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2015-2016 official guide to Helena

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HELENA NOW Helena Now 6 8 14

2014-2015 EXPLORE HELENA official guide pg TIME 6 TO to EVENTS ENJOY helena

FEATURE ARTICLE CELEBRATING 150 YEARS plus an eXceRPt fROM histORian ATTRACTIONS ellen bauMleR’s new bOOk

18 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT THE ART SIDE OF HELENA

10 ATTRACTIONS ADVENTURE ZONE 21 SHOPPING LOVE TO SHOP

16 EVENTS FUN TO BE DONE 20 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT LOOK, LISTEN, LOVE IT RECREATION & SPORTS SEE THE BIG SKY 23 SHOPPING WE LOVE GOOD BUYS UNIQUE ASSETS DISCOVER HELENA 24 AREA MAPS FIND YOUR WAY DAY HELENA: HUB FOR DAY TRIPS 26TRIPS RECREATION & SPORTS GET OUT AND GO! WHERE TOTRIPS STAY A PLACE TO REST YOUR HEAD 32 DAY ONE-DAY WONDER 34 WHERE TOAND STAY SPIRITS A PLACE TO REST YOUR HEAD LOCAL BREWS 40 WHERE TO EAT GOOD TASTE WHERE TO EAT LOCAL FLAVORS 42 RELOCATION WELCOME HOME TO HELENA RELOCATION WELCOME HOME TO HELENA

22 AREA MAPS FIND YOUR WAY 24 30 32 35 Advertising Rhonda Retz

PHOTOS: ELIZA WILEY/HELENA INDEPENDENT RECORD

Editorial Cathy Burwell Mike Mergenthaler Rhonda Retz Jennifer duToit Heidi O’Brien PHOTOS Convention & Visitors Bureau Helena Tourism Alliance Montana Office of Tourism Cover: Kenton Rowe Photography MAGAZINE DESIGN Allegra Marketing

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Discover real stories of Montana’s past at Montana’s Museum • Tour the museum, state capitol, and the original Governor’s Mansion • Delve into Montana and Western history in our MHs Press books and quarterly Montana The Magazine of Western History • exPlore the research center’s vast heritage resources • sHoP our Museum store—online too! • MHS members receive a 15% discount

Help us CELEBRATE the Montana Historical Society’s first 150 years! 225 N. Roberts, P.O. Box 201201, Helena, Montana 59620 (800) 243-9900 montanahistoricalsociety.org 4

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Welcome to Helena - Montana’s capital city! The 2015-2016 Official Guide to Helena brings you the best ideas for enjoying the Queen City - from exploring and playing to living and working.

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Visit the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce for all of your tourism needs. At the main Chamber location, tourists can enjoy free parking just a block from Helena’s historic downtown. Helena Area Chamber of Commerce 225 Cruse Avenue, Suite A | Hours: Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm

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Questions? Contact the Helena Chamber staff at 406-442-4120

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By Ellen Baumler

The Montana Historical Society is celebrating its 150th birthday and we invite you to share this special year with us.

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s the steward of Montana’s stories and its history, the Montana Historical Society is the best place to begin a Montana adventure. Whether you are a visitor or a resident, we warmly welcome you to explore the exhibits that tell Montana’s stories, search your Montana roots in our research center, and take home Montana treasures and books from our unique gift shop. Founded in 1865, just months after the creation of Montana Territory, the Montana Historical Society is the second oldest historical society west of the Mississippi. Unlike other similar organizations, the Montana Historical Society was born during the days of the gold rush as the state’s very foundations were being laid. Its inception was not a nostalgic look backwards at events past. With astounding foresight, our founders realized they were living history as it happened and wanted the events remembered. The society’s initial purpose was “to collect and arrange facts in regard to the early history” of the territory. Today, it does that and much, much more. Collections of all kinds fill its galleries, library, archives, and storage facilities. The society’s six programs are committed to education, research, and preservation that reach across the state in many ways. The research center includes 95 percent of all newspapers published in Montana; 18,000 reels of microfilm; 14,000 maps; 32,000 books and pamphlets; and 500,000 photographic images. Our publications include the award-winning quarterly Montana The Magazine of Western History. The museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, collects, preserves, and interprets fine art, as well as historical, archaeological, and ethnological artifacts related to Montana and its adjoining geographic region. It houses over 48,000 artifacts as well as textiles and extensive art collections. Its diverse 6

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exhibits, both temporary and permanent, are world class. Your Montana museum experience might begin with the Montana Homeland Exhibit, tracing the prehistory of the state from the time when buffalo roamed the prairie and early inhabitants hunted with stone tools. As you work your way through Montana’s story, you’ll pass through Native American lifeways, the fur trapping era, the turbulent gold rush and vigilante period, cattle and sheep ranching, the struggle for statehood, the advent of the railroad, the technological advances of the twentieth century, and much more. If you are a fan of “Cowboy Artist” C. M. Russell (1864-1926), the society’s Mackay Gallery of Russell Art features 2,000 square feet of major oils, watercolors, pen and inks, pencil sketches, bronzes, sculptures, and illustrated letters by Montana’s most celebrated and beloved artist. If Russell is not familiar to you, this gallery is the place to fall in love with him. Russell lived and loved the cowboy life and captured it in the various mediums of his art. The gallery includes some of Russell’s finest work expressing the quintessential spirit that is Montana. “Neither Empty Nor Unknown” offers a kaleidoscopic look at Montana when Lewis and Clark trekked through the state in 1805 and 1806. This groundbreaking exhibit is set against a backdrop of unforgettable landscapes where grasses grew tall, stars shone like diamonds, and people lived off the land and prospered. Montana’s topography, animal life, and native plants surround the visitor, immersing him in the natural world while interactive displays and “stations” pack the 4,600 square feet. Explore cultural and environmental perspectives through featured sites that were places of spiritual and/or economic importance to Montana’s Native peoples. They were also crucial to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. These areas provide a common thread and the key to understanding Montana’s Native peoples and counters Lewis and Clark’s impressions that Montana was largely uninhabited. “Big Medicine” is perhaps the Montana Historical Society’s most visited exhibit. This rare white buffalo, born on the National


Bison Range on Montana’s Flathead Indian Reservation in 1933, was the culmination of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ efforts to recover a bison population for their reservation. Big Medicine was a true white buffalo, not an albino. He had blue eyes, tan hooves, a brown topknot and a snow-white coat. At his prime he weighed 1,900 pounds. He was so revered and well cared that he lived to a great age. In the early 1950s, the Montana Historical Society arranged for Big Medicine to be preserved upon his death and moved to the state’s museum. That came to pass in 1959. Because of his age, Big Medicine’s coat was in poor condition. Despite its white color, the worn hide speaks of the many years Big Medicine saw and reinforces the ageless power many believe he still possesses. The society’s most recent exhibit tells the story of “Our Forgotten Pioneers: The Chinese in Montana.” It promises an unprecedented glimpse at a little understood chapter in the history of the state and the West. The western gold rushes initially drew a male population from the province of Guangdong in coastal China where famine, overpopulation, and civil war claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. These western sojourners came seeking their fortunes, and by 1870 comprised ten percent of Montana’s territorial population. Chinese pioneers helped develop Montana’s mineral resources and lay the tracks of the Northern Pacific across the Northwest. They established settlements and businesses in urban areas, paid

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taxes, and provided services. The male-only population, however, necessarily dwindled as they returned to China or died here on foreign soil. Their abandoned neighborhoods fell victim to urban renewal. Their culture, never well understood, became the stuff of myth and legend. “Forgotten Pioneers” traces a people whose history in the West is only now beginning to emerge. The society offers something for everyone, even the youngest visitors. “Neither Empty Nor Unknown” features a hidden mouse that appears along the pathways through native places. A real buffalo robe in the “Homeland” draws children into the tangible past, and a wall of interactives in “Forgotten Pioneers” teaches the art of Chinese calligraphy. But best of all, a hands-on gallery just for the younger set encourages children to try on, try out, and play with all kinds of touchable artifacts. The Montana Historical Society also offers tours of the nearby Montana State Capitol and maintains the must-see Original Governor’s Mansion, a fully furnished house museum that was home to Montana’s governors from 1913 to 1959. In Helena, the heart of Montana, exciting things are happening at the Montana Historical Society, open Tuesday through Saturday, and offering free admission on the second Saturday of every month. Call us at (406) 444-2694 or visit our website at montanahistoricalsociety.org and check out all we have to offer. Then, come and help us celebrate our 150th year!

