Izaak Walton Inn | Glacier National Park

Property Highlights

  • 33 Lodge Rooms
  • 13 Vacation Homes
  • Game Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On Site - The Dining Car
  • Miles Of Hiking Trails
  • 33 Km of Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails
  • Professional Ski Instruction Available
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Open Year Round
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Glacier National Park Wedding Venue
  • Caboose or Locomotive Rentals
  • Sauna
  • Outside Hot Tub
  • No Cell Service
  • No In Room Televisions Or Telephones
  • No Elevator
  • No In Room Coffee Makers
  • WiFi Access Is Limited In The Main Lobby & Flag-stop Bar Only
  • Pet Friendly options available

Starting at: $119.00

About Izaak Walton Inn

The Izaak Walton Inn is a unique family-owned retreat that borders the southern boundary of Glacier National Park. The Izaak Walton Inn is located about mid-way between East and West Glacier, right off of Highway 2 near the town of Essex, Montana.

The Izaak Walton Inn is a wonderfully unique lodge built with the same Swiss-style theme that many of the lodges of Glacier National Park feature. Izaak Walton Inn carries a rich history that is closely tied to both Glacier National Park and the Great Northern Railway.


The lodge was originally built in 1939 to serve as accommodations for railroad service personnel and to serve as a resort for tourists arriving at Glacier Park by train.

In the early 1940s plans were in place to add a new entrance into Glacier Park at the midpoint between West and East Glacier, and Izaak Walton Inn was going to be the primary resort lodging option for this mid-point park gate. However before construction began on this new gateway into the park, World War 2 started and by the time the war had ended interest in building this new park entrance had dwindled.

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Accommodations at Izaak Walton Inn



Starting at $119.00

844-845-3629
or outside the US:
406-203-5614

Empire Builder Room - 1 Queen

The Empire Builder Rooms feature beautiful wood panel walls and a unique Great Northern Railway theme that features the brand logo and colors. Each room includes a private bath and a queen bed.  Select rooms can accommodate a 3rd person with a futon (available by request).  These rooms either face trackside, or non-trackside.

Features & Amenities

  • Private Bathroom
  • Futon Sleeps One Person (By Request)
  • No Television
  • No Telephone
  • No Air Conditioning
  • No Coffee Maker
  • No Elevators
  • Coffee Table
  • Night Stands
Great Northern Room

Starting at $139.00

844-845-3629
or outside the US:
406-203-5614

Great Northern Room - 1 Queen & 1 Twin

The Great Northern Rooms are located on the first floor of the lodge and include a queen bed, a twin bed, and a private bathroom. These rooms are decorated with a traditional country inn theme. These rooms are facing either trackside or non-trackside and accessible rooms are available.

Features & Amenities

  • Private Bathroom
  • No Television
  • No Telephone
  • No Air Conditioning
  • No Coffee Maker
  • No Elevators
  • Dresser
  • Chair
  • Ceiling Fan
School House Rooms

Starting at $259.00

844-845-3629
or outside the US:
406-203-5614

School House Rooms - 1 King

The School House Rooms was built-in 2018. These rooms overlook the inn and offer a king bed, small kitchenette, deck, and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower and claw foot tub. WiFi is available in the rooms. Television, telephone, and air conditioning are not available.

Features & Amenities

  • Private Bathroom
  • Mini-Refrigerator
  • Coffee Maker
  • WiFi
  • Deck
  • Microwave
  • Arm Chairs
  • Table with Chairs
  • Deck with Bistro Set
  • Hot tub and sauna access


Starting at $209.00

844-845-3629
or outside the US:
406-203-5614

Empire Builder Family Suite - 2 Queens, 1 Twin & 1 Twin Futon

The Empire Builder Family Suites are decorated in the same American Railway theme as the regular Empire Builder Rooms, but the family suites provide much more space for families to spread out and relax. The family suites include two separate sleeping areas with an arrangement of two queen beds, a twin bed, and a twin futon. These suites are only on the trackside of the property.

