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In Montana’s southwest corner, breathtaking crags pierce the bluest sky you’ll ever see. Vast flocks of trumpeter swans splash down on the emerald waters of high mountain lakes. Quiet ghost towns beckon you back into history. Lively, welcoming communities buzz with the creative energy of today’s modern frontier. The landscapes that lie between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park encapsulate all the best of Montana. A visit to this remarkable place is more than just a trip: it’s a chance to dig deeper. Whether your passion is snowboarding or golfing, microbrews or monster trout, you’ll find endless riches in Southwest Montana. You’ll also find gems of places to enjoy a hearty meal or rest your head—from friendly roadside diners to lavish Western resorts. Take it slow and keep your eyes open for discovery. Dig a little deeper and explore a little further—in a place like this, there’s nothing but big skies and open trails ahead. We look forward to sharing this remarkable place with you.
CONTENTS ATTRACTIONS / ACTIVITIES Scenic Driving.........................4
WELCOME TO SOUTHWEST MONTANA
Mining Ghost Towns...............8 Haunted History...................12 State Parks...........................14 Dude Ranching ....................15 ONLINE RESOURCES Off-Road-Vehicle Website: SOUTHWESTMT.COM Adventure.............................15 — for desktop computer, laptop,
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Native American Sites & Events......................27 Winter Activities....................28 Map of Montana...................30 Breweries & Distilleries..........32
ON THE COVER: HISTORY LIVES ON IN SOUTHWEST MONTANA
Imagine the hustle and bustle of a thriving 19th century Montana town—music from local saloons spills out into the streets, horses wait patiently outside the general store and the air is filled with the smells of dust and foods freshly cooked over an open fire. Once a booming metropolis during the days of westward expansion, places like Nevada City (pictured on the cover) now sit abandoned among the rugged and beautiful Montana landscape. Take a step back in time and experience the Montana of days past by touring one of these abandoned ghost towns. Nevada City is home to 14 original structures and served as the set for the 2017 movie The Ballad of Lefty Brown. For more information about ghost towns and tours, see page 8. COVER PHOTO BY ANDY AUSTIN
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Golf......................................32 THE AREAS
Helena Area..........................34 Butte Area............................38 Virginia City & Ennis Area......42 Anaconda & Philipsburg Area................44 Dillon & Beaverhead County Area.........................48 Deer Lodge Area..................50
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MILES OF DISCOVERY: SCENIC DRIVING Around every bend and over every hill awaits another beautiful view—at least that’s the case when you’re driving through Southwest Montana. Each vista offers a new vantage point. And when the point of the drive is the drive itself, each bend is a new opportunity to dig deeper and explore a little further. Here, we’ve suggested a few of our favorite routes and some things to do and see along the way. Be sure to have your camera handy and allow plenty of time for “Pull over! I have to get a picture of that.”
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HELENA. AARON THEISEN
SCENIC DRIVING PINTLER SCENIC ROUTE. TEMPEST TECHNOLOGIES
1. PARK-TO-PARK CORRIDOR
Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park – 412 miles As you make your way through Southwest Montana, you’ll experience the full range of cultural treasures, historic sites and natural wonders that make up this diverse region. Plan at least two days with an overnight stop in historic Butte. This route is dotted with unique natural features. Between West Yellowstone and Ennis, pause at the Earthquake Lake Visitor Center to witness and learn about the awe-inspiring aftermath of a 1959 earthquake that formed the lake. About 18 miles east of Butte, take a side trip at the Pipestone exit and follow signs north of I-90 to Ringing Rocks, a unique geological formation where massive boulders ring like bells when struck with a hammer (the gravel road may be impassible outside summer months). A bit closer to Butte, the unique rock formations at Homestake Pass, part of the volcanically created Boulder Batholith, are a sight to behold. If you’ve got a mind to fish, cast a line in the Madison, Ruby, Jefferson and Blackfoot rivers. Birders will want to pause at the Warm Springs Wildlife Management Area just off I-90 at Warm Springs.
Along the way, make sure to check out some gems of Southwest Montana’s culture, both present and past. An overnight stop in Butte will give you a chance to explore the city’s sprawling historic district, where you’ll find unique shopping, dining and lodging. Along Montana Highway 287, explore two of the West’s bestpreserved ghost towns, Virginia City and Nevada City. Stop in Whitehall to admire the town’s murals depicting the Lewis and Clark Expedition. History buffs will also want to visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Park in Twin Bridges. Make sure to look out for the Doncaster Round Barn, a three-story barn that’s on the National Register of Historic Places, about 1½ miles north of Twin Bridges. Plan time to stop in Deer Lodge to tour two of the region’s most dynamic museums: the Old Montana Prison Complex and Grant-Kohrs Ranch—the only working cattle ranch in the country that is also a U.S. National Historic Site. And if you happen to be in the area over Labor Day weekend, don’t miss the Helmville Rodeo, aptly touted as “the biggest little rodeo in Montana.”
You’ll probably find yourself pausing plenty more times along the way as you pass along the Ruby River Valley Scenic Route and through the long shadows of the Tobacco Root, Garnet, Mission and other majestic mountain ranges. FROM WEST YELLOWSTONE (If starting in West Glacier, simply reverse these directions): •T ravel north on U.S. Highway 287 out of West Yellowstone. •A t Ennis, turn west on Montana Highway 287 (note: U.S. Highway 287 heads north from Ennis). •A t Twin Bridges, take Montana Highway 41 and then travel north on Montana Highway 55. • At Whitehall, travel west on I-90. (Recommend overnight stop in Butte.) •A t Garrison Junction, veer east onto U.S. Highway 12. •A t Avon, head north on Montana Highway 141. •C ross the Blackfoot River and turn west on Montana Highway 200. •A t the junction with Montana Highway 83, head north. •A t Bigfork, head north on Montana Highway 35. • Entering Kalispell, take U.S. Highway 2 north to the Glacier National Park entrance.
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2. ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT PATH
5. PIONEER SCENIC BYWAY Dillon to Anaconda – 118 miles
East Glacier to Helena via Rocky Mountain Front – 187 miles This route follows the Rocky Mountain Front, one of the most scenic parts of Montana. Here under a vast sky, the towering peaks of the Rockies meet the rolling plains. In this quiet expanse you’ll see abundant wildlife and meet friendly folks in small towns like Augusta and Wolf Creek. Take a short side trip off I-15 at exit 209 and experience the stunning beauty of the Gates of the Mountains, a dramatic limestone canyon along the Missouri River (boat tours are available from late spring to early autumn). FROM EAST GLACIER: • Drive east on U.S. Highway 2 then south on U.S. Highway 89. • At Choteau, turn south on U.S. Highway 287. • Near Wolf Creek, hop on I-15 South. • Continue south on I-15 to Helena.
3. BLACKFOOT RIVER RUN Missoula to Helena via Blackfoot River Valley – 150 miles
The scenic Blackfoot River was made famous by Norman Maclean’s novella A River Runs Through It. Get a sense of the river’s beauty (and fish for its abundant trout) along this route. If time permits, you won’t want to miss Garnet Ghost Town, one of the state’s best-preserved ghost towns. To get there, turn right off Montana Highway 200 between mile markers 22 and 23 onto Garnet Range Road for the 11-mile side trip high into the Garnet Range. (Garnet Range Road is generally drivable from late spring through early autumn.) Just west of Helena you’ll summit MacDonald Pass, one of Montana’s most awe-inspiring divides.
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4. PINTLER SCENIC ROUTE Butte to Missoula – 132 miles
This route passes along the foot of the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, a vast swath of towering snowcapped peaks that spear the blue sky. In Anaconda, play a round at the Jack Nicklausdesigned Old Works Golf Course and look south to view the historic 100-year-old Anaconda Smoke Stack, the world’s tallest freestanding masonry structure. You’ll pass along the shores of Georgetown Lake, a water recreation and fishing mecca. Take a pause in Philipsburg—a late 19th-century mining town more recently honored as the “Best Municipal Makeover” by Sunset magazine—where you can dig for sapphires, shop at the old-time candy store or explore nearby Granite Ghost Town. FROM BUTTE: • Head west on I-90. • At exit 208, head toward Anaconda on Montana Highway 1. • In Drummond, hop back on I-90 and drive west to Missoula.
FROM MISSOULA: • Head east on I-90. • At exit 109, head east on Montana Highway 200. • Approximately 10 miles past Ovando, turn south on Montana Highway 141. • At Avon, merge onto U.S. Highway 12 and drive east to Helena.
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FROM DILLON: • Head west on Montana Highway 278. • Turn north onto the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway. • At Wise River, turn west on Montana Highway 43. • After driving approximately 10 miles, turn north on Montana Highway 569. • Turn left onto Montana Highway 1 and travel north towards Anaconda.
6. SWAN’S ROUTE
Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Dillon – 209 miles Follow the same route swans fly when they migrate over Montana. If you’re entering Montana through its southern gate, consider an unforgettable sidetrack: at Monida, head east on South Valley Road to Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, home to the largest population of trumpeter swans in the West. Back on I-15 North, make sure to stop in Lima, a popular destination for fossil hunting, wildlife viewing and year-round outdoor recreation (including access to the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route). Another 29 miles north on the interstate, stop at Clark Canyon Reservoir for more wildlife viewing and fishing opportunities. From there, Dillon is just a few scenic miles up I-15. FROM IDAHO FALLS: • Take I-15 North to Dillon, with side trips along the way.
There’s much to do in and around Dillon, including visits to the Beaverhead County Museum, Beaverhead Rock State Park and the Camp Fortunate Overlook. Hit the road for a trip deeper into Montana history. Along Montana Highway 278, stop to explore the ghost town of Montana’s first territorial capital at Bannack State Park. The Pioneer Scenic Byway is a stunning drive that follows the Wise River through historic ranching and mining communities. Along the route, take a soak at Elkhorn Hot Springs and mine for crystals at Crystal Park.
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For those of you who prefer to hit the open road on two wheels, Southwest Montana is the place for you to be. And when every overlook is scenic, it is hard not to stop and soak it all in. Zoom from bend to bend. Go fast while taking it slow. Stop and enjoy the many scenic overlooks or historical sites. Enjoy the culture you’ll find in our charming small towns and cruise under our big skies through some of the most stunning scenery in the west. Summer and early fall (from July to September) are the best season to hit the road, though experienced riders enjoy the views any time of year. Be sure to check road conditions and be aware of ice and snow during colder months.
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Go west on Montana Highway 12 towards Avon. In Avon, head north on Montana Highway 141 to the Montana Highway 200 junction, where you’ll head west for Ovando. From there, continue west to Missoula on Montana Highway 200, or you can travel north on Montana Highway 83 towards Seeley Lake.
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Bannack State Park to Virginia City and Nevada City – 82 miles From Bannack State Park, head east on Montana Highway 278 towards Dillon. Then travel east on Montana Highway 41 to Twin Bridges. In Twin Bridges, get on Montana Highway 287 and ride to Virginia City and Nevada City.
Canyon Ferry to Yellowstone National Park – 170 miles From Canyon Ferry north of Helena, take U.S. Highway 287 south all the way to the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Along the way, enjoy a number of fishing opportunities along the Madison River including Canyon Ferry Lake, Ennis Lake and Hebgen Lake. 800.879.1159 • SOUTHWESTMT.COM
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MINING GHOST TOWNS In Montana when the gold ran out, the people often did, too. See for yourself, with a visit to a few of Southwest Montana’s well-preserved ghost towns. Virginia City, Nevada City, Bannack and Garnet all feature excellent self-guided or guided tours that will have you hearing the ghosts of cities past. But this is just the beginning. We’ve listed a few others here, and if you ask around, you’ll likely stumble upon even more. For directions and information, visit www.southwestmt.com. Some of our roads are accessible by four-wheel drive only, so please be careful and keep this in mind when you visit.
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BANNACK STATE PARK. WANDERLUST CREW DONNIE SEXTON/MONTANA OFFICE OF TOURISM AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
406.834.3413, www.bannack.org, www.stateparks.mt.gov/bannack
CHARTER OAK MINE AND MILL The Charter Oak Mine and Mill was a lode mine and mill, active off and on from 1916 to 1955. It is located near the Little Blackfoot River south of the community of Elliston. It contains standing buildings and mining/milling buildings and equipment. The mine has been stabilized and interpreted and is open for public visitation on select summer weekends. 406.449.5201, www.southwestmt.com/specialfeatures/ ghosttowns/charteroak.htm
COMET The Comet Mine was developed in the 1880s and a large mill was built in 1926. During this period, it is reported that Comet had 22 saloons. The town is on private property now, but is open to the public. It is located approximately 5 miles north of I-15 on High Ore Road between Boulder and Basin.
