Cyber Monday Deals on Accessible National Park Lodges

Lake Yellowstone Hotel

Lake Yellowstone Hotel

If a national park visit is in your future, than check out these Cyber Monday deals at Xanterra properties. Although these deals can only be booked on Monday November 26, 2018, you can preview the savings at www.xanterra.com/cybermonday.

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Despite the Fire, Glacier National Park is Still Open for Business!!

No crowds in Apgar Village!

No crowds in Apgar Village!

As you may have heard, there’s a large fire burning along the north shore of Lake Mc Donald that has led to the closure of some areas of Glacier National Park. That said the park is still open for business. The smoke is variable, and to be honest it depends on the wind direction. That said even though facilities are pretty limited on the west side, it’s still possible to stay there and explore the open areas of the park.  Continue reading

Deal Directly with National Park Concessionaires for Best Access

Lake Yellowstone Hotel

Lake Yellowstone Hotel

Researching national park access can be tedious, especially where lodging is concerned. National park lodges are operated by concessionaires, who operate under strict guidelines, and are responsible for the repair, improvement and daily operation of the facilities. Continue reading

Access Upgrades Abound in Glacier National Park

The accessible Trail of the Cedars in Glacier National Park

The accessible Trail of the Cedars in Glacier National Park

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ve probably heard about the wildfires in Glacier National Park. Yes, it is smoky here, and some days are certainly better than others, but with the wildfires near my home in the Sierras are producing quite a bit of smoke too. The firefighters are doing a good job of protecting the historic structures in the park, none of which are immediately threatened. The did lose Sperry Chalet, but that was in a remote area of the park, and quite difficult to protect. A small portion of the park is closed near Lake McDonald Lodge, mostly as a precautionary measure, and to give firefighters unfettered access should the need arise to actively fight the flames near the park’s lakeside properties. Continue reading

Hitting the Road Again

mapWell we’re off on another road trip adventure to do some research for my next book. And although this trip won’t take us as far as we usually venture, it will require an extended stay near the national parks that we will be covering – Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Continue reading

Enjoying Whiskey and Huckleberries in Big Sky Country

A little whiskey tasting at Glacier Distilling

A lot of folks ask me how I deal with the weather when traveling around the world. Well, sometimes you just have to make alternative inside plans when Mother Nature throws you a curve ball. And yesterday was one of those days. After a beautiful morning of hiking in Glacier National Park, the heavens opened up and good old Mom Nature unleashed a good old fashioned gully washer on us. Luckily we were able to find some fun and accessible things to do inside, near West Glacier, Montana. Continue reading