Rising Sun (Montana)

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Saint Mary Lake and a view of Wild Goose Island is a short walk west of Rising Sun
Rising Sun Auto Camp Duplex 11, Glacier National Park, Montana (Nov 2008)
Rising Sun General Store, Glacier National Park, Montana (Nov 2008)

Rising Sun is located along the Going-to-the-Sun Road,[1] approximately 7 miles (11 km) from the east entrance to Glacier National Park,[2] Montana, United States.[3] Rising Sun is a wayside area that has a National Park Service[4] campground,[5] a camp store and gift shop,[6] picnic area, restaurant,[7] as well as a motel and guest cabins[6][8] which are managed by the park's concessionaire, Xanterra Parks & Resorts.[9] In the immediate area, there is also a boat dock as well as sightseeing boats[10] which allow visitors to tour Saint Mary Lake,[11] the second largest lake in the park. "The most popular spot for [Glacier] tourists is Rising Sun, an overlook of Goose Island in St. Mary Lake and one of the most photographed spots in the park."[12] Sun tours[13] has 25 passenger, air conditioned shuttles that stop at Rising Sun so visitors can enjoy all the beauty of Glacier in comfort. For additional services and amenities in the area please visit Glacier Country Montana.[6]

Rising Sun has one of 5 campgrounds[1] along the Going to the Sun Road.[1] Pitch your tent and watch the most amazing sunrises.[14]

If you like to hike, there is a 6.3 mile hiking trail[15] from Rising Sun that will take you along a very beautiful and scenic trail to Otokomi Lake.[16]

Stop by the Rising Sun Motor Inn and Cabins to view some of the historic paintings donated by Glacier Park, Inc. The pieces were originally owned and/or commissioned by the Great Northern Railway, and many depict iconic scenes from in and around Glacier National Park. All are estimated to have originated between 1909 and 1915 and created by John Fery, Frank Stick, R.H. Palenske and Charles Defeo.[17]

The historic Sun Camp Fireguard Cabin[18] also known as the Baring Cabin was claimed by the Reynolds Creek Wildland Fire in July 2015.[19]

The Sun Camp Fireguard Cabin and the Rising Sun Auto Camp[20] are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Going-to-the-Sun Road FAQs - Glacier National Park (U.S. National Park Service)". www.nps.gov. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  2. ^ "Glacier National Park (U.S. National Park Service)". www.nps.gov. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  3. ^ "Montana's Official State Website". montana.gov. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  4. ^ "Camping - Glacier National Park (U.S. National Park Service)". www.nps.gov. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  5. ^ "Rising Sun Campground". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-12-05. 
  6. ^ a b c "Rising Sun Motor Inn and Cabins in Western Montana's Glacier Country". www.glaciermt.com. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  7. ^ "Two Dog Flats Grill, Glacier National Park, MT | Glacier National Park Lodges". Glacier National Park Lodge - Glacier National Park. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  8. ^ "Rising Sun Motor Inn, Glacier National Park, MT | Glacier National Park Lodges". Glacier National Park Lodge - Glacier National Park. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  9. ^ "Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Inc.". Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Inc. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  10. ^ "Glacier Park Boat Company". Montana. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  11. ^ "St. Mary Valley - Glacier National Park (U.S. National Park Service)". www.nps.gov. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  12. ^ DuVal, Linda (2002-04-29). "The two faces of Glacier: Pristine landscapes a naturalist's paradise." – via The Gazette. 
  13. ^ "Sun Tours". Montana. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  14. ^ Carri, Wilbanks, and TODAY (2014-06-27). "Camp Sites". USA Today. 
  15. ^ "Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park". www.hikinginglacier.com. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  16. ^ "Otokomi Lake – Hike to Otokomi Lake in Glacier National Park". www.hikinginglacier.com. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  17. ^ "Historic paintings donated to Glacier Park" (PDF). Montana.gov Official State Website. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  18. ^ "AssetDetail". focus.nps.gov. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  19. ^ Campbell, Malcolm R. "Historic Cabin Destroyed by Glacier Park Fire". Malcolm's Round Table. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  20. ^ "AssetDetail". focus.nps.gov. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  21. ^ "Search". focus.nps.gov. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 

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Coordinates: 48°41′46″N 113°31′01″W / 48.6961°N 113.5169°W / 48.6961; -113.5169


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