FARLIN The boom years for Farlin were 1905 and 1906 when the Indian Queen produced half a million pounds of copper. Farlin had its own post office and school. Today, a few cabins remain along Birch Creek Road, and the schoolhouse is a short hike up a side gulch. Take the Birch Creek exit between Glen and Dillon and go west for 6 miles. 406.683.5511,
COOLIDGE Located in the eastern Pioneer Mountains above 7,000 feet, Coolidge was the last silver boom town in Montana. A narrow-gauge railroad was built for mine access, but the quantity of silver ore did not justify the expense of the rail line or the huge mill that was built. Coolidge can be reached by a 5-mile gravel road and a 1/2 mile hike at Mono Creek along the Pioneer Scenic Byway. It is located in the Wise River Ranger District. 406.832.3178,
ELKHORN Rich silver deposits were discovered here in 1870, and the population of Elkhorn soon reached nearly 2,500. Much of the remaining town site is owned by private individuals, so be sure to heed the “no trespassing” signs. Fraternity Hall and the adjacent Gillian Hall are managed by Montana State Parks. From I-15, take the Boulder exit, go 7 miles south on Montana Highway 69, then travel 11 miles north on Lower Valley Road and take Elkhorn Road/FS-258. 406.495.3270, www.stateparks.mt.gov/elkhorn
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BANNACK STATE PARK The discovery of gold on Grasshopper Creek in 1862 triggered a major gold rush to what would become Montana. Bannack was founded that fall and became the first territorial capital. Bannack is one of the best-preserved ghost towns in the country and was once home to the infamous Sheriff Henry Plummer and his gang of outlaws. More than 50 buildings still stand in Bannack. The visitor center is open from May through October. Town tours, mill tours, living history, gold panning and Saturday entertainment programs are scheduled from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Bannack Days, a celebration of pioneer life, takes place the third weekend of July. The park and campground are open all year. Bannack is located 25 miles southwest of Dillon off Highway 278.
GARNET Gold was discovered at the Nancy Hanks Mine in 1898. Garnet’s population boomed to nearly 1,000 people, but by 1950 the town was deserted. More than 30 buildings have been preserved. Garnet offers a visitor center, interpretive signs and self-guided trails. From I-90, take either of the Drummond or Bearmouth exits, then follow the north side frontage road to the Bear Gulch Road and proceed 11 miles up the gravel road. This road is not suitable for trailers or motor homes— use access 30 miles east of Missoula on Montana Highway 200. 406.329.3914, www.garnetghosttown.org
GLENDALE AND CANYON CREEK CHARCOAL KILNS Once a thriving smelting town, the little that remains of Glendale includes a stone Confederate office building, a smelter stack and a few other buildings. During the boom period of the 1880s, the town boasted a population of 2,000. In order to supply charcoal for the smelter, the Canyon Creek charcoal kilns were built about 5 miles up Canyon Creek beyond Glendale. Numerous beehive-shaped kilns remain. Take the Melrose exit off I-15 and head west on Trapper Creek Road for 5 miles to Glendale. To reach the kilns, turn right on Canyon Creek Road at Glendale and travel about 5 miles. 406.832.3178, 406.683.3900, www.fs.usda.gov/main/bdnf/learning/ history-culture
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GRANITE The remnants of this once-thriving 1890s silver boom town bear stark witness to Montana’s boom-andbust mining history. Montana State Parks preserves the Granite Mine Superintendent’s House and ruins of the old Miners Union Hall. The road is narrow, steep and winding; a vehicle with good clearance is recommended. From the flashing light/stop sign in the middle of Philipsburg, turn right. Just past the railroad trestle, turn left. Follow this gravel road for approximately 1 mile, then turn right at the sign marking the way. Granite is about 4 miles from Philipsburg. 406.859.3388, www.philipsburgmt.com/ghost-towns
MARYSVILLE Once a thriving gold camp, Marysville is now a small community with several buildings listed on the National Historic Register. There is a lot to see here in this almost-ghost town. The town is not deserted and some mining still goes on. The Catholic church and general store still serve the community.
PONY This town is named after Tecumseh “Pony” Smith, discoverer of the placer gold deposits in 1867. Although Pony has seen better days, this picturesque little town refuses to die. Many old abandoned buildings remain, including the Morris State Bank and the Morris Elling stamp mill. It is located 6 miles southwest of Harrison on Montana Highway 283.
RIMINI History has it that Rimini was either named after a city in Italy or a drama production that traveled through during the town’s formative years. Several of Rimini’s old buildings are inhabited today and make up the Rimini community. Rimini is located about 17 miles west of Helena just off U.S. Highway 12. Turn south on Rimini Road to reach the old town site.
QUARTZ HILL (VIPOND DISTRICT) Discovered in 1868, the Vipond brothers built a road to Dewey in 1872 to transport rich silver ore. Numerous old buildings and mining sites are found in the area. The Quartz Hill mining camp can be reached via the Quartz Hill Road about a 1/2 mile north of Dewey on Montana Highway 43. Take Quartz Hill Road about 5 miles to the area. 406.683.5511,
ROCHESTER The Watseca gold mine was discovered in 1869, and the town of Rochester sprang up. The Watseca mine operated until the 1980s. A few stone buildings, a wooden headframe, a modern gold mill and the old cemetery remain. Rochester is located approximately 12 miles from Twin Bridges. 406.684.5121,
VIRGINIA CITY / NEVADA CITY Virginia City is a vast National Historic Landmark, housing America’s finest collection of 1860s “boom town” buildings on their original sites plus collections of Old West artifacts. Nearby Nevada City is an open-air museum with more than 100 buildings, thousands of artifacts and gem mining. 406.843.5247, www.montanaheritagecommission.mt.gov, www.virginiacitymt.com PONY, MONTANA
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A HAUNTED HISTORY In addition to spectacular natural beauty, Montana is known for having a penchant for the peculiar. With the state’s history of Copper Kings, trying hardships and rowdy residents, it’s no surprise that many of Montana’s ghost towns and historical sites have tales of lingering souls and spooky spirits. Whether you are a thrill seeker, ghost hunter or history buff, a ghost tour provides a unique and exciting adventure.
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VIRGINIA CITY. PAMELA KIMMEY
BANNACK STATE PARK Bannack’s haunted history has little to do with its infamous gold rush beginnings. The spirit of 16-yearold Dorothy Dunn, who drowned in 1916, is said to be fond of showing glimpses of herself to children visiting the Meade Hotel. Children’s faint cries are said to sometimes linger in “The House of Crying Babies,” where quarantined children died during an epidemic. On the park’s seasonal ghost walks you may encounter some of Bannack’s most illustrious citizens.
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406.834.3413, www.bannack.org, www.stateparks.mt.gov/bannack
Southwest Montana is home to many historic buildings, and with this rich history comes a darker, more eerie phenomena. Haunted homes, stories of spirits and legends of lives past linger in our storied towns. Take a ghost tour in historic Virginia City or explore on your own at one of the many historic locations where apparitions and sightings have been reported. Experience a taste of the paranormal right here in Southwest Montana.
BOULDER HOT SPRINGS Serving as a place where miners, ranchers and businessmen could all come together, this historic inn has sheltered ailing patients, ladies of the evening, and orphans from the 1935 earthquakes. Today you can still stay at the inn, where guests report children’s voices, a plucking at one’s shoulder, ghostly footsteps and a wafting of ethereal perfume. If you dare to stay in her room, perhaps you’ll even meet the friendly spirit the staff calls “Simone.” 406.225.4339,
OPERA HOUSE IN PHILIPSBURG Built in 1891 and originally named the McDonald Opera House, this historic theater in Philipsburg is more than a music hall. There have been reports of supernatural activity in the theater, from hair tugging to sudden sensations of cold to more serious ghost sightings such as apparitions in the dark. Going to a show here is about more than hearing music—you could be in for a ghost encounter.
OLD PRISON MUSEUM From 1871 to 1979, inmates at the Montana Territorial Prison in Deer Lodge left pieces of their souls behind. More than 200 men took their last breaths within these walls, where it’s said the dead are not at rest. Visitors may encounter foul odors, cell doors clanging and heavy footsteps clomping down deserted corridors. 406.846.3111, www.pcmaf.org/explore/our-musesums/ old-montana-prison
DUMAS HOTEL Butte’s Dumas Hotel operated as a brothel from 1890 to 1982. Countless ghosts are reported to roam this two-story brick building where prostitutes worked three shifts per day to match miners’ schedules. Madam Elinor Knott, who died under suspicious circumstances in 1955, is one such resident spirit. She has good reason to linger, awaiting discovery of the truth. Visitors have heard whisperings of “you’re the one” and have seen visions of female inhabitants. 406.530.7878, www.visitmt.com/listings/general/museum/dumasbrothel-museum.html
VIRGINIA CITY / NEVADA CITY The frenzied energy of the gold rush at Alder Gulch produced a spirited history in this part of Montana. Famous local ghosts include a gunslinger walking through the walls of the Hangman’s Building, Virginia Slade thundering down the hill on her black stallion and Sister Irene, who cared for the sick. You can stay with ghosts at Fairweather Inn or Nevada City Hotel, where guests and staff have reported strange noises, mysterious footsteps and visions of previous inhabitants. 855.377.6823, www.aldergulchaccommodations.com
BOULDER HOT SPRINGS IN BOULDER This building is older than Montana itself. Built in 1881, the Boulder Hot Springs Hotel has a storied past. It is rumored that Simone, the ghost of a murdered prostitute, haunts the place. Guests have also reported hearing children running down the hallways, only to find them empty. ST. CHARLES HALL, CARROLL COLLEGE IN HELENA In 1964, a male student tragically died after hitting his head in the 4th floor bathroom while brushing his teeth. In the following years, students reported some strange encounters in that particular bathroom. Some reported looking into the mirror and seeing a boy with a head wound, and others said that the sink would sometimes run red. The reports were so numerous that the bathroom was locked up and still remains closed. There are reports of noises coming from inside the bathroom to this day. THE GHOST TOWN OF VIRGINIA CITY Founded in 1863, Virginia City is one of Montana’s most famous ghost towns. The reports of ghost sightings in Virginia City are so numerous that there are ghost tours regularly in the evenings. Some report seeing a man dressed in a Confederate uniform. Others see a mother and a young girl standing in the streets outside a tavern. Come and see for yourself and experience this historic ghost town in a unique, eerie way.
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STATE PARKS Southwest Montana’s 10 state parks are the perfect place to explore the region’s preserved landscapes and rich history away from the crowds of the Montana’s national parks. From interpretive programs to visitor centers and marked trails, our state parks feature amenities to help guide your adventures. For more information on Montana State Parks, visit www.stateparks.mt.gov.
ANACONDA SMOKE STACK At 585 feet, the 100-year-old Anaconda Smoke Stack is one of the tallest free-standing brick structures in the world. Interpretive signs located in the viewing site near Goodman Park detail the stack’s history as part of the Anaconda Copper Company’s former smelting operations. BANNACK The site of Montana’s first major gold discovery in 1862, Bannack was Montana’s first territorial capital. Now a preserved ghost town, the state park takes visitors back to life in the Old West through reenactments, special events and old-fashioned ice skating in the winter. Features include a visitor center, restrooms, a campground and a picnic area. Activities include biking, bird-watching and wildlife viewing. BEAVERHEAD ROCK On the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Sacagawea recognized this natural landmark, resembling the head of a beaver, and gave the expedition hope that they were in the vicinity of Sacagawea’s relatives, from whom they would acquire horses. The site, near Twin Bridges, may be viewed from a distance but is not directly accessible. BLACK SANDY One of the few public parks on the shores of Hauser Reservoir, Black Sandy provides access for swimming, boating, fishing and other water activities. Features include a restroom and a campground. Activities include swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, bird-watching and wildlife viewing.
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CLARK’S LOOKOUT Located above the Beaverhead River near Dillon, this is the site where Captain Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition viewed the route ahead on August 13, 1805. Admire the same magnificent view Clark did that day. Interpretive signs explain the expedition’s navigational methods, and a monument shows Clark’s compass readings. Features include a restroom and a picnic area. Activities include bird-watching and wildlife viewing. ELKHORN This silver-mining ghost town near Boulder preserves two 19th-century mining structures (Fraternity Hall and Gillian Hall) as picturesque examples of frontier architecture. Activities include hiking, biking, bird-watching and wildlife viewing. GRANITE GHOST TOWN Bear witness to Montana’s boom-andbust mining history in the 1890s silver boomtown of Granite, accessed by a steep mountain road near Philipsburg. Once the richest silver mine on earth, today the park preserves the Granite Mine Superintendent’s House and ruins of the Miners Union Hall. Activities include bird-watching and wildlife viewing.
LEWIS & CLARK CAVERNS This state park, easily accessed off I-90 near Whitehall, features one of the largest-known limestone caverns in the Northwest. Experience the amazing geologic wonders of the caverns lined with stalactites, stalagmites, columns and helictites with guided tours in the summer and candlelight tours in December. Enjoy the 2-mile nature trail hike to the caverns and interpretive campground programs throughout the summer season. Features include a visitor center, restrooms, a campground and a picnic area. Activities include biking, hiking, fishing, bird-watching and wildlife viewing. LOST CREEK Near Anaconda, enjoy a short hiking trail to view the spectacular Lost Creek Falls, cascading over a 50-foot drop. Scan the limestone cliffs for bighorn sheep and mountain goats. Features include restrooms, a campground and a picnic area. Activities include hiking, fishing, bird-watching and wildlife viewing. SPRING MEADOW LAKE This family-friendly urban park in Helena is perfect for a day of swimming, fishing, hiking and more. Features include restrooms and a picnic area. Activities include swimming, hiking, fishing, and bird watching and wildlife viewing.