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Whether you’re a history buff, an arts connoisseur or an outdoors enthusiast, Helena has something to keep your mind and body occupied. CATHEDRAL OF ST. HELENA

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What: The twin spires of the Cathedral of St. Helena may be the Queen City’s most recognizable landmark. The cornerstone for the cathedral was laid in 1908, and took nearly 20 years to complete the building. The church is modeled after Vienna’s Votive Church of the Sacred Heart, in the Gothic style. The Cathedral is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was built with limestone from Bedford, Indiana, considered to be a sturdier stone than Montana sandstone. An extensive restoration of the Cathedral has been taking place since 2002. Where: 530 N. Ewing, Lawrence and Warren Streets. When: Guided tours available after Memorial Day to Labor Day Tuesday–Thursday, 1–3 p.m. To schedule a tour for ten or more people, call the office well in advance of the date at 442-5825. More Info: (406) 442-5825 or sthelenas.org

CENTENNIAL/BAUSCH PARK What: Skate park, horseshoe pits, trailhead to Helena’s walking trail, handicap accessible playground, seasonal running water, shelter & benches for visitors, soccer & softball fields, dog park, and the Vigilante Bike Park. Where: Across the street from Memorial Park at 1200 N Last Chance Gulch. More info: helenamt.gov EXPLORATION WORKS! MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND CULTURE What: Scientific discovery and cultural understanding center featuring hands-on exhibits and experiments for all ages. Exhibits change frequently. Where: 995 Carousel Way. When: Varying hours, Tuesday–Sunday. More Info: (406) 457-1800 or explorationworks.org


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GATES OF THE MOUNTAINS What: Historic site documented by Meriwether Lewis in 1805, Missouri River. In his journal, Lewis wrote,“I called it the gates of the rocky mountains.” Where: Take Interstate 15 north of Helena for 16 miles to exit 209. When: Guided boat tours available every day May through September. More Info: (406) 458-5241

HELENA FIRE TOWER What: One of the few remaining wooden fire towers in the nation. Built in 1874 after a fire destroyed most of the downtown business district. Nicknamed the “Guardian of the Gulch.” Where: Follow Cruse Avenue south just past where it crosses Broadway – the Fire Tower will be up to the left. HELENA MASONIC GRAND LODGE What: Museum featuring Masonic history, including the Masonic apron of Meriwether Lewis. Where: 425 N Park Avenue. More Info: (406) 442-7774 or mtglsesdc@grandlodgemontana.org

GREAT NORTHERN CAROUSEL What: This world-class carousel features 37 hand-carved Montana animals and 14 Helena scenic-carved rounding boards and stained glass artwork. Also, enjoy homemade ice cream at the Great Northern Ice Cream Company. Where: 989 Carousel Way, Great Northern Town Center. When: Open year round, hours vary. More Info: (406) 457-5353 or gncarousel.com

last CHANCE GULCH HELENA’S WALKING MALL What: The state’s only downtown, outdoor walking mall featuring restaurants and shopping. The mall marks the site where gold was first discovered in Helena in 1864. The site takes its name from the Four Georgians who discovered gold in this area. Helena was their “last chance” to discover gold before giving up and returning home. The Walking Mall runs from 6th Avenue to North Broadway on Last Chance Gulch.

HELENA ARBORETUM What: More than 53 acres of various plant species labeled with genus and species names. Where: Capitol complex grounds.

LAST CHANCE TOUR TRAIN What: One-hour narrated tour of Helena attractions ranging from the Queen City’s oldest cabin to the Victorian mansions of former millionaires. No tours on Sunday.

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Segway Tours are also offered for one or two hour slots: Glide on the ground where gold was discovered. Where: The Tour Train departs from the Montana Historical Society, just east of the Capitol Building at the corner of 6th and Roberts. When: May 15th – September 15th, In July & August plan to purchase tickets & board the train 30 minutes prior to your desired time. More Info: (406) 442-1023 or lctours.com LAST CHANCE RANCH’S WAGONRIDE DINNER SHOW What: Take a bus to Last Chance Ranch and travel by horse-drawn wagons through a turn-of-the-century homestead south of Helena. All-you-can-eat prime rib dinners with live western music by the campfire featuring Montana’s own Bruce Anfinson. When: June through September More Info: 406-442-2884 or lastchanceranch.biz 2 01 5 - 2 01 6 o f f i c i a l g u i d e

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LEWIS AND CLARK COUNTY COURTHOUSE What: Home to the courtrooms and chambers for the First Judicial District’s judges. The historic, four-story building was constructed between 1885 and 1887. It was originally a full story taller, but the earthquakes of 1935 required the removal of the building’s clock tower. During the 19th century, the building was the territorial and the state capitol. Where: 228 Broadway. When: Open during regular business hours, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Mon-Fri. LEWIS AND CLARK LIBRARY What: Established in 1868, the Lewis and Clark Library is the oldest library in the state. It features books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, videos, computers and more. Where: 120 S Last Chance Gulch. When: Open Monday through Friday, varying hours. More Info: (406) 447-1690 or lewisandclarklibrary.org LEWIS AND CLARK: THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE What: Permanent outdoor exhibit documenting Lewis and Clark’s journey through Montana. Features the Great Falls of the Missouri, The Gates of the Mountains, bronze statues of animals the explorers encountered along their trek and more. Where: Great Northern Town Center. When: Every day, year round 10

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MEMORIAL PARK/LAST CHANCE SPLASH AND WATERPARK What: Swimming pool, waterslides, splash park, Frontier Fun town playground. Park also features barbecue pits, picnic shelters and more. When: Park open year round, pool and splash park open seasonally. Where: 1203 N Last Chance Gulch. More Info: helenamt.gov MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF FISH, WILDLIFE AND PARKS What: Offers many displays, including mounts, travel info, vacation planners, highway maps, Montana hunting and fishing regulations, and a gift shop. Where: 1420 E 6th Avenue. When: Open during regular business hours, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More Info: (406) 444-2535 or fwp.mt.gov MONTANA MILITARY MUSEUM What: Museum documenting the history of the military in Montana. See period uniforms, weapons, medical equipment and more. View the 20th Century Gallery which covers the 163rd Infantry Regiment, Montana Navy and Marine Corps, and First Special Service Force. Where: Fort Harrison. Drive west of Helena on U.S. 12 and follow the signs to Fort Harrison. Once inside the main gate, take a right at the first intersection. The museum is located in the cluster of buildings to the left. When:

9 a.m.– 4 p.m. Thursdays. More Info: (406) 458-9847 or montanaguard.com/museum Montana’s Museum at the Montana Historical Society What: Museum houses a variety of exhibits including the Montana Historical Society’s permanent collection of Charles M. Russell’s Western paintings and sculptures. Also, look for the Museum Store which features gifts and books related to the history of Montana and the West. Where: 225 N. Roberts Street across from the Capitol in the Montana Historical Society

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building. More Info: (406) 444-2694 or montanahistoricalsociety.com MONTANA STATE CAPITOL What: Constructed in 1902, and restored in 2002, this is the seat of Montana government. This ornate building features murals by Charles M. Russell, sculptures of U.S. Representative Jeannette Rankin, and Mike Mansfield and his wife, Maureen, and much more. Where: 1301 East 6th Avenue. When: Free onehour guided tours available on the hour between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday. On Sundays between May and September, tours are available on the hour between noon and 3 p.m. Meet guides or pick up a self-guided tour book at the first-floor security station. More Info: montanahistoricalsociety.com MONTANA WILD CENTER What: A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ education facility featuring Montana’s fish and wildlife species as well as a wildlife center facility to care for orphaned and injured wildlife from around the state. Where: 2668 Broadwater Avenue, off US Highway 12 West adjacent to Sprint Meadow Lake State Park. When: Open to the public from Memorial Day to Labor Day. More info: 406-444-9944

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ORIGINAL GOVERNOR’S MANSION What: Built in 1888 and was the home of Montana governors and their families from 1913-1959. Where: 304 North Ewing, corner of Sixth Avenue and Ewing Street. There are four tours a day at the following times: Noon, 1PM, 2PM, & 3PM. Tours run Tuesday through Saturday. Groups of 10 or more people are encouraged to make reservations. When: Open to the public from May 1st to Sept 30th. More info: 406-444-4794

I llness and accidents aren’t scheduled. Fortunately, neither is Urgent Care. Walk-in medical care when it’s not an emergency, but you need a doctor now. Open every day! St. Peter’s Medical Group North Clinic 3330 Ptarmigan Ln. Mon–Fri: 8 am–6 pm Sat: 9–5 • Sun: 10–5

SPRING MEADOW LAKE What: Popular family retreat featuring opportunities for swimming, barbecuing, bird watching, walking trails, and more. Where: Travel west on Euclid Avenue, turn right on Joslyn Street, and veer left onto Country Club Avenue. The lake is on your left. When: Open year round, sunrise to sunset. More info: 406-495-3270 UPPER WEST SIDE What: At one time in its history, Helena was believed to have more millionaires per capita than any other city in the United States. Many of the homes built by these millionaires still stand today. Where: West of Last Chance Gulch and into the West Hills (in between The Capitol Barrel Vault Last Chance Gulch and Mount Helena). Broadwater Hot Springs & Fitness What: Happy to offer locals and tourists alike a hot springs and fitness facility with the friendliest staff. Broadwater has three outdoor pools, as well as three indoor hot tubs. Walk-ins welcome. More info: For cost and hours, please call 406-443-5777

