At Glacier Guides and Montana Raft, we take our commitment to environmental efforts, in conjunction with our mission statement, very seriously. After all, we live in an area that is experiencing rapid change due to climate patterns.
Our mission is to provide exceptional active travel vacations and experiences in and around Glacier National Park while preserving and protecting Glacier’s unique ecosystem using the best available ecologically sound practices. And that means the best environmental efforts, too.
We are committed to being an environmentally responsible business and are continually looking for new ways to improve our environmental efforts and practices. At Glacier Guides and Montana Raft, we look forward to sharing Glacier National Park with guests for generations to come. Join us in supporting the National Park Service, the United States Forest Service, and the surrounding communities in our collective efforts to preserve and conserve the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.
Other Environmental Efforts Include:
Preserving the entrance to Glacier National Park by maintaining a vegetative screen and refusing to use billboards.
Teaching and practicing Leave No Trace ethics on all our trips.
Recycling paper, cardboard, aluminum, glass, plastics, steel, automobile oil, and batteries.
Using post consumer paper in our printing and brochures.
Purchasing wind power and hydro power (as a second option) to fulfill our electric needs.
Using free trade and Energy Star products when available.
Using refillable dispensers for shampoo and conditioner in our lodge.
Using reusable dinnerware (plates, silverware and cups) instead of disposable ones on our trips.
No longer selling bottled water (we sell refillable bottles instead).
Selling more souvenirs with “Made in the USA” and “Eco-Sensitive” materials.
Converting all of our light bulbs to more efficient compact fluorescent.
Building our West Glacier lodge to many LEED certification standards.
We are proud to be one of the founding sponsors of ClimateRide.org, a bicycle ride promoting responsible energy use and positive action toward climate change.
Glacier Guides and Montana Raft was honored by Montana State University, in conjunction with the Montana Governor’s Office, with an EcoStar Award for our pollution prevention efforts.
We are supporters of TAP (Travelers Against Plastic). Their goal (and ours) is to get travelers to consider cleaning their own water while traveling. By doing so, we can avoid the disposal of billions of water bottles around the world each year.
Glacier Guides and Montana Raft was in the first class from the Flathead Valley to graduate from the UnCommon Sense Program, a two year program set up by the Yellowstone Business Partnership that helps businesses further their environmental efforts.
Every little bit counts.
Glacier Guides and Montana Raft has hosted “Rafting For Refuse,” an annual river clean up, since 1997. Every year on a Saturday in late June, we clean up trash at the public river access points and along the river corridor on the North and Middle Forks of the Flathead River. We provide all of the necessary rafting equipment, expert guides, and staff to coordinate the day.
Please call our office for the exact date and details. 406-387-5555. Encourage your friends and family to come along and make this annual event another great success! Rafting For Refuse has never been so much fun!