At a Southwest Montana dude ranch, you’ll actually be working alongside the people who live off this fantastic land. Guests from around the world vacation in Southwest Montana to take advantage of the legendary hospitality of our dude ranches. Expect rustic lodging, campfire singalongs, plenty of saddle time and great tales to tell when you get back home. For specific information about the region’s options, visit www.montanadra.com or call 888.284.4133. WORKING RANCHES Fun is so much more satisfying when you’ve earned it. Spend a morning fishing in the area’s pristine streams, an afternoon mending fences and then enjoy a home-cooked meal in the company of new friends. RESORT RANCHES Along with traditional activities like horseback riding and fishing, these ranches offer creature comforts and world-class luxury accommodations. Think of it as a “ranch deluxe.” Resort ranches in Southwest Montana are regularly featured in top-10 lists of the finest vacation resorts in the world.
OUTFITTERS & GUIDES For half-day or full-day horseback rides, Montana’s outfitters and guides can show you the ropes for a true adventure. Many of these outfitters also offer guided fishing on Montana’s famous rivers and multiday pack trips deep into the wilderness for the hunt of a lifetime. MONTANA OUTFITTERS & GUIDES ASSOCIATION With more than 200 professional licensed outfitters to choose from, Montana Outfitter and Guides Association can help with all your travel needs. From fishing to camping and everything in between, there is a guide to help make your trip unforgettable. 406.449.3578, www.montanaoutfitters. org/find-outfitter-activity
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HORSEBACK RIDING Saddle up! Wide open spaces and wilderness areas make for great horseback rides in Southwest Montana. Enjoy our beautiful area from a different vantage point. Horseback rides are available on working ranches, dude ranches or from outfitters and guides. Spend the morning feeding livestock and the afternoon riding through the mountains. Horseback rides provide a refreshing change of pace for a hectic lifestyle. www.southwestmt.com/ thegreatoutdoors/horsebackriding/
DIG DEEPER: The word “dude” was created by Yellowstone Park rangers in the 1870s to describe well-to-do
visitors from the East. The word evolved in the 1920s meaning someone who hires a guide for western experiences.
OFF-ROAD-VEHICLE ADVENTURES Home to an incredible amount of public land, Southwest Montana’s vast open spaces draw you in with endless outdoor opportunities. For those looking for a true adventure experiencing our rugged beauty, there are a number of popular areas for off-road travel with well-maintained and marked old roads and trails. From visiting mining ghost towns to getting up in the hills to examine millions of years of geology, the open air and four wheels is an exciting way to cover more ground and see more sights. Guided ATV tours are available across the region. You can also explore on your own with properly licensed vehicles and safety gear. Remember to ride responsibly and ethically; please wash your trailers and vehicles to avoid spreading invasive species and abide by off-road vehicle laws. Many of these routes are ideal for dirt bikes and two-wheel recreation as well. To learn more about riding trails in a specific area, contact the local public land agency to obtain a map that shows legally designated routes. BEAVERHEAD-DEER LODGE NATIONAL FOREST With 3.35 million acres of public land across seven counties in Southwest Montana, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest provides endless opportunities for motorized recreation. www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf
WHITETAIL-PIPESTONE MOTORIZED RECREATION AREA The Whitetail-Pipestone Motorized Recreation Area is one of the most popular of its kind in Montana, with easy access from I-90 and a wide variety of maintained roads and trails. 406.494.2147, 406.533.7600, www.blm.gov/visit/pipestone-trailhead
NEAR MELROSE Visit an alpine lake for a true Montana experience. Another great choice is the route to Cherry Lake from Trapper Creek Road. For a challenging three-inone adventure, take Birch Creek Road to the Dinner Station Campground Trailhead and adventure to May, Pear and Boot lakes, all accessible via fourwheel drive. Don’t forget your fly rod. 800.879.1159 • SOUTHWESTMT.COM 15
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HOT SPRINGS The recuperative powers of our natural hot springs have attracted weary travelers for centuries. Southwest Montana has five developed hot springs destinations and many undeveloped sites. Rooms, fine dining, therapeutic massage, Olympic-sized pools, soaking tubs, steam rooms and starry night skies are just a few of the amenities, depending on your spring of choice.
BOULDER HOT SPRINGS INN, SPA & RETREAT CENTER This hundred-year-old historic inn in a natural, healing, relaxing environment offers outdoor and indoor pools filled with geothermal waters for soaking and swimming. 406.225.4339,
ELKHORN HOT SPRINGS This year-round resort offers two outdoor hot mineral pools, a Grecian sauna and a restaurant and bar. Accommodations include rustic cabins, modern cabins or lodge rooms.
BROADWATER HOT SPRINGS & FITNESS Come soak in our pools and enjoy Big Sky Country. Pools are outdoors and available to comfortably swim in year-round. No city water is used in the pools or spas. 406.443.5777,
NORRIS HOT SPRINGS A unique wooden pool and lush wetlands make this historic hot springs a special location. A café serves delicious organic entrées from on-site gardens plus local produce, microbrews and wines. 406.685.3303,
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FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS RESORT Enjoy two Olympic-sized swimming pools and two mineral soaking pools— one of each located indoors and outdoors—plus a 350-foot enclosed waterslide. Lodging, a golf course, a spa and dining are located on site. 406.797.3241, 800.332.3272, www.fairmontmontana.com
DIG DEEPER: These hot spots are warmed by geothermal heat from the core of the Earth. Pockets of warm water found throughout our region are signs of the volcanic history of Montana.
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ROCKHOUNDING Even today, you can tap into the euphoria of making a find in Montana. And, unlike early miners, you don’t have to eat moldy bread or sleep on a dirty bedroll to do it. The public lands near our friendly communities abound with opportunities to pan and search for precious metals and stones, including gold and sapphires. Many sites are open to the public. We’ve suggested a few options below, but we also recommend you contact the local Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Mineral Museum at Montana Tech or World Museum of Mining in Butte.
ANACONDA AREA Find old tailings of scheelite and epidote at Cable Mountain, northeast of Georgetown Lake. Argillite and quartzite can be found west of Georgetown Lake.
HELENA AREA The Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine and Gold Fever Rock Shop is an excellent place to mine for beautiful Montana sapphires. 406.227.8989, www.sapphiremine.com
RUBY RESERVOIR Calcite, opalite and garnets are found south of Alder. Some people find gemquality almandine garnets by screening the gravel along the shores of the reservoir. www.rubyvalleychamber.com
BOULDER RIVER Nice cubic crystal of barite can be found about 5 miles west of the Whitehouse Campground along the Boulder River. 406.465.2106,
LIMA AREA Prehistoric ocean seabeds west of the Rocky Mountain Continental Divide and prehistoric tropical swamp lands east of the divide feature displays of tempered rocks, lava and fossils.
BUTTE AREA Smoky quartz and amethyst can be found in the porphyry deposits in the Delmoe Lake area. Check out the Mineral Museum at Montana Tech.
PHILIPSBURG AREA Indoor “mining” can be done at Sapphire Gallery and Gem Mountain. There is outdoor mining with a seasonal water flume at Montana Gems of Philipsburg. 406.859.3388,
SHERIDAN AREA The area near Indian Creek offers white and banded masses of calcite. 406.842.5431, www.southwestmt.com/communities/ Sheridan.htm
VIRGINIA CITY AREA Flecks of gold still sparkle in tailings between Virginia City and Alder. Pan for gold at the River of Gold and visit Alder Gulch Mining Museum. 406.843.5247, www.virginiacitymt.com
CALVERT HILL MINE The Calvert Hill area west of Wise River holds epidote, aquamarine and garnets. 406.496.4414 CRYSTAL PARK This unique public dig site offers rockhounds the chance to find amethyst and smoky and brilliant clear quartz scepters in normal form, double terminated, and Japanese Law Twin forms. 406.683.3900, www.southwestmt.com/listings/11967.htm PHILIPSBURG. KIM TATE
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FISHING Every year, trout sportsmen from around the world flock to Southwest Montana to ply the region’s waters. Even fishermen who have never been here often feel like they’re on a first-name basis with our rivers, as they are so celebrated in trout fishing lore and literature. Away from our famed hot spots, fishermen can find equally great fishing—and oftentimes perfect solitude—along other nearby waterways. And then there are the many productive and scenic lakes that speckle the region, offering not only great trout fishing but also opportunities to fish for kokanee salmon, walleye, bass and more. Not sure where to start? If you’re already here, the best place might be one of the dozens of sporting goods stores and small fly shops found around the region. There you’ll find not only all the tackle you need, but also friendly pros who are happy to point you to local hot spots. They can also hook you up with a guide to row you down the river. If you brought your own gear and want a selfguided taste of North America’s finest trout fishing, try your luck in these must-fish waters. 20 SOUTHWESTMT.COM • 800.879.1159
Southwest Montana is crisscrossed with rivers, streams and lakes, so there are hundreds of fishing access points to choose between. Below are a few great places to start, but ask around and you are sure to find many more suggestions to cast a line and soak in a beautiful day on the water.
The vast wild places of Southwest Montana are home to incredible biological diversity, from tiny shrews to massive elk and other iconic creatures of the West, like grizzly bears and gray wolves. Bring good binoculars or a spotting scope and some patience.
JEFFERSON RIVER The Jefferson, along with the Madison and Gallatin rivers, is one of the three forks that form the Missouri River. This river is not as frequented as other nearby spots which makes for a day of solitude on the water. HAUSER RESERVOIR Fish for rainbow trout, brown trout, walleye and perch at this 3,200 acre reservoir on the Missouri River. Operated by the Bureau of Land Management, several campgrounds are located nearby. HOLTER LAKE Located near Helena, this is a popular location for both day trips and overnight camping. Species including rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, walleyes and perch are found in this beautiful lake setting. MADISON RIVER The Madison deserves its reputation as the best trout stream in Montana. The “Fifty Mile Riffle” between Quake Lake and Bear Trap Canyon is home to vast quantities of trophy trout. BEAVERHEAD RIVER With its willowy banks, tight twists and fluctuating water levels, the Beaverhead offers plenty of challenges even to skilled anglers. However, the river boasts more trophy brown trout than any other waterway in the state. BIG HOLE RIVER Over its 150-mile course, the Big Hole offers a chance to fish for trophy rainbow, brook and brown trout and for fluvial arctic grayling—a fish unique to the Big Hole in the lower 48. BLACKFOOT RIVER This is the river that braids its way through the dramatic prose of Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It, and it remains one of Montana’s wildest and most productive fisheries. MISSOURI RIVER Below Holter Dam, this is one of Montana’s most popular destination fisheries with enormous trout found in dense, shallow-water pods.
CENTENNIAL VALLEY Centennial Valley is a place of sweeping grasslands and wetlands, embraced by the ragged peaks of the Centennial and Gravelly Mountains. The valley stretches out just beyond the western border of Yellowstone National Park and contains critical migration routes for wildlife throughout the Northern Rockies. It supports grizzlies, wolves, elk, deer and the other magnificent wildlife that draws millions of visitors to Yellowstone each year. www.centennialvalleyassociation.org MOUNT HAGGIN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA In this high-mountain area south of Anaconda, visitors can encounter elk, deer, moose, antelope and even an occasional black bear. Furbearers such as beavers, muskrats and minks are active in the marshy stream bottom along Mill Creek Road. LOST CREEK STATE PARK Wildlife, especially mountain goats, golden eagles and bighorn sheep, are frequently seen on the cliffs above, and pika are often seen and heard in the rock piles in the upper park. ELKHORN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA This 129,000-acre area near Townsend and Boulder is a mountain island amid broad grasslands, providing a spectrum of habitats and sanctuary for elk, deer, black bear, moose and a variety of birds.
CLARK CANYON RESERVOIR Here you’ll find some of the finest stillwater fishing for large rainbow trout in the state. GEORGETOWN LAKE Nonstop action for pan-sized kokanee salmon and slab-sized rainbow and brook trout make Georgetown Lake the perfect combination of serene setting and great fishing. CANYON FERRY LAKE If you’re looking for walleye, look no further than this scenic lake. Big, plentiful walleye lurk in its waters, coexisting with fat, red-fleshed rainbows. RUBY RESERVOIR Stocked with trout, this remote reservoir is lined by peaceful willows and makes for good fishing when water levels permit.
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BIRDING Across Southwest Montana, a varied landscape of streams, forests, alpine meadows and valley grasslands provides habitat for birds of all sizes. Best viewing times are May to July for nesting songbirds; August to November for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds; and November to March for species that winter here. For more information on birding, call 800.879.1159 or visit www.southwestmt.com/specialfeatures/ birdingtrails.
