Are you looking for a place to truly escape the humdrum of everyday life? A place where you can connect with nature more than you ever have before? Catch your breath in Polebridge, Montana!
It was named after an old log bridge that was built across the North Fork of the Flathead River connecting the North Fork Road to Montana’s Secondary Highway 486. Nestled between the Livingston Range of Glacier National Park to the east and the Whitefish Range to the West, Polebridge is your place to find solitude in the wilderness. It’s located over 40 miles up the North Fork Road from Columbia Falls, Montana. The core consists mainly of the historic Polebridge Mercantile and the Northern Lights Saloon/Restaurant. Thirty small cabins form what the locals have nicknamed the “Downtown” area.
In a normal year, Polebridge receives an average of 22 inches of rain, and approximately 94 inches of snow. The average temperature in July ranges from 79 degrees to 40 degrees, with a range of 31 degrees to 9 degrees in January.
With no phone reception, except through landlines at the Mercantile and the ranger station, and no electricity, Polebridge is for people who are seeking a life of quiet. Polebridge is completely off grid, making the only source of electricity that of generators, batteries, solar and hydropower.
Considered Glacier National Park’s most remote entrance, the populous consists mostly of wolves, elk, eagles, mountain lions, black bears, grizzly bears, deer, and moose. Pretty awesome! Most of the 50 miles of the greater Polebridge area belongs to the Forest Service, Glacier National Park, and the state of Montana. Only 2% of the land lies in the possession of private land owners.
Polebridge is a special little settlement. It may not be for everybody, but its rustic charm has warmed many a heart.
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