Lodgepole Gallery and Tipi Village

Lodgepole Gallery and Tipi Village

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75 reviews
Very good

Barbara A
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa369 contributions
Aug 2019
You get exactly what you see in pictures. Lovely surroundings in the middle of nowhere with your basic camping. It really is just a tipi tent with sleeping bags and wandering through a grassy area to get to the ablutions, which were clean. It certainly is not glamping and if you are not at least exposed to minimal camping you will not enjoy it. This is where the 3/5 comes in and had there been the extra friendliness and welcoming I would have scored higher. It is unfortunate as we enjoyed the storytelling by Darryl, and he seemed easy-going, but unfortunately, his wife, who runs reception and check-in, was unfriendly and not welcoming at all. Reading other negative reviews, it seems that there is a common denominator, which is such a pity as it is such a unique experience, with so much potential.
Written July 15, 2020
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NYC74 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
My daughter and I just spent a most memorable night at the Lodgepole Tipi Village. And I want to say something about the negative comments for this precious little piece of heaven created in the spirit of cohabitant, freedom, sustainability in keeping with the traditional lifestyle of the Blackfeet Reservation. As we were driving towards Browning (the camp is located about 2 miles from the town center) from St Mary where we stayed 2 nights before, we notice how open and natural the landscape is, compare to areas in and around the Glacier National Park. The Lodgepole is very much in keeping with that open spirit.

Camping on this open plain in a well-kept tipi set up in the traditional way-facing the rising sun and against the sun rise-, with a fire-pit in the middle and dry wood readied in two neat piles, one inside and one outside, the canvas of your imagination is open to seeing how the Blackfeet people used to live and roam freely on this land, coexisting harmoniously with all its living creatures (the ground squirrels are a part of the package), and plants; I have seen the most wild flowers here than anywhere else inside the park.

The owners, Darrell and Angelika are gracious hosts and full time artists, dedicated Blackfeet Reservation members whom spent their lives preserving, keeping the vanishing tradition of their people, and making this precious experience available at a very affordable rates to anyone. If you purchase the dinner and breakfast, which I highly recommending doing, you will find the home-cook meals satisfying to your stomach and your souls, specially if you have spend a few days to weeks eating in and around the park.

Another advantage in staying here is the nearby Two Medicine Lake. The drive to the lake from here are physically and visually awe inspiring. The winding road through the majestic mountains and valleys is refreshingly empty, and so is the lake. Its setting is like a smaller version of Many Glacier minus the obnoxious presence of too many tour groups, and because there is no lodging except a nearby camping lot, it is a very peaceful and beautiful place for relaxing exploration. There is a nice general store (in historic 100 years old building) and bathroom facilities, boat and kayak rental and scenic cruise with guided hike. Unlike the larger Lake McDonald and St Mary, Two Medicines is blessed with long pebble beaches and numerous well kept and easy water falls hiking trails where you can access by taking the historic boat ride across. From the people I talked to, everyone said this is the best kept secret (now the secret is out, don't hate me) inside the Glacier National Park. And the stories about the Two Medicine are the most in-tuned with Blackfeet Nation to whom the entire park used to belong. The tranquility and accessibility of this lake makes it my favorite of the three visited on this trip.

If you go, plan an early arrival when there's less chance of strong wind and water is mirror like reflecting the surrounding mountain peaks, you can then rent a kayak and glide along its intimate water ways. Imagine that!

Lodgepole is an experience of a lifetime, it is the only place around the Glacier where you can embrace the sun without obstruction, experience art and nature the way Blackfeet tradition intended; I was very impressed with the aesthetics and details all around, this is a dream weaved together very thoughtfully by two dedicated artists.

A side note about Browning. It is depressing to be there, but that shouldn't be the reason to avoid. 70% unemployment rate is the cause of its appearance, and guess what can change that situation? Your visit. However little you spent or don't spent at all, having people visiting will help change the image of the place and increase employment opportunity for the local people. At a minimum, pay a visit to the Museum of Plains Indians, which houses many exquisite beaded art objects (clothing, tools, toys, instruments) of the Blackfeet people, and a gallery where you can meet another Blackfeet artist demonstrating art making, and have a real conversation to learn about the people and their lives today.
Written July 28, 2013
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Cary, NC24 contributions
Jul 2012 • Friends
This is not the place for a person who will not camp. But if you are willing to camp, it is fantastic. It is rustic but homey and welcoming. The owners are so nice and friendly. We only got to stay for one night and arrived very late but they were super accommodating. Yes, there are holes in the ground from the ground squirrels but just watch your step. This is not the Ritz Carlton but it was so much fun. We went early in the season so they were not crowded. The owner made the biggest most amazing breakfast for just my friend and I. There was no way we could eat all the food. There was cereal, danish, sausage, bacon, egg casserole, pancakes, on and on. So much food. He was so nice and pleasant to speak with. They also have a great art gallery in the rear of the building. This art gallery is worth the visit even if you are not spending the night. It is a beautiful place. I can not say enough about the owners. What genuinely wonderful people. The view of Glacier National Park is amazing. We stayed at the Tipi camp on our way to the Glacier. This is a must visit location!!!!
Written December 7, 2012
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7 contributions
Aug 2019
whatever you see on the pictures, nothing else.

