Izaak Walton Inn | Glacier National Park

Property Highlights

  • 33 Lodge Rooms
  • 13 Vacation Homes / Caboose Cabin Rentals
  • Game Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Dining Car Restaurant
  • Miles Of Hiking Trails
  • 33 Km of Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails
  • Professional Ski Instruction Available
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Open Year Round

Starting at: $109.00

About Izaak Walton Inn

The Izaak Walton Inn is a unique family-owned retreat that borders the southern boundary of Glacier National Park. The 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 1940's 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 $169.00

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

Cabins

The cabins at Izaak Walton are located across the tracks, situated in a nice quiet spot in the forest. The cabins include a kitchen/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

  • Full Kitchen
  • Loft
  • Front Porch
  • Shared Picnic Area
  • Private Bathroom

Starting at $169.00

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

Caboose Cabins - Red, Orange, Green, Blue

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 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 use of the sauna, skiing and hiking trails.

Features & Amenities

  • Deck
  • Refrigerator
  • Full Kitchen
  • Four Burner Stove Top
  • Oven
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • BBQ Grill
  • Private Bathroom

Starting at $199.00

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

Empire Builder Family Suite

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 rooms will be either trackside or non-trackside.

Features & Amenities

  • Private Bathroom

Starting at $109.00

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

Empire Builder Room

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. These rooms either face trackside, or non-trackside.

Features & Amenities

  • Private Bathroom
  • Futon

Starting at $329.00

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

GN 441 Locomotive

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 jacuzzi tub). These require a two-night minimum.

Features & Amenities

  • Private Bathroom
  • Full Kitchen
  • Private Deck
  • Sleeper Sofa
  • High-end Luxury Accommodations
  • Radiator Fan Skylights
  • Antique Wardrobe
  • King Bed w/ Hudson Bay Blanket and Pillowcases
  • 46" LCD TV with DVD Player
  • Rubbed Oil Bronze Fixtures
  • Native Montana Argillite Stone Fireplace
  • 400 Year-Old Reclaimed Oak Wood Floor

Starting at $249.00

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

GN X215 Caboose

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, 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 and coffee maker. There is also a basic set of dishes and cooking equipment. This accommodation requires a two-night minimum.

Features & Amenities

  • Private Bathroom
  • Full Kitchen
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Dishes

Starting at $129.00

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

Great Northern Room

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.

Features & Amenities

  • Private Bathroom

Starting at $169.00

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

Honeymoon Cabin

The Honeymoon cabin is located near the caboose rentals; and offers more privacy than the rooms. The cabin includes a double bed, private bathroom, kitchen and a front porch, making this an ideal cozy cabin for two! This is the perfect cabin for that special romantic getaway with your sweetheart.

Features & Amenities

  • Full Kitchen
  • Shower Only
  • Front Porch
  • Private Bathroom

Starting at $249.00

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

JJ Luxury Caboose

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 aspen wood accent the walls and blend perfectly with the leather and western-themed furniture. The kitchen features Lotus granite counter-tops, a full refrigerator, gas range, microwave and a copper sink.  This accommodation requires a two-night minimum.

Features & Amenities

  • Private Bathroom
  • Full Kitchen

Starting at $249.00

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

Northern Pacific Caboose

The Northern Pacific 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 tile shower. This is a great option for families or a group of friends travelling together. This accommodation requires a two-night minimum.

Features & Amenities

  • Private Bathroom
  • Full Kitchen
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Dishes

Starting at $250.00

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

Withrow House

This home features four separate bedrooms and offers 2000 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. This accommodation requires a two-night minimum.

Features & Amenities

  • BBQ Grill
  • Private Bathroom
  • Full Kitchen
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Patio
  • Dining Room
  • Yard
Park View Caboose Cabin

Starting at $169.00

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

Park View Caboose Cabin

This caboose features one double bed and two twin beds. The caboose also offers a kitchenette with a two burner cook top stove, a small propane grill on the deck and a private bathroom.

Features & Amenities

  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • BBQ Grill
  • Private Bathroom
School House Rooms

Starting at $249.00

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

School House Rooms

The School House Rooms were 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

Location Map for Izaak Walton Inn

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

Taxes & Fees

7% [ + additional fee: $1.00 Resort Fee Per Night ]

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 arrival date, then reservation is refundable. Less than 30 days, the total amount paid is non-refundable. Reservation cancellations received less than 30 days before arrival for any reason are non-refundable.

Other Policies

Pets Policy:

Pets are not allowed.

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 resort fee per night.

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