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GRANT-KOHRS RANCH NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE ARROW STONE PARK With plenty of healthy riparian habitat populated by diverse bird species, you’ll feel like you’re experiencing Montana’s wildlife of a century ago or more. www.southwestmt.com/specialfeatures/ birdingtrails/grantkohrsranch/
BLACKFOOT VALLEY At Browns Lake, Blackfoot Waterfowl Production Area and the Aunt Molly Wildlife Management Area, you’ll likely see eagles, loons, herons, trumpeter swans, buffleheads and other waterfowl. www.southwestmt.com/communities/ ovando.htm
HELENA VALLEY / CANYON FERRY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA Located on one of North America’s major north-south migration routes, this network of dikes and ponds provides nesting birds plenty of protection. www.fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/wma/ siteDetail.html?id=281291, www.lastchanceaudubon.org
GEORGETOWN & SILVER LAKES AREA These scenic high-mountain lakes are surrounded by forests, providing a home for many resident waterfowl, raptors and other birds. Throughout the spring, summer and late fall look for scooters, loons, red-necked grebes, owls, jays and various ducks. Bald eagles are year-round residents. www.southwestmt.com/communities/ anaconda.htm
RED ROCK LAKES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Located south of Ennis, this remote area has one of the largest populations of trumpeter swans in the lower 48 states as well as a bevy of other birds. Best viewing is June to July for breeding birds. www.fws.gov/refuge/red_rock_lakes/
BIG HOLE NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD This quiet high-valley landscape near Wisdom is rich in diverse bird species. Raptors and owls can often be seen early in the morning and in winter months. www.nps.gov/biho/learn/nature/birds.htm
ENNIS LAKE AREA Just north of Ennis, this 3,692-acre lake beckons with exceptional bird-watching, solitude and more. We recommend circling the lake on Ennis Lake Road (keep your eyes open on your way throughout this area). www.ennischamber.com
CLARK CANYON RESERVOIR & BANNACK STATE PARK The sprawling reservoir teems with birds and other wildlife along its shores and in the surrounding foothills and the streams and flats of the territorial capital. Here, see riparian habitat, short-grass and mature sagebrush prairie and agricultural fields. www.bannack.org
WARM SPRINGS WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA Autumn brings 28 species of shorebirds to this series of man-made ponds in the Upper Clark Fork Valley, and winter is the time to spot rough-legged hawks, prairie falcons and gyrfalcons. www.fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/wma/ siteDetail.html?id=280262
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TIZER BOTANIC GARDENS & ARBORETUM Tizer is one of only three privately owned internationally accredited arboretums in the United States. It is a hummingbird research facility and offers great habitat for a variety of other birds. The facility is open April to September.
There are over 430 species of birds in the state of Montana.
In the pioneer days, quilting and needlework were essential to survival on the frontier. Today, it might no longer be essential to survival, but quilting is a very popular, fun and culturally rich activity to be enjoyed by locals and visitors of all ages. From shops to shows, sales to retreats and everything in between, quilting adds a splash of color to life here in Southwest Montana. BIRDSEYE MERCANTILE Birdseye Mercantile has been in business since 1887 and features events, craft supplies and classes. In addition to quilting materials, this shop features antiques, yarns, gifts and more. 105 Main Street W., Avon,
THE NO. 1 LADIES QUILT SHOP The name says it allâ€”this beloved quilt shop has open sew days, a great selection of fabrics, and a hometown feel that inspires folks to get crafty and creative. 34 N. Idaho Street #34, Dillon,
THE COTTON PATCH The Cotton Patch provides a vast selection of wools and fabrics as well as events at the shop and help from friendly staff. Enjoy a huge selection of fabrics with small town charm.
QUILTERS CORNER ETC. Located in Deer Lodge, this charming quilt shop offers patterns, fabrics and hours of fun. 401 Main Street, Deer Lodge, 406.846.3096, www.quiltsinmontana.com
CHATEAU QUILT GUILD Based out of Butte, the Chateau Quilt Guild promotes the rich quilting heritage of Montana and strives to educate members and visitors on the quilting arts. This education based setting is a great place to appreciate the art of quilting.
PRICKLY PEAR QUILTS This quilt shop is a full-service boutique in a historic building in downtown Helena. Take a class (ranging from beginners quilting to advanced patterns), shop local fabrics or simply enjoy the artistry of quilting. 46 S. Last Chance Gulch Street, Helena, 406.442.7327, www.pricklypearquilts.com
SEW UNIQUE QUILTING & RETREAT Offering professional longarm quilting services including custom quilts, Sew Unique is a great one-stop shop for quilters of all levels, or even for those who just want to admire the craft. Here, you will find designer fabrics, and quilt kits. They also specialize in scrapbooking, quilting retreats and assistance with projects. 130 E. Broadway Street, Philipsburg, 406.859.7858, www.sewuniquecustomquilting.com
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COZY MOUNTAIN QUILTS Featuring thousands of bolts of fabric for quilting and patterns to inspire you, this quaint and cozy shop in Whitehall is a one stop shop for all your crafting and quilting needs. It also features quilts for sale, personal knitting services, machine rentals and expert help. 12 N. Street, Whitehall, 406.287.9984
DYSFUNCTIONAL QUILTER This shop caters to traditional quilting styles and offers supplies from pattern books to fabric. There is also an option to work on quilts in the store and sew with the locals. 7 Sowden Lane, Whitehall, 406.287.9237
QUILTING IS PART OF THE CULTURE IN SOUTHWEST MONTANA.
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BIKING There’s no more intimate way to explore a lot of ground than on the saddle of a bike. Pedaling along with the breeze venting your helmet, you get the whole multisensory experience of a place. With 150,000 residents spread over 21,097 square miles, Southwest Montana is a place known for plenty of “shoulder room” for cyclists on its highways and roads. For those inclined toward the incline, our region boasts some of the best mountain biking terrain anywhere—everything from high ridgeline trails to canyon bombers worthy of your next GoPro video. If you didn’t bring your own bike, several area shops offer rentals as well as service and gear for your outing.
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THOMPSON PARK Thompson Park is a 3,500-acre municipal recreation area located 9 miles south of Butte on Montana Highway 2 with over 25 miles of nonmotorized trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. It includes a portion of the Milwaukee Railroad (now a trail) where you travel through two tunnels and a trestle that provides access to all trails, including the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail at Pipestone Pass. There are several trailheads and picnic areas that provide loop trail opportunities. 406.494.2147, 406.497.6571, www.visitmt.com/places-to-go/ convention-and-visitor-bureaus/butte/ butte-trail-maps.html
DISCOVERY BIKE PARK In 2014, Discovery Ski Area opened a bike park for intermediate and advanced mountain biking during the warmer months. Located on the mountain’s backside and accessed by the Silver Chief Chairlift, the course drops riders 1,050 vertical feet and features wall rides, bridges, jumps, logs and drops—thrilling even the most advanced riders. 406.563.2184, www.skidiscovery.com/bike-park/
HELENA SOUTH HILLS TRAIL SYSTEM Helena is a silver-level International Mountain Bicycling Association Ride Center—one of only 11 such communities in the world—and this extensive network of trails is a big reason why. In summer, the Trail Rider, a free shuttle from downtown, is a great way to access the trails; you can also just hop on your bike and get there in minutes from downtown. If you only have time for one ride, check out the Mount Helena Ridge Bike Trail, Helena’s premier mountain bike route featuring miles of singletrack and great views.
LEWIS & CLARK TRAIL Mapped by Adventure Cycling in honor of the Corps of Discovery’s historic journey, this paved route takes the long way through some of Southwest Montana’s most scenic areas including the Gates of the Mountains and Big Hole National Battlefield. www.adventurecycling.org/routes-andmaps/adventure-cycling-route-network/ lewis-clark/
DEER LODGE CIRCLE TOUR A 28-mile ride east of Deer Lodge along the unpaved Spring Emery Road is becoming a favorite of mountain bikers. You’ll find scenic valley vistas, and you may even spot elk, deer, antelope or wild turkeys and other birds. A map of the Circle Tour is available at the Chamber of Commerce. Food, lodging and camping are available in Deer Lodge. www.powellcountymontana.com/ deerlodge/attractions/
TRANSAMERICA TRAIL Another of Adventure Cycling’s most popular, this route across America winds along scenic roads of Southwest Montana between Big Hole National Battlefield and Ennis. Located in a park next to the Beaverhead River, the Twin Bridges Bike Camp is designed specifically to meet the needs of cyclists, offering showers, an indoor eating area, electrical outlets, outdoor sinks and storage. www.adventurecycling.org/routes-andmaps/adventure-cycling-route-network/ transamerica-trail
WOLF CREEK FOOTHILLS LOOP Rolling through a maze of buttes, craggy peaks and widespread ranches, this is a favorite 50-mile road ride of Montana cyclists. This area is home to abundant wildlife, including raptors, mule deer, elk and even the occasional bear. www.visitmt.com/things-to-do/outdoorand-adventure/bicycling/bike-routes-halfday-and-day-rides/bike-route-wolf-creekfoothills-loop.html
BIG HOLE NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD TO JACKSON ROAD RIDE You’ll be on paved highways the whole way, but in this sparsely populated, wide-open valley of ranchland, you won’t have to worry about sharing the road with many vehicles.
GREAT DIVIDE MOUNTAIN BIKE ROUTE The longest off-pavement cycling route in the world snakes for 2,800 miles in rough parallel to the Continental Divide from Canada to the Mexican border. You’ll find some of the most scenic sections of this epic trail in Southwest Montana.
RED ROCK LAKES BIKE RIDE This 17-mile easy ride along a stretch of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route passes through Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge where you’re likely to see trumpeter swans and many other bird species. There’s also a chance of spotting moose, deer, elk and pronghorn antelope. www.southwestmt.com/biketrails/map/ default.aspx?id=10
MUSKRAT CREEK MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL This is a terrific out-and-back singletrack along a moderate-todifficult 12-mile ride on the edge of the beautiful Boulder Valley. www.southwestmt.com/biketrails/map/ default.aspx?id=14
RIDE AROUND THE PIONEERS IN ONE DAY (RATPOD) This is a challenging, but paved, 130mile ride through the scenic Big Hole Valley along pristine rivers and over a mountain pass with views of three mountain ranges. The annual RATPOD event attracts riders from far and wide to tackle this route in a single day. www.southwestmt.com/biketrails/map/ default.aspx?id=8
BUTTE TRAILS Numerous trails for both mountain bikers and road cyclists wind through and around historic Butte. The Butte, Anaconda and Pacific Railroad (BA&P) Hill Trail passes through historic neighborhoods and mine yards. The Milwaukee Road Rail-Trail in Thompson Park passes through two tunnels and a trestle as part of a 25mile trail system. The Ulrich/Schotte Nature Trail (also known as Blacktail Creek Trail) is an easy ride with good bird-watching opportunities. www.visitmt.com/places-to-go/ convention-and-visitor-bureaus/butte/ butte-trail-maps.html
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HIKING AND HORSEBACK RIDING Southwest Montana is crisscrossed with maintained trails that range from easy riverside strolls to rugged, multiday ridgeline treks. The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Montana’s largest, covers 3.35 million acres and encompasses several mountain ranges. The Helena National Forest offers nearly 1 million acres of distinctive landscapes. The Bureau of Land Management has numerous trails for hiking and riding enthusiasts. Over 450 miles of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail travel through Southwest Montana. Practically speaking, you can’t see it all. But you can try. Here’s a sampling of some of the area’s finest hikes. For an extensive list, visit www.southwestmt.com/thegreatoutdoors/hikingandbackpacking and www.southwestmt.com/thegreatoutdoors/horsebackriding. CONTINENTAL DIVIDE NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL A 3,100-mile trail network that stretches from Canada to Mexico, this offers more than 450 miles of trails open to hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Some segments are located within wilderness or special designated areas closed to mountain biking. From day use to overnight trips there are scenic vistas, historic and geologic features, and lakes for fishing.
LOST CABIN LAKE TRAIL This 5-mile trail southeast of Whitehall is well maintained on an easy grade. The peaks surrounding the lake reach elevations above 10,000 feet, providing stunning views. Mountain goats can often be seen on the cliffs to the south and east of the lake. The trail is open for hiking from July 1 to the middle of October.
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BEAR CREEK LOOP TRAIL A few miles southeast of Ennis, this challenging 12-mile loop threads the saddle between two of the most famous peaks in the Madison Range: Sphinx Mountain and The Helmet. On your 2,400-foot ascent, you’ll travel through fields of sagebrush and wildflowers, through dense forests and up into the rocky alpine environment.
SAWTOOTH LAKE TRAIL Situated in a dramatic high-alpine cirque in the Pioneer Mountains, few areas of the Northern Rockies boast a more glorious outburst of mid and latesummer wildflowers. Sawtooth Lake Trail is an 8-mile out-and-back hike. At the lake’s east end lies the wreckage of a small plane—a haunting presence that inspires many a campfire story. To get there, follow the Pioneer Scenic Byway south of Wise River; watch for signs to the trailhead near Maverick Mountain Ski Area. www.alltrails.com/trail/us/montana/ sawtooth-lake
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HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN TRAIL Appropriate for intermediate-level hikers, this 7.2-mile round-trip trek provides a memorable payoff when you arrive at the top of Haystack Mountain, an 8,823-foot overlook that offers 360-degree vistas of the Boulder River Valley, Elk Park and other areas. www.southwestmt.com/listings/5681.htm
HANGING VALLEY NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL Located in the Big Belt Mountains northeast of Helena, this is a challenging 12-mile round-trip trail to a remarkable location. You’ll be rewarded with time in a unique valley flanked by towering limestone cliffs and numerous spires. Along the way you’ll pass under a natural bridge. For a shorter but steeper trip, start this hike from Magpie Gulch. www.southwestmt.com/listings/4502.htm
GOULD HELMVILLE TRAIL If you like to hike ridgelines but don’t like hiking up to them, this is the trail for you. Heading east from Dalton Mountain south of Lincoln, the hike is easy under a forest canopy of Douglas fir and lodgepole pine. At Prickly Gulch, the corridor begins to open up and you will pass through many ridgetop meadows. www.southwestmt.com/listings/4545.htm
DIG DEEPER: In the summer,
Montana will see an average of over 14 hours of sun a day, meaning that longer trails are more attainable.