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Mark your calendars for these unmissable events. From outdoor symphonies to stampedes, to rodeos and races, the Helena area’s finest events will embrace you. ALIVE@FIVE What: Food, fun, free music. Where: Various downtown locations When: 5-9PM every Wednesday from June until Aug More info: downtownhelena.com or (406) 447-1535 CHALK UP HELENA What: Reveal your inner artist at the fun, family-friendly sidewalk street painting festival for all ages with judges’ and peoples’ choice awards on Helena’s Downtown Walking Mall. When: Sat., July 19, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. More info: (406) 447-8491 or helenapublicarts.com

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EAST HELENA RODEO AND PARADE What: Four-day rodeo featuring all rodeo events, entertainment, food. Where: East Helena Rodeo Grounds, quarter-mile south of U.S. Highway 12 on Highway 518. When: Begins on the second Thursday in July. More info: (406) 458-8124


FARMER’S MARKET Where: Fuller Ave, downtown Helena. When: Saturdays, April - October, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm on Fuller Ave. Downtown Helena; Saturdays, November December, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Gateway Center; Tuesdays, July September, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm East Helena City Hall parking lot. More info: (406) 202-1886 or (406) 449-7446 GOVERNOR’S CUP RACE AND EXPO What: USATF certified marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and family 1-mile fun run. Proceeds are donated to the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana Caring Foundation of Montana in support of the Healthy Montana Kids CHIP Program. Where: In and around Helena. When: Second Saturday in June More info: govcupmt.com

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events KOMEN MONTANA RACE FOR THE CURE What: 5K Run/Walk and One Mile Fun Walk/Run. Largest event centered around breast cancer research in the state. Where: Start and finish at the Capitol. When: Third Saturday in May. More info: komenmontana.org LAST CHANCE COMMUNITY POW WOW What: American Indian drumming, dancing, food and crafts. Where: Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds, corner of Custer Avenue and Henderson. When: Begins on a Friday in September. More info: (406) 439-5631, lccpw@hotmail.com, or lccpwhelena.com LAST CHANCE STAMPEDE AND FAIR What: Professional rodeo, carnival, parades, livestock, fair exhibits, trade show, food, live entertainment. Where: Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds, corner of Custer Avenue and Henderson. When: 4th week of July. More info: (406) 457-8516, lccfairgrounds.com or lastchancestampede.com

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SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS What: Annual, free, outdoor concert event presented by the Helena Symphony Orchestra and Chorale members and Carroll College. The concert culminates with a spectacular fireworks display. When: 3rd Saturday in July. Where: Hillside at Carroll College, 1601 N Benton. More info: (406) 442-1860 or helenasymphony.org

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The Queen City treasures her reputation as one of the top 100 small arts communities in America. Our downtown galleries speak to the quality of our painters, sculptors and woodworkers, while stages around town give voice to our talented actors. Summer festivals provide soothing sounds to the ears of lovers of all kinds of music.

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ARCHIE BRAY FOUNDATION FOR THE CERAMIC ARTS What: Created in 1951, the foundation works to provide an environment that stimulates creative work in ceramics. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and regularly houses artists-in-residence. Where: 2915 Country Club Drive. When: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m.–5 p.m. More info: (406) 443-3502 or archiebray.org GRANDSTREET THEATRE What: Community theatre that features high-quality musical and dramatic plays year round, drawing from a deep and rich pool of local talent. Nationally renowned Theatre School has after school programs for kids K through 12th grade plus a twoweek summer camp in July. Where: 325 N Park Avenue. More info: (406) 447-1574 or grandstreettheatre.com


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HELENA SYMPHONY AND CHORALE What: This group features some of the finest musicians in the Helena area and performs several times during the year throughout the Helena area, including at the popular Symphony Under the Stars. The symphony is under the direction of Maestro Allan R. Scott. Where: Helena Civic Center, 340 Neill Avenue, corner of Neill and Park. More info:(406) 442-1860 or helenasymphony.org

HOLTER MUSEUM OF ART What: Located in the heart of downtown, this museum hosts nationally known and local artists, with new shows opening every six weeks. Where: 12 E Lawrence. When: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Sunday, noon–4 p.m. More info: (406) 442-6400 or holtermuseum.org.

MONTANA SHAKESPEARE COMPANY What: The state’s resident, professional Shakespeare theater company, dedicated to producing high quality, full length productions of the bard’s great works in Helena. 2014 marks the group’s 17th season. Where: Great Northern Town Center Amphitheater. When: Season begins July 10. More info: (406) 431-1154 or montanashakespeare.org MYRNA LOY CENTER What: Named after Helena’s first lady of the screen, “the Myrna” offers current film, live performances and video editing and media services. Where: 15 S Ewing. More info: (406) 443-0287 or myrnaloycenter.com 2 01 5 - 2 01 6 o f f i c i a l g u i d e

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shopping

As Helena grows, so does its reputation as a regional shopping center — our parking lots are routinely filled with visitors from other Montana cities who know how to find both quality goods and bargain prices. LAST CHANCE GULCH Go ahead and yell “Eureka!” on Downtown Helena’s Last Chance Gulch – after all, it’s been done before. Gold was discovered on the gulch on July 14, 1864, and before long, Helena was on the map. Today, the gulch is home to treasures of another kind, in the form of historic buildings, restaurants, and interesting shops to suit the taste of the most discerning visitors. GREAT NORTHERN TOWN CENTER The land on which the Great Northern Town Center now sits was the former site of the depot for the Great Northern Railroad. Situated at the north end of downtown, it brings a touch of tasteful, modern development – and several additional shopping opportunities – to the downtown area. This includes unique boutiques, galleries, salons, and restaurants. North Helena Shopping Area Big Box Stores & National shopping chains expanding every day in this area. OTHER SHOPPING AREAS Other areas of town will appeal to the consummate consumer, from the Mid Towne district to the Capital Hill Mall, to the quickly expanding city’s north side. MT Office of Tourism

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Spring Meadow Lake State Park // Helena CVB

HIKING AND BACK PACKING

From the heights of the Continental Divide to Canyon Ferry Lake, the Helena area offers an opportunity for fresh air and sunshine, no matter what your passion.

MOUNT HELENA CITY PARK Mount Helena City Park, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, is Helena’s most noticeable landmark, featuring many trails of various levels of difficulty across the park’s 630 acres. Maps of those trails are located at the base of the mountain in a kiosk at the Adams Street parking lot (turn right off of Park Avenue and follow the directional signs through Reeder’s Village). TROUT CREEK CANYON TRAIL This easy, three-mile trail provides spectacular views of steep-walled limestone formations within a canyon northeast of Helena in the Big Belt Mountains. From Helena, proceed northeast on Highway 280 to York. Continue driving northeast past York to the end of the road and Vigilante Campground.

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REFRIGERATOR CANYON This canyon located northeast of Helena is a fantastic destination on a hot summer day. Temperatures within the small canyon remain cool year round. Travel 16 miles east of Helena on State Highway 280 to York, then 8 miles north of York on County Road 4 to Nelson, then east on Forest Road approximately 4 miles to signed trailhead.


Wildflower // Heidi O’Brien, Helena Tourism Alliance

Important Contacts For trail and camping maps and other information:

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CASEY MEADOWS TRAIL This easy walk in the Elkhorn Mountains features a gradual elevation gain of about 1,300 feet on the three-mile route to the meadow. Other trails intersect at the meadow for hikers seeking additional recreational opportunities. From Helena, take Interstate 15 south to Montana City and turn right at the school. Follow this road past Saddle Mountain Estates to Forest Road 294 and the Casey Meadows Trailhead. CROW CREEK FALLS To get to Crow Creek Falls, travel south to Townsend on Highway 12/287 for 30 miles to Indian Creek Road (FR 360). Follow this road for approximately 11 miles to the junction with West on Creek Road (FR 4031). Travel about 2.5 miles on FR 4031 until its junction with Weasel Creek Road (FR 405). Follow FR 405 to the Eagle Guard Station. The trailhead is west of this station. From the trail-head, hikers can take two routes to the falls: (1) Follow Trail 112 for approximately one mile to the Trail 134 Trail-head. Trail 134 will take you the remaining two miles to the falls. (2) The trailhead for Trail 109 is east of the Eagle Guard Station and leads hikers 3.5 miles to the falls.

