In 2016 I posted an article about Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park (you can read that article below). The following year a wildfire caused extensive damage to the cabins and the facility closed. At the time there was speculation that because of government funding cuts, the cabins wouldn’t be rebuilt. But thankfully they were and the facility is once again operational!
As I mentioned in the article, the demand is so high for the cabins that a lottery system determines the lucky few who get to stay a night or two. I don’t have a bucket list, but if I did, returning to Sperry would be at the top.

[ The article below was originally posted in September 2016 ]

This post is not about project management or design. Rather, it is to share with you a wonderful park in hopes that you might consider going there yourself.

The park is called Glacier National Park in northern Montana. I’d heard of the park for years, but was overwhelmed by the park’s indescribable natural beauty when I visited it last month. We hiked the Gunsight Pass trail to Sperry Chalet.

Sperry is one of those special places in the world that is in such high demand that you have to take your chances with a lottery every January to determine if you can get in. We started trying to book when the website went live at 10:00 AM, but it was so swamped that we had to keep trying until our request for lodging finally got through at 10:30 AM. By that time 855 other people had had better luck and registered before us. We didn’t think we would have a chance to being assigned a night, but perhaps because we gave a wide date range that we could be there, we were assigned two nights!

Sperry is in such demand for various reasons. It is located in a beautiful setting and can only be reached by foot or horseback. They provide accommodations in rustic, but traditional log cabins with comfortable beds. And because they provide three delicious meals a day, you can hike in with just a day pack! There is no electricity making the stargazing a treat.

If you go to Sperry website to learn more, be prepared to be unimpressed with the photos on the site. At least that was my initial impression, but don’t be put off. The beauty of the area and the park are stunning.