NATIVE BIKING AMERICAN BIG HOLE NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD. DONNIE SEXTON/MONTANA OFFICE OF TOURISM AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
NATIVE AMERICAN SITES & EVENTS Southwest Montana encompasses the traditional hunting grounds for many native people, stretching back more than a thousand years. Evidence of the earliest people still exist in travois marks, ancient pictographs and tipi rings across the region. In addition, there are several sites significant to the native tribes that came later—the Blackfeet, Nez Perce, Shoshone and Salish— throughout the region. For more information about the cultural sites and events listed below, visit www.southwestmt.com. BIG HOLE NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD Big Hole National Battlefield is a memorial to the brave men and women who fought and died here in August of 1877. The historic site features a visitor center with interpretive video and a museum with photographs, artifacts and interpretive displays. You can also take a self-guided tour of the battlefield and visit the deeply moving tipi memorial along the Big Hole River. BEAVERHEAD ROCK OVERLOOK Sacagawea, the teenage American Indian girl who guided Lewis and Clark through this region, recognized this landmark from her childhood; sure enough, it was near here that the expedition first connected with the Lemhi Shoshones in 1805. Visitors today can see this landmark, which literally looks like a beaver’s head at waterline, between Dillon and Twin Bridges, off Montana Highway 41.
CAMP FORTUNATE After passing Beaverhead Rock, the Corps of Discovery followed the river south where it met the Shoshone. There, Sacagawea recognized her brother, Chief Cameahwait, and through her translations, horses were obtained for the trip west. Today, travelers can walk in the footsteps of Sacagawea and her brother by visiting Lewis and Clark Memorial, Camp Fortunate Overlook and Cameahwait Campground (Clark Canyon Dam and Recreation Area, exit 43 off I-15).
LAST CHANCE COMMUNITY POW WOW While all pow wows are family-oriented events, the Last Chance Community Pow Wow holds particular appeal because of its focus: honoring the children. The three-day pow wow is held every September at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds in Helena. 406.439.5631, www.lastchancepowwow.com
NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN ALLIANCE POW WOW The North American Indian Alliance Pow Wow offers participants and visitors an unforgettable immersion in the colorful regalia, captivating dancing and moving, traditional music, while creating new community bonds across tribes and cultures. The three-day pow wow takes place at the Butte Civic Center every September. 406.782.0461
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WINTER ACTIVITIES Come winter, the temperatures may drop some, but the zeal for getting out and enjoying Montana never falters. Southwest Montana has three lift-served ski areas that provide miles of runs. If you prefer the motorized route, take a snowmobile tour into the backcountry. There is also ice fishing, cultural activities and, for the truly adventurous, snowkiting. DOWNHILL SKIING & SNOWBOARDING Our crowd-free ski areas offer friendly slopes, great natural snow conditions and terrain for beginners and experts. DISCOVERY SKI AREA Located west of Anaconda on Montana Highway 1, Discovery boasts 67 runs and 2,200 skiable acres of great terrain for beginners and experts. 406.563.2184, www.skidiscovery.com
GREAT DIVIDE Great Divide rises above the ghost town of Marysville in the Helena National Forest. Classic slopes and backcountry terrain mix freely on more than 1,600 skiable acres. 406.449.3746, www.skigd.com
MAVERICK MOUNTAIN Located above Polaris, Maverick has a vertical drop of more than 2,020 feet over 450 skiable acres. The views of the Pioneer Mountain Wilderness Area are as great as the snow. 406.834.3454, www.skimaverick.com
SNOWKITING Snowkiting combines the freedom and adventure of exploring the backcountry of Montana with all the thrills that can be found on a ski hill. Georgetown Lake is becoming known as one of the best places in the world for this fastgrowing sport. 406.859.3211,
ICE FISHING Many opportunities for ice fishing abound on Southwest Montana’s numerous lakes and reservoirs. Canyon Ferry Reservoir, Clark Canyon Reservoir and Georgetown Lake are highly recommended for perch, trout, walleye and more. 406.449.5201, www.fs.usda.gov/helena, www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf
SNOWMOBILING Throughout Southwest Montana there are hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails for family fun and adventure on many of our public lands. For more information on trails, contact local areas. Visit the Montana State Parks website for an interactive snowmobile trail map to find a guide to statewide snowmobile trails. www.stateparks.mt.gov/ recreation/snowmobileProgram.html
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING Many of our region’s most beautiful areas are groomed during the winter to provide track and skate-skiing adventures on private lands as well as in partnership with outdoor clubs and land management agencies. For more information on trails, contact local areas.
ANACONDA/PHILISBURG AREA 406.859.3211, www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf
BUTTE AREA 406.494.2147, www.milehighnordic.org, www.homestakelodge.com
DILLON AREA 406.683.3900, www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf
406.859.3211, www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf, www.echolaketrails.org
406.494.2147, www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf, www.milehighnordic.org, www.homestakelodge.com
HELENA AREA 406.449.5201, www.fs.usda.gov/helena
WISDOM AREA 406.689.3243, www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf, www.bitterrootxcskiclub.net
WISDOM AREA 406.689.3243, www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf
ICE SKATING The ice skating pond and warming house at Bannack State Park southwest of Dillon are scheduled to open December 26. There’s a good selection of ice skates that are free to use. Call to check ice conditions before heading out. 406.834.3413, www.bannack.org
BUTTE AREA During the winter months, Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation maintains ice skating rinks at several locations. www.co.silverbow.mt.us/809/iceskating-rinks
NORDIC SKIING AT MOUNT HAGGIN.
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High Altitude Speed Skating Center is an Olympic 400M skating oval that is open mid December through the end of February. 406.723.4839
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OPEN SEASONALLY: Memorial Day Weekend Labor Day Weekend (closed Holidays), Open Wednesday - Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm Closed: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Learn More: GemMountainMT.com 406-859-MINE (6463) 21 Sapphire Gulch Ln | Philipsburg, MT 59858
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BREWERIES & DISTILLERIES Montana is home to the second-highest number of craft and microbreweries per capita in the country. For a real taste of Montana, spend happy hour in one of Southwest Montana’s taprooms. ANACONDA SMELTER CITY BREWING
DEER LODGE ELK RIDGE BREWING COMPANY
101 Main Street, 406.563.0344, www.facebook.com/SmelterCityBrewing
320 Main Street, 406.846.4650, www.elkridgebrewingcompany.com
BUTTE BUTTE BREWING COMPANY
DILLON BEAVERHEAD BREWING COMPANY
TEN MILE CREEK BREWERY
465 E. Galena Street, 406.299.3953, www.facebook.com/buttebrewingcompany
218 S. Montana Street, 406.988.0011, www.beaverheadbeer.com
48 N. Last Chance Gulch, 406.502.1382, www.tenmilecreekbrewing.com
ENNIS WILLIE’S DISTILLERY
PHILIPSBURG PHILIPSBURG BREWING COMPANY
312 Main Street, 406.682.4117, www.williesdistillery.com
101 W. Broadway Street, 406.859.2739, www.philipsburgbrew.com
2 E. Galena Street, 406.299.3645, www.muddycreekbrewery.com
HELENA BLACKFOOT RIVER BREWING COMPANY
SHERIDAN RUBY VALLEY BREW
66 S. Park Avenue, 406.449.3005, www.blackfootriverbrewing.com
21 S. Montana Street, 406.299.2886, www.headframespirits.com
LEWIS & CLARK BREWING COMPANY 1517 Dodge Avenue, 406.442.5960, www.lewisandclarkbrewing.com
MUDDY CREEK BREWING
124 W. Broadway Street, 406.723.0245, www.wedig.beer
GULCH DISTILLERS 790 Front Street, 406.449.2393, www.gulchdistillers.com
111 S. Main Street, 406.842.5977, www.rubyvalleybrew.com
WINSTON STONEHOUSE DISTILLERY 37 Muffley Lane, 406.465.2816
GOLF Great value and gorgeous vistas are the common denominators among Southwest Montana’s courses. And no matter where you decide to settle for the evening, there’s always a green nearby. ANACONDA ANACONDA COUNTRY CLUB
DEER LODGE DEER PARK GOLF COURSE
1521 Country Club Road, 406.797.3220, www.golfanaconda.com
838 Golf Course Road, 406.846.1625, www.facebook.com/Deer-Park-GolfCourse-283310655181556/
FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS RESORT GOLF COURSE 1500 Fairmont Road, 800.332.3272, 406.797.3241, www.fairmontmontana.com
OLD WORKS GOLF COURSE 1205 Pizzini Way, 406.563.5989, www.oldworks.org
BUTTE BUTTE COUNTRY CLUB 3400 Elizabeth Warren Avenue 406.494.2394, www.buttecountryclub.org
HIGHLAND VIEW GOLF COURSE 3150 S. Utah Avenue, 406.494.7900
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DILLON BEAVERHEAD GOLF COURSE 1260 Montana Highway 41, 406.683.9933, www.beaverheadgolf.com
SLEEPY HOLLOW GOLF COURSE 600 Tory Drive, 406.683.6118, www.facebook.com/Sleepy-Hollow-GolfCourse-10150102567025177
FOX RIDGE GOLF COURSE 4020 Lake Helena Drive, 406.227.8304, www.foxridgegolfcourse.com
GREEN MEADOW COUNTRY CLUB 2720 Country Club Avenue, 406.442.5750, www.gmcchelena.com
NORWEGIAN WOOD GOLF COURSE 8445 Canyon Ferry Road, 406.475.3229, www.norwegianwoodgolf.com
TOWNSEND OLD BALDY GOLF COURSE 99 Delger Lane, 406.461.5116, www.facebook.com/oldbaldygolf
ENNIS MADISON MEADOWS GOLF COURSE 108 Golf Course Drive, 406.682.7468, www.madisonmeadowsgolfcourse.com
HELENA BILL ROBERT’S MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE 2201 N. Benton Avenue, 406.442.2191, www.billrobertsgolf.com
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Only have one day to visit Montana’s capital city? Morning · Breakfast at Steve’s Café · Explore aboard the Last Chance Tour Train Afternoon · Lunch and brews at the Brewhouse · Visit the iconic Cathedral of St. Helena · See Montana’s history up close at the Montana Heritage Center (including Big Medicine, the extremely rare white buffalo) Evening · Dinner at the Silver Star Steak Company · Hike Mount Helena to experience a true Big Sky sunset
Check out our calendar of events: There’s always something happening in Helena!
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ARCHIE BRAY FOUNDATION. DONNIE SEXTON
Helena is Montana’s state capital and was the center of wealth during the state’s mining heyday. The Last Chance placers, discovered here in 1864, are among the nation’s most famous. The vast wealth of Montana’s early elite financed fabulous mansions and flamboyant business blocks that earned Helena the nickname “Queen City of the Rockies.” Here you’ll find grand architecture alongside remnants of the gold rush upon which the modern community rests. As our state capital, Helena is also a vibrant cultural center with a busy events calendar, terrific local bands, great restaurants, fine museums and an epic “urban” trail system. Nearby, you can fish the Missouri River, explore the Gates of the Mountains, cross-country ski and pedal a lifetime’s worth of mountain bike trails.
DIG DEEPER: In 1888, Helena had more
millionaires per capita than any other city in the world. You can view the homes of these millionaires in Helena to this day.
