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Lodgepole Gallery & Tipi Village - Campground

1.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

So first of all, if you have kids I think it’s worth the trip for the experience. Our children loved helping with the fire inside the tipi and looking in the art gallery. The owners were kind and the gallery had some lovely pieces. We did go into Browning and to the grocery store, which in itself was an educational and cultural experience I am glad my children had. If you like to camp you will be fine with the experience and it is also worth it for the beautiful pictures. If you hate camping or are not laid back, this isn’t for you. We do camp a lot and have no problem paying extra when it supports family businesses or is for a unique setting- So it was very pricy for camping but that’s no big deal for us and our kids thought it was magical. The reason I am not giving full stars is because the place was booked and they basically put us in the tipi that is in the parking lot. We booked 6 months in advance and selected a different tipi so I am not sure why we got stuck with this. The owner even told us they rarely use it except when they are booked. The tipi itself was large and beautiful but cars were parked right next to us and we listened to people come and go all night and morning-running their engines just a foot away from where we slept. We even had people open up our tipi flap and look in several times thinking it was just a decoration and we were getting changed one of the times. For what we paid it was a major let down not to be in the big beautiful field with all the other tipis. I wish I had said something but we were only staying for one night and it wasn’t worth it at that point. Still worth it for the pictures, but you may want to be sure that if you are a larger family you don’t end up where we were.

The couple who owned the Tipi Village were very nice. The Tipi was large enough for 4 people to sleep in. For a couple dollars extra you can have a cot placed in the Tipi for extra comfort. There was a fire pit in the middle of the Tipi which when lit made it feel more authentic. There were two loose dogs that roamed the land but they were very friendly. There was a nice sitting area where you can charge your electronics, a coffee pot and coffee and tea if you would like to make some, a frigerator to store food in if you choose to and plenty of firewood if you needed it.

My family loved the tipi village! My 5 year old said it was her favorite thing about the entire 2 week road trip through Banff, Jasper and Glacier parks. We completed some Native American crafts with the owner, Darrel, a Blackfoot. We also signed up to sit with him while he talked to us for and hour and a half about the Blackfeet Indians. It was a neat experience to say the least. The restroom and shower facilities were clean and the common room was comfortable. Remember, you are sleeping in a tipi on the grass. (They do offer sleeping bags and pillows at a small cost). So if the thought of possible bugs or dirt bothers you, this is probably not your thing. Although I did notice a couple of small cabin like structures with beds, etc. Also, the village is on the Blackfeet reservation which I thought was cool. There are also lots of stray/loose dogs around town. None that we came across were aggressive, but just be aware. In fact one was so sweet, I wish I could have taken him home. He appeared very skinny. You should also visit the Museum of the Plains Indians a few miles away. It’s small, but inexpensive to see some beautiful artifacts and read some history on the Blackfeet. Try some fry bread too!

On the phone the couple who own this establishment were lovely and we were so excited to experience the culture that we prepaid and planned to stay the entire next day to make arts and crafts with the owner.I explained we were road tripping and staying in hotels and would arrive with no camping or bedding material and asked how the tipis were outfitted. They assured us the tipi we would be staying in was equipped with 4 single beds and bedding (like a hotel) and there was space for 4 more people to sleep on the floor in sleeping bags. Bathroom buildings were located a short walk away from the tipi. There were four of us and this would be perfect. Upon arrival we could not locate the owners but we crossed paths with a frantic looking woman who warned us to turn back and not stay the night. Soon we realized why... It was around 7pm and the owners had gone inside for the night. There was a note on the door directing us to our tipi. When we found it there was nothing inside except a dirt floor filled with holes created by vermin. There was a fire pit in the center with no instructions, wood or tools. We had never operated an open fire within a tipi and we had no idea what we were doing - this seemed like it could be a fire hazard and careless on the part of the owners that they would not initiate us in how to fire and tipis function. We asked a few other tipi guests what was going on. One of them spotted the owner and urged us to speak to him quickly while he was in sight because they were not responsive to inquiries from the guests. We introduced ourselves and told him we were confused about our Tipi assignment as there were no beds or cots as we had been told there would be. He became immediately defensive and didn't offer to help us. Basically left us there to worry about it on our own. It was cold and raining and we had children with us and he didn't seem to care. We followed him to his house and insisted we find a solution so that we could stay the night in some relative comfort (we had prepaid). Finally he suggested we could borrow some blankets and matts and sleep on the floor but it was going to cost us an additional $36 per person on top of the tipi rental fee of over a $100 dollars for one night. Inside his house we encountered the lady I spoke to when making the reservation. She acted like she never spoke to me although I reminded her of specific details of our conversation. She was mean, angry and dismissive. Totally unwilling to assist us or make our stay enjoyable. She couldn't give a dam. We explained we wanted to stay despite the rain and this bedding mix up. We asked if they could possibly throw in the bedding for free since they had assured me on the phone it was all included. This turned into a heated argument, where she told us we needed to help them by calling Expedia and complain to Expedia that their site is not run well. We left with no refund. I have waited to make this review not wanting to trash a family small business but I have read other reviews that corroborate the experience we had. If they had tried to work with us or showed some interest in customer service I would have never written this review but the truth is the lady was nasty and the man seemed over the whole thing. In some way it even felt like a scam. They would either get more money out of lodgers or know they could keep a payment for nothing when people leave upon seeing what the place truly is. I think the Tipi village has seen better days. It was a sad establishment with no Native American culture to experience except for the brightly colored tipis in the field to admire. Do yourself a favor and stay somewhere else.

I wasn't sure what to expect before we arrived, but this place was welcome surprise. The owners had a large group, but they did a tremendous job of making us feel welcome. The tipi was perfect for our family of 4. The peace and quiet of the property made for a great night's sleep, and the panoramic views at sunrise and sunset were fantastic.

