Why should I visit Columbia Falls?
Just 10 miles west of the state’s highest dam in Hungry Horse and only 17 miles from the west gate of Glacier National Park, Columbia Falls is conveniently located to northwest Montana’s major attractions. For park visitors traveling east on Highway 2, Columbia Falls is the last big town they’ll see before the park’s entrance.
To get a taste of what small-town life in Montana, spend the day in Columbia Falls.
Where is Columbia Falls?
Columbia Falls is 7 miles east of Whitefish on Highway 2.
What sort of Services and Amenities does Columbia Falls offer?
Although it’s a small town covering just under 2 miles, Columbia Falls has many big chain restaurants and large grocery stores. From Pizza Hut to KFC, offers fast food options, as well as several mom and pop cafes.
For a night out, hit one of the rowdiest western watering holes in all of Montana at the famous Blue Moon. With live music in the bar, a casino and rodeo events, the Blue Moon is the cowboy bar you’ve been looking for.
There isn’t much in the way of lodging in Columbia Falls. Besides a on resort, a few motels and several B&Bs, visitors will find that Columbia Falls is more suited for day trips. Located between Columbia Falls and Hungry Horse, just east of Martin City, Abbot Valley Homestead is an extraordinary place to spend your vacation. Offering a real glimpse Montana living, the historic homestead and cabins are nestled on 260 acres of beautiful meadows surrounded by Aspen forest. Settled in 1910, Abbot Valley Homestead features 8 charming cabins, all with individual style and character. Enjoy horses roaming in the meadows and watch for bears and moose passing through on their way to Glacier Park.
What can I do Columbia Falls?
- House of Mystery
Inside a crooked little shack, located off Highway 2, feel the power of the vortex at the House of Mystery. From April to September, this family friendly attraction draws in crowds to explore an energy field which defies the laws of physics.
Every weekend throughout the summer, the Midway Swap Meet is held at the drive-in movie theater along Highway 2. There are tons of vendors, so locals and tourists alike come out to peruse everything from food to antiques.
In July, Columbia Falls hosts Heritage Days. The weekend party features a rodeo, parade, street dance, craft fair, car show, basketball tournament, and 5K and 10K runs.
The scenic alternative route to Glacier National Park begins at Camas Creek Park. County Road 486, moves long the North Fork of the Flathead River, which forms the western boundary of Glacier. Many raft trips through the scenic north fork begin in Columbia Falls. For intrepid rafters and kayakers there are several put ins located along the unpaved byway of County Road 486.