Bring Your Skates to Glacier National Park

Yes, go ahead and bring your skateboard to Glacier National Park because, while skating is limited or almost non-existent in the park, there are several skate parks fairly close.

In Kalispell, Montana there is a skate boarding course within Woodland Park. Besides being free one of the best features of this park is that there are other family activities available for those who do not skate board. Families can bring bread to feed the park ducks or they can walk an exercise path or they can just hang out admiring the rose garden and avery. Woodland Park is truly an old fashioned place for simple enjoyment. It is located just off Hiway 2 and Woodland Park Drive near the heart of Kalispell.

My young relatives must have thought they moved to paradise when their parents re-located to a home in Whitefish with a skate park close by. Most skate boarding in the Flathead is located in neighborhoods. The Dave Olseth Memorial Skate Park is in an area near the junior high and high school. It is fairly new facility dedicated to skate boarding. The picture above shows it in its setting which looks toward Whitefish Big Mountain Ski Resort. This park is found by turning right at Central School and following Second Street to where it intersects with Armory Road.

The third local area is located at the south end of Flathead Lake in Polson. The Seventh Avenue Skate Park is located at the intersection of Seventh Street and Seventh Avenue. Just turn off Hi-way 93 onto Seventh Street. This lesser known park is a great place to practice some tricks. It is also free and located in a beautiful safe area. The drive to Polson is always spectacular. I would recommend seeking out this skate park for the drive alone, but I hear the pyramid is especially cool, too.

Inline skating is less structured than skateboarding, but it’s changed a lot from the old days when we used to skate around the neighborhood. For this type of skating, I would recommend the Rails to Trails system which is being developed in the Flathead. This is a reclamation project which has converted old railroad track beds into very nice trails. The link attached here shows the Smith Lake to Foy’s Lake Trail which is over thirty miles long. There are never crowds on any trail which makes them very enjoyable.

From March through October there is a variety of skating in this area even though it’s not in Glacier National Park. Still a skate boarder might dream of coasting down the Going to the Sun Road during Summer Solstice with the many bikers who enjoy this little known summer tradition.