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.

2021 Summer Season:

July 11 through September 12

2021 Overnight rate:
$241 First person, $160 each additional person in the same room.
Plus Montana accomodations tax.

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

Covid-19 Information

What's New:

How Chalet guests can take advantage of Glacier’s shuttle system.

The good news is that Glacier National Park will be operating a limited shuttle system along Going to the Sun Road this season.

The difficult news is the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact how Glacier can serve the public safely. The shuttle service will have restrictions on crowding riders together and fewer service stops.

For chalet guests there are advantages to using the shuttle system: you can begin your hike at a reasonable time while avoiding traffic and parking congestion. Here are our tips for chalet guests who want to use the shuttle:

Learn about the 2021 shuttle system here:
visitor center validation, arrival schedule, and limited service stops. https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/shuttles.htm

We recommend chalet guests connect with recreation.gov early on June 1.
Most of the shuttle tickets for the 2021 season go on sale June 1. This will be the best chance to get yours.

  • If you cannot get a ticket on June 1, additional tickets go on sale two days ahead of time.
  • Reserve tickets for your entire party at the same time, up to ten people. Your group will be considered a (COVID) family unit and will all be able to ride the shuttle together.

Be certain to purchase tickets for both your chalet arrival and departure date.
Get BOTH TICKETS validated when you check in at the visitor center. Tickets can only be validated 72 hours ahead of time so if you plan to spend more than three days in the backcountry, the shuttle will not be able to help your egress.

Through hiking will not be served by the shuttle this year.

  • If you are planning a hike through Granite Park Chalet from Logan Pass to The Loop there is no shuttle pick up available at The Loop trailhead.
  • For Sperry Chalet hikers there will be no shuttle service to Jackson Glacier Overlook for the Gunsight Pass through hike between Jackson Glacier Overlook and Lake McDonald.
  • Our best recommendation for chalet guests using the shuttle is to plan on using the same trail to depart as you arrived on.

The shuttle system may allow drop offs at out of service shuttle stops. Ask at the visitor center and speak to your driver about being dropped off at The Loop or Jackson Glacier. You can disembark there, but no shuttle will pick you up at these locations.

Shuttle availability is limited.
We know that not all chalet guests will be able to take advantage of the shuttle system this year. If you can't get a ticket or your preferred hiking route is not available be prepared to be self-sufficient with your own vehicle for getting to and from the trailheads.

  • We continue to recommend early starts to your hiking day. Not only is the hiking better in the cool morning air but this year navigating Going to the Sun Road and finding trailhead parking will be easier the earlier start you get.

As we all know the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our lives and plans, Glacier National Park, and all the services therein are committed to making the best efforts at eliminating the risks from this virus. The limited service available from the Glacier Shuttle comes from the necessity to protect each other. We would like to see all the visitors to Glacier National Park contributing to social distancing, mask wearing, and helping each other avoid this disease. If we can be successful this year additional services will become available next year.

Help Wanted

Sperry Chalet is hiring for the 2021 summer season. An amazing opportunity for the right hard working people to spend the summer living and working in the beautiful backcountry of Glacier National Park.
If you or anyone you know would be interested in this opportunity, send us your contact information through our employment page.

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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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