Historic Hotel and Dining Room
Reached Only by Trail
High in the mountains of Glacier National Park, food and lodging services are available to those who wish to explore the backcountry by trail.
2013 Summer Season:
July 11 through September 8
2013 Overnight rate:
$195 First person, $137 each additional person in the same room.
Plus Montana accomodations tax.
American Plan Only (includes meals) and reservations are required.
Sperry Chalet was built in 1913 by James J. and son Louis Hill of the Great Northern Railway, the prime developer of Glacier National Park. Listed as an Historic Landmark, these rustic buildings, built of native rock, have survived their rugged environment relatively unchanged for over 90 years.
Opened in 1914 the main buildings consist of a two story hotel building and a kitchen/dining room building. A maintenance building and a new restroom building are located between hotel and dining room buildings. Other than a modernized kitchen and the new composting restroom facility, the interiors and exteriors are much as they were built. It is a short 400 foot stroll between the dining room and the hotel building.
The private guest rooms are without lights, heat or water. Flashlights are used at night as no candles or fueled lights are allowed. The dining room has a wood stove and propane lights for your comfort.
What to Expect
Expect an experience similar to camping, only without the hassles of pitching tents, organizing campsites, sleeping on the ground, or preparing meals. Let the beautiful stone buildings shelter you from the elements while our staff does the cooking.
- Three meals with each night’s stay.
- Plenty of warm blankets on your bed.
- Easy access to backcountry hiking and wilderness adventures.
Pack-it-in, Pack-it-out garbage policy. Whatever you carry in, you're expected to carry back out with you.
Meals and dining
- Meals are informal, served table d'hote.
- Dinner is served from 6 to 7 p.m.
- Breakfast served from 7 to 8:30 a.m.
- A sack lunch is provided to enjoy while hiking.
- A la carte lunch service available from 11:30 to 5:00 every day.
No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the dining room.
A la carte lunch service is available to everyone from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Campers, day hikers, and horseback riders are all welcome in the dining room. Breakfast and dinner are also available to backcountry travelers with advance reservations.
- All reservations get a private room. No dormitory style housing is available.
- The guest rooms are comfortable, but not modern. No electricity, heat or running water.
- Linens, blankets, pillows and hand towels are provided.
- Flashlights are recommended for night use. No candles, fueled lights or flames of any kind are allowed indoors.
- The restroom facility is outside, with sinks for washing up (no showers or hot water).
- Check-in time is whenever you arrive (hopefully by 6 p.m. for dinner), check-out time is 10 a.m.
Sleeping bag accommodations are not available at Sperry Chalet. A National Park Service campground is available in the Sperry area for those who wish to backpack and camp out. For information on backcountry camping permits in Glacier, see Glacier National Park's Backcountry Camping Guide.
Mountain goats are resident natives of the Sperry/Gunsight area and are almost daily visitors. They are a delight to the photographer as they seem to pose for their picture. But be advised, you are visiting them, they are not visiting you. They are not always 'happy to see you'. Be careful. Do not approach wildlife.
What To Bring
While a toothbrush and a smile are all you'll probably need for an overnight stay, you should still come prepared for the wilderness. Sore, blistered feet and cold wet bodies are the most common fun killers that can be encountered. Be sure to have comfortable, appropriate footwear and good socks, rain gear, and some warm dry clothes with you.
Suggested items for your backpack:
- Full water bottle (Bring two on hot days)
- Insect repellent
- First aid supplies (Especially for blisters)
- Food and snacks
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Warm clothing for wind & cold, rainy weather
- Comfortable hiking shoes with extra socks
The weather in Glacier is temperate and unpredictable. Temperatures in July and August vary from 29 to 80 degrees F at chalet elevations (6500 feet). The evenings are usually cool and the buildings are not heated, so you’ll need something warm for evenings and mornings. Always bring your rain gear in the event of sudden thunderstorms and rain squalls.
We are not responsible for the weather or weather related conditions.