Summit Nature Center at Whitefish Mountain Resort | Whitefish, Montana

The Summit Nature Center sits atop Big Mountain at the Summit House. Hike the Danny On Trail, a distance of 4 miles, or take a high-speed gondola ride to the top. 

Managed by the US Forest Service, the Nature Center features interactive, hands-on exhibits about the region's flora, fauna, geology, fire ecology and history. Kids enjoy identifying the original owners of animal skins. The summit of Big Mountain offers fabulous views of the Flathead Valley and peaks in Glacier National Park.

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Latitude: 48.502349854 Longitude: -114.340843201 Elevation: 6639 ft
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Open Hours

Manned by volunteers during ski season- December- March on weekends only. Open in the summer from mid-June until Labor Day from 10-5, 7 days per week.

Open Seasons and Months

Open during ski season on weekends and summer season June to September

Entry Fees Required (if any)


Driving Directions

From Whitefish, take Wisconsin Avenue to Big Mountain Road. A 6 mile drive to the base of Whitefish Mountain Resort leads to the Danny On Trail.The trail is an uphill hike of 4 miles. Or take the chairlift to the summit. The Nature Center is located on the bottom level of the Summit House.

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