This corral is located across the parking lot from the Many Glacier Hotel, which sits alongside Swiftcurrent Lake. From this corral, we offer our most intense exploration of the Glacier back country:
We offer daily trail rides that last one hour. Times and locations change daily based on availability of horses and wranglers.
This awesome trail heads out along the shores of Lake Sherburne and on to Cracker Flats, where the old mining town of Altyn once stood at the turn of the century. On the flats, you’ll get 360 degree views of all the mountains surrounding the Many Glacier Valley as well as great opportunities to see wildlife! This scenic two hour ride is offered in the morning only.
This picturesque horseback ride takes you down the first few miles of the Piegan Trail. As you ride along the heavily forested trail, you’ll catch glimpses of Swiftcurrent Lake, Josephine Lake and the Garden Wall. Keep your eyes peeled for trickling waterfalls and curious animals along the mountain side. This two hour ride is offered in the afternoon only.
Ride and Glide Packages
Morning Ride and Glide
A full day experience in the Many Glacier Valley Check in at the Many Glacier Corral at 7:45am for the Cracker Flats two hour trail ride (see detailed description of the ride above). You will finish up with the ride at 10:30am which leaves you plenty of time to grab lunch and explore a bit of the Many Glacier Valley. Enjoy a leisurely sit-down lunch at either the historic Many Glacier hotel or ‘Nells at Swiftcurrent Motor Inn followed by a stroll on the Swiftcurrent Nature trail before checking in for the 3:00pm boat tour behind the Many Glacier Hotel. The 3:00pm tour allows time for Glacier Park Boat Company’s famed hike between Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lake.
For the go-get-er types, you can pack a lunch and hike to Apikuni Falls, Ptarmigan Falls or Redrock Falls before checking in for the 4:30pm boat tour behind the Many Glacier Hotel.
Afternoon Ride and Glide
A half day experience in the Many Glacier Valley Check in at the Many Glacier Corral at 12:45pm for the Josephine Lake two hour trail ride (see detailed description of the ride above). You will finish up with the ride by 3:30pm giving time to walk down to the Glacier Park Boat Company ticket office behind the Many Glacier Hotel to check in for your 4:30pm scenic boat tour.
These packages are offered from July 1st through September 15th for a total price of $107.50 for guests ages 13 and older and $93.75 for guests ages 8 to 12 years old. Please note that reservations are required.
Custom Ride and Glide
Do you have more time in your schedule to see both sides of the Park or to spread your activities out across multiple days? If so, we can customize your package to allow you to do a horseback ride on one day and a boat tour on a different day and to combine a horseback ride on one side of the park
with a boat tour on the other side of the park or vice versa. All you have to do is pick the horseback ride day/time and boat tour day/time that works best for you and we will get the perfect package booked:
Horseback ride options:
– 7:45 am Cracker Flats Two Hour Ride at the Many Glacier Corral (east side of the park)
– 12:45pm Josephine Lake Two Hour Ride at the Many Glacier Corral (east side of the park)
– 12:45pm Glacier Gateway Two Hour Ride at the West Glacier Corral (located outside of the park near West Glacier)
Boat tour options:
– 3:00pm Boat Tour at Many Glacier (east side of the park)
– 4:30pm Boat Tour at Many Glacier (east side of the park)
– 5:30pm Boat Tour at Lake McDonald Lodge (west side of the park)
– 7:00pm Boat Tour at Lake McDonald Lodge (west side of the park)
Package pricing and available dates will vary with the Custom Ride and Glide package
This morning half day ride winds through a lush green valley chock-full of water features, including streams and creeks and even waterfalls at certain points in the season. The ride offers views of Jospehine Lake’s turquoise water, Grinnell Point and distant views of Salamander Glacier. Half way through the ride, riders can dismount, stretch their legs and take in more majestic views before heading back on the horses to the corral. Between our two half day rides, the Piegan Valley trail is shorter and more suited to a novice rider.
This afternoon half day ride takes you along the historic stringing trail which meanders through the Many Glacier Hotel complex and down along Swiftcurrent Falls until you cross the Many Glacier Road and start climbing the ravine alongside Poia Mountain. Halfway up, at the Swiftcurrent Ridge hitching rail, you’ll dismount to get a great view over Lake Sherburne and the entire Many Glacier Valley. Then, you’ll head back down the mountain the way you came up, this time with the backdrop of the Many Glacier Hotel spanning before you. Between our two half day rides, the Sherburne Overlook trail is longer and more suited to riders with experience.
Many Glacier Full Day Ride
From the Many Glacier Corral, we are permitted to take guests to either Cracker Lake or to Poia Lake for a full day day ride. Beginning in 2017, the National Park Service is mandating equal use across these two trail systems. These requirements are being implemented to manage impacts from horses on high-use trails. As a result, it is not possible to choose which trail to go on. The destination of our full day ride will be chosen each day by Swan Mountain staff at the Many Glacier corral based on what current use numbers are for that week.
The Cracker Lake trail takes you out along the shores of Lake Sherburne and up along Canyon Creek until you reach the striking turquoise waters of Cracker Lake. The ride is packed full of majestic views of the surrounding mountains and good opportunities to see wildlife, especially bears. Please note that this trail ride is not offered every day.
The Poia Lake trail is chock-full of panoramic views of the entire Swiftcurrent Valley as we ride up and over Swiftcurrent Ridge. In one glance, you can take in thousands of years of geological history spread out before you. Once we reach the top, we will wind down along Kennedy Creek to the untouched Poia Lake where you will be swept away by the perfect silence of Mother Nature. Please note that this trail ride is not offered every day.
** HEADER PHOTO BY Trapper Badovinac