GEOCACHING Helena is no novice when it comes to treasure hunts. In July of 1864, four miners, down on their luck, gave it one “Last Chance” and struck it rich in Helena. The region, named Last Chance Gulch, grew almost overnight, producing an estimated (in today’s dollars) $3.6 billion in gold over a 20 year period. 150 years later, Helena appeals to treasure hunters of a different kind. Helena is a geocacher’s dream. Helena, Montana has developed a GeoTour that highlights our engaging history, attractions and everything that makes Helena, well, Helena! Highlighting the best of Helena, the GeoTour brings cachers to thirty-eight destinations including Two Camps Vista, where both Lewis & Clark camped along the Missouri River during different parts of their journey West. Others caches will bring geocachers to places like the historic and charming Last Chance Gulch Walking Mall, scenic Mount Helena and the Elkhorn Ghost Town. Helena has evolved into the region’s geocaching leader and received the title “Best for Geocaching” from Rand McNally’s and geocaching.com’s Best of the Road contest. Come catch the best in Helena! More info: www.helenamt.com or www.geocaching.com.

Helena national forest supervisor’s office 2880 Skyway Drive (north of the airport terminal across the access road) (406) 449-5201 To contact ranger districts: Helena Ranger District (406) 449-5490 lincoln Ranger District (406) 362-4265 townsend Ranger District (406) 266-3425

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PUBLIC CAMPING

Places to pitch a tent or pull up an RV are plentiful around Helena. The Helena National Forest offers numerous camping opportunities. State-owned land near Helena is also home to nice camping areas. Most camping sites are open from Memorial Day weekend until Sept. 15. More info: » Helena Ranger District: (406) 449-5490 » Bureau of Reclamation: (406) 475-3310 » Montana State Parks: Book campsite reservations by calling 1-855-922-6768 or stateparks.mt.gov Popular camping areas: » Alhambra RV Park: Clancy; for details, visit alhambrarvpark.net » Buzz Inn RV Park & Campground: 5 miles E of Helena on US Hwy 12 » Cromwell Dixon Campground: located on MacDonald Pass » Black Sandy and White Sandy Campground: located at Hauser Lake northeast of Helena 26

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» Lincoln Road RV Park: for details, visit lincolnroadrvpark.net » Townsend/Canyon Ferry Lake KOA: 81 Silos Road, Townsend » Vigilante Campground: located northeast of York CANYON FERRY LAKE Located east of Helena, Canyon Ferry Lake features day use sites, overnight camping areas, public boat launches, fishing, hiking, bid watching and more. Visit the Canyon Ferry Visitor Center to get the full story on recreation opportunities in the Canyon Ferry Lake area. To find the visitor center, turn right (east) on Custer Avenue from N. Montana Avenue. Soon, Custer Avenue turns into Canyon Ferry Road. Follow the road about 17 miles as it approaches the lake, then winds over the dam at the north end. The visitor center is about a mile past the dam. More info: (406) 475-3310 HAUSER LAKE Hauser Lake was created in 1908 when Samuel T. Hauser dammed the Missouri River to supply cheap electrical power for mining companies in Butte and Anaconda. Today, the area is ripe with

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recreational opportunities, including four campgrounds. » Riverside Campground: located near the base of the Canyon Ferry Dam » Devil’s Elbow Campground: located at the bridge on Highway 280/York Road » Black Sandy and White Sandy Campgrounds: drive north on Montana Avenue to Lincoln Road and turn east. Follow the highway to the dirt road and go north. HOLTER LAKE Holter Dam was completed east of Wolf Creek in 1918. Today, the Holter Lake area features a variety of recreational opportunities including fishing, boating and camping. Shore camping areas include Juniper Bay, Log Gulch and Departure Point.


FLOATING

The Helena area provides a variety of canoeing, rafting and kayaking opportunities for residents and visitors to the area. Early summer is the best time for high water with many of the area’s best rivers flowing out of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex to the north. More info: To rent or purchase items, or get more info about floating opportunities, at area shops, including The Base Camp, Montana Outdoor Sports, Bob Ward & Sons, Capital Sports & Western, and Sportsman’s Warehouse. Dearborn River Flows southeast from the Bob Marshall Wilderness to the Missouri River near the town of Craig. Blackfoot River Flows near Lincoln toward Missoula. Missouri River Float opportunities to Helena’s north and east. Canyon Ferry, Hauser and Holter lakes

Mount Helena Ridge Trail Along a scenic ridge in the Helena National Forest, the Ridge Trail runs through stands of trail ends at Mount Helena City Park. » To ride the Ridge Trail Loop (15 miles), ride out of town on West Main Street (at the south end of downtown), and veer right onto Grizzly Gulch. In about five miles, turn right at the hamlet of Park City and ride a few hundred yards to the trailhead. » To cut the ride in half, leave a car at the parking lot at Mount Helena City Park and take another car up to the trailhead. Note: On Saturday mornings in the summer, the merchants of Downtown Helena sponsor the “Trolley to Trails” shuttle that takes hikers and bikers to the Park City trailhead. More info: (406) 447-1535 Grizzly-Unionville-Orofino loop (11 miles) Ride out of town on West Main Street (at the south end of downtown), and veer right onto Grizzly Gulch. At Park City, stay left on the main road toward Unionville. In about a half-mile, turn left at the junction and continue uphill to Unionville. The road turns to pavement and heads back to town. Several other trailheads are located off the route.

Mount Helena The park offers a variety of trails for mountain bikers. The most popular trail follows the 1906 Trail around the north side of the mountain, into the saddle between the mountain’s two summits, and up onto the peak. Check the map in the kiosk in the parking lot for details. Wakina Sky Ridge Ride out of town on West Main Street (at the south end of downtown), and veer right onto Grizzly Gulch. Turn left into the hills about two miles from downtown. After about a half-mile ride on the dirt road, where the road makes a switchback to the left, follow the trees and open meadows. The Squaw Gulch Trail, and continue straight ahead. Climb about a mile up to the meadow, then turn around and enjoy the ride down.

archery & shooting » Buffalo Jump Archery & Pro Shop: (406) 449-3111. Mon-Fri 11-7, Sat 10-5. 20yd indoor range package deals. » Capital Sports & Western: Archery & Shooting Range: 406-443-2978 . MonFri 9-8, Sat 9-6, Sun 10:30-4. $5 per day, $35 per year. Rent gear or bring your own. Range and technohunt.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Helena has a reputation among hardcore mountain bikers as one of the best destinations in the northern Rockies for fat-tire fun. Helena is also only one of 17 IMBA Ride Centers on the planet, which puts us in great company. Listed below are some popular routes. More info: » Big Sky Cyclery: (406) 442-4644 » Capital Sports & Western: 406-443-2978 » Great Divide Cycling and Fitness: (406) 443-5188 » Bike Helena: www.bikehelena.com » International Mountain Biking Association: www.imba.com/ridecenters/current/helena

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FISHING

It’s no secret that Montana calls to fly fishermen from across the country. And while there are fantastic rivers, streams and ponds across the state, some of the best fishing is minutes from Helena. More info: » The Base Camp: (406) 443-5360 » Bob Ward & Sons: (406) 443-2138 » Cross Currents Orvis Fly Shop: (406) 449-2292 » Montana Fly Goods: (406) 442-2630 » Montana Outdoor Sports: (406) 443-4119 » Sportsman’s Warehouse: (406) 457-7200 Missouri River The towns of Wolf Creek and Craig north of Helena offer fly shops, shuttle operators, guide services, and other businesses to cater to the most dedicated of fishermen Blackfoot River Ovando provides a good jumping-off point to fish the Blackfoot. Canyon Ferry Lake The deep waters of this lake harbor mammoth walleye, if that’s more your taste.

GOLF BILL ROBERTS GOLF COURSE This is a city-owned, 18-hole, public golf course located north of Carroll College off Benton Avenue. It offers services including a clubhouse, pro shop, and driving range. More info: (406) 442-2191 or billrobertsgolf.com FOX RIDGE GOLF COURSE This is a public, 18-hole golf course located in the Prickly Pear Valley near Lake Helena. It offers services including a clubhouse, putting range, driving range and pro shop. To get there, turn east from North Montana Avenue onto Custer Avenue. Turn left onto York Road and 28

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follow it for 5.5 miles. Turn left onto Lake Helena Drive. The golf course is on the left. More info: (406) 227-8304 GREEN MEADOW COUNTRY CLUB This is a semi-private, 18-hole golf course located at 2720 Country Club Ave. The golf course is a medium length, tight layout providing a test of skill and enjoyment for players of all ability levels. It offers services including a clubhouse, driving range, putting range, fitness center, and pro shop. More info: (406) 442-5750

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Helena Brewers Baseball game // Heidi O’Brien, Helena Tourism Alliance

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TENNIS Helena provides some great opportunities for tennis enthusiasts. Tennis courts are located at The Civic Center, Barney Park, Lockey Park, and Capital High School. Lessons are available during the summer through the City of Helena’s Parks and Recreation program. In addition, the Last Chance Tennis Association Indoor Tennis Center, 2910 Skyway Drive, features three courts and hosts numerous league events and lessons throughout the year. For info: (406) 442-5226 or (406) 459-4479