Features & Amenities

  • Private Bathroom
  • Sleeps Up To 6 People
  • Open Format Room
  • Dressers
  • Chair
  • No Television
  • No Telephone
  • No Air Conditioning
  • No Coffee Maker
  • No Elevators
  • Ceiling Fan
Caboose Cabins - Red, Orange, Green, Blue

Starting at $179.00

844-845-3629
or outside the US:
406-203-5614

Caboose Cabins - Red, Orange, Green, Blue - 1 Double or 2 Doubles or 1 Queen & 2 Twins

Four authentic old cabooses that used to run on the Great Northern rail tracks have been set aside in a peaceful spot in the forest overlooking the main lodge. These cabooses have been fully restored and renovated into cozy cabin-style accommodations which are unique and fun for the entire family! Each caboose has been fitted with electricity and plumbing so you will have the availability of life's modern conveniences at your disposal. The bedding differs by the cabin. Bedding options include two full beds, one full bed, or one queen and two twin beds (sleeping 2-4 guests depending on the bedding arrangement). All Cabooses require a two-night minimum. Rates include the use of the sauna, skiing, and hiking trails. Please note in the comments if you prefer one bed.

Features & Amenities

  • Deck
  • Refrigerator
  • Full Kitchen
  • Four Burner Cooktop Stove With Oven In The Red & Blue Caboose
  • Beautiful Views
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • Private Bathroom
  • (Winter) Ski-In, Ski-Out Location On 20 Miles Of Groomed Trails
  • (Summer) 20 Miles Of Hiking Or Mountain Biking Trails
  • Table with Chairs
  • Two Burner Cooktop Stove With Oven In The Orange & Green Caboose
  • Hot tub and sauna access


Starting at $339.00

844-845-3629
or outside the US:
406-203-5614

GN 441 Locomotive - 1 King

This is not your typical locomotive! The GN441 has been immaculately renovated into a luxury lodging suite. While the exterior of this old locomotive still looks much the same as it did back in the days when it was rolling down the track, the interior has been carefully reconstructed with luxury furnishings and fixtures unsurpassed by any other lodging options anywhere in the Glacier Park area. The bedroom offers style and comfort with a king-size bed complete with a Hudson Bay blanket and pillowcases. There is also a stone fireplace, a full kitchen, and a private bathroom (with a jacuzzi tub). These require a two-night minimum.

Features & Amenities

  • Private Bathroom with Shower Only and Heated Floor
  • Full Kitchen
  • Private Deck
  • Queen-sized leather sleeper sofa in living area
  • High-end Luxury Accommodations
  • Radiator Fan Skylights
  • Antique Wardrobe
  • King Bed w/ Hudson Bay Blanket and Pillowcases
  • LCD TV with DVD Player
  • Rubbed Oil Bronze Fixtures
  • Native Montana Argillite Stone Fireplace
  • 400 Year-Old Reclaimed Oak Wood Floor
  • BBQ Grill (Propane Not Provided)
  • Hot tub and sauna access
  • Dining area with seating for 4
  • Skylights
  • Engine access doors open up to a 60" picture window view of the adjacent BNSF mainline


Starting at $119.00

844-845-3629
or outside the US:
406-203-5614

GN X215 Caboose - 1 King & 1 Double

The Great Northern X215 Caboose is the newest addition to the list of accommodations at Izaak Walton Inn. This beautifully renovated caboose has been redesigned with luxury in mind. There is a king bed in the master bedroom on the main floor, a full bed in the cupola, as well as a gas fireplace, to chase away the chill and set a romantic mood. The caboose includes a private bathroom and a full kitchen with a 4-burner stove, oven, refrigerator, microwave, granite countertops, and a coffee maker. There is also a basic set of dishes and cooking equipment. This accommodation requires a two-night minimum.

Features & Amenities

  • Private Bathroom with Shower Only and Heated Floor
  • Full Kitchen
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Dishes
  • Four Burner Stove with Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hot tub and sauna access


Starting at $259.00

844-845-3629
or outside the US:
406-203-5614

JJ Luxury Caboose - 1 Queen & 1 Double

The 'JJ' was designed with a rustic western theme that combines wood, leather, and stone to create a warm and inviting Montana-lodge atmosphere. Rustic reclaimed barn wood and turquoise aspen wood accent the walls and blend perfectly with the leather and western-themed furniture. The kitchen features Lotus granite countertops, a copper sink, a full refrigerator, gas range, microwave, and a sink. A queen bed in the master bedroom and a full bed in the cupola. A private deck with chairs and a BBQ grill. This accommodation requires a two-night minimum.

