Welcome to the Backbone of the World
Sun Tours offers daily Blackfeet interpretive tours through Glacier National Park on Going-to-the-Sun Road and throughout Blackfeet Country. Our normal season runs from Memorial Day to October 1st.
END OF SEASON UPDATE:
As of September 30, 2022, our 30th Anniversary season has now ended! We are extremely fortunate and grateful to our staff, partners, leadership, elders, the Tribe, the animals, the water, the land, and most of all YOU!
Thank you for your questions
Thank you for your respect
Thank you for your awareness and keeping an open mind
Thank you for your generosity – the drivers greatly appreciate it 😉
We are already looking forward to 2023.
With that in mind, we have a few updates for you concerning the off-season:
1.) Our office has transitioned into off-season hours, but phone and email inquiries will still be monitored.
2.) Our 2023 booking calendar will not reopen until next spring, date TBD.
Sun Tours is an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service. We are also a local Blackfeet Tribal Business headquartered on the Blackfeet Reservation, which borders the entire eastern side of Glacier National Park, all the way to the Canadian border.
Sun Tours is currently owned and operated by Ed & Toni DesRosier. Residing locally in St. Mary, Montana, Ed and his wife Toni are members of the Blackfeet and Assiniboine Sioux Tribes. If you would like more information about the history and tumultuous beginnings of Sun Tours, and its founder Ed, please click below.
Half Day Tours
We provide daily half-day tours that travel Going-to-the-Sun-Road from each side of the Continental Divide. Both scenic tours provide beautiful photo opportunities and convenient rest stops. West Side stops may include Lake McDonald, Avalanche/Trail of the Cedars, Red Rocks, Bird Woman Falls, Big Bend, and Logan Pass. East Side stops may include Rising Sun, Deadhorse Curve, Wild Goose Island, Sunrift Gorge, Grizzly Point, Jackson Glacier Overlook, Big Bend, and Logan Pass.
Full Day Tours
Our premier and most popular tour is our full day tour that begins on the East Side of Glacier National Park on the Blackfeet Reservation. This route covers the Eastern approach to Glacier National Park along the Rocky Mountain Front, also known as the Backbone of the World, and Going-to-the-Sun-Road. We make many brief stops once in the interior of the Park, some of our most popular being the Iron Teepee’s, Wild Goose Island, Jackson Glacier, and Logan Pass. We pick up daily from the Izaak Walton Inn (minimum of 4) in Essex, MT, the historic Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier Park, MT, and the Glacier Peaks Hotel in Browning, MT, which is the heart of the Reservation.
Are you visiting Glacier National Park with your family, special group, or company? Are you interested in creating a personal, private itinerary? If so, we would love to accommodate your needs and be happy to provide a special experience as you visit the Crown of the Continent, and the Backbone of the World! We offer special packages for any private inquiries or tour bus groups, and can provide a special 13 passenger Limo Bus, on request.
Our Guides are life-time residents of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and possess extensive knowledge in many facets of Tribal History, culture, and lifestyle. They provide an all-encompassing history and experience surrounding the landscape of Glacier National Park’s inhabited areas: Park history; animal species; common plants and roots used for nutrition and medicine; and the Blackfoot spiritual and philosophical perspectives/stories of life in the Buffalo Days as well as modern times.
Highlight of our GNP Trip
Our trip with Sun Tours was the highlight of our GNP trip. We were a family of 9, ranging in age from 6-71. Meri, our tour guide, was absolutely incredible. She did a tremendous job of making sure that everyone was involved in the tour. Her knowledge of the area is unparalleled, and we felt so fortunate that we were able to spend the day with her. The tour took us from the East Side of the park around the southern border (where Meri stopped to show us some little known waterfalls which were amazing). After looping through the southern portion, we accessed the West Side of GNP and started on Going to the Sun Road. Meri took us on the Trail of the Cedars, which was a great hike for all members of our family. Once we started on the GTS road, we were so grateful that it was Meri driving and not us. The scenery and architecture is really something to behold. Meri made frequent stops for photos and sightseeing. Once GTS road was completed, we wrapped up our trip in St. Mary and enjoyed a nice lunch at the lodge. If you are looking for a great way to enjoy all the scenery and wildlife (we saw bears, moose, deer, and mountain goats), then Sun Tours is the option for your trip.
Great Tour With Dan
We had a great tour with Sun Tours during our August trip to Glacier. What I really would like to stress is what a great tour guide Dan is. We were that party that was late because we got some wrong info from the front desk of the place we were staying at and he waited for us. Things seem to go down hill with us because we also held up the tour at Logan Pass and again Dan was very patient and waited. He is a walking talking Glacier guide book and he has a great laugh and told entertaining stories. I recommend the day long tour, there are lots of stops and great places to take pictures! Thanks Dan for your patience and incredible knowledge of Glacier!
We had the pleasure of using your bus service to tour Glacier National Park. Our driver was Kimma. The tour was sensational, the sites speak for themselves and our guide was wonderful. Kimma provided great history of the park and local wildlife and vegetation as well a Native American perspective that enthralled our group. Her driving was excellent as she navigated those narrow hairpin turns on the Going to the Sun road. I am happy to write a posting on Trip Advisor recommending your organization. Again – cheers from our whole group for Kimma.
Excellent in Every Way
We booked a tour with Sun Tours via email & over the phone. Sun Tours picked us up at our motel, then we toured Glacier National Park for more than 7 hours, which included a stop for lunch. Our guide, Jeremiah, was wonderful. Very knowledgeable, friendly, excellent driver. I highly recommend.
Sun Tour with Meri in East Glacier
My partner Jeff and I reserved this tour specifically because we were interested in learning more about the region’s tribal history. Meri was an excellent tour guide, providing a great deal of information about the park itself from the perspective of the Blackfeet Nation. We were pleased to learn that the tour company was formed to provide tourists with an accurate representation of the Tribe’s history and relationship with the land that the park is located on. She was a calm presence while driving on the Going to the Sun Road as well! We both learned a great deal and visited the tribal museum in Browning the next day, which was excellent as well. Thank you for providing tourists with an important resource that delivers the comprehensive history of this beautiful land and the Blackfeet Nation’s stewardship of it.
Lester, our guide and driver, was absolutely fantastic. He gave us volumes of information, far more than we could remember in a professional and folksy way. He brought significant family, cultural and historical information into the mix making the entire experience very personal. He leaves us as a true friend, Thank you Sun Tours for connecting us to Lester!