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Nearby Cities and Towns Browning, 42 miles
Columbia Falls, 44 miles
Coram, 34 miles
East Glacier Park, 30 miles
Hungry Horse, 37 miles
West Glacier, 30 miles
Whitefish, 45 miles

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Essex, Montana

Essex is a small community on US Highway 2 near Glacier National Park offering limited services but a couple of big attractions.

Beautiful flowers on a flatbed wagon in Essex.
Beautiful flowers on a luggage cart from the Great Northern Railroad's Empire Builder outside the historic Izaak Walton Inn. Photo courtesy of Jack C. High.

One such attraction is the nearby (within a few miles) Walton Goat Lick Overlook. A sign directs you to a paved road ending in an ample parking lot where a paved, short and gentle trail leads to a view spot overlooking the deep canyon of Sheep Creek. Exposed rocks along the creek seep salts and minerals attractive to the local mountain goats. Best months of the year to see the goats are said to be June and July where as many as 75 at a time might appear.

Another big attraction is the Izaak Walton Inn, which is a must see for rail fans and others interested in the history of the Great Northern Railway's Empire Builder. The scenic Inn, which is on the National List of Historic Places, is a well known stop for lunch and a delightful destination for lodging both summer and winter.

Go Northwest! travel guide provides you with all the visitor information you need to when planning a trip to Essex. Just use the navigation links in the left hand column or the drop down menu at the top of the page to find where to stay, where to eat, what to see and what to do.


Guides and Outfitters

Snowy Springs Outfitters. HC36 Box 1604, Essex, MT 59916. Phone: 406-226-9225. E-mail

*See also the Go Northwest! guide to Glacier National Park

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