Glacier National Park: Blackfeet Powwow

Witness the Blackfeet Powwow, Hike the Rockies with Melissa Scott


Join us for an active cultural adventure that weaves together the story of a people and a place as we witness the annual powwow of the Blackfeet Nation and hike in the grand landscapes they have called home for 10,000 years. With drumming, singing, and spectacular dances, the powwow blends both the old and new traditions of a proud culture. Trip Leader Melissa Scott has spent significant time on the Blackfeet reservation and gives us an insider’s access as we mingle and feel the intensity of the celebrations. After the powwow, we head into Glacier National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and biosphere reserve, to hike Rocky Mountain trails, seek the park’s iconic wildlife, and watch stunning Montana sunsets over mountains that the Blackfeet call “the Backbone of the World.” Our overnights include iconic national park lodges reminiscent of a bygone era.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Browning, Montana / Blackfeet Powwow / Two Medicine Valley

We’ll be immersed into Blackfeet culture at the North American Indian Days Powwow, one of the largest gatherings of US and Canadian tribal members. It’s an unforgettable experience to be there, feeling the power of the drumming, hearing the singing, and watching spectacular dancing and horseback relay races. We’ll also visit the Museum of the Plains Indians and hike in serene Two Medicine Valley, less visited than other parts of Glacier National Park. Overnights are in the grand Glacier Park Lodge, built in 1913.

Grouse Mountain Lodge
Whitefish, USA
Day 1 (1 night)
Glacier Park Lodge
Glacier National Park, USA
Days 2 to 3 (2 nights)
Days 4-5
Many Glacier Valley / Glacier National Park

The Many Glacier Valley on the eastern side of the park is a hiker’s paradise, known for epic trails, aquamarine lakes, and abundant wildlife. We spend the early mornings looking for wildlife and taking in the mountain sunrises, with refreshing afternoon hikes. One afternoon, we cross Swiftcurrent and Josephine, two of the valley’s stunning glacial lakes, by historic wooden boat, then head to Glacier’s upper reaches for a hike to a stunning teal-blue lake

Many Glacier Hotel
Glacier National Park, USA
Days 4 to 5 (2 nights)
Days 6-9
St. Mary Lake / Going to the Sun Road

In St. Mary, Montana, near the eastern entrance of Going to the Sun Road, we hike below the ring of angular granite peaks that encircle 10-mile-long St. Mary Lake. Indian paintbrush and lupine should be in bloom on the hills, and long summer evenings give us a chance to savor sunsets in one of the most beautiful places in the world. On our last day, we set out for the must-do drive over Going to-the-Sun Road to reach the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, with our final overnight at forest-ringed Lake McDonald Lodge on the shores of the park’s largest lake. Depart on Day 9.

Great Bear Lodge
St. Mary, USA
Days 6 to 7 (2 nights)
Lake McDonald Lodge
Glacier National Park, USA
Day 8 (1 night)



Enjoy Trip Leader Melissa Scott’s expert knowledge of the Blackfoot community and Glacier National Park, with logistics that help avoid crowds
Savor unique and powerful glimpses into the very old and modern Blackfeet culture
Hike stunning trails in Glacier National Park, the place the Blackfeet call “the Backbone of the World”
Travel with a small group (maximum 7) at a relaxed pace, yet get an in-depth exploration of both people and place
Stay at grand and historic lodges in Glacier National Park


Length: 9 days
Cost From: $9395  
Arrive: Glacier Park International Airport, Montana
Depart: Glacier Park International Airport, Montana
Lodging: 8 nights lodges
Meals: All meals included except 3 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

Wildlife viewing, easy to moderate walks and hikes