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Cut Bank

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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.

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Amtrak's eastbound Empire Builder at Cut Bank

Get in

By plane

  • Cut Bank has no scheduled air service, but its airport (IATA: CTB)[1] can handle most aircraft and is a National Weather Service (AWOS) reporting station.

By train

Amtrak's, "Empire Builder" passenger train serves Cut Bank. Currently (2009) 10:45 AM eastbound and 5:51 PM westbound. Amtrak information: (800) 872-7245, [2] Amtrak has daily service between Chicago-Seattle/Portland via Cut Bank.

Empire Builder west of 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, (406) 873-3303, [3].
  • Bell Motor Company, (800) 823-2355, [4].
  • Northern Ford, (800) 823-1234, [5].
  • Northern Chrysler, (800) 800-2299, [6] does not offer rental cars, but is the only Chrysler dealership in the area.

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
  • The 27-foot tall talking penguin at the east end of Cut Bank, [7]
  • Murals throughout the downtown area.
  • Willie DeGroot Gymnasium, seating 5500 people, Montana's largest high school gymnasium.
  • Glacier County Museum, [8].


  • Cut Bank Golf and Country Club is across the river from the city,


  • Glacier Cinema, [10]. Two screens. Digital projection and sound.
  • Glacier Lanes, 34 South Central Avenue, (406) 873-4018. Bowling.


  • J C Penney, 110 East Main Street, (406) 873-5616. One of only 9 remaining full-service JC Penney stores in Montana.
  • Norman's Western Wear, 601 West Main, Northern Village Shopping Center

(406) 873-5313, [11].

  • Albertson's Food and Drug, 501 West Main, (406) 873-5035, [12]. Open 6AM-11PM daily.
  • Osco Pharmacy, (406) 873-2055: 9AM-7PM Mon-Fri; 9AM-5PM Sat; 10AM-4PM Sun.
  • Drug Mart, 601 West Main, Northern Village Shopping Center, (406) 873-5631.
  • Connectronics / Radio Shack, 21 West Main Street, (406) 873-5747.
  • Ben Franklin / Hardware Hank, 601 West Main, Northern Village Shopping Center, (406) 873-2522.
  • Alco, 601 West Main, Northern Village Shopping Center, (406) 873-9005.


  • Cowboy's Coffee and Cowgirl's Dream, 310 East Main, (406) 873-4833.
  • The Den (Bar and Grill), 3 North Central Avenue, (406) 873-2553.
  • Big Sky Cafe, 13 West Main Street, (406) 873-4010.
  • Java Time, 210 West Main, (406) 873-5688.
  • McDonald's, 601 West Main, adjacent to the Northern Village Shopping Center, (406) 873-4009.
  • Pizza Hut, 611 West Main, adjacent to the Northern Village Shopping Center, (406) 873-4145.
  • Village Dining and Lounge, 601 West Main, Northern Village Shopping Center, (406) 873-5005.
  • 38 Degrees Below Ice Cream Shop, 601 West Main, Northern Village Shopping Center, (406) 873-5077.
  • Garden of Eat-In, 5 North Central Avenue, (406) 873-4747.
  • The Snack Shop, 601 West Main, Northern Village Shopping Center, (406) 873-5077.
  • Subway, 101 East Main Street, next to Glacier Cinema, (406) 873-2152.
  • Taco John's, 14 East Railroad Street, adjacent to Glacier Cinema, (406) 873-2592.
  • Charlie's Pizza, 1159 Railroad Stree East, (406) 873-2550
  • Albertson's, Bakery and Deli



  • Cut Bank Super 8, 609 West Main Street, (406) 873-5662 or (800) 800-8000, [13]
  • Glacier Gateway Inn, 1130 East Main, (800) 851-5541, [14].
  • Glacier Gateway Plaza, (800) 851-5541, [15].
  • Terrace Motel, 11 9th Avenue S.E. (on Main Street), (406) 873-5031.

Get out

  • Glacier National Park Cut Bank provides the nearest full-service tourist facilities to the east side of Glacier National Park, i.e. these services: Banking, Car rental and repair, Full service grocery, clothing stores, lodging, campground, medical, dental.

Routes through Cut Bank
KalispellBrowning  W noframe E  → Ethridge → Shelby

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