SPORTS TEAMS CARROLL COLLEGE Carroll is the home of the Fighting Saints. In addition to fielding a six-time NAIA National Champion football team, the college boasts nationally ranked soccer, volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball teams, golf, track and field, cross country teams, and softball. For info: (406) 447-4480 or carroll.edu HELENA BREWERS Professional baseball returned to Helena in 2003 and the Brewers take the field each June. The Advanced Rookie League Club is a farm team for the National League Milwaukee Brewers and competes in the Pioneer League. The team plays at Kindrick Legion Field, located a block north of Lyndale Avenue, adjacent to Memorial Park. For info: (406) 495-0500 or helenabrewers.net

HELENA SENATORS AND REPS The Helena Senators are a Class AA high school-age baseball team,and the Helena Reps are a Class A baseball team. American Legion play sees action April through August at Kindrick Legion Field, adjacent to Memorial Park. For info: helenasenators.com HELENA BIGHORNS The champion Helena Bighorns hockey team plays in the NorPac America West Division. They lace up their skates at the Helena Ice Arena located on U.S. Highway 12 East. For info: (406) 457-2817 or helenabighorns.com CAPITAL HIGH AND HELENA HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Both public high schools in Helena have strong sports programs and have earned numerous championships in recent years. Capital High School fields the Bruins, and Helena High School fields the Bengals. For info: helena.k12.mt.us

WINTER SPORTS GREAT DIVIDE SKI AREA The ski area boasts more than 130 trails with more than 1,500 skiable acres, five double chairlifts and one beginner tow. Services include lessons, rental shop, and cafeteria. To get there, head north on Montana Avenue, Green Meadow Drive or Interstate 15. About 9 miles north of town, turn or exit left (west) on Lincoln

Road(highway 279). In about 9 miles, turn left toward Marysville. The ski area is about 7 miles from the turn. For info: (406) 449-3746 or skigd.com MACDONALD PASS Four connected cross-country skiing trails are available just off of Highway 12 on MacDonald Pass, near the Continental Divide. The trail is also open to snowshoeing. FLESHER PASS TO STEMPLE PASS Trail 440, from Flesher Pass to Stemple Pass, is available for cross-country skiing during winter months, and is accessible starting at Flesher Pass via Highway 279. SNOWMOBILING Many trails are available to snowmobile enthusiasts. Minnehaha/Beaver Creek Loop, Rimini Loop, Rimini-Elliston-Basin Snowmobile Loop and Marysville and Lincoln. OUTDOOR ICE SKATING Outdoor ice skating is available at three parks: » Memorial Park: 1203 Last Chance Gulch » Lincoln Park: 1800 North Roberts » Cunningham Park: 1234 Floweree INDOOR ICE SKATING The Helena Ice Arena, 400 Lola St., offers public skating, figure skating lessons, ice skating lessons and adult and youth hockey programs. For info: (406) 457-2817 2 01 5 - 2 01 6 o f f i c i a l g u i d e

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Geocaching, mountain biking and a historic walking app are some of the unique assets that Helena offers to residents and guests of our city. Programing such as the Geocaching GeoTour and Bike Helena have garnered national recognition for this small capital city. And, the historic walking app has helped unite Helena’s mining history with the technology of the current era. We invite you to read on and discover more about the treasures that await you in Helena. Helena’s GeoTour Helena is no novice when it comes to treasure hunts. In July of 1864, four miners, down on their luck, gave it one “Last Chance” and struck it rich in Helena. The region, named Last Chance Gulch, grew almost overnight, producing an estimated (in today’s dollars) $3.6 billion in gold over a twenty-year period. Just over one hundred and fifty years later, Helena’s main street is still called Last Chance Gulch, but GPS units have replaced sluice boxes. In lieu of a gold vein, caches are hidden. Helena is booming with modern-day prospectors, geocachers. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt where cachers use GPS coordinates to locate hidden caches. Geocaching is a free, interactive adventure. Helena is featured in the 2015 Rand McNally Road Atlas as the “#1 Town in the US for Geocaching.” Helena’s geocachers have created an official GeoTour. Highlighting the best of Helena, the GeoTour brings cachers to thirty-eight destinations including Two Camps Vista, where both Lewis & Clark camped along the Missouri River during different parts of their journey West. Others bring cachers to places like the historic and charming Last Chance Gulch Walking Mall, scenic Mount Helena and the Elkhorn Ghost Town. Geocaching is a family-friendly activity and is a great way to engage children in hiking, exploring and discovering. Who doesn’t want to find a hidden treasure?! Visit www.helenamt. com/geotour for more information on how to geocache and for information on Helena’s GeoTour. Once you try this addictive sport you may be hooked for life! Walking App Of course there’s an app for that! Helena has one very useful app and we invite you to visit your App Store or Google Play and search “Helena Walking Tour.” Helena’s app is divided into to several sections and is designed to put Helena into your hands. The Downtown, Central area, and Mansion District are all featured sections of the app. The content for these sections includes historical 30

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information on the buildings and a listing of popular restaurants. Ellen Baumler, PhD, of the Montana Historical Society, has written the content for this section of the app. The GPS feature of the app helps you pinpoint exactly where in town you are so you can explore Helena with confidence. The newest version of the app launched in May 2015 features fifteen additional mansions in Helena’s west side Mansion District. The stories behind these men who made their fortunes often overnight and went from rags to riches are fascinating. To read these stories, while standing directly in front of their homes will bring you eye to eye with the weathered miners turned polished millionaires of the 1800s. The app also includes three select hikes so if you are after hiking or biking Helena’s 75 miles of singletrack trails, we will get you started with the confidence of having the trail routed out for you. The most popular of our hikes on the app is the 1906 trail to the top of iconic Mount Helena. Helena’s museums and galleries contribute to Helena’s charm and there is a section for these on the app as well. For more information on the app, or if you do not have a smart phone and would like to print the information, visit http:// www.helenamt.com/content/historic-helena/. Tip: If you are concerned about data usage or visiting from out of the country, download the app from a Wi-Fi signal and use it offline. Bike Helena If you are a mountain biker on your way to Helena, Montana, you’re in for some epic rides. Designated an International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Ride Center, Helena showcases 75 miles of classic singletrack. Helena’s South Hills Trail System is the result of years of planning, preserving and promoting our local trails. The efforts have been led by the Prickly Pear Land Trust and the City of Helena Parks Department. Visit www.bikehelena.com for information on the trail system, recommended routes and bike events. Also on the web site you will find the schedule for Helena’s Trail Rider, a FREE shuttle that brings bikers and hikers to Helena’s surrounding trailheads. The shuttle runs five days a week June-August and weekends in September.


Helena has also developed the Vigilante Bike Park located at Centennial Park. The bike park is located at the northwest corner of Centennial Park. Parking is located in the main parking area of Centennial Park, off of N. Last Chance Gulch. Restrooms are only available during the summer months when the city places porta potties in the parking area, near the softball fields. Water can be found, in the summer months, at a drinking fountain located near the dog park. If toting your bike along for the trip is not an option, Big Sky Cyclery (located at 801 N. Last Chance Gulch, phone 406-442-4644) offers rentals. Stop by one of the bike shops that also include Great Divide Cyclery, Capital Sports & Western and The Garage to talk trails upon your arrival to town. Free maps can be found at www. bikehelena.com, but if you prefer a traditional map, you can pick one up at the bike shop or local outdoor stores for $8. Here in Helena, we like to say there is a singletrack at the end of every street, and it’s not far from the truth! Reeder’s Alley & The Pioneer Cabin Preserving Helena’s treasures is something that the community takes pride in. Reeder’s Alley and the Pioneer Cabin located south on Park Avenue offers you the chance to step back in time. The new Reeder’s Alley Visitor Information Center at 105 Reeder’s Alley is located in a building dating back to around the 1870s. Current hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, but information is also available in our outdoor kiosk. Free parking is available in the Reeder’s Alley Visitor Parking. The Pioneer Cabin, also located off Park Avenue in the Reeder’s Alley neighborhood, is the oldest documented dwelling in Helena and offers a glimpse into Montana pioneer life. The cabin will be accessible 8:00 am to 5:00 pm weekdays, but if you’d prefer a tour be sure to visit from 12:30-1:30 pm. For more information visit www.helenamt.com or call 406-449-2107.

