As its name implies, Rising Sun faces the morning rays. But due to its location tucked under Goat Mountain, shadows drop early in the evening and twilight lingers a long time.
In Glacier National Park, Rising Sun shrinks when compared to the immense peaks that tower above it. Sitting on the north shore of St. Mary Lake, it is a
small summer-only outpost on Going-to-the-Sun Road.
It’s a place to camp, lodge, or dine. It also includes a picnic area and boat launch. For lodging, it is home to the Rising Sun Motor Inn, which has a motel and cabins. The historic complex includes a camp store and restaurant.
Adjacent across Rose Creek, a campground loops on the green forested hillside. Spots of burned trees flank the slopes above on Goat Mountain due to the 2015 Reynolds Fire.
From Rising Sun, the Otokomi Lake Trail ascends Rose Creek 5.2 miles to Otokomi Lake. On St. Mary Lake, the tour boat cruises by the tiny Wild Goose Island.