Montana is fortunate to be home to Glacier National Park, approximately 30 miles east of Kalispell. To learn more, visit the National Park Service website accessible by clicking on the button provided on the right.
Montana is fortunate to have many beautiful state parks, several of which are located near Kalispell.
Lone Pine State Park – (6 miles west of Kalispell)
Overlooks feature breathtaking Flathead Valley vistas. On a clear day, you can see Flathead Lake, Big Mountain, the Jewel Basin and Glacier National Park. There are 7.5 miles of trails available for hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and horseback riding. Park visitors will be sure to find a great hike to revitalize their soul and a peaceful spot to relax and view area wildflowers, wildlife and breath-taking overlooks of the Flathead Valley.
Park Hours: 8:00am – Sunset | Visitor Center: Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm, Sunday 12:30pm – 5:00pm, Closed Monday & Tuesday | 300 Lone Pine Road, Kalispell MT 59901
Big Arm / Flathead Lake State Park (39 miles south of Kalispell)
Big Arm is located on Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States. Twenty-eight miles long and 15 miles wide, Flathead Lake is renowned for its fishing. Located on the lake’s Big Arm Bay, this State Park’s long pebble beach is popular with sunbathers and swimmers. The hiking trail provides excellent vistas of surrounding mountain ranges and high peaks with abundant watchable wildlife opportunities.
28031 Big Arm State Park Rd, Big Arm, MT 59910
Wild Horse Island State Park (27 miles south of Kalispell)
At 2,160 acres, Wild Horse Island is the largest island in a freshwater lake west of Minnesota. Wild Horse Island has been a landmark since the Salish-Kootenai Indians were reported to have used it to pasture horses to keep them from being stolen by other tribes. The park is noted for its wildlife including bighorn sheep, mule deer, songbirds, waterfowl, bald eagles, and falcons, as well as five wild horses. Rare and endangered plant species have also been found on its Palouse Prairie grasslands. The island’s scenic shoreline is a favorite of hikers, boaters, swimmers and sailboat enthusiasts.
Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm,
approximately 75-90 minute tour
Hockaday Art Center
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
302 2nd Avenue East, Kalispell MT 59901
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
124 Second Avenue East, Kalispell MT 59901
Cost: Adults – $5.00, Seniors – $4.00
For a taste of the Flathead Valley, there are several breweries offering an assortment of local libations.