Features & Amenities

  • Private Bathroom with Shower Only and Heated Floor
  • Full Kitchen
  • Four Burner Stove with Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Leather Furniture
  • Deck with Chairs
  • BBQ Grill
  • Glazed Hickory Cabinets
  • Hot tub and sauna access


Starting at $259.00

844-845-3629
or outside the US:
406-203-5614

Northern Pacific Bay Window Caboose - 1 Queen & 2 Twin/Twin Bunk Beds

The Northern Pacific Bay Window Caboose is another recent addition to the accommodations available at Izaak Walton Inn. This beautifully renovated caboose has a queen size bed in the master bedroom and two sets of bunk beds in the second bedroom. The caboose will easily sleep up to 6 people in comfort. The master bedroom includes a gas fireplace and there is a full kitchen with stove, oven, refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker, and a luxury bathroom with a tiled shower. This is a great option for families or a group of friends traveling together. This accommodation requires a two-night minimum.

Features & Amenities

  • Private Bathroom with Shower Only and Heated Floor
  • Full Kitchen
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Dishes
  • Four Burner Stove with Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hot tub and sauna access
River View Caboose

Starting at $179.00

844-845-3629
or outside the US:
406-203-5614

River View Caboose - 1 King & 1 Double

This caboose features one king bed and a full bed in the cupola. The caboose also offers a kitchenette with a four-burner cooktop stove, a small propane grill on the deck, and a private bathroom.

Features & Amenities

  • Refrigerator
  • Deck Overlooks The Middle Fork Of The Flathead River
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • BBQ Grill
  • Private Bathroom with Shower Only
  • Four Burner Stove with Oven
  • Only Available In The Summer
  • Hot tub and sauna access


Starting at $179.00

844-845-3629
or outside the US:
406-203-5614

Family Cabins - 2 Doubles

The Family Cabins at Izaak Walton is located across the tracks, situated in a nice quiet spot in the forest. The cabins include a kitchenette/living area, a bedroom, a private bathroom, and a small loft. The bedroom and the loft each have a full-size bed. Each cabin also includes a front deck with bench seating, the perfect place to relax during the day and soak in the sights, sounds, and scents of the forest. The cabins will accommodate four guests maximum. There is a two-night minimum required for these accommodations.

Features & Amenities

  • Modern Kitchenette
  • Loft
  • Front Porch
  • Shared Picnic Area
  • Private Bathroom with Shower Only
  • Dining Table with Chairs
  • Shared Firepit (Firewood Not Provided)
  • Bench On The Porch
The Cottage House - 2 Bedroom

Starting at $260.00

844-845-3629
or outside the US:
406-203-5614

The Cottage House - 2 Bedroom - 1 King & 1 Twin/Queen Bunk Bed

Located one mile from the Inn at the local mercantile. Perfect for a party of six, the rooms offer one twin over a queen bunk bed, one king bed, the home also features a fully equipped kitchen, living room with a queen sofa sleeper, dining area, a fenced-in yard with a BBQ, and a private full bath. This home requires a two-night minimum for each reservation, a non-refundable cleaning fee of $50.00 for each reservation, and can accommodate up to six guests.

Features & Amenities

  • Refrigerator
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • Fireplace
  • Propane BBQ Grill (Propane Not Provided)
  • Four Burner Gas Stove with Oven
  • Dining Table with Seating For Six
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Television
Walton House - 3 Bedroom

Starting at $260.00

844-845-3629
or outside the US:
406-203-5614

Walton House - 3 Bedroom - 2 Queens, 1 Trundle & 2 Twins

The Walton House features three bedrooms and two bathrooms that are located just a short distance from the Izaak Walton Inn. The second level of the home offers a guest room with a trundle bed with two twin-size mattresses, a bathroom, and the master bedroom with a queen bed. The main floor of the home features a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, living room, a guest room with a queen bed, and a back deck with a barbecue. This home requires a two-night minimum for each reservation, a non-refundable cleaning fee of $75.00 for each reservation, and can accommodate up to six guests.

