National Historic Landmark Hotel, Reached Only by Trail
Rustic yet refined.
Dining and lodging in the wilderness backcountry of Glacier National Park.
2022 Summer Season:
July 9 through September 11
2022 Overnight rate:
$253 First person, $167 each additional person in the same room.
Plus Montana accomodations tax.
American Plan Only (includes meals) and reservations are required.
July 12, 2022 - Tuesday
Sperry Chalet is open for the season
It feels so good to be up in the mountains again with fresh baked bread, a hot cup of coffee, and all the best hiking the Glacier backcountry has to offer. We can’t wait to see you.
Mask mandates here in Glacier have been on again, off again (currently on), depending on the transmission levels in neighboring counties.
- When masks are required we will restrict building access to overnight guests only. Lunch service available outside on our deck.
- If masks are not required all will be welcome in our dining room.
Still way to much snow to complete this trail safely. Give it another couple of weeks to let the treacherous spots at the pass to melt some more. The Sperry Trail from Lake McDonald is the best way to reach us.
We could use one more person on the Sperry crew this summer. The perfect job for the person that wants to get away from everything. Apply here.
June 16, 2022 - Thursday
Getting ready for summer at the chalets
Glacier is working her way out from under the winter blanket of snow and we will be hiking the high country soon. We can’t wait for you to join us.
Vehicle reservations: Entry to Going to the Sun Road will require a vehicle reservation. Your chalet reservation acts as your vehicle reservation on the arrival date. At the park entrance you will need a copy of your chalet reservation with you in your vehicle, either a paper copy or downloaded to your device.
This year has turned into a high snow year up at the chalets. It is unlikely that Going to the Sun Road will be open when Granite Park Chalet does. We are making plans to shuttle Granite Park Chalet guests past the closure to the Loop trailhead until the road opens to regular traffic.
Sperry Chalets opening is on schedule for July 9. Expect snow at chalet elevations and higher well into July, so be ready with your waterproof boots.
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.
- Three meals with each night's stay.
- Plenty of warm blankets on your bed.
- Easy access to backcountry hiking and wilderness adventures.
Pack-it-in, Pack-it-out garbage policy. Whatever you carry in, you're expected to carry back out with you.
Meals and dining
- Meals are informal, served table d'hote.
- Dinner is served from 6 to 7 p.m.
- Breakfast served from 7 to 8:30 a.m.
- A sack lunch is provided to enjoy while hiking.
- A la carte lunch service available from 11:30 to 5:00 every day.
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.
- All reservations get a private room. No dormitory style housing is available.
- The guest rooms are comfortable, but not modern. No electricity, heat or running water.
- Linens, blankets, pillows and hand towels are provided.
- Flashlights are recommended for night use. No candles, fueled lights or flames of any kind are allowed indoors.
- The restroom facility is outside, with sinks for washing up (no showers or hot water).
- Check-in time is whenever you arrive (hopefully by 6 p.m. for dinner), check-out time is 10 a.m.
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 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:
- Full water bottle (Bring two on hot days)
- Insect repellent
- First aid supplies (Especially for blisters)
- Food and snacks
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Warm clothing for wind & cold, rainy weather
- Comfortable hiking shoes with extra socks
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.