Park Lodge is located, successfully petitioned the National Park Service to have the name changed to East Glacier Park. In the fall of that same year, the East Glacier Auto Camp was renamed Rising Sun Motor Inn, conforming it to National Park Service maps.

When the first guests arrived in 1941, Rising Sun consisted of 19 cabins, a coffee shop and a Campstore. Interestingly, during the war years of 1943-1945 all of the facilities of Glacier National Park were closed with the exception of Rising Sun.

The present building which now houses the restaurant, registration desk and kitchen was built in 1956. At that time, the original coffee shop (next door to the Campstore) was converted into additional motel units, expanding Rising Sun to its present capacity of 72 rooms.

In 1961, Don Hummel, operating as Glacier Park, Inc., bought all of the hotels, cabin camps, and buses in Glacier and Waterton from the Great Northern Railway. He, in turn, sold the facilities to VIAD Corporation in 1981, which operated them as a subsidiary known as Glacier Park, Inc. which served as the concessioner thru 2013.

In January 2014, Xanterra Parks and Resorts was awarded the primary concession contract for Glacier National Park. Glacier National Park Lodges, a division of Xanterra, operates several of the concession services including lodging, restaurants, retail outlets, and tours in Glacier National Park.

The Rising Sun Motor Inn is currently owned by the Department of the Interior and National Park Service. In 1996, Rising Sun was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in recognition of its significance to local history.

In the Spring of 2016, all of the cabins, motor inn rooms, and store motel rooms were refurbished with new furniture, carpet, paint, fixtures, and guest amenities. Although upgrades and improvements have been made throughout the years, Rising Sun has maintained its rustic charm.