Why should I visit Polebridge?
A popular spot for backpackers and globe trekkers, Polebridge is just a speck on the map, but embodies the big charm of an Old West frontier town. With very few residents and a downtown area comprised of one historic building, Polebridge is a great place to visit and ponder the vastness of Montana’s wilderness.
Abutting the west side of Glacier National Park, Polebridge visitors should not expect to “do” anything more than relax.
Since the town runs off the grid, pulling its power from generators and propane, it is unmarred by time and progress.
Where is Polebridge?
Situated on the west side of Glacier National Park, Polebridge is 23-miles north of Whitefish. Take Route 93 north to highway 40, in Columbia Falls turn right on Nucleus Avenue then Railroad Street and follow the signs to Polebridge Loop.
What sort of Services and Amenities does Polebridge offer?
There are only a few businesses in Polebridge and all are big on rustic charm.
For those looking to keep it simple, the North Forty Hostel and Inn and Square Peg Ranch offer the perfect chance to decompress and read a book by candlelight. The only hostel lodging located near Glacier Park, the North Forty has no phones, TVs, internet or electricity, so expect camp-like conditions.
From the hostel’s dorm accommodations to teepees to the charming goat chalet, the North Forty has something for every adventurer.
Food options are limited, but put aside any expectations of casual dining and enjoy the rustic charm of the Northern Lights Saloon and Cafe and the Mercantile Market.
What can I do or see in Polebridge?
Once you make the trek to the secluded town of Polebridge, take some time to pause and breathe the fresh air. In the evenings listen to the wolves howl in the distance, as the night sky becomes illuminated with the twinkle of a million stars.
Sit in the historic Polebridge Mercantile Café and enjoy Montana’s best homemade cinnamon rolls with a fresh cup of coffee.
It is the slow pace and peaceful rolling meadows that make this small town worth a visit.