• Enjoy authentic Montana rodeo every Thursday night at Columbia Falls own Blue Moon Saloon. At 7pm the bleachers start to fill up with Montana’s rodeo fans that come to cheer on their favorite cowgirls and cowboys as they attempt to beat the bull to the buzzer, wrestle steers to the ground and rope calves, among all the other rodeo favorites. Rodeo vets will appreciate the skill, the kids will love the animals and clowns and newbies will appreciate the announcer’s A to Z explanations of the sport. Fuel up at the Meadow Lake Bar and Grille or come hungry and devour the hamburgers and other fare available on site. It’ hosted by a bar so libations are plentiful. Recommended Time: Summer Thursday’s gates open at 5pm, rodeo starts at 7pm, ends at dark. Saloon is open 12noon – 2am daily. Distance: Five-minute drive from Meadow Lake Resort. Parking is plentiful and free. Cost: Entrance charge is $12 adults and $6 for children 6-12 under 6 free. Recommended Attire: Weather appropriate. Cowboy hats welcomed. Wingtips discouraged. Sunglasses helpful. Intensity: Good for zero to 100. Seating is bleachers so appropriate bench seats or pads may be necessary for some guests. Address: 6105 US-2, Columbia Falls, MT 59912 More Information: Contact Meadow Lake Resort Activities Desk (800) 321-4653
  • Your trip to Montana will not be complete without spending some quality time with horses. Hop on over to Whitefish’s Bar W Guest Ranch for a trail ride that can last from an hour to a half day depending on your preference. Newbies might prefer a lesson. Family members of all ages can enjoy the 45-minute evening wagon rides that can be capped off with a dinner on the range. Recommended Time: Two hours to half day. Distance: Half hour drive from Meadow Lake Resort. Cost: It’s tour dependent with posted prices on website ranging from $50 for an hour to $110 for a half day trail ride. Recommended Attire: Layers, durable pants and shoes. Intensity: Moderate-to-intense for horseback riding. Less intense for wagon rides. More Information: Contact Meadow Lake Resort Activities Desk (800) 321-4653 or Company directly: 866.828.2900
  • Spend a day enjoying the view of Flathead Valley from Whitefish Mountain. Hours of fun await the entire family, from the thrilling Zip Line Tours, Mountain Biking, and Aerial Adventure Park to the more relaxing scenic lift rides and summit nature center. The little ones will play away hours at Spider Monkey Mountain, Strider Bike Park and the Alpine Slide. Recommended time: Minimum half day. Reservations recommended • Zip Line Tours—2 to 2.5 hours once on the mountain • Alpine Slide—varies depending on length of line. Allow 1 hour once on mountain • Mountain Biking—Rent for 2 hours, 4 hour or full day • Aerial Adventure Park—Up to two hours. • Scenic Lift—Line dependent. Allow for 3 hours once on mountain. • Hiking Trails—Range from easy and short 15 minutes to Difficult and more than five miles. Distance: 30-minute drive from Meadow Lake Resort. Cost: It’s activity dependent ranging from free hikes to $89 Zipline Tour Packages with posted prices on website. Recommended Attire: Weather dependent with layers. Sunglasses and straps. Sunscreen. Intensity: Activity dependent ranging from low on scenic lifts to intense on Ziplining and Mountain Biking. More Information: Contact Meadow Lake Resort Activities Desk (800) 321-4653 or company directly 406-862-2900
  • Experience the thrill of shooting glacier fueled rapids on a trip down Flathead River’s middle fork. Those less inclined to adrenaline boosting will certainly enjoy a scenic float or a dinner float. With three companies competing for your business, there’s sure to be a trip made for you, regardless of your age, inclinations and interests. Recommended Time: Minimum half day. Distance: 45-minute drive from Meadow Lake Resort. Cost: It’s tour dependent with posted prices on companies’ websites ranging from $58 for half day to $100 for full day. Recommended Attire: Layers starting with swimwear. Sunglasses and straps. Sunscreen. Closed toe shoes. Intensity: Moderate-to-intense for rafting trips. Scenic floats are low intensity. More Information: Contact Meadow Lake Resort Activities Desk (800) 321-4653 or companies directly: 800-521-7238 800-735-7897 406-888-5454
  • For centuries, Salish-Kootenai Indians used the largest Island in Flathead Lake to keep their horses safe from the raids of other tribes. Today the Montana State Park is home to a herd of wild horses, Big Horn sheep, Mule Deer and Bald Eagles. An hour or two on a hiking trail accessible to almost anyone who is ambulatory is bound to provide for numerous opportunities to view and photograph wildlife. If you’re lucky, you may even run across the six often elusive wild horses that provide the island’s name. In addition to hiking, Wild Horse Island is ideal for a picnic and an afternoon of swimming. Family members of all ambitions and abilities will enjoy the time spent on this state park. It’s accessible only by boat. Spring, Summer and Fall trips can be booked from Big Fork, just minutes from Meadow Lake’s Rocky Bar O lake front lodge. Boat shuttles are also available from Big Arm MT, the closest town to the Island. Recommended Time: Half Day Distance: Big Arm Boat Shuttle is an hour drive from Meadow Lake Resort. Big Fork is 40 minutes Cost: The state park is free. The trip to Island costs $40 per person round trip from Big Arm. The Big Fork service offers custom pricing. Call for details. Recommended Attire: Layers, water gear for splashes if traveling from Big Fork, and hiking and swimming appropriate. Intensity: Moderate impact hiking. Fun for the entire family. More Information: Contact Meadow Lake Resort Activities Desk (800) 321-4653 Big Arm Shuttle: 406.260.5090 BigFork: Wild Horse Island Boat Trips: 406.837.5617
  • Spend a day enjoying the good life at a private beach lodge on Flathead lake, the largest freshwater body of water west of the Mississippi. Gas grills are provided so you can stay fueled up for summer time fun. Swim off the dock, lounge in the shade or paddle board out into the lake, with supplies provided on site. Wave Runners and power boats are available for rent on the adjacent dock. If it gets too hot, you can retreat inside the lodge for board games, a game of pool or a ping pong match. This place is fun for all ages. Recommended Time: Two hours to a full day. Distance: A scenic forty-five minute drive though the Flathead Valley. Cost: No cost to Owners and Guests Renting Accommodations. Recommended Attire: Swimwear, weather appropriate clothes, sunscreen and sun glasses. Intensity: Ranges from low impact lounging to thrilling wave running. Address: 33223 Lakeshore Drive, BigFork, MT 59911 More information: Contact Meadow Lake Resort (800) 321-4653