This is a bit of cultural appropriation I can do without. If you are wanting to stage for Glacier NP, use the overflow campsite (also has tipis) on US 89 just south of Many Glacier. Cheaper too, at $20/night for tent camping. When we checked in, the man told us we could use our car to load/unload, as long as we didn't leave the car down there since vehicles disturbed the picturesque look of the campsite. We told him we would be leaving pre-dawn and he said that was fine. Others also left very early. We had some tense delays finding the road down to the campsite in the early morning darkness: the driveway was closed off by a heretofore unnoticed fence gate, of the loose post-and-wire type, so very hard to notice in the darkness since it looked just like the rest of the fence. When I wrote the owner suggesting that she add some reflectors to the fenceposts, she said "I would rather have no cars in the tipi-camp during quiet hours from 10PM to 7AM" OK, fine. Then be up front about it, **publish those limitations**, train your staff, and enforce them consistently. Had I known that, I would have definitely not chosen this property. Tipis are bare, dusty earth--be sure to bring a tarp--with a fire pit in the middle. They are close together and you can easily hear the neighbors. The bathrooms are a 5-minute walk uphill (watch out for gopher holes in the dark), or use the port-a-potty nearby, which was dirty and almost without toilet paper when I used it. There is a pond close by, but happily we did not experience any mosquitoes, since the tipis of course do not have any screens. There is a nice porch and room "upstairs" for watching the sunset.

This is such an amazing and special place! The first thing to note is that you are camping here - the property is listed on several hotel booking sites which imply that you're renting an actual bed. You're not. You're renting a pre-assembled tipi on the property with sleeping bag and mat as optional add-ons. It's worth every penny! The tipis are traditional and have fire pits on the INSIDE! Even on a cold night the fire and the super warm and comfy sleeping bags (with mat, pillow and extra blanket) will make you feel snug. The very lovely couple who run Lodgepole supply wood and kindling for you at no extra cost. The grounds also have men's and women's facilities for bathroom and shower needs which were clean and well maintained. In addition there is a common area where you can sit inside if you want to escape from "roughing it" momentarily. There is free wifi in there. There is also a communal fire pit area where several guests gathered, one with a guitar, and strangers became friends. It was kind of magical at the end of the evening because you really do feel like you're part of a native village surrounded by the mountains in the distance. I stayed here the day before visiting Glacier National Park and consider myself very lucky to have found it. Absolute gem and an experience I'll always remember fondly.

The tipi village is located east of Glacier Park. We love a night or two of camping but not the work! This was perfect-we slept in the tipi--fire pit and all. We took advantage of the mattress and sleeping bags with sleeping liners available for rent. It was perfect. We could hear the gentle sounds of nature and the night sky was incredible. The Milky Way and constellations were vivid. The bathroom/shower room were clean. The continental breakfast on the porch overlooking the prairie was very relaxing. In booking Lodgepole tipis I was dubious and excited. Absolutely glad we stayed here--provided a different experience than staying in Glacier Park.

The tipi was cool, but you are literally sleeping on the dirt. This is a glorified camping experience and it is extremely expensive. Everything costs more, every person, sleeping mats, breakfast, etc. For a family of five, paying for the tipi and five mats cost $163 for one night. They provided towels that were clean and plush. But, the bathrooms were no better than the average camp site. The stairs were rotting wood and dangerous. The view was quite average. The parking lot was jam packed without enough spots. The mats were lumpy and the sheets on top had many holes. If you want to camp, stay in many of the gorgeous campgrounds at Glacier, for a fraction of the cost. If you are fine spending $160 a night, get a cheap motel in the area. We enjoyed making a fire and seeing the stars, but there are better places to do it.

I have a history of booking unusual places so this really fit the bill. We had a very welcoming check-in process and then left to our own devices. I was apprehensive about being cold, but I needn't have worried. It was warm in our tipi with a tarp, mattress pad, sleeping bag, and Indian blanket. We really only made a fire just for the 'full experience'. At first I was dismayed at the small holes in the sleeping bag, it looked kind of ratty. I didn't make the connection at first that the holes were from the fire's embers. At one point I was reading a book and minding my own business when I started experiencing a searing pain in my leg. An ember had landed on me and burned a hole straight through my yoga pants into my thigh - ouch! Other than that, wonderful experience :-)

245 US 89 West Browning MT

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking

Lodgepole Gallery & Tipi Village - Campground places you next to Lodgepole Gallery and Tipi Village and within a 3 miles (5 km) of Museum of the Plains Indian. This 11-room campground welcomes guests with conveniences like free self parking, coffee/tea in a common area, and a terrace. Also close to this Browning campground are Glacier Peaks Casino and Blackfeet Heritage Center.


Dining

Start each morning with buffet breakfast, available for a fee from 8 AM to 9 AM.


Rooms

Lodgepole Gallery & Tipi Village - Campground's 11 accommodations provide fireplaces. Bathrooms are shared.


Property features

At Lodgepole Gallery & Tipi Village - Campground, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and a terrace. Free parking is included with your stay. A multilingual staff is on hand to help with tours or tickets, and offer sightseeing advice. Additional amenities include a gift shop, barbecue grills, and a picnic area.

Room options

Room (Tipi # 06)

Twin 4 | Sleeps 4

Room (Tipi # 11 Morning-Star-Tipi)

Twin 4 | Sleeps 8

Room (Tipi # 07)

Twin 4 | Sleeps 8

Room (Tipi # 08)

Twin 4 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

86.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 62 reviews

Lodgepole Gallery & Tipi Village - Campground

245 US 89 West, Browning, MT 59417