Swan Mountain Outfitters Base Camp is located off of Montana Highway 83 near mile marker #53 on Lion Creek Road.
Highway 83 bisects the Swan-Seeley Valley. At the north end is the town of Bigfork and you can access Highway 83 using Montana Highway 35. At the south end is the city of Missoula and you can access Highway 83 using Montana Highway 200. As you drive along Highway 83, keep an eye out for deer and elk as they are prolific on this road.
Click the button below to download a PDF file with detailed driving directions to get to Swan Mountain Outfitters Base Camp (located in Condon, Montana). The base camp serves as a launch off point for most activities. In some instances, you’ll be instructed to arrive to Swan Mountain Ranch, just 12 miles north of Base Camp near mile marker 65 on Hwy 83.
There are two airports that service this part of western Montana:
- Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, Montana (airline code: FCA)
- Missoula International Airport in Missoula, Montana (airline code: MSO)
The airport in Kalispell is about an hour away and is the better choice for those visitors who want to access other areas attractions such as Flathead Lake, Glacier National Park, or the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The airport in Missoula is about an hour and a half away. Prices and schedules for airlines are, broadly speaking, comparable between the two cities and differences aren’t likely to be extreme. However, it’s always worth investigating both options if you are concerned with getting the best bargain.
Amtrak has train stations in both Whitefish and West Glacier. Be aware that the West Glacier train station has fewer amenities than Whitefish. It may be MUCH easier to obtain a rental car and lodging in Whitefish than in West Glacier. Additionally, the ability for the train’s crew to process checked baggage may be restricted at the West Glacier station.