We’ve all contemplated how to boost attendance at the next association meeting or add an element of intrigue to an upcoming corporate retreat, right? We all know attendees look forward to visiting a destination that they’ve never been to or taking part in an exciting outdoor experience or activity that is part of the conference program. The anticipation of these activities builds excitement and can revive and rejuvenate attendees after days of early wake-up calls and spending long hours sitting indoors with back-to-back sessions. As a bonus, it allows them to see and enjoy the surrounding landscape the host community has to offer. And if there’s one thing Western Montana’s Glacier Country can deliver, it’s an ultimate outdoor adventure.

Guided horseback ride through the beautiful landscapes. Photo: Cliff Ranch

Adding an outdoor adventure to your next meeting agenda in Glacier Country is easy when you utilize Montana’s most notable and stunning adventure assets—our beautiful free-flowing rivers, breathtaking mountains and magnificent lakes—along with the services of professional guides and outfitters. Whether the meetings attendees want to participate on an individual level or the planner wants to make it part of a group outing built into the agenda, options vary including trail rides by horseback near Kalispell (read more about meetings in Kalispell) or a mountain biking excursion or scenic chairlift ride in Whitefish (read more about meeting in Whitefish), float the Alberton Gorge near Missoula (learn more about meeting in Missoula) or take a guided hike through Glacier National Park. Western Montana has professional, experienced and well-equipped guides to make group adventures easy, safe, educational and a whole lot of fun.

Ride the rapids with Great Northern. Photo: Great Northern Raft

Glacier Country is home to some famous rivers—the Blackfoot, Bitterroot, Clark Fork and Flathead to name just a few—for both water recreation and fishing. From calm scenic floats to an exhilarating spring whitewater adventure, Montana’s rivers can accommodate. Near Missoula, utilize River City Brews Rafting Tours for a small group adventure on the Blackfoot or Clark Fork River with your favorite growler of beer from a local brewery. Or grab a pink inner tube and a ride up river from Clark Fork Yacht Club and enjoy a leisurely float back into downtown Missoula.

Floating down the Clark Fork through the heart of Missoula with River City Brews Rafting Tours.

Fly-fishing on blue-ribbon trout streams and rivers in Montana was made famous by the movie A River Runs Through It. For groups looking to learn how to fly-fish or even those with experience, hiring a guide that knows the prime fishing holes and the right fly to use on any given day, can make the adventure a true success.  

Fly fishing with Glacier Anglers near Glacier National Park. Photo: Glacier Anglers

Western Montana is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, which does have its benefits when it comes to winter recreation. Winter snow brings ample accumulations to Glacier County’s seven downhill ski and snowboard destinations, along with scenic cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. For groups that are ultra-adventurous, enlist a guide for a snowmobiling or dog sledding adventure. For the less adventurous, there are horse-drawn sleigh ride or wagon ride options. Plan a winter experience for your group with a guided adventure into Glacier National Park to go snowshoeing with a host of guides including Glacier Adventure Guides, Glacier National Park Conservancy or Whitefish Outfitters & Tours.

Whitefish Mountain Resort. Photo: Noah Couser
A group enjoys a horse-drawn wagon ride at Bar W Guest Ranch in Whitefish.

From late spring through late fall, easily accessible trail systems abound in Western Montana for exceptional mountain biking. There are multiple mountain bike rental facilities and guide services that can have the bikes ready and waiting for groups to arrive, jump on and hit the trails.

Mountain biking the ridge in Western Montana.

Western Montana is known as a hiker’s paradise. From renowned trails in the Bitterroot Valley to over 700 miles of hiking trails in Glacier National Park, it’s best to use a guide’s expertise to determine your groups ability and to make sure the hike is enjoyed by all participants. In addition, for groups planning a hike in Glacier National Park, Glacier Guides and Montana Raft (the concessioner for all hikes in the park) can plan a customized excursion just for your group. Take it one step further and hike with a llama. These friendly and adorable animals will carry your belongings as you hike along the trails. Your guide will provide information about these domesticated animals and even pack a lunch for the group.

Llamas make great hiking partners in the Swan Mountain range.

Oftentimes groups come to Montana and want to “cowboy or cowgirl up” on horseback to explore the region. Western Montana has numerous options for both the novice and experienced riders when it comes to enjoying the area on horseback. Plus, some of the best views of the region come from riding the ridgelines. Make it a full or half day adventure with a chuckwagon dinner to top off the night’s excursion.

A horseback trail ride is one of many activity options in Western Montana near Kalispell.

Like the incredible rivers in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, the lakes are pretty spectacular as well, offering year-round recreation. Some of the most notable lakes are Lake Como, Lake Koocanusa, Seeley Lake, Whitefish Lake, Lake McDonald and Flathead Lake—the largest freshwater lake in the West.

It’s easy to book a sailing trip or charter a larger boat for a lunch or dinner cruise on Flathead Lake. Groups can opt for a wooden boat excursion on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park or enlist a guide for a group lesson on stand-up paddle boards on Whitefish Lake.

Sunset cruise on Flathead Lake with Far West Boat Tours.

Kayaking and canoeing can be done on both lakes and rivers in Western Montana.  Some sections of rivers provide calm and uncrowded paddling while other parts require excellent paddling skills. Hiring a guide that knows the waterways well is always in the group’s best interest.

*Not only do professional guides know the rules and regulations for the mountains, tribal lands, wilderness areas and waterways in Montana, they can assist with the right permits, licenses and equipment needed to make your meeting excursions trouble free and memorable.

For more information on meeting facilities in Western Montana, visit our Glacier Country meetings website. Or, if you’re looking for more information on adding an outdoor adventure to your Western Montana meeting, drop me a line; I’m always here to help.

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April 18, 2023

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