Do You Tip Park Rangers?

QUESTION:
I am going to Glacier National Park in Montana by myself for four days in August and will be joining in on two hikes with a Ranger. I am wondering is it customary to tip the Ranger at the end of the hike? Hope you can help me with this!
Thank you,
Andra

Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, courtesy NPS

ANSWER:

Hi Andra!
Glacier National Park is beautiful! Are you also going to Waterton Lakes National Park? If you do, be sure to reward yourself with a cup of tea at the Price of Wales Hotel overlooking one of the most breathtaking views I’ve seen anywhere.

Tipping U.S. Park Rangers after a guided tour is not customary. They are government employees and their job is to lead people on hikes and tours around the most beautiful places in the U.S.! 🙂

If you go on any tours guided by a private tour company, then a tip would be expected.

Happy trails!
Hiking Lady

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2 comments

  1. Hiking Lady says:

    Great comment Eliane. I think that the leg strength gained by someone hiking the AT will far outweigh any muscle gain to the arms while using hiking poles. I don’t think that you’ll lose upper body strength while hiking the AT, since you’ll be carrying a backpack. For me, the primary benefit of using trekking poles is saving my knees from strain, particularly on downhills!

  2. ELiane O Bacoyanis says:

    Trekking pole sites say they give a full-body workout; however, hikers say that they lose upper body strength when they hike the AP, and I notice they use poles. What gives?

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