Features & Amenities

  • Dining Table with Chairs
  • Armchair
  • Couch
  • BBQ Grill
  • Deck
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Four Burner Stove with Oven
  • Coffee Pot
  • Two Levels
  • Private Bathroom
  • Living Room
  • Dished and Utensils
  • Bedding Provided
  • Hot tub and sauna access
  • Washer and Dryer
Withrow House

Starting at $260.00

844-845-3629
or outside the US:
406-203-5614

Withrow House - 4 Bedroom - 2 Queens, 4 Twins & 1 Sofa Sleeper

This home features four separate bedrooms and offers 2,000 square feet of living space. This "Ski-In/Ski-Out" home is ideal for large families or groups visiting Glacier National Park and is complete with a full kitchen, two bathrooms, a private deck with views of two mountain ranges, and a huge yard. Bedding for this home includes two queen beds, four twin beds, and one sofa sleeper. This home requires a two-night minimum for each reservation, a non-refundable cleaning fee of $75.00 for each reservation, and can accommodate up to ten guests.

Features & Amenities

  • BBQ Grill
  • Private Bathroom
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Patio
  • Dining Room
  • Yard
  • Microwave
  • Four Burner Stove with Oven
  • Toaster Oven
  • Toaster
  • Dining Table with Chairs
  • Breakfast Bar with Chairs
  • Living Room
James J Hill House

Starting at $409.00

844-845-3629
or outside the US:
406-203-5614

James J Hill House - 3 Bedroom - 1 Queen & 3 Twin/Queen Bunk Beds

The James J Hill House is a newly renovated three-bedroom, two-bathroom home within walking distance of the inn and restaurant. The main floor features a balcony, full bathroom tub/shower combo, kitchen, dining area, and living room. The lower level features the third bedroom with two twin over queen bunk beds. The upstairs features a bathroom with a shower only, the first bedroom has a queen, the second bedroom has a twin over queen bunk bed. This home requires a two-night minimum for each reservation, a non-refundable cleaning fee of $75.00 for each reservation, and can accommodate up to ten guests (note: there is an extra charge for more than 8 guests).

Features & Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Coin Operated Washer/Dryer
  • Propane BBQ Grill (Propane Not Provided)
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Two Bathrooms
  • Sleeps Up To 10
  • Generator
  • Firepit
  • Dining Table with Seating For Eight
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Four Burner Stove with Oven
  • Balcony
  • Hot tub and sauna access

Location Map for Izaak Walton Inn

Izaak Walton Inn
290 Izaak Walton Rd, Essex, MT 59916
Geo Coordinates: 48.278664, -113.611929

Taxes & Fees

13% [ + additional fee: $1.00 Glacier Park Conservancy Fee Per Night and 3% Resort Fee ]

Reservation Policy

A deposit equal to one nights stay is required at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy

If cancellation is prior to 30 days of the arrival date, then the reservation is refundable. Less than 30 days, the total amount paid is non-refundable. Reservation cancellations or changes received less than 30 days before arrival for any reason are non-refundable.

Credit Cards Accepted

Other Policies

Pets Policy:

Pets are allowed in some accommodations. Dogs are allowed in our cabins and classic cabooses with a mandatory pet fee.

Rates Policy: Rates for cabooses are based on double occupancy. Family cabin rates are based on 2-3 adults plus children. Room rates include the use of the sauna, ski, and hiking trails. Rates are subject to change or increase depending on availability and season. Please note there is an additional $1.00 Glacier Park Conservancy Fee and a 3% resort fee before tax. Please note there is a two or three-night minimum stay required in peak season. There is a two-night minimum for caboose rentals. Rollaway beds are not available.

The Izaak Walton Inn is not affiliated with Amtrack and is not responsible for delayed or canceled train travel.

Check-in: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.