Had a terrible experience, if it's raining heavily and no one will be there to assist or the management didn't take care of minimum things.., with young children,
tried to call managemnt..they never answer after 9:30 pm..they're least bothered to provide minimum assistance
you will be surrounded by rainwater and all will be crowded back at the house and no coffees..or breakfast.
Written March 31, 2020
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charleston,illinois188 contributions
My wife and I stayed for two evenings toward the end of our 14 day trip to the Tetons, Yellowstone, and Glacier. It's the only place I slept all night without waking up. Supper was great with buffalo soup and lake trout. It was great to find a relaxing place such as this. We have been all over the U.S. and Europe, and this is in our top 5 places anywhere.
Written November 11, 2010
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Asheville, NC232 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
Wanted to sleep in a Tipi.
The experience was nice, but the potholed gravelly incline getting up to the main area was a challenge on a motorcycle. Owners were very friendly and there is no luxury involved in the experience other than they do have an inside restroom shower area. You get a sleeping pad, sleeping bag with a freshly laundered liner, a pillow and a blanket. Wood is provided for the inside Tipi fire and the ground is dirt/dried grass, so be prepared. It is Rustic and authentic.
Not my best nights sleep, keeping the fire going to stay warm, but we did it. One off the bucket list.
Written October 20, 2013
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Philadelphia, PA948 contributions
Jul 2012 • Family
My husband, two kids (ages 9 and 12) and I spent a wonderful night in one of the tipi's last week. We were eager to sleep in a tipi and wondered if we'd be disappointed. We certainly weren't! The experience was magical and really fun! There was another family with kids and both sets of kids had a fun time hanging out together.

We didn't have sleeping bags so we rented theirs along with mats. They were warm enough, comfy and clean (they were lined with sheets). Each tipi is supplied with a large pile of wood to use during the night. We were able to keep the fire going throughout the night, but we had to feed the fire every hour or so which made for a bit of a tiring night. I wish I knew the secret! On the plus side, the wood is very dry so it catches fire easily. On the negative side, the wood is very dry so it burns quickly. Make sure you bring a lighter and some paper to get the fire started. The mattresses are comfortable and we had no problems falling asleep or staying asleep.

The bathroom/bathhouses are pristine clean and so nicely decorated. It's certainly not your typical one. Each has two showers and two toilets. There's also a room that you can hang out in to read, play a game or go on the free wifi should you be so inclined.

There's a herd of Native American horses grazing in the pasture beside the tipi's which was really nice. Though you can't ride them, some of them will come up to you and allow you to pet them. You just need to stand there not moving, perhaps wave some long grass their way to get their attention and wait for one to come over. If you're patient, you have a good chance of being rewarded by a curious one meandering over to see what you have in your hand. Horse owners ourselves, we loved the variations in colors and markings, and petting them took away some of the pain at missing our own two horses.

Please make sure you look around the gallery. It is amazing and filled with beautiful work! I would have liked to pack up the entire gallery and brought it home with me. While in the Lewis and Clark museum in Great Falls, imagine our surprise to be gazing at a reproduction of a Native American buffalo robe "painting" depicting a battle and realize that it was painted by the host and hostess of the tipi village!

When in the area, don't miss out on the opportunity to sleep in a tipi. It was one of the highlights of our trip!
Written July 26, 2012
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New York11 contributions
A truly unique experience. A hotel consisting of about 6 or 7 tipis on the Montana prairie, down a short hill from a bathroom, art gallery and small dining room. Run by a Blackfoot Indian and his German wife, it is splits the difference between camping and a hotel stay. Guests are served an optional dinner (about 15-20$pp) cooked by the owner. We had an absolutely wonderful trout dinner with fish from the reservation. The food is served family style and we ate with a family of Europeans and Texans. The accomodations are truly sparse, essentially a tipi with a fire pit and optional sleeping bags and thin air mattresses. That being said, they were still reasonable comfortable, and stepping outside on the wide open prairie at night was an incredible experience, (not to mention we were awakened by horses (beautiful Mustangs bred on the grounds) running past our tipi in the morning. We are not really campers and would not look forward to a long stay, but for a night, it is a really enjoyable and memorable experience. The "hotel" is located about 25 miles of wide open road from the St. Mary's exit of Glacier National park. It takes about 30 to 40 minutes, but a relaxing drive and a shorter distance from the bottom east entrance.
Written August 10, 2007
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Joan J
Newhall, CA368 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
I had the best night sleep in ages in our tipi! Darrell and Angelika were great hosts as they assisted us in spending one night in their tipi village last month. I was concerned about the comfort level, but we ordered the foam mattresses and sleeping bags with inserts, pillows blankets that they provided. Their accommodations were clean and because we signed up for a continental breakfast a year earlier, they provided us with that too. They no longer provide this option. The wifi was good and we loved visiting their gallery as both Darrell and Angelika are wonderful artsts and photographers, We picked up many lovely souvenirs and gifts. We signed up for Darrell’s half day tour of the reservation and found it very enlightening. He took us to an ancient buffalo jump and to other significant sights on the reservation while providing us with the history of his people. I had seen an article about the Tipi Village many years ago in Sunset Magazine and was thrilled to finally be able to stay there!
Written July 14, 2018
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New Jersey133 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
Our afternoon with Darrell was a highlight of our time in Montana. He generously shared his knowledge and experience, helping us to understand the history and present issues of the Blackfeet community. We felt very fortunate to be driving through the reservation with Darrell providing insight and understanding about the complex history of the area.
We highly recommend this tour for families.
Thank you Darrell!
Written September 17, 2017
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