RVers drive historic Red Buses in Glacier National Park


A number of the Red Bus Tour drivers in Glacier National Park are RVers who use their motorhomes or travel trailers as their living quarters during their summer jobs.

The historic (1936 -1939) Red Buses are both a symbol of Glacier National Park and a reminder of a time when “adventurous travel was done with style and grace.” These 25-foot-long vintage coaches seat 17 passengers and have unique canvas tops which roll back, allowing for spectacular views along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

“Of the 55 drivers,” says Larry Perry, a former video director, “I’d say three-quarters of them are RVers.” Larry and his wife, Karen, have been driving their motorhome to Glacier from Michigan for eight years. Karen works as head concierge at Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier.

Jerry Fiske of Nevada and his wife, Becky, share their 32-foot Keystone Outback with their two Pugs–Mack and Molly.

“This is my first year as a driver,” says Fiske. “We plan to stay for four months.”

After the season, the Fiskes may be storing their trailer at a friend’s place in Missoula, Mont., instead of towing it back home to Nevada. “We plan to return next year and with the price of fuel, it just makes sense to leave it here.”

If you are interested in non-National Park Service seasonal work with Glacier Park, Inc., (they run the Red Bus Tours and lodges associated with the park) click here. Basically they are minimum wage jobs in an incredible environment.

Photos: Top: Larry Perry of Michigan; bottom: Jerry Fiske of Nevada. (Julianne Crane)

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