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No matter how long you stay in Helena, there’s plenty of activities to keep you busy. But we can’t blame you if you want to take a day and get in the car to check out some fantastic Montana scenery. Fortunately, Helena is within an easy day’s drive of a number of fascinating communities and attractions, all of which will give you a taste of the Treasure State and still get you back to Helena in time for dinner. ANACONDA -PINTLER SCENIC HIGHWAY ROUTE What: This is a 60-mile drive between Anaconda and Drummond. Along the route, pass by Philipsburg, Georgetown Lake and Granite ghost town. To get there: The scenic route can be accessed from Interstate 90 at either Drummond or Anaconda. AUGUSTA What: If you like a town with real Western flavor, try roaming the streets of Augusta. Visit the general store, stop in at the old-fashioned saloon, buy souvenirs in the local stores and purchase Western wildlife photos from the studio of nationally known photographer Gus Wolf. To get there: Go north on Interstate 15 to Wolf Creek, take the Highway 287 exit and cross Highway 200. Stop at the Hutterite Colony along the route to purchase fresh vegetables or chicken. 32

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BOULDER HOT SPRINGS What: Within a half-hour’s drive from Helena is the historic Boulder Hot Springs – a unique bed and breakfast offering fully restored bedrooms in the 100-year-old grand inn. Soak in the springs, hike on the edge of the Deer Lodge National Forest, or enjoy a relaxing massage. To get there: Take Interstate 15 south about 30 miles. Take the Boulder exit and follow Highway 69 through town. The springs are located 3 miles south of Boulder on Highway 69. For info: (406) 225-4339 or boulderhotsprings.com BROADWATER COUNTY MUSEUM What: Exhibits at this museum, located about 30 miles southeast of Helena at the south end of Canyon Ferry Lake, cover area mining, agriculture, toys, schools and industry. In addition, it features a Lewis and Clark exhibit. To get there: The museum is located at 133 N. Walnut in

Townsend. Open daily 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. mid-May through mid- September. For info: (406) 266-5252 CONTINENTAL DIVIDE What: Montana’s predominant geological feature, the Continental Divide, offers breathtaking scenery just west of Helena. To get there: Here are four routes you can drive over the divide: » MacDonald Pass: MacDonald Pass is a paved route that provides a scenic turnout on the east slope of the 6,323-foot pass south-west of Helena. To take this route, follow U.S. Highway 12 West. » Flesher Pass and Stemple Pass: Flesher, at an elevation of 6,350 feet, is about 39 miles from Helena and paved all the way on Highway 279 to Lincoln. Stemple Pass, 28 miles from Helena, has an elevation of 6,349 feet with access on a gravel road. To


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jumps in the world and was used from 900 to 1500 AD. To get there: Take Interstate 15 north 70 miles to just 9 miles before Great Falls. Turn off at Ulm and follow the signs for four miles. When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from April 1 to Sept. 30. More info: (406) 866-2217 JEFFERSON COUNTY MUSEUM What: Museum housed in the 1898 Clancy Schoolhouse exhibits mining, ranching and railroading exhibits. To get there: Located in Clancy, just off of Interstate 15, 10 minutes south.

get to either of these passes, drive north on Montana Avenue to Lincoln Road and turn left. Travel west through Canyon Creek and watch for the Stemple Pass turnoff to the left. Stay on Lincoln Road to the top of the divide to get to Flesher Pass. » Mullan Pass: Mullan Pass is rich in history that includes its discovery by U.S. Army Capt. John Mullan in 1853, and a campground at the top of the divide that was the site of Montana Territory’s first Masonic meeting in July 1862. To get there, drive west on U.S. Highway 12 and turn north at the Fort Harrison sign. Once you pass the fort, cross the railroad tracks and you’ll be on Birdseye Road. Follow it to the sign for Austin and turn left onto the gravel road. After crossing the divide, the road rejoins U.S. Highway 12 at the western foot of MacDonald Pass. Fourwheel drive is recommended. FIRST PEOPLES BUFFALO JUMP What: For more than 1,000 years, American Indians of the Great Plains hunted bison by herding them over cliffs. Ulm Pishkun is one of the largest buffalo

LEWIS AND CLARK CAVERNS What: Take a two-hour tour of one of the Northwest’s premier limestone caverns – also, Montana’s first state park. The temperature in the caverns is cool, so bring a jacket. To get there: Located about 65 miles south of Helena in Jefferson County, the caverns are three miles off Highway 2 , just east of Whitehall. When: May 1-Sept. 30. More info: (406) 287-3541 LINCOLN What: Music, rodeo and art are just a few of the activities waiting for visitors to the picturesque town of Lincoln, located about 60 miles northwest of Helena.

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day trips To get there: Take Interstate 15 to the Lincoln Road exit, follow Lincoln Road west for about 40 miles until you reach Highway 200, and turn left. More info: (406) 362- 4949 or lincolnmontana.com PHILIPSBURG What: This historic mining town is located about an hour from Helena. Attractions include the Granite County Museum and Cultural Center, the Sapphire Gallery (where visitors can wash gravel for sapphires), ghost towns and more. Where: Take U.S. Highway 12 west over the Continental Divide to its intersection with Interstate 90 at Garrison. Take I-90 west to Drummond, then head south on Highway 1 about 26 miles to Philipsburg. More info: (406) 859-3388 or philipsburgmt.com TIZER BOTANICAL GARDENS AND ARBORETUM What: This six-acre garden is Montana’s only botanical gardens and arboretum. It includes thousands of plants that thrive in Montana’s harsh climate. The gardens feature more than 100 varieties of roses and more than 200 varieties of conifers from all over the world. To get there: Head south on Interstate 15, take the Jefferson City exit and follow the signs. More info: (406) 933-8789 or (866) 933-8789 or tizergardens.com WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS What: Named after the white deposits left by the hot water that bubbles up in what is now the city’s public park, White Sulphur Springs offers golf, fishing, boating, mineral baths, and more. To get there: take U.S. Highway 12/287 east 32 miles to Townsend. Continue on U.S. Highway 12 from Townsend for 42 miles. WOLF CREEK/CRAIG What: About a half hour north of Helena, the villages of Wolf Creek and Craig straddle the Missouri River and boast some of the best trout fishing in the world. To get there: Take Interstate 15 north of Helena past the high plains Sieben Ranch before traveling through the scenic Wolf Creek Canyon. 34

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BEST WESTERN PREMIER HELENA GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL

Helena’s most deluxe hotel with 100 nonsmoking guest rooms, indoor pool and hot tub, 24 hour fitness center, 24-hour business center and 8,500 square feet of meeting space. Located near historic Last Chance Gulch and Carroll College. (406) 457-5500; TF (800) 829-4047 | 835 Great Northern Blvd, Helena | www.gnhotelhelena.com

BOULDER HOT SPRINGS

One hundred-year-old historic inn in a natural, healing, relaxing environment. Outdoor and indoor pools filled with natural geothermal waters for soaking and swimming. Newly decorated bed and breakfast rooms based on

HOLIDAY INN CONFERENCE CENTER DOWNTOWN

Conveniently located on Helena’s Downtown Walking Mall, steps from 17 restaurants and fabulous shops and galleries. Our cozy meeting successful one.

(406) 443-2200; TF (888) 465-4329 | 22 N Last Chance Gulch, Helena | www.holidayinn.com

JORGENSON’S INN & SUITES

If you're in Helena to work or finally taking the family on vacation to Glacier or Yellowstone we have the rooms and amenities you want for comfort, convienence and fun!

of Boulder on Hwy 69. (406) 225-4339 | 31 Hot Springs Rd, Boulder | www.boulderhotsprings.com

COMFORT SUITES HELENA

Helena’s newest hotel featuring long term stay rooms. One mile from the airport, complimentary full breakfast. Shuttle service and business center available for all guests.

(406) 495-0505; TF (877) 424-6423 | 3180 N Washington St, Helena | www.comfortsuiteshelena.com

FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES

Newly renovated in 2013. We are located only minutes away from the State Capitol, St. Helena Cathedral and the Helena Regional Airport. We offer a refreshing swimming pool and hot tub, free new high-speed internet, refrigerators and microwaves in each room and a newly expanded hot breakfast buffet. (406) 449-9944 | 2150 11th Ave, Helena | www.marriott.com

HAMPTON INN service and cleanliness backed by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Comfortable rooms, free high-speed Internet access, a free hot breakfast, indoor pool, fitness room. Earn Hilton HHonors Points and Miles. Free airport 12 near I-15 at exit 192 (406) 443-5800; TF (800) HAMPTON | 725 Carter Dr, Helena | www.helena.hamptoninn.com

(406) 442-1770 | 1714 11th Avenue, Helena | www.jorgensonsinn.biz

HELENA COLONIAL HOTEL - RED LION

Helena’s most elegant full-service hotel. Located near easy access to I-15. Come experience our exceptional customer service and Montana hospitality.

(406) 443.2100; TF (800) RED-LION | 2301 Colonial Dr, Helena | www.redlion.com

RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT

Spacious suites with stunning mountain views master bedroom and bath. Unwind in the 4,300 sq ft indoor aquatic center with zero entry splash deck, fitness facility, outdoor patio and the lobby with fireplace and games.