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LAST CHANCE TOUR TRAIN Step aboard and experience Helena’s history on this one-hour, narrated train ride through the state capital. You’ll view the original Governor’s Mansion, the current executive residence, the state Capitol, the historic Guardian of the Gulch and much more. It’s the best way to see it all. 406.442.1023, www.lctours.com
LAST CHANCE GULCH Prospectors took “one last chance” that paid off in 1864. Helena grew along the gulch that today is the most historic mile in Montana. Victorian-era buildings now line the site where digs produced millions in gold. Enjoy great shopping, dining, art galleries and history. 406.447.1535, www.downtownhelena.com
STATE CAPITOL BUILDING Montana’s stunning neoclassicalstyle Capitol reflects the American Renaissance of the late 19th century. The building, fully restored to its 1902 appearance, features a dome of Montana copper. Self-guided tours emphasize the blending of fine Western art and classical architecture that makes the Montana Capitol unique. 406.444.2694, www.mhs.mt.gov/education
CATHEDRAL OF ST. HELENA Patterned after the renowned Votive Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Vienna, Austria, St. Helena’s 230-foot spires dominate the Helena skyline. The impressive interior features 59 spectacular Munich-style stainedglass panels crafted in Germany by renowned artist F.X. Zettler. 406.442.5825, www.sthelenas.org
MONTANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM Founded in 1865, the society houses art, artifacts, archives and photographs. The museum features the work of cowboy artist C.M. Russell and American Indian and Montana history exhibits. Discover your roots at the Research Center and find a Montana treasure at the gift store. 406.444.2694, www.mhs.mt.gov/museum
ORIGINAL GOVERNOR’S MANSION Take a guided tour of the 1888 Queen Anne-style mansion that served as the official home of Montana’s governors from 1913 to 1959. 406.444.4794, www.mhs.mt.gov/education/ogmtours
REEDER’S ALLEY This quaint alley, once home to miners, is Helena’s most intact territorial-period neighborhood. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, visitors can take a self-guided tour. The Montana Heritage Commission, the managing entity for Virginia City and Nevada City, maintains this historic state-owned property. 406.843.5247, www.reedersalley.com
MONTANA MILITARY MUSEUM Montana’s official military repository offers a rich collection of memorabilia, artifacts and archives ranging from Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery through modern times. The museum is located just west of town at the Fort Harrison complex. 406.324.3550, www.montanamilitarymuseum.org
UPPER BLACKFOOT VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM This museum collection of displays and Lincoln Gulch Gold Mine artifacts preserves the local history and character of Lincoln, the Blackfoot Valley and its residents. Located in Lincoln behind the Hi-Country Trading Post, the museum features logging, mining and agricultural equipment and local historic buildings. 406.362.4949, www.lincolnmontana.com
HISTORIC CANTON CHURCH A Colonial-style church dating to 1875, the historic Canton Church reflects the roots of many local settlers who came here from Canton, New York. The church was moved to its present location on Montana Highway 284 east of Townsend in 1952 when Canyon Ferry Reservoir was filled.
JEFFERSON COUNTY HERITAGE CENTER Located in an 1888 bank building on nearby Boulder’s Main Street, the center preserves the rich history and culture of Jefferson County. The center houses a museum, library and genealogy collections. 406.422.9879, www.theheritagecenter.yolasite.com
THE BROADWATER COUNTY MUSEUM The museum preserves local Native American, Lewis and Clark, and Broadwater County history through its exhibits and collected artifacts. The facility features an extensive library with copies of most of the early local newspapers. 406.266.5252, www.broadwatercountymuseum.com
JEFFERSON COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM Housed in an 1898 schoolhouse at Clancy, the museum interprets pioneer living and features a 19th-century classroom in a hand-built frontier town and hosts traveling exhibits. 406.933.5528, www.jeffersoncounty-mt.gov/visit_us.html
KLEFFNER RANCH A mile south of East Helena, this 1885 ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes a massive fieldstone barn available for community functions, weddings and reunions, and an unusual octagonal ranch house. 406.495.9090,
ARCHIE BRAY FOUNDATION Established in 1951 on the site of a brick factory, the Bray attracts artists from around the world. Tour the studios and grounds of this unique endeavor in the ceramic arts. HOLTER MUSEUM OF ART Featuring the best in regional fine arts and crafts with new shows opening every six weeks, the Holter hosts both nationally known and local artists. 406.442.6400, www.holtermuseum.org
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MYRNA LOY CENTER The Myrna Loy Center offers new performances and art experiences with a link to the vaudeville touring companies that frequented Helena between the 1880s and 1920s. 406.443.0287, www.myrnaloycenter.com
GRANDSTREET THEATRE Offering up to 10 productions each year, this is one of Montana’s best theater experiences. Located in a restored century-old church, modern comfort blends with historic ambience. 406.442.4270, www.grandstreettheatre.com
MONTANA SHAKESPEARE COMPANY Founded in 1997, this nonprofit arts organization brings in a company of actors from across the nation. It is the Treasure State’s resident, professional Shakespeare Company performing full-length summer productions of the Bard’s great works in the capital city. 406.459.4385, www.montanashakespeare.org
ALIVE @ FIVE Every Wednesday throughout the summer months, a different downtown block hosts this event featuring food, drinks, live music and other entertainment. The event is free and for all ages. 406.447.1535, www.downtownhelena.com
GREAT NORTHERN CAROUSEL Thirty-eight hand-sculpted animals and century-old stained glass from the famed Broadwater Hotel promise a memorable ride. Enjoy the enclosed carousel year-round. 406.457.5353, www.gncarousel.com
EXPLORATION WORKS A museum of science and culture for children and adults, Exploration Works is 3,500 square feet of hands-on fun and science education. For those who like to play, create, discover and explore, Exploration Works is the place to be. 406.457.1800, www.explorationworks.org
LAST CHANCE RANCH WAGON-RIDE DINNERS Horse-drawn wagons take you back in time through high-mountain timber to the lodge at Moose Meadow. Enjoy a homemade meal of prime rib, gourmet sides, huckleberry cheesecake and cowboy coffee. Montana’s own Bruce Anfinson concludes the evening with Western music and cowboy poetry. 406.442.2884, www.lastchanceranch.biz
HELENA CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES The Helena area is home to various cultural productions and performances throughout the year. For more information, contact the Helena Chamber. 406.442.4120,
CANYON FERRY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA Waterfowl and wildlife viewing opportunities include abundant ducks, swans, geese and ospreys. Take U.S. Highway 12 east through Townsend for 1 mile, then go left on North Harrison Road and follow it to the end. 406.266.3367, www.fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/wma/
ELKHORN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA This 129,000-acre wildlife area is managed by the National Forest Service. Near Townsend and Boulder, the area is home to many indigenous animals, including big game.
GATES OF THE MOUNTAINS Meriwether Lewis named this spectacular canyon north of Helena. Steep limestone cliffs flanking the Missouri River create the illusion of a gate that seems to open as you travel toward these cliffs. Enjoy a leisurely, narrated boat tour during the summer months. 406.458.5241,
MOUNT HELENA CITY PARK Acres of hiking and biking trails in the South Hills and on National Register-listed Mount Helena offer great panoramic vistas and diverse landscapes in all seasons. The city trail system rivals biking destinations like Moab, Utah, and includes runs from butter-smooth single track to challenging rock garden trails.
WOLF CREEK (PRICKLY PEAR) CANYON One of the most beautiful scenic drives in Montana, this canyon was the most difficult section along the route from Helena to Fort Benton. Stagecoach drivers and teamsters feared the narrow canyon and swift-flowing Prickly Pear Creek. To access the canyon, take I-15 north from Helena. TIZER BOTANIC GARDEN AND ARBORETUM Situated in the heart of the Elkhorn Mountains, there are seven acres of perennials, annuals, roses, wildflowers, herbs, vegetables and more than 12,000 bulbs. Features include theme gardens, shade gardens and a Lewis and Clark garden. The gardens are located in Jefferson County, 18 miles south of Helena. 406.933.8789, www.tizergardens.com
HELENA-LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest surrounds Montana’s capital city, offering nearly 1 million acres of distinctive landscapes. Almost 80 miles of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, rich in mining history, stretch through the Helena National Forest from the Scapegoat to the adjacent Deerlodge National Forest. 406.449.5201, www.fs.usda.gov/helena
DEVIL’S ELBOW RECREATION AREA Situated on the picturesque “Devil’s Elbow” of Hauser Lake and just a short drive from Helena, Devil’s Elbow offers stunning views of the Big Belt and Elkhorn mountains. This area is overflowing with outdoor adventure opportunities. Whether you’re into fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, hiking, mountain biking, boating or all of the above, all of these things are immediately accessed from (the greater) Hauser Lake Recreation Area. 406.227.3570
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THE HOLTER & HAUSER LAKES/BEARTOOTH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS Created by dams in the Missouri River near Helena, these lakes are perfect for fishing, swimming, camping and water skiing. Elk, deer and bighorn sheep flourish here. 406.449.5201, www.fs.usda.gov/helena
CANYON FERRY LAKE A large reservoir on the Missouri River near Townsend, the lake offers camping, sailing, boating, swimming, fishing and rockhounding. Ice fishing and ice boating are popular in the winter. 406.475.3310, www.fwp.mt.gov/fishAndWildlife/wma/
MISSOURI RIVER Fabulous fishing on the scenic Missouri is best from Toston Dam near Townsend, downstream from Canyon Ferry Lake, and on to Hauser and Holter dams. 406.444.2535, www.fwp.mt.gov
BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS COMPLEX This 1-million-acre wilderness area includes a lifetime’s worth of trails traversing the Continental Divide. Gorgeous features include the Sun River on the east side of the divide and the Blackfoot Valley on the west. Contact a local guide before tackling “The Bob.” 406.758.5208, www.fs.usda.gov/attmain/flathead/ specialplaces
BLACKFOOT & LITTLE BLACKFOOT FISHING Fine fishing opportunities abound on both rivers, with the Blackfoot also popular with whitewater rafters. The headwaters are located near Lincoln and Elliston. 406.444.2535, www.fwp.mt.gov
GREAT DIVIDE SKI AREA Great Divide is an immense place with more than 3 miles of terrain from end to end—including 140 named trails, open glades, bowls and a terrain park. Family-owned, friendly and affordable, Great Divide caters to skiers of all levels. 406.449.3746, www.skigd.com
SAILBOAT ON CANYON FERRY LAKE. DONNIE SEXTON/MONTANA OFFICE OF TOURISM AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
NEARBY COMMUNITIES AUGUSTA Augusta sits on the northern edge of Southwest Montana and is a gateway to the immense Bob Marshall Wilderness and adjoining Scapegoat Wilderness. A friendly town in a scenic location, there are restaurants, motels and a full array of visitor services.
JEFFERSON CITY Named to honor President Thomas Jefferson, the town began as a stagecoach stop for passengers and freight between Fort Benton and Virginia City. In the early years, this area yielded millions of dollars in gold and silver.
BOULDER Historic Boulder, the Jefferson County seat, is home to the magnificent 1888 Jefferson County Courthouse and Boulder Hot Springs, both listed on the National Register. Elkhorn Ghost Town is nearby, along with Radon Health Mines which, while there is no guarantee, some claim improves health and eases arthritis, lupus, asthma and other ailments. 406.465.2106,
LINCOLN The Sun River Canyon, the Blackfoot River Valley and pristine wilderness surround Lincoln. Its charming National Register-listed community center is a focal point. Visit the Hi-Country Trading Post and the Helena National Forest Ranger Station, which displays a mounted 830-pound grizzly bear.
CLANCY South of Helena in Jefferson County, Clancy began in 1873 as a gold camp but soon became famous for its silver mines. Clancy district silver, hauled by oxen team to Fort Benton and shipped to Swansea, Wales, for smelting, was so rich it still made a profit even after all that travel. EAST HELENA Freight wagons once camped where East Helena’s business district grew. The nation’s longest operating lead smelter opened here in 1888 and processed 70,000 tons annually until it closed in 2001. Today, the resilient community offers visitors a charming main street, warm hospitality and a good meal. www.easthelenamt.us
TOWNSEND Along the Missouri River and Lewis and Clark’s epic route, Townsend sits at the pristine south end of Canyon Ferry Lake. It is home to excellent hunting, fishing and seasonal cattle drives. Nearby is the Canyon Ferry Mansion Museum which offers B&B accommodations. www.townsendmt.com
UNIONVILLE This small community along scenic Secondary Highway 454 south of Helena was the site of the booming Whitlatch-Union Mine, one of the largest producers of gold bullion in the United States. In 1897, the goldbearing lode disappeared under a fault and the mine was abandoned.
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Few places in the United States can match Butte’s colorful history and characters (be it Copper Baron William A. Clark or daredevil Evel Knievel). Known as the “Richest Hill on Earth,” Butte produced silver, gold and copper. In 1900, Butte was one of the largest cities west of the Mississippi. It was the birthplace of labor unions, the battleground of industrial titans and home to thousands of immigrants. Today, that proud history provides a fascinating backstory for Butte, among ethnic and regional foods, tours of National Historic Sites, festivals, some serious antiquing and a network of world-class trails for outdoor enthusiasts.
