The Disabled Traveler's Companion

Rising Sun Motor Inn

"Rising Sun is serviced by the Red route. Rising Sun is where the "mountains meet the prairies" and is filled with multiple options for visitors. Camp at the Rising Sun Campground, take a nearby day hike, or dine at the Rising Sun Motor Inn. Rising Sun makes a great base camp for visitors camping on the east side of the park looking to explore the Going-to-the-Sun road by shuttle." (

There is also a retail store located here where you can purchase limited necessities and souvenirs

Rising Sun Motor Inn is located approximately 6 1/2 miles west of St Mary's on Going-to-the-Sun Road

Construction began on the Inn in 1940.  It was named at that time as “East Glacier Motor Camp” except on National Park Service maps where it was identified as Roes Creek after Charlie Rose Yellow Fish, who was part Blackfeet.  The difference in spelling was caused by a typographical error on Park maps.

During 1940’s there was two locations named “East Glacier”. In April of 1950, the citizens of Glacier Park Station, where Glacier Park Lodge is located, successfully petitioned the National Park Service to have the name changed to East Glacier Park.  In the fall of that same year, the East Glacier Auto Camp was renamed Rising Sun, conforming to National Park Service maps.

When the first guest arrived in 1941, Rising Sun consisted of 19 cabins, a coffee shop and  Camp Store.  Interestingly, during the war years of 1943-1945 all of the facilities of Glacier National Park were closed with the exception of Rising Sun.

The present building that now houses the coffee shop, office and kitchen was built in 1956.  At the time, the original coffee shop (next to the Camp Store) was converted into additional motel units, expanding Rising Sun to its present capacity of 72 rooms.



P. O. Box 2990
Columbia Falls, MT 59912
855-733-4522 (Toll Free)
303-265-7010 (Outside the USA)
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You can reserve an accessible room on line with Xanterra but for any concerns or questions call Xanterra directly.

ACCESSIBLE ROOMS: cms by Netsource One, Inc.