(406) 443-8010 | 2500 E Custer Ave, Helena | www.residenceinnhelena.com

HOLIDAY INN WEST YELLOWSTONE

If you're looking for the best Yellowstone National Park lodging close to the Park's West entrance, you've found it! The hotel is located is just three blocks from Yellowstone National Park. We're the premier destination for Yellowstone family vacations, memorable meetings and corporate retreats. (406) 646-7365 | 315 Yellowstone Ave, West Yellowstone | www..ihg.com

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BUDGET INN EXPRESS 524 Last Chance Gulch, Helena COMFORT INN 750 Fee St, Helena

(406) 442-0600 www.biehelena.com (406) 443-1000 www.comfortinn.com

COMFORT SUITES HELENA

(406) 495-0505; TF (877) 424-6423

3180 N Washington St, Helena

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DAYS INN

(406) 442-3280; TF (800)329-7455 (DAYS INN)

2001 Prospect Ave, Helena

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ELKHORN MOUNTAIN INN

(406) 442-6625; TF (866) 442-6625

1 Jackson Creek Rd, Montana City

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FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT

(406) 449-9944; TF (800) 228-2800

2150 11th Ave, Helena HAMPTON INN

www.marriott.com (406) 443-5800; TF (800) HAMPTON

725 Carter Dr, Helena

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HELENA COLONIAL HOTEL – RED LION

(406) 443.2100; TF (800) RED-LION

2301 Colonial Dr, Helena HOLIDAYINN CONFERENCE CENTER DOWNTOWN 22 N Last Chance Gulch, Helena HOLIDAYINN EXPRESS & SUITES 3170 N Sanders St, Helena HOWARD JOHNSON HOTEL 2101 E 11th Ave , Helena JORGENSON'S INN & SUITES 1714 11th Ave, Helena KNIGHT'S EXTENDED STAY 1831 Euclid Ave, Helena

www.redlion.com (406) 443-2200; TF (888) 465-4329 www.holidayinn.com (406) 442-7500; TF (800) 465-4329 www.hiexpress.com (406) 443-2300; TF (800) 221-5801 www.hojo.com (406) 442-1770 www.jorgensonsinn.com (406) 594-0625 www.knightstay.com

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LA QUINTA INN & SUITES 701 Washington St, Helena MOTEL 6

(406) 449-4000 www.laquintahelena.com (406) 442-9990

800 N Oregon St, Helena QUALITY INN 2300 N Oakes St, Helena RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT 2500 E Custer Ave, Helena SHILO INN 2020 Prospect Ave, Helena SUPER 8 MOTEL 2200 11th Ave, Helena WINGATE BY WYNDHAM 2007 N Oakes, Helena

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LAST CHANCE RANCH LODGE

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2884 Grizzly Gulch Dr, Helena

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(406) 442-3309 www.sandersbb.com

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Blackfoot River Brewing Co. What: You will always find an intriguing line-up of hand-crafted beers, good friends and a great atmosphere at the Blackfoot tap room. Stop by and enjoy your favorite beer or try something new – the line-up changes daily. We offer beers served in 12 oz. glasses or, for those who can’t decide, try a sampler tray for a larger variety. The Blackfoot also sells growlers to go! Receive one complimentary 12oz. beer while your growlers are filled. Where: 66 S Park Ave, Helena Hours: Open 2-8 p.m. daily. Wednesdays & Sundays- Growler fills are $1.50 off, with one free 12oz. beer while you wait!

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Lewis & Clark Brewing Co. What: The Lewis & Clark Brewery is a state of the art brewing facility located in the heart of America’s last great place – Montana. The great explorers are the inspiration for our brewery’s name and, in many ways, our brewing style. Our beers are handcrafted and un-pasteurized, brewed to levels of quality which can only be achieved in the finest of breweries. We are proud of what we do and we are confident that everyone who drinks our beers will appreciate the care and craftsmanship served in every glass. Where: 1517 Dodge Avenue, Helena Hours: Sun-Wed, 2-10pm; ThursSat, 2pm-11pm Ten Mile Creek Brewery What: Come join us for a hand-crafted beer in Helena’s historic Walking Mall. Have a true taste of Montana with Ten Mile Creek Brewery’s flagship ales and experimental rotators in our spacious Downtown taproom. Leave the car behind at one of the public parking garages and take an easy stroll down to Ten Mile Creek Brewery. Opening in summer of 2015; we hope to see you there! Where: The New York Block, 48 N. Last Chance Gulch, Helena Hours: Seven days a week, 10am-9pm. More information available at Facebook.com/tenmilecreekbrewery Triple Divide Spirits What: Helena’s own distillery. Guests can expect high quality micro-crafted vodka, gin and rum from the Triple Divide team using Montana’s pristine water and spectacular agricultural products. Our products are entirely distilled and bottled onsite! We encourage you to stop by, see our production facilities, and taste our spirits. Where: 790 Front St, Helena, MT 59601. More information: For tasting room hours and tours, call (406) 449-2393, visit tripledividespirits.com or find us on Facebook. Ask for Triple Divide Spirits at your local liquor stores, bars and restaurants. 2 01 5 - 2 01 6 o f f i c i a l g u i d e

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what to eat Silver Star

Of course you’ll find lots of good steaks here – this is Montana after all – but Helena’s got plenty to please your palate. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot for dinner for two or a place to take the entire family, we’ve got something to suit your taste and your budget. BENNY’S BISTRO As a leader in the “locavore” movement, we feature locally-grown produce and Montana-raised meats. Creative bistro food and live jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings make Benny’s the comfortable, welcoming restaurant to feed your soul. We do catering and we rent our restaurant for your small gatherings. Where: Downtown. 108 E. Sixth Ave., Helena (406) 4430105 When: Lunch: Mon–Sat, 11a.m.–3 p.m. Dinner: Wed–Sat, 5:30 p.m.–close. More Info: Bennysbistro.com for daily specials and menus

BIG DIPPER ICE CREAM Serving up homemade ice cream since 1995, Big Dipper Ice Cream has garnered national attention from a recent appearance on Good Morning America to being chosen as one of America’s Best by Food and Wine Magazine, USA Today, Yahoo news and Budget Travel among others. Where: Downtown. 58 N. Last Chance Gulch, (406) 513-1051 When: Open 11a.m.-10 p.m. daily More Info: bigdippericecream.com

FIESTA MEXICANA Fiesta Mexicana is a little bit of Mexico right here in Montana! Their varied menu offers plenty of delicious choices of authentic Mexican fare. We take great pride in their quality ingredients, their wonderful recipes and presentation ~ all at affordable prices. Come see us for your next adventure in Mexican cuisine! Where: 1600 Prospect Avenue (406) 5131672 When: Mon.- Tues. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Wed.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. 11 a.m. -10 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. More Info: fiestamexicanamontana.com

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LUCCA’S Lucca’s is a fine-dining dinner only Italian restaurant. Specials reflect the freshest ingredients available, and vary by night. Our wine list is a wellrounded inventory. We focus on superb service, in an intimate environment of only fifteen dining tables. Due to the cozy atmosphere, reservations are recommended. Where: On the Walking Mall 56 N. Last Chance Gulch, - Parking on Jackson, 6th, & across Mall in garage. (406) 457-8311 When: Wed–Sun, 5 p.m.– 10 p.m. More Info: luccasitalian.com pARROT ConFECTIONERY Step back in time at the historic Parrot for our great chili or tamale lunches. We serve old-fashioned milkshakes, soda fountain creations and hand-dipped ice cream. You can also enjoy some delectable sweet confectionery treats. Where: On historic Downtown Walking Mall 42 North Main, Helena (406) 4421470 When: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. More Info: parrotchocolate.com PERKINS Perkins Family Restaurant and Bakery is family oriented. Come in and enjoy our fresh baked goodies and check out our daily specials. Perkins Restaurant and Bakery – where breakfast is just the beginning! Enjoy our home-style breakfast menu any time of the day. Where: 1803 Cedar Street (406) 442-5757 When: Mon.Thurs. 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sun 6 a.m. – 11p.m. More Info: perkinsrestaurants.com PLANET GYROS Planet Gyros is a locally owned and operated family restaurant. Planet Gyros uses 100 percent American Beef for its gyros (yee-ros) fresh produce and homemade sauces. We have homemade soups and rolls every day, Greek dessert Baklava , also two fat free frozen yogurt flavors every day and we also have stuffed deli pitas with turkey, ham or both and homemade dressing. Enjoy our fine food and see why we have the best gyros ever! Where: 1431 11th Avenue (406)449-2550 When: Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m.8 p.m. Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. CLOSED

