Columbia Falls and Glacier National Park

waterfall in Glacier National Park

Columbia Falls, MT

Columbia Falls is a vibrant, family-friendly community at the gateway to Glacier National Park. The town averages about 4,800 year-round residents and is located only 14 miles from the western entrance to Glacier National Park.

Columbia Falls is nestled up against the northern tip of the Swan Mountain Range and the beautiful Flathead River, (popular for fishing, floating and swimming), flows through the east end of town.

Columbia Falls offers numerous options for outdoor recreation including fishing, river floats, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, swimming, tennis, golf and more. In fact Columbia Falls is the home of one of the most popular golf resorts in the area, Meadow Lake Golf Resort. You can learn more about Meadow Lake here.

Other popular attraction in Columbia Falls include the Big Sky Water Park offering a variety of fun summertime activities including water-slides, bumper cars, miniature-golf and more, the Pinewood Park and City Pool and a bowling alley, just to name a few.

Columbia Falls provides the perfect balance of a small town atmosphere yet still making available all the services and amenities that you are looking for.

There is a great number of restaurants for you to choose from in Columbia Falls offering all varieties of cuisine. The Back Room is one of the most popular spots in the valley for delicious barbecue, Los Caporale's serves up some of the tastiest Mexican cuisine in northwest Montana and Tien's Palace is a wonderful option if you are looking for Chinese cuisine. A couple of the newer dining establishments to Columbia Falls include The Backslope Brewery and Kitchen where you will find a delicious menu offering everything from bugers and sandwiches to soups and salads, and Mudman Burgers and Fries which serves up delicious burgers and fries with a twist. Those are just a few of the many options for dining out in Columbia Falls, there are also several amazing deli's and other fine dining establishments to choose from as well as the tried & true staples such as Burger King, A & W, Pizza Hut etc.

Columbia Falls also provides two major grocery stores, many specialty shops and boutiques, several auto-parts stores, hardware stores, a dollar store and much more.

Heritage Days

Every July, the town of Columbia Falls comes together for a week-long celebration called "Heritage Days." Heritage Days is a down home summer celebration with fun for the whole family. There's a rodeo, vendors, parade, music, craft fair, car show, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and 5K and 10K runs.

Columbia Falls RV Park is perfectly located to provide quick and easy access to all of the Heritage Day's festivities. In fact the 'Running Of The Horses,' (one of Heritage Day's most popular events), occurs right in front of the RV park... you can watch right from our front lawn!

Heritage Days definitely provides fun times for the entire family!

Farmers Market

The Columbia Falls Farmers Market is held each Thursday evening from late May through Late September starting at 5:00pm, and is locared on the corner of US Highway 2 and First Ave.

The market is hosted by O'Briens Liquor and Wine in the refurbished old Western Building Center lumber shed, and includes ample parking for vendors and attendees, a central music stage and dance floor, food court, and a safely-enclosed but open-air selling space for 60 vendors to set up shop each week to display their handmade products and goods.

Each week the farmers market hosts live music, freshly-made food and specialty desserts, locally grown produce, a eclectic mix of handmade crafts and artisan gifts and locally-brewed beer.

Columbia Falls also has it's own Urgent Care facility:
Alpine Family Medicine
Dr. Derek Gedlaman
732 9th Street West
Columbia Falls, MT 59912
Phone: 406-892-1011

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park has managed to maintain much of it's pristine natural beauty and wild appeal since its inception as a national park back on May 11, 1910.

Glacier National Park protects more than one million acres of unspoiled forests, rivers, lakes, meadows, mountains and of course glaciers. Glacier Park is part of a larger ecosystem collectively known as the "Crown of the Continent Ecosystem", all of which is primarily untouched wilderness of a pristine quality.

Glacier receives nearly 2 million visitors annually. A large majority of these visitors come during the summer months, from mid-June to mid-September when the weather is the most mild. Summer is the time when wildflowers are in bloom, wildlife is abundant and waterfalls and rivers are flowing at their peak levels. However, fall and winter can be an amazing time to visit Glacier Park as well. During the winter months, Glacier becomes a virtual winter wonderland with snow covered trees (what locals term "snow ghosts") and flawless snow covered trails and hiking paths that beckon snow-shoers and cross country skiers.

Adventure

Adventure abounds on the trails, lakes and mountain slopes of Glacier National Park. Hiking, horseback riding, boating, kayaking and wildlife viewing are all popular activities within the park. Glacier offers nearly 700 miles of trails that lead deep into some of North America’s most spectacular and exciting wilderness areas, Glacier Park is truly a adventure lovers paradise.

One of Montana's best stretches of river for white water rafting runs along the southern border of Glacier National Park, only about a 20 minute drive from Columbia Falls RV Park. Several river guide outfitters are available within the area to accommodate you on your white water adventures.

Fishing is another popular activity within the park, and there is no fishing license required! Whether you are a lake fisherman or a river fisherman, you are sure to find a stretch of water within the park to suite your fancy.

Flora and Fauna

Nearly all of the the plants and animals that existed during the time when white explorers first entered the region are still present within the park today. The diversity of terrain and climate within the park provides habitat to more than 70 species of mammals and over 260 species of birds.

Even the endangered grizzly bear and Canadian lynx are still found in Glacier Park at plentiful levels.

The black bear, a less aggressive cousin of the grizzly bear is much more common in the park than the grizzly and a recent study using DNA to identify hair samples indicated that there are about six times as many black bears as there are grizzlies. Other large mammals such as the mountain goat (the official park symbol), bighorn sheep, moose, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, coyote, and the rarely seen mountain lion, are either plentiful or common. And unlike Yellowstone National Park, which commenced a wolf reintroduction program in the 1990s, wolves have existed almost continuously in Glacier National Park.

For more information about Glacier National Park visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glacier_National_Park_(U.S.)
http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm

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Directions: From the intersection of Hwy 206 & Hwy 2 - Take Hwy 2 headed towards Columbia Falls (turn west). You will pass the Water slides, then further up go over the bridge crossing the Flathead river. CFRV Park is just about 1/2-3/4 mile after you go over the bridge on the Right-hand side of the highway. Watch for our Tall sign.

From the intersection of Hwy 2 & Junction 40. Head East on hwy 2 going to Columbia Falls. We are located on the East side of town, on the left-hand side of the road. Watch for our tall sign. After about the second or third light signal you will want to get in the left (inside) lane so you can make a left turn into our Entrance. This is on a slight curve just past the last stop light. Drive carefully. Watch for our Tall sign on the left.

Directions from Hwy 93 & Junction 40. From the intersection of Hwy 93 and Hwy 40 head east on Hwy 40 till you come to the intersection of Hwy 2 and Hwy 40 (approx. 4.5 miles). Continue driving straight east into Columbia Falls (hwy 40 automatically turns into hwy 2 at the intersection). After about the second or third light signal you will want to get in the left (inside) lane so you can make a left turn into our Entrance. This is on a slight curve just past the last stop light. Drive carefully. Watch for our Tall sign on the left.

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