Cut Bank

Cut Bank is a small city in northwest Montana, near Glacier National Park. It has a population of about 3,000 and is the county seat of Glacier County.


Glacier County is home to about half of Glacier National Park, and most of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, though Cut Bank itself is not on the reservation. Once the "Oil Capital of Montana," oil production has diminished and Cut Bank is now a regional service center for Blackfeet Reservation and surrounding area, including the east approach to Glacier National Park. Cut Bank has gained national attention from time to time by sometimes reporting the coldest temperature in the 48 contiguous states. However, being in Montana's "Chinook Zone," it can also report rapid warming in mid-winter accompanied by strong Southwest winds.

Additional information is available from the Cut Bank Chamber of Commerce and from the Cut Bank Pioneer Press.

Get in

By plane

By train

Empire Builder, 1940s, Glacier National Park

Amtrak's, "Empire Builder" passenger train serves Cut Bank. Currently (2009) 10:45AM eastbound and 5:51PM westbound. Amtrak information: (800) 872-7245, Amtrak has daily service between Chicago-Seattle/Portland via Cut Bank.

By car

Cut Bank is on US Highway 2 which runs east to west across Montana's northern tier. Highway 213 north from Cut Bank becomes Alberta 62 at the International border and leads to Magrath and eventually (via Hwy 5) Lethbridge. The major north-south highway in the area is Interstate 15. Exits for Cut Bank are 363 (23 miles east) and 379 (28 miles northeast).

By bus

Northern Transit Interlocal (NTI) Bus offers free bus service every Thursday to and from Great Falls and Shelby and service to Kalispell every Tuesday and Wednesday. Call to make arrangements.

Get around

There is no taxi service in Cut Bank. Rental cars are available at:

Rent-A-Wreck and the local dealerships do not feature unlimited mileage.

For visitors to the east side of Glacier National Park, Cut Bank offers the only car dealerships (and their associated services, such as repair and maintenance) immediately adjacent to the park. There are no dealerships in Browning or Shelby, and the next closest are in Conrad, Great Falls, or the Flathead Valley.


The talking penguin





Go next

Routes through Cut Bank

Spokane Browning  W  E  Shelby Minot
Kalispell Browning  W  E  Shelby Williston

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