QUARRY BAR & GRILLE If you wish to unwind during your trip to Helena, Montana, our hotel’s Quarry Bar & Grille is a great solution. Serving up everything from pancakes to prime rib and hot wings; it’s an ideal place to hang out with family. At our hotel, kids 12 and under eat free. Where: Downtown. 22 N. Last Chance Gulch (406) 443-8515 When: Mon. – Thurs. 6:30 a.m.- 10 p.m. Fri. – Sat. 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun. 6:30 a.m. – 9p.m. More Info: quarrybarandgrille.com SILVER STAR STEAK COMPANY Silver Star Steak Company was established in 2002 with the goal of becoming Montana’s undisputed source for gourmet steaks, seafood and fine dining. We’ve spent the last decade building that reputation with an extensive menu featuring six categories of main courses, tasty appetizers, fantastic casino and a diverse and robust wine list. Where: 833 Great Northern Blvd (406)495-0677 When: Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. CLOSED WINDBAG The Windbag Saloon is located on the Historic Walking Mall in downtown Helena. We offer the finest steaks, seafood, burgers, salad, and chicken in Montana. Everything is made fresh. Our steaks are hand cut and we personally fly-in our seafood twice a week from Oregon. Established in 1978, we’re still the place to meet and eat in Helena. Where: 19 S. Last Chance Gulch (406) 443-9669 When: Mon. – Thurs. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat. 12 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Sun. CLOSED

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Helena is outgrowing its roots – and its reputation – as a sleepy government town. While the state of Montana remains the largest employer here, the private sector is thriving, from retail to health care to professional services of all kinds. We’ve got good schools, minimal crime, and a quality of life that’s second to none. EDUCATION K–12 EDUCATION Helena and its neighboring communities pride themselves on providing students and their families with the best learning opportunities possible. Helena’s public school system consists of two area high schools, one alternative learning high school, two middle schools and 12 elementary schools. Three private schools, along with an extensive adult education program, are also available. In neighboring East Helena, students have access to two elementary schools and a middle school, after which point the students merge into the Helena School District for high school. Montana City, to 42

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the south of Helena, provides elementary and middle school education for students. For high school, students may attend schools in Helena or in Boulder, the county seat for Jefferson County where Montana City is located. In Clancy, located to the south of Montana City along Interstate 15, students may attend kindergarten through eighth grade. After that, students may attend high school in Helena or Boulder. More info: (406) 4478595 or helena.k12.mt.us CARROLL COLLEGE Founded in 1909, Carroll College is ranked as the top Regional College in the West, according to U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2012.” In the concurrently

published U.S. News & World Report list of “Best Value Schools,” among regional colleges Carroll College is ranked number one in the West. Carroll’s leading science, engineering, nursing and business programs are highly regarded. Carroll’s pre-med students have a medical school acceptance rate of 85 percent, the college’s nursing students have a 100 percent pass rate on their professional exams, and the White House recently recognized a Carroll business graduate as one of 11 Champions of Change young entrepreneurs. In addition, Carroll is the home of the six-time NAIA national football champions. The college is also proud of its Talking Saints forensics team (speech and debate), currently the


reigning 22-year regional champions with a national championship to its credit. Four times in the past eight years, Carroll math students have won the world’s top prizes in the Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling and the Mathematical Contest in Modeling. All of this supports Carroll’s century-long mission, embodied in its motto “Not for School, but for Life.” More info: Visit carroll.edu HELENA COLLEGE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA What began as a vocational training center in 1939 has evolved into a comprehensive, two-year college. Helena College University of Montana is dedicated to fulfilling their mission of access to, and support of, lifelong educational opportunities to their diverse community. As part of the Montana University System, Helena College is uniquely positioned to provide these opportunities. The curriculum supports technical programs and serves as a gateway for students to further their education at four-year institutions. This includes collaborative partnerships with other state institutions that allow a unique opportunity to obtain a bachelor’s degree while attending a two-year College. Dual credit offerings allow students to begin earning college credits while still attending high school, and continuing education opportunities provide access to professional development or personal enrichment courses for learners of all ages. Regardless of what your educational goals may be, or where you are in life, Helena College has something to offer every type of student. More info: Visit umhelena.edu, or stop by the Admission’s Office at 1115 North Roberts Street.

both clinical and laboratory services in one location. Where: 2755 Colonial. More info: (406) 444-7500 or shodair.org ST. PETER’S HOSPITAL The hospital recently completed a $50 million expansion that added 130,000 square feet to its existing building. It offers a full range of medical services including obstetrics with labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum care all taking place in one room; surgery; emergency services with licensed paramedic ambulance care; a comprehensive cancer treatment center; and a full range of diagnostic services. In addition, the Helena SurgiCenter provides a cost-effective alternative for many outpatient surgeries. Where: 2475 Broadway. More info: (406) 442-2480 or stpetes.org INTERMOUNTAIN This is a nationally recognized, nonprofit organization that provides treatment programs to children suffering from moderate to severe emotional disturbances. Intermountain has been helping children since 1909. Where: 500 S. Lamborn. More info: (406) 442-7920 or intermountain.org

hospitals in Montana is located at Fort Harrison, on the western edge of Helena. Fort Harrison is a 48-bed acute care, medical-surgical facility that offers a broad range of acute, chronic, and specialized inpatient and outpatient services for both male and female veterans. Where: 3687 Veterans Drive, Fort Harrison. More info: (877) 468-8387 or montana.va.gov

MONTANA BUSINESS ASSISTANCE CONNECTION

Montana Business Assistance Connection catalyzes community leaders and stakeholders to drive prosperity and enhancement quality of life throughout the region. WHAT DOES MBAC DO? MBAC is an economic development firm that provides: market and site selection

VETERANS’ AFFAIRS HOSPITAL One of two Veterans’ Affairs

HEALTHCARE SHODAIR HOSPITAL Shodair provides psychiatric treatment for children and adolescents (ages 3-18) suffering from mental illness and other conditions that impact their health and well-being, including acute and residential treatment. In addition, Shodair’s genetics program is nationally renowned and is the only provider in the state to offer

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research; counseling and assistance for all facets of business development; capital for start up or expansion from 124 different revolving loan funds; applications for tax incentives, grants for workforce training and/or infrastructure development and advocacy. MBAC is a place where your voice can be heard by local and state elected officials and their managers. MBAC has a group of 72 small, medium, and micro businesses partnering with elected and appointed officials, as well as leaders in the educational community, to effect positive regional change. Think of MBAC as a portal through which leadership and economic development resources flow

to move this region to the forefront of America’s best places to live and work. THE MBAC SERVICE AREA The area has much to offer: Helena, the capital of Montana and most populated town in the region, is located at the crossroads of Interstate 15 and State Highway 12, just 12 miles east of the Continental Divide and midway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Your business can directly access 39 percent of Montana’s population: Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, and Missoula are less than 2 hours of Helena. The area offers business owners direct access to state government. Residents enjoy the buzz, sophistication, and culture of a capital city combined with country living and world-class outdoor recreation. WORKFORCE Forty six percent of Helena’s workforce has an bachelor’s degree or higher

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educational achievement. Carroll College offers four year degrees and Helena College offers two-year associate degrees and certification opportunities. Use these institutions and generous state workforce development incentives for training new hires and developing existing employees. REAL ESTATE There is plenty of space for you, your family, and your business in the area and region. Developed and developable land and facilities are available for lease and sale. Unincorporated Broadwater, Lewis and Clark, and Meagher counties are also great places for new businesses. New residential developments are springing up throughout the Helena area, and there is still land next to the rivers, lakes, and public lands within 30 minutes of Helena. MONTANA IS BUSINESS -FRIENDLY The 2015 Business Tax Climate Index (www.taxfoundation.org) finds Montana ranked 6th in the nation for business tax climate. The index takes into account over 100 variables including corporate taxes, individual income taxes, sales tax (there is none) unemployment insurances and property taxes. Specifically Livability.com found Helena to be the 52nd small to mid-sized cities in the nation. More info: Montana Means Business, www.business.mt.gov. Mining Statue on the Walking Mall Helena CVB

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Policom Ranking

Employment

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Commercial Permits city o f he len a

231 permits - $53.7 million / / 2010 215 permits - $42.0 million / / 2011 209 permits - $50.4 million / / 2012 215 permits – 48.1 million / / 2013 229 permits – 49.3 million / / 2014

Residential Permits 244 permits = $29.2 million / / 2010 211 permits = $26.5 million / / 2011 195 permits = $27.4 million / / 2012 215 permits = $26.5 million / / 2013 205 permits = $41.8 million / / 2014 PLUS 248 permits for septic in the valley outside city limits (compared to 232 in ‘13 and 254 in ’12)

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TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE Interstate freight and rail lines go in all four directions. Several nationwide transportation companies are headquartered in the Helena Region. Rail service is by Montana Rail Link and BNSF. The Helena Regional Airport, served by Delta - Skywest Airlines, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines, is within 10 minutes of most homes and downtown Helena. UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE The incorporated areas within the region have water, sewer, and gas with redundant sources of electric generation including hydro and wind and an extensive telecommunication backbone for commercial and residential customers. This includes a regional data center and multiple long haul fiber networks that include access to dedicated dark fiber. Grant and tax credit programs are available to assist qualifying businesses with customized utility needs. Recent and planned upgrades of infrastructure services in the City of Helena mean that regional commerce and population growth is not outstripping infrastructure growth. Contact us at MBAC for all of your commercial Financial and Relocation needs. (406) 447-1510, www.mbac.biz

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