Guide Training Facilities

Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School is located in The Swan Valley to the west of the Continental Divide in the Northwest section of Montana often referred to as “Glacier Country”. As well as Glacier National Park, there are other popular attractions locally including the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Flathead Lake and Big Mountain Ski Area in Whitefish, Montana. With lakes, rivers and streams, this is truly alpine country, very mountainous, with lots of forest and no sagebrush.

Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School has available through USFS and the State of Montana permits, perhaps the best guide training facilities imaginable for a guide, outfitting and high adventure wilderness school experience.

Our Guide Candidate Program, Hunter and Adventurer Program are conducted from the base camp of Swan Mountain Outfitters located in the pristine Swan-Seeley Valley of Northwest Montana. The base camp is fully equipped with wall tents that have semi-permanent frames, platform beds constructed of plywood with 4 &1/2 inch foam mattresses, and each tent has wood burning stoves. Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School – Hunting Guide School Near Glacier National Park, Bob Marshall Wilderness. There is a separate mess tent, tack and equipment tents, corral with all livestock on the premises, and a large wall tent that is used as the classroom equipped with electricity, video monitors and state-of-the-art teaching aids. We even have WIFI available in camp for those that bring laptops, so you can search for jobs while in school! All the equipment and teaching aids used at Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School are top quality and up-to-date. Our philosophy is “the best-of-the-best”, and new equipment and stock are purchased regularly. As part of their Guide School experience, students have access to the infamous Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex as part of their training.

Our Outfitters Program is conducted at Swan Mountain Guest Ranch just 12 miles north of Swan Mountain Outfitters base camp also in the Swan-Seeley Valley of Northwest Montana. Participants will stay in the hunters cabin, dine in the lodge and take classes in a 4000 square foot shop that has been converted to a classroom.

Getting to Swan Mountain Outfitters Base Camp (Home of Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School) is quite easy. Driving instructions to get to both are described below:

To Swan Mountain Outfitters Base Camp

[Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School – Guide Candidates and Hunters and Adventurers Programs]

From Kalispell, Montana

  1. Take Montana Highway 83 where it connects with Montana Highway 35, and head south towards Swan Lake.
  2. Continue past Swan Mountain Guest Ranch for another 12 miles.
  3. Left on Lion Creek Road (almost exactly at mile marker 52) heading south
  4. Take the first right, Dry Lake Road approximately ½ mile from the highway.
  5. Go one mile on Dry Lake Road, stay on it always staying to the right and you will head directly into the camp.

From Missoula, Montana:

  1. Head East on Interstate 90, and approximately 7 miles east of town take the Montana Highway 200 exit towards Bonner/Helena.
  2. Stay on 200 until you see the sign for Montana Highway 83, Seeley Lake. – – This junction is referred to as Clearwater Junction, and you can’t miss it because the largest fake cow you have every seen is on the corner by the gas station as you take a left.
  3. Lion Creek Road is almost exactly at mile marker 52 on Highway 83, and there is a sign announcing the road visible from either direction. It is a right turn (east) heading north.
  4. Take the first right, Dry Lake Road approximately ½ mile from the highway.
  5. While on Dry Lake Road, stay on it always staying to the right and you will head directly in to the camp after driving approximately 1 mile.

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