Located in the North Fork Valley just west of Glacier National Park, the North Fork Hostel offers guests a choice of accommodations in an old-fashioned, homey atmosphere. It's a place to get away, relax, meet new friends and enjoy the beauty of Glacier National Park and the Flathead National Forest.
Propane lights brighten your nights (there's no electricity in Polebridge). Although the area is off the power grid, the hostel has its own power supply to offer you a cordless phone, a fax machine and a computer. Camcorder and digital camera batteries may be recharged at the hostel, we even have wifi!. A propane cooking range and refrigerators are available to make your food preparation easier after you have spent an exciting day exploring the area.
Visitors from all around the world enjoy our facilities. It is not uncommon to begin your day by having a fascinating conversation with travelers from other countries while enjoying your morning coffee. Some guest comments are: "Thank You for sharing your home and a bit of yourself with each of us," "Best hostel I've seen," and "Both Cecilia and myself were enamored by the charm, history, and overall serenity of the South Cabin and vicinity."
For outdoor enthusiasts, a variety of equipment may be rented. This includes, but is not limited to, items such as mountain bikes, canoes, and backpacking equipment. Cross-country skis, poles and boots as well as snowshoes are available for use in June at Logan Pass on the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park.
All guests may use the amenities of the hostel. These include the living room, shower, and kitchen and refrigerator facilities.
Your friendly hostelmeister is Oliver. He has traveled the world extensively and understands hosteller's needs. He is fluent in English, German and sometimes Italian and Spanish. Always check in to make sure we are open in winter, Oliver sometimes takes off on his bike...
Note: Please make sure to call ahead, check for the road conditions and make reservations especially in the winter. Special arrangements can be made for the Charlie Wise Homestead Cabin in winter at Square Peg Ranch with adequate notice.
(prices are occupancy based)
Dormitory: $20 per person
Private rooms: $45 + 7% tax (for 2 people)
Small cabins: $45 per night + 7% tax (for 2 people)
- in winter $50 per night + 7% tax (for 2 people)
Tent camping at $10 per person + 7% tax
Tipis: (available July & August only) are $40 (for 2 people) + 7% tax
Log homes at Square Peg Ranch: $80 + 7% tax
(3 days minimum stay, 4 people max. occupancy)
Pets (only if they are well-behaved) - add $5
additional person - add $10
bedding - add $5 (single) / $10 (double)
- always add tax
Deposit required for cabins and private rooms. You must cancel 5 days prior to check-in for return of your deposit or not being charged.
The North Fork Hostel & Inn accepts MasterCard, Visa and Discover.
Reservations are required in the winter and are advised in the summer months.
No matter what your activity, bring your camera. Wildlife is plentiful here. You might see deer, moose, elk, mountain lions, wolves, eagles or bears from the hostel windows. Only wolves have not been seen from the hostel windows yet.
Hike or backpack along Glacier's Continental Divide or the forested trails of the Whitefish Range.
Ski Logan Pass in late June. (Cross-country skis and boots may be rented at the hostel.)
Bicycle up from West Glacier on the inside park road to the hostel, then explore Polebridge and the surrounding area.
Canoe, raft, fish or swim the federally designated wild and scenic North Fork of the Flathead River (class I, II and III white water) or beautiful Kintla and Bowman Lakes.
Help with trail maintenance, go on a hike or attend one of the other activities sponsored by the North Fork Preservation Association.
Ski or snowshoe in Glacier National Park to Big Prairie, Bowman Lake, Lone Pine Prairie, or along the North Fork of the Flathead River.
The Root Beer Classic dog sled race generally takes place on the weekend closest to New Year's Day.
Bring your own grub or purchase your groceries at the historic Polebridge Mercantile. Stop by and say hello to Stuart and Flannery, have a cup of coffee, and buy some of the bread and pastries that Flan bakes on the premises.
The Northern Lights Café, next door to the Mercantile, is open for dinner from Memorial Day week to the end of October and on weekends through the rest of the year, except for November and March. It has excellent food at reasonable prices. A real treat for all.