This spring, Glacier Park International Airport can boast about an amenity you won’t find at most airports: a gear rental shop right next to baggage claim. The airport location carries a variety of gear that you might need for your visit: coolers, trekking poles, binoculars, jet boils, and fishing rods are included on the list.
If you’re planning a family vacation, Glacier Outfitters has everything you need to bring the kids on every adventure: tandem kayaks, baby backpack carriers, kids’ bikes, and more. Visitors can also book guided tours with Glacier Outfitters, getting back into areas you may not even know existed in the pristine setting of Glacier National Park.
But before Glacier Outfitters landed at GPIA, it was just a tent and trailer of paddleboards alongside U.S. Highway 2. Shelby Hampton wanted to rent bear spray to Glacier National Park visitors, and Dave Hampton wanted to provide paddleboards to the same crowd.
The popularity of Glacier Outfitters outgrew their roadside trailer quickly. Dave and Shelby found a homebase for their small business at Apgar Village, inside the West entrance of Glacier National Park. Glacier Outfitters continues to grow, launching another location inside Glacier Park International Airport.
Their motto is, “We get you going.” Arming visitors with more than just bear spray and kayaks, Glacier Outfitters has made education a central part of their business.
Shelby explains Glacier Outfitters as “an information shop that rents gear.” The Glacier Outfitters staff teaches renters how to use the gear – and how to appreciate the landscape that provides them with the opportunity to recreate.
They pride themselves on safety, and they have a tutorial for every piece of gear in the shop. “The most important part of bear spray rentals is the education piece. We teach bear awareness, which is a new concept to most of our renters.”
Glacier Outfitters keeps it local – from bear spray to yurts, from fly fishing flies to t-shirts designed and printed by local community members, the gear available at their shop is rooted in Montana tradition. Glacier Outfitters’ home is Glacier National Park, but they also promote other activities in the Flathead Valley. With their new location inside the airport, they will have the opportunity to expand their offerings to winter rentals.
Looking to rent gear or book an excursion? Shelby recommends booking in advance (especially during busy summer months).
Visit https://www.goglacieroutfitters.com/ to reserve gear or schedule an outing with the Glacier Outfitters team. For more information, give the shop a call at 406-219-7466. They’re happy to get you going! Find Glacier Outfitters in Glacier Park International Airport, across from baggage claim near Door 4. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.