Sperry Chalet
National Historic Landmark Hotel, Reached Only by Trail

Sperry Chalet

Rustic yet refined.
Dining and lodging in the wilderness backcountry of Glacier National Park.

2020 Summer Season:

July 18 through September 13

2020 Overnight rate:
$237 First person, $159 each additional person in the same room.
Plus Montana accomodations tax.

American Plan Only (includes meals) and reservations are required.

What's New:

Business as usual, until it isn’t.

The communities around us are reacting to the Covid 19 virus in as many sensible and precautionary ways as can be arranged. Here in our (work from home) offices we have some advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, we will not be hosting people in our chalets for some months time yet, and when summer gets here a great many people will benefit from a mountain reprieve. On the other hand this deadly virus is sure to change many lives and plans. Our future is an unmapped trail that no one has ever hiked before and all trails have hazards.

We are aware that closing hotels and National Parks is within the realm of possibility as a protective measure against this disease, but our July through September season is over a hundred days away. Things may change by then. We want to be optimistic. So we will go into the next months assuming business as usual.

As for your chalet reservations, we will hold on to them as planned. National Parks and mountains will be valuable things after the stress we are all feeling. We understand if you need to change your travel plans. For now the worst consequence is our $10 administrative fee (the credit card companies are still charging us to process your refund.) And no, credit toward next year is not an option. Every year there are wilderness hazards like bears or fires; this year has a virus hazard. It is up to the individual in the wilderness to take responsibility for the outcome of any hazard you meet. First come first served next year will give everyone the same opportunity to have plans interfered with as this or any other year.

Should Mother Nature favor us with good health and a beautiful park we want you to join us in amazing mountain adventures. We would like to reassure you about visiting. We are veterans in the battle against virus. At the chalets we have annually confronted nemesis like haunta virus, norovirus, and girardia bacteria for decades now. We have learned the fine art of sanitation and it is built into our most basic training and operations. Our chalet crews have been using the phrase "whatever, just wash your hands" since before it was popular. When you visit Granite Park and Sperry Chalets be assured that you are among people that treat your health as the most important concern there is.

So we will hope for the best and continue with business as usual for now. And as with all wilderness adventures we know that plans can suddenly change. We go to the mountains to test our mettle against the wild after all. Like good mountaineers we know that should something force us to change our wilderness plans we will make a new plan, responding to the hazard safely, gracefully, and without regret.

Be safe out there.

Sperry Chalet Celebration

For our friends in the Flathead Valley next week, please join us for a Sperry Chalet Celebration.

Glacier National Park, in partnership with Glacier National Park Conservancy, announces a public event to celebrate the reopening of Sperry Chalet. The event will take place on February 26 at 7:00 pm at the Red Lion Hotel, Kalispell, MT.

The event provides an opportunity to hear from key individuals who were instrumental in the project's success. The celebration is free and open to the public.

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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. Opened in 1914 the main buildings consist of a two story dormitory building and a kitchen/dining room building. A maintenance building and a restroom building are located between the dorm and dining room.

In August of 2017 the Sperry Chalet dormitory was consumed by a wildfire. The National Park Service immediately stabilized the remaining stone walls and an ambitious reconstruction project took place over the next two years. Sperry Chalet will return to full service in 2020. Sperry Chalet continues to provide hearty food and comfortable lodging in the same rustic style as the earliest visitors enjoyed.

What to Expect

Be prepared for a strenuous hiking or horsback trip to reach the chalets.

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.

The facility is primitive and rustic. 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.

Pack-it-in, Pack-it-out garbage policy. Whatever you carry in, you're expected to carry back out with you.

Meals and dining

Sperry Chalet Dining Room

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.

Guest rooms

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.

What To Bring

Mountain Goat

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.

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:


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.