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.

2024 Summer Season:

July 8 through September 11

2024 Overnight rate:
$284 First person, $189 each additional person in the same room.
Plus Montana accomodations tax.

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

What's New:

Vehicle reservations

A frequent question we are getting is about vehicle reservations for Going to the
Sun Road.

Your chalet reservation will act as a vehicle reservation for Going to the Sun Road on your arrival date. Be sure to have a copy of your chalet reservation with you in your vehicle as you enter the park. If it is on your device, be sure it is downloaded beforehand; there may not be a signal at the entrance station.

For the 2024 season, this vehicle reservation will be required for entering Going to the Sun Road from the West Glacier entrance between 6:00am and 3:00pm.

Details about Going to the Sun Road vehicle reservations are available here: https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/vehicle-reservations.htm

Reservation info

Our 2024 summer is off to a great start! We are once again overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for these ol' chalets. There have been some common questions turning up, so here is some info to help you out:

Now that your request is in queue, expect an Email within the week, either yay or nay. We personally review all the requests and it is going to take several days to work through the backlog.

We will begin updating the availability calendar periodically. This is mostly to give everyone a sense of our progress. Until we get caught up any availability shown is not accurate.

If we award a reservation you will have two weeks to make the deposit payment. If we can not, I am sorry. We know that there are far more people that want to join us than we are able to host.

For those of you already planning the hunt for openings from cancellations and change, good luck. No, we do not know when that will happen. Yes, I am positive that the strategy you have come up with is the best one. The only advice is patience and persistence.

Thanks for your enthusiasm!

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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 returned 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.

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