Columbia Falls, Montana

Columbia Falls, Montana incorporated in 1909, is a beautiful community with a love for the great outdoors. Often referred to as the "Gateway to Glacier National Park", Columbia Falls sits at the intersection to two of Glacier National Park's access routes (North Fork & West Glacier). This small, family-oriented community of 4,600 residents is passionate about enjoying community parks, fishing, hiking, rafting, and more right out our back door...did we mention access to over 2 million acres of public lands. There is an array of local coffeehouses, restaurants, a brewery, a fly shop, a bike shop, book stores, local shopping and walking/biking paths. Visitors will find the selection of bed & breakfasts, hotels, cabins and RV Parks suitable as a basecamp for most Flathead Valley/Glacier Country adventures. 

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Latitude: 48.37318 Longitude: -114.181134 Elevation: 3081 ft
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Laura Gadwa

Community Highlights

Columbia Falls is a community full of trails, river accesses and outdoor adventures. Local businesses offer visitors guided trips and rental equipment year round. Whether you are looking to raft, hike, bike or snowmobile Columbia Falls has it all. 

  • Columbia Falls Community MarketFood trucks, artisans, farmers, live music, dance floor & rotating local breweries & distilleries (Every Thursday May-September)
  • Heritage Days: Car show, free open swimming, concert, open rodeo, parade, wild horse drive & more (late July)
  • River’s Edge Park: 20+ acre community park featuring walking trails, community garden & wetland boardwalk
  • Pinewood Park: Aquatic Center (outdoor pool is open June - August), bouldering wall, playground & basketball court
  • Marantette Park: Large treed playground, picnic shelter & Don Lawerence Ampitheatre
  • Columbia Mountain Trail #51: Local favorite hike overlooking Columbia Falls and the Greater Flathead Valley
  • Flathead River: Teakettle River Access is a popular river access point on the east end of Columbia Falls on Highway 2 *Lary's Fly Shop has an excellent selection of river access maps for the main stem of the Flathead River, N. Fork of the Flathead River, Middle Fork of the Flathead River & South Fork of the Flathead River
  • North Fork Road: River accesses at Blankenship Bridge, Glacier Rim, Great Northern Flats and several others along the North Fork Flathead River, all the way to Polebridge and the Canadian border. Along the way are two entrances to Glacier National Park and numerous trailheads on both Forest Service and National Park lands.
  • Mountain Views: Columbia Falls is bordered by the Swan Mountain Range to the east and Whitefish Range to the north 
  • Wild & Scenic River 50th Anniversary Celebrations! 

*Columbia Falls is rated the #2 safest city in Montana in 2018, based off the Safest Cities in Montana Report published by SafeWise.

High Season Dates (Time periods when community is most busy with visitors)

June-August

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