DIG DEEPER: Because of the need for minerals
during World War I, Butte was the most prosperous town in the United States in the early 20th century. The Anaconda Mining Company was the 4th largest company in the world by the late 1920s.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE IN BUTTE. DONNIE SEXTON MONTANA FOLK FESTIVAL. DONNIE SEXTON
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BUTTE AREA TROLLEY TOUR The Butte Trolley is temperature controlled and enclosed. Tour Butte’s historic sites during the summer months. 406.723.3177, www.buttecvb.com
WORLD MUSEUM OF MINING HELL ROARIN’ GULCH Situated on an actual mine yard, the museum preserves the rich historical legacy of mining and the related culture of Butte. Bring the family and climb a 100-foot-high headframe or descend 65 feet into the earth on an underground mine tour. 406.723.7211, www.miningmuseum.org
GRANITE MOUNTAIN MINE MEMORIAL Dedicated to the 168 men who died in a hard rock mine disaster in 1917, this exhibit features letters from the families of the fallen miners and memorial bricks. This memorial offers a stunning panoramic view of Butte and is open all year. 406.782.3280 www.minememorial.org
THE MAI WAH SOCIETY In the heart of Butte’s old Chinatown, this historic building houses displays and artifacts relating the story of Chinese immigrants. 406.723.3177, www.maiwah.org
BERKELEY PIT View what was once the largest truckoperated open-pit copper mine in the nation: 1½ miles across, 3 miles around and 1,700 feet deep. 406.723.3177, 800.735.6814, www.buttecvb.com
MINERAL MUSEUM Not just for the rockhound, this fascinating collection holds 1,500 specimens and real-time data from Montana’s seismic network. The museum is open year-round on the Montana Tech campus. 406.496.4414, www.mbmg.mtech.edu/ museum/museum.html
COPPER KING MANSION Designated a National Historic Place in 1971, the mansion was built for Copper King William A. Clark, father of deceased heiress Huguette Clark. Depicting the wealthy lifestyle of the last century, exquisite architectural detail and 32 rooms of antiques can be seen. Guided tours are available. 406.782.7580, www.copperkingmansion.com
OLD BUTTE HISTORICAL ADVENTURES Explore an authentic underground speakeasy from the prohibition era, a 1955 barber shop under a six-story building, a city jail that housed Evel Knievel in 1956, a brothel, walking tours and much more. 406.498.3424,
JEFFERSON VALLEY MUSEUM In Whitehall, artifacts and memorabilia depict the history and heritage of the Jefferson Valley area.
CHARLES W. CLARK CHATEAU Enjoy Butte’s local traditions, heritage and art by exploring the Charles W. Clark Mansion, featuring changing art exhibits, marvelous collections and elegant architecture. The building is a turn-of-the-century mansion on the National Historic Register.
BUTTE-SILVER BOW ARCHIVES A collection of manuscripts, documents and photographs relating to the history of Butte-Silver Bow can be found here. Some of the collections housed at the Archives include cemetery records, voting registration, and naturalization and Union records. Research services are available for a fee. 406.782.3280, www.buttearchives.org
HEADFRAMES Dotting the landscape of the Butte hill are 14 tall, black, steel structures. Variously called “gallows frames,” “gallus frames” or “headframes,” these mark the remnants of mines that honeycomb the Butte hill.
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OUR LADY OF THE ROCKIES Take a bus tour for a close-up look at the 90-foot statue overlooking Butte from 8,015 feet. This statue is dedicated to all women (especially mothers) and views from the tower are excellent. 406.782.1221, 800.800.LADY, www.ourladyoftherockies.net
BUTTE LABOR HISTORY MUSEUM Butte played a significant role in the international labor movement. Open year-round, the center details the most important episodes and stories in Butte’s labor history during the years 1878–1932. buttelaborhistory.blogspot.com
NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK DISTRICT One of the largest National Historic Landmark districts in the country, Butte offers a legacy of architectural treasures. Uptown Butte is filled with fine, well-preserved examples of early20th-century architecture. Walking tours are available. 406.723.3177, www.buttecvb.com
LEWIS & CLARK BICENTENNIAL MURALS In Whitehall, more than a dozen billboard-size murals depict scenes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the Jefferson Valley. 406.287.2260
BUTTE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS The Butte Center for the Performing Arts serves to preserve the Mother Lode and Orphan Girl Theatres as venues to promote the performing arts in Southwest Montana by hosting performers from throughout the world and local artists on a world-class stage. 406.723.3602, www.buttearts.org UPTOWN BUTTE FARMERS MARKET Every Saturday from late May until the first weekend of October, the market is held on West Park Street between Main and Dakota streets from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.mainstreetbutte.org/fmarket.htm
THE MONTANA FOLK FESTIVAL Always on the second weekend of July and surrounded by the Northern Rockies and the historic buildings of uptown Butte, this is one of the largest free-admission outdoor festivals in the Northwest. It features six stages with traditional music, dance and stage workshops, two arts markets, a folklife area and a family area. 406.497.6464, www.montanafolkfestival.com
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AN RÍ RÁ IRISH FESTIVAL This festival takes place in August in historic uptown Butte. Entertainment includes music by sensational Irish and international performers as well as Irish history, archival photos, author lectures, film festival, children’s activities, genealogy, music and dance workshops, food, vendors and an outdoor Gaelic Mass. All events are free to the public. www.mtgaelic.org
COPPERWAY TRAILS This network of non-motorized urban trails connects to surrounding open spaces utilizing many of Butte’s railroad and stream corridors such as the Butte, Anaconda and Pacific Railroad (BA&P) corridor, Blacktail Creek and Silver Bow Creek Greenway Trails. 406.723.3177, www.co.silverbow.mt.us/454/TrailsOutdoor-Recreation
EVEL KNIEVEL DAYS The last weekend in July is dedicated to Butte’s own Evel Knievel, the world’s greatest daredevil. Weekend events include feats and stunts by some of today’s greatest stuntmen and daredevils. All events are held in historic uptown Butte and are free to the public.
LEWIS & CLARK CAVERNS STATE PARK Off I-90 east of Cardwell, Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park offers yearround cabin rentals, camping and picnicking. Daily guided tours May through September in the lighted caves are also available with candlelight tours starting in December. 406.287.3541,
LEXINGTON STAMP MILL AND GARDENS Located in historic uptown Butte, the Lexington was one of the early stamp mills that crushed the ore for smelting and is now surrounded by beautiful gardens. 406.723.3177, www.buttecvb.com
WHITETAIL-PIPESTONE MOTORIZED RECREATION AREA A popular riding and driving area between Butte, Whitehall and Boulder, the area provides a variety of motorized opportunities for motorcycles, ATVs and 4x4s. Trailheads are located north of I-90 at Homestake Pass and Pipestone exits east of Butte. 406.494.2147, 406.533.7600
OTHER CULTURE Other activities include art walks, a visit to the Silver Bow Twin Drive-In Theater, and the Freedom Festival/4th of July and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. RECREATION BEAVERHEAD-DEERLODGE NATIONAL FOREST Montana’s largest national forest covers 3.35 million acres offering camping, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and other recreation opportunities as well as crosscountry skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. 406.494.2147, www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf THOMPSON PARK Thompson Park is a 3,500-acre municipal recreation area located 9 miles south of Butte on Montana Highway 2 with over 25 miles of non-motorized trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. It includes a portion of the Milwaukee Railroad (now a trail) where you travel through two tunnels and a trestle that provides access to all trails, including the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail at Pipestone Pass. There are several trailheads and picnic areas that provide loop trail opportunities. 406.494.2147, 406.497.6571
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CONTINENTAL DIVIDE NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL Butte is one of the closest cities to the trail with access to over 150 miles of trail within 30 minutes of Butte. Explore sections for a day or several days that cover areas that highlight Butte’s mining history, Boulder Batholith geology and great vistas; plus, escape from urban areas in just minutes. All segments are open to hiking, horseback riding and biking. Some sections are open to motorized vehicles south of Butte. 406.494.2147, www.visitmt.com/places-to-go/ convention-and-visitor-bureaus/butte/butte-trailmaps.html
SHEEPSHEAD RECREATION AREA Just 15 miles north of Butte, this spot is a popular day-use area for fishing at Maney Lake with two pavilions and picnic sites and an interpretative trail at Freedom Point. 406.494.2147 CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING HOMESTAKE LODGE Located beneath the Continental Divide just 3 miles from I-90 and 15 minutes from Butte, this is a fabulous setting with 37 kilometers of trails through gently rolling terrain of meadows, evergreens, aspens and beaver ponds. Incredible granite cliffs and rock croppings frame the trails. www.homestakelodge.com
MOUNT HAGGIN TRAILS These trails are located on Mill Creek Highway (Montana Highway 569) 11 miles south of Montana Highway 1 near Anaconda. Discover nearly 28 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails maintained by volunteers in cooperation with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks. www.milehighnordic.org OTHER RECREATION Southwest Montana is a haven for outdoor recreation. From golfing to mountain biking, snowmobiling to hunting, and hiking and camping to bird-watching and skiing, your craving for adventure, relaxation and fun is satisfied here in our mountains, trails, greens and rivers. GEOLOGICAL FEATURES Geologic features in the area provide interest for all ages. The Bureau of Land Management manages Ringing Rocks east of Butte, which chime when tapped lightly with a hammer. Humbug Spires south of Butte offers rock climbing and hiking. Crystal Park is a favorite for crystal digging and is located on the Pioneer Scenic Byway. Some of the best blue-ribbon trout streams and rivers are within 10 minutes of Butte. 406.533.7600, 406.494.2147, www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf
RINGING ROCKS The Bureau of Land Management manages Ringing Rocks, a unique geologic feature approximately 18 miles east of Butte. The rocks in this area chime when tapped lightly with a hammer—a geologic phenomenon which can be found in only two locations in the U.S.: here and in Pennsylvania. A high-clearance vehicle is necessary to travel along this route. 406.533.7600, www.blm.gov/visit/search-details/261723/1
NEARBY COMMUNITIES BASIN Basin is a mining community home to several historic buildings and radon mines used for their claimed health benefits and is also a haven for musicians and artists. www.southwestmt.com/communities/basin.htm
WHITEHALL In the Jefferson River Valley, Whitehall is a good base for fishing and hunting. It has a nice city park and a historical museum. Be sure to check out the Lewis and Clark Murals. 406.287.2260, www.townofwhitehall.org
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VIRGINIA CITY & ENNIS AREA
VIRGINIA CITY. WANDERLUST CREW
ENNIS AREA. KIM TATE
VIRGINIA CITY & ENNIS AREA Nowhere is the mix of Montana’s past and present more evident than here. Virginia City and nearby Nevada City remain virtually unchanged from their glory days of the 1860s gold rush. Both are living museums and even offer historical reenactments. Be ready to feel like a time traveler. Ennis, meanwhile, is a working cowboy town with a serious fishing habit. The fabled Madison River, which claims one of the highest trout-per-mile populations in Montana, charges through the valley and skirts Ennis. Not surprisingly, charming downtown Ennis caters to visitors with fantastic fly shops, Western art galleries, antique stores, outdoor shops and wonderful restaurants.
HISTORY ALDER GULCH SHORTLINE RAILROAD From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Shortline Railroad, a 1½-mile scenic train ride, goes through the dredge tailings between Virginia City and Nevada City. Be sure to check out our 1910 steam locomotive on display in Nevada City. 406.843.5247, 800.829.2969, www.virginiacitymt.com
ALDER GULCH SUMMIT TOUR Enjoy a 90-minute interpretive ride through the heart of Montana’s gold country. Learn the fascinating history behind the largest gold strike in the nation’s history as you ride aboard Colossus, the largest off-road tour truck in Montana. 406.546.9787, www.nelsonoffroad.com
ROBBER’S ROOST This stagecoach stop was built on the site of a roadhouse where outlaws planned their holdups. (Don’t worry– the roads are safer now.) Find this gem 4 miles south of Sheridan on Montana Highway 287.
MADISON VALLEY HISTORY MUSEUM This museum in Ennis is home to collections of artifacts, tapes, photographs and stories of historical importance to the region and home to the famous “Beast.” It is approximately 4 miles from Ennis on Montana Highway 287 towards Virginia City.
HANGMAN’S BUILDING & BOOT HILL Five lonely grave markers on Boot Hill tell the story of road agents who were hanged in 1864. At Hangman’s Building in Virginia City you can still see the rope burns on the crossbeam from the fateful event.
THOMPSON-HICKMAN MUSEUM Exhibits include Civil War era guns, photos, Native American artifacts, a 100-year-old birthday cake, geological rock examples, fascinating oddities and much more.
ENNIS NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY This is one of three rainbow trout brood stock hatcheries in the federal hatchery system featuring a visitor’s center, display pond and tours. It is located 12 miles southwest of Ennis. 406.682.4847, www.fws.gov/ennis
VIRGINIA CITY / NEVADA CITY Virginia City is a vast National Historic Landmark, housing America’s finest collection of 1860s “boom town” buildings on their original sites and collections of Old West artifacts. Nearby Nevada City is an open-air museum with more than 100 buildings, thousands of artifacts and gem mining. Historical reenactments or “Living History” weekends are a popular summer attraction. 800.829.2969, www.virginiacitymt.com
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EARTHQUAKE LAKE VISITOR CENTER In 1959, a violent earthquake triggered a massive landslide that killed 28 people and created Earthquake Lake. Interpretive displays, movies and talks, and a bookstore can be found here. The center is located 44 miles south of Ennis. 406.682.7620, www.fs.usda.gov/detail/custergallatin/ specialplaces/?cid=stelprdb5127785
THE HISTORIC TOUR COMPANY Ride this Fire Truck Tour for an accurate and entertaining description of Virginia City’s past and present. Learn about the city’s determined founders, early development, Alder Gulch gold, vigilantes, road agents, historical buildings and more. It is open daily from May to September.
ENNIS LAKE At the McAllister/Jeffers area on Ennis Lake Road, 3,692-acre Ennis Lake, has designated areas for camping, fishing, boating and a beach area for swimming. There is also a good birding loop that circles the lake.
KIDS FISHING HOLES can be found in both Virginia City and Ennis for children ages 12 and younger. The Ennis Lions Club Park offers free fishing located near walking trails and a public restroom.
RUBY RESERVOIR South of Alder, Ruby Reservoir has good access for camping, fishing and boating as well as ice fishing in the winter. www.bigskyfishing.com/Lake-
GUIDED FISHING TOURS are available, and, while you certainly don’t need a guide to fish area rivers, hiring one can help you gain knowledge quickly and get to “the good spots” right away. Guides for these rivers can be hired out of Ennis, Dillon, Melrose, Sheridan, Twin Bridges and Divide.
CULTURE VIRGINIA CITY PLAYERS The oldest continuously operating summer stock theater west of the Mississippi features melodramas and comedies in a 19th‑century-style opera house. 800.829.2969, www.virginiacityplayers.com
BREWERY FOLLIES Relax in Virginia City at Montana’s first brewery, the H.S. Gilbert Brewery, and enjoy an adult comedy performance of the Brewery Follies. 800.829.2969, www.breweryfollies.net
SCENIC BEAUTY MADISON RIVER VALLEY Travel south of Ennis on Montana Highway 287 for excellent views of the Madison Range and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness to the east. www.ennischamber.com
RUBY VALLEY Nestled amid seven mountain ranges with numerous blue-ribbon fisheries, the Ruby Valley offers an abundance of recreational possibilities and unquestionable beauty. www.rubyvalleychamber.com
RECREATION BEAVERHEAD-DEERLODGE NATIONAL FOREST Montana’s largest national forest covers 3.35 million acres offering camping, hiking and mountain biking, plus snowmobiling, ATV riding, and cross-country skiing in winter. 406.683.3900, www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf
BEAR TRAP CANYON Eight miles of whitewater and wilderness begins at the spillway of Ennis Lake Dam. Hiking and fishing are accessed via the trails. Kayakers and rafters should be very experienced or hire a guide. www.southwestmt.com/listings/897.htm
LEWIS AND CLARK INTERPRETIVE PARK Located at the entrance to the county fairgrounds in Twin Bridges, the park offers the public insight into the five days the Corps of Discovery spent in this area. Don’t miss the six-foot bronze statue of Sacagawea.
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NEARBY COMMUNITIES ALDER Hunt for garnets south of town. Visit the Red Rock Gem Mine 2 miles east of town; it’s open to the public for a fee. 406.842.5770, www.rubyvalleychamber.com
NORRIS HOT SPRINGS A unique wooden pool and lush wetlands make this historic hot springs a special location. A café serves delicious organic entreés from on-site gardens plus local produce, microbrews and wines. 406.685.3303, www.norrishotsprings.com
FISHING BEAVERHEAD RIVER has prime fishing waters and is renowned for its population of large brown trout with a good mix of rainbow trout. JEFFERSON RIVER is located near Twin Bridges where the Beaverhead, Big Hole and Ruby rivers meet. MADISON RIVER is one of the most famous wild trout streams in the world and flows through Ennis. RUBY RIVER is a small river running through Alder, Sheridan and Twin Bridges.
LAURIN This quaint turn-of-the-century village situated on the banks of the Ruby River boasts a trophy trout stream, a historic Catholic church and other architectural gems. 406.842.5770, www.rubyvalleychamber.com
SHERIDAN In the heart of the Ruby Valley, this friendly, quintessential small town is a gateway to the scenic Tobacco Root and Ruby mountains. Within a few miles of town, outdoor adventures in hiking, fishing (with or without ice), hunting, bicycling and ATV trips can be enjoyed. 406.842.5770, www.rubyvalleychamber.com
TWIN BRIDGES Three blue-ribbon trout streams converge in this ranching town to form the Jefferson River and a mecca for fly-fishing. A local museum features unique displays of local and Native American history. There is also special camping facilities for touring cyclists and a kids fishing pond. 406.684.5243, www.rubyvalleychamber.com
BIG HOLE RIVER runs through Wisdom, Jackson, Wise River and Melrose and empties into the Jefferson River near Twin Bridges.
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ANACONDA & PHILIPSBURG AREA
PHILIPSBURG, DONNIE SEXTON
OLD WORKS GOLF CLUB. JIM MANDEVILLE
ANACONDA & PHILIPSBURG AREA The Anaconda/Philipsburg area is a hidden gem. Anaconda has one of the best public golf courses in the United States. Its downtown is rich in history and is home to fantastic architecture funded by the billions of dollars in Butte copper processed here in the late 1800s. It even has a bighorn sheep herd at the edge of town. Philipsburg, with its National Register-listed district, features one of the most faithfully restored Victorian street fronts you’ll ever see. The main street includes an old-time candy store, soda fountain, jewelry store, general store and more. Most impressive, though, is what surrounds these towns—the Flint Creek, Pintler and Anaconda mountain ranges, blue-ribbon trout waters, stunning Georgetown Lake and a scenic byway that links it all. Be prepared to linger.
HISTORY ANACONDA STACK At more than 585 feet high and one of the few remnants of Anaconda’s huge copper smelting plant, the 100-year-old Anaconda Stack is the world’s tallest free-standing masonry structure that is now a state park and interpretive site. 406.563.2400,
ANACONDA COURTHOUSE Construction began on the courthouse in June of 1898 and was completed in the early spring of 1900 at a cost of $199,539. The building boasts a rotunda, circular staircases, frescoes and a dumbwaiter so the clerk of the court wouldn’t have to carry books up and down stairs. OLD WORKS HISTORICAL TRAIL Interpretive plaques address the history of the Old Works smelter. Kiosks and benches are provided for resting along the 1¼-mile-long paved trail. 406.563.2400, www.discoveranaconda.com
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ANACONDA VISITOR CENTER This building is a replica of an old train depot and includes information on Anaconda’s many attractions and adventures. Vintage bus tours begin here. 406.563.2400,
COPPER VILLAGE MUSEUM AND ART CENTER Housed in the former Anaconda City Hall and built in 1896, the complex includes a historical museum, archives and art center along with a retail shop and the local historical society.
HEARST FREE LIBRARY The library was built in 1898 with classic beauty and is located on Main Street in Anaconda. 406.563.6932, www.hearstfreelibrary.org
THE MONTANA LAW ENFORCEMENT MUSEUM This museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the men and women of Montana’s law enforcement and is open May through September. 406.859.6536, www.mlem.org
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ANACONDA & PHILIPSBURG AREA GRANITE COUNTY MUSEUM Explore the daily routine of the turnof-the-century underground miner. This museum in Philipsburg features a replicated silver mine complete with equipment, a prospector’s cabin and a fire assay lab. 406.859.3020, www.philipsburgmt.com/museum
GRANITE GHOST TOWN South of Philipsburg, this abandoned silver mine was known as the “Silver Queen,” the richest silver-producing area in the country in the late 1890s. Stroll the streets or take a Granite Ghost Walk. 406.859.3388, www.philipsburgmt.com/ghost-towns
CULTURE WASHOE THEATRE Anaconda’s historic 1930s working movie theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.
MOUNT HAGGIN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA Montana’s largest wildlife refuge (at 54,000 acres) is home to moose, elk, cranes and other native species. Cross-country skiing is available in winter. From Anaconda, travel southeast along Montana Highway 1 to Mill Creek State Highway 569. 406.444.2535, www.fwp.mt.gov, www.milehighnordic.org
PINTLER SCENIC ROUTE Since 1915 this famous scenic byway (Montana Highway 1) has been one leg of the coast-to-coast Yellowstone Trail. The route was Montana’s first paved highway and connected Drummond, Philipsburg and Anaconda to both Yellowstone and Glacier national parks. www.philipsburgmt.com, www.discoveranaconda.com
ST. TIMOTHY’S SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL Playing host to some of the world’s best chamber groups, this festival is held on a hillside 600 feet above Georgetown Lake. Views of the lake, the Pintler Wilderness Area, the Continental Divide and peaks 11,000-feet-high are just as breathtaking as the music.
WASHOE PARK Dedicated in the 1890s and expanded just after 1910, this historic park is located in Anaconda. Park attractions include the historic Glover Cabin (the oldest standing building in Anaconda), a swimming pool, tennis courts, approximately 6 miles of walking trails, a large picnic area, a playground and Legion Baseball Field. 406.563.3408,
GEORGETOWN LAKE Enjoy boating, fishing, camping and windsurfing at Georgetown Lake, located 14 miles west of Anaconda. In the winter, ice fishing, snowkiting and snowmobiling are popular activities. The lake also features access to lodging, restaurants, casinos and a marina. Discovery Ski Area is also located nearby. 406.563.2400, www.discoveranaconda.com
GOLF OLD WORKS GOLF COURSE A Jack Nicklaus signature design, this course is nationally recognized by Golf and Golf Digest magazines as “One of the top 100 Public Facilities in America” and “One of the best values.” It is truly challenging and unique. 406.563.5989, www.oldworks.org FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS RESORT GOLF COURSE Beautiful scenery provides a stunning backdrop for this course. 406.797.3241, 800.332.3272, www.fairmontmontana.com
ANACONDA COUNTRY CLUB GOLF COURSE This is a must see, must play nine-hole golf course. 406.797.3220
STATE FISH HATCHERY Located in Anaconda’s Washoe Park, the hatchery originally opened in 1908 and is the state’s oldest-run fish hatchery facility still in existence. The visitor center is open daily with underwater trout stream viewing.
The Philipsburg area is home to a well-known cache of sapphire and ruby gems discovered over a century ago. Area businesses allow digging for a fee.
LOST CREEK STATE PARK Mountain goats and bighorn sheep often graze in the 500-acre canyon 5 miles north of Anaconda. A handicapped accessible trail leads to a stunning 50-foot waterfall. Enjoy hiking, picnicking and great views.
OPERA HOUSE THEATRE Emerging as a showcase producer of Montana playwrights, the Opera House Theatre in Philipsburg—dubbed “The Jewel of Montana”—offers live professional summer theatre. The oldest theatre in Montana also hosts yearly events. 406.859.0013, www.operahousetheatre.com
SCENIC BEAUTY ANACONDA-PINTLER WILDERNESS The wilderness encompasses 158,615 acres in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Bitterroot national forests. It straddles the Continental Divide along the crest of the Anaconda Range in Southwest Montana, positioned between the Bitterroot Valley to the northwest and the Big Hole Valley to the south. 406.859.3211, 406.689.3243 46 SOUTHWESTMT.COM • 800.879.1159
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BICYCLING Whether your preference is riding a mountain trail to an alpine lake, cruising bike paths, enjoying breathtaking views on a road tour, or even grinding out a skate park session, Anaconda has something to please almost any cyclist. 406.563.7988
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BIKING THE TRANSAMERICA TRAIL NEAR DILLON. PATH LESS PEDALED
DILLON & BEAVERHEAD COUNTY AREA The Dillon area carries on a centuries-old tradition of hospitality that began when Lewis and Clark were first greeted with open arms by the Shoshone Indians at Camp Fortunate. Today, this beautiful, wildlife-rich landscape defines the essence of rural Montana. It is open, cool and dry. Its high valleys graze cattle and sheep and are dotted with traditional haystacks. The ranges—from the compact, jagged Pioneers to the wall-like Centennials—are rugged and inspiring. History, too, marks the land. Bannack, now a ghost town and state park, was Montana’s first territorial capital. And the Battle of the Big Hole was fought on the banks of Trail Creek during the Nez Perce War of 1877.
HISTORY BEAVERHEAD COUNTY MUSEUM Find both indoor and outdoor exhibits in Dillon including a genealogy research center, an extensive bird display and a boardwalk, a one-room schoolhouse, a Union Pacific Railroad Depot, a theater and a restored Lewis and Clark diorama. 406.683.5027, www.beaverheadcountymuseum.org
DIG DEEPER: Like many
Old West towns, Dillon owes its formation to the Union Pacific Railroad. The town was selected by Union Pacific thanks to the abundant closeness of gold mines in Southwest Montana.
BIG HOLE NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD This famous battlefield memorializes the Nez Perce and U.S. troops who clashed at the Battle of the Big Hole in 1877. Here, find a national park interpretive center, trails, picnic sites and special events. It is open yearround and located 10 miles west of Wisdom. 406.689.3155, www.nps.gov/biho BANNACK STATE PARK In 1862 prospectors struck gold, triggering a gold rush to what would become Montana. Bannack was founded that fall and became the first territorial capital. Bannack is now one of the best-preserved ghost towns in the country and is rich in history. Activities include walking tours, gold panning, picnicking and ice skating. 406.834.3413, www.bannack.org
LEWIS AND CLARK TRAIL SITES Lewis and Clark passed through Southwest Montana on their famous journey westward, and various sites of special interest can be found throughout the region including: Beaverhead Rock, Clark’s Lookout State Park, a Lewis and Clark diorama, Camp Fortunate Outlook, Lemhi Pass National Historic Landmark and Gibbon’s Pass-Trail Creek. 406.683.5511, www.beaverheadchamber.org
SCENIC BEAUTY PIONEER SