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.

2023 Summer Season:

July 8 through September 10

2023 Overnight rate:
$273 First person, $182 each additional person in the same room.
Plus Montana accomodations tax.

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

What's New:

Starting our 2023 adventures

We are once again humbled to see how many people share our passion for the glacier backcountry. We are simultaneously thrilled with how many adventures are going to happen on the mountain this summer, and deeply disappointed that these little hotels can’t host all who want to visit. We are sorry if we could not award your reservation.

At the moment, both chalets have sold out. If you are interested in potential openings from cancellation the availability page of this website is the best way to take a quick look. Openings will be by chance from here on, there is no specific time to check other than at your whim.

Happy Hiking

Reservation FAQ’s:

What time?
8:00 AM Mountain time zone, Monday January 9, 2023.

Where?
Here on this website. Navigate to the reservations page.

Hows it work?
First come first served. Visit the website, fill in the form with the details of your party and available stay dates, hit submit. We handle them in the order received. It may take us a while to work through them all. Expect a reply email in the following few days, it will come from: [email protected]

Got any hints?
These are small hotels with high demand. Give us all the possible dates of stay in your first request. By the time we have a chance to answer the question: ‘what about this other date?’ it will also be sold out.

After submitting you will get a passcode and url. Make note of these if you want to edit your request while it is in queue.

The process will take some time, thanks for your patience. We will be periodically updating the availability calendars to give you an idea of our progress, but it will not be accurate until we get caught up to the request queue.

Can I call for a reservation?
Yes, but, the only thing we can do by phone is enter the online form on your behalf. If you have an internet connection the process is a little faster and more accurate to enter the details yourself.
Our office line is: 888-345-2649. Expect it to be busy next week and we may not be able to check messages very promptly.

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SPERRY CHALET INFORMATION:

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:

Weather

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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