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Izaak Walton Inn | Essex, Montana

Guest Cottage or Cabin, Inn
Izaak Walton Inn – Courtesy Izaak Walton Inn

Additional Services Available

[Cross country skiing and ski rentals](, rafting, hiking, biking, horse back riding, scenic river trips are opportunities available through the lodge. The Middle Fork of the Flathead River is a stones throw from the property and offers great spring and summer white water adventures. Hikes into Glacier Park and the Great Bear Wilderness can start within minutes of your room.

The Izaak Walton Inn is an alpine lodge constructed in 1939 by the Great Northern Railroad to house winter snow removal crews. Rail-fans will enjoy exploring the many rooms, walking the halls and viewing all the interesting and unique railroad memorabilia.

The rail line runs within yards of the Inn. Near the Inn is the rail yard that still operates today. On any given day, one can see various train cars and rail line employees going about their daily business of operating a rail line.

The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Author and train buff Carl Morrison ( with help from Don "Preacher" Roe describe their experience in stunning detail on their web site. The entire article, with photos and lots of great information can be viewed on Carl's website (I recommend you read the story, it's well done and very informative),

Rail Travelogue by Carl Morrison, [email protected], with help from Don "Preacher" Roe.

Driving Directions

By automobile, drive scenic US Highway 2 to milepost 180 (halfway between East and West Glacier) and there the 1/2 mile paved side-road will take you directly to the Inn (a large sign along hiway 2 at Essex, MT points you in the correct direction.

Lodging Style and Amenities

The rooms at the Izaak Walton Inn have been remodeled to offer modern amenities with a vintage charm and a true feel for Montana. The Inn is considered to offer the finest lodging experience in and around Glacier National Park. The hotel can accommodate up to 147 guests.Thirty-three cozy rooms allow you to truly relax and get away.

The rooms do not have the distractions of televisions or telephones. Stay in one of four unique caboose rentals or six new family cabins. You will quickly discover why the Inn is called, "A place where time stands still and lets you catch up."

Lodging Descriptions and Rates


Season Open

Year Around - (the only full service lodge open year around in the area)


Rate Range



  • Locally or Family-Owned Business
  • Family-Friendly


  • Lodging
  • Groomed XC Ski Trails
  • Full Service Restaurant Dining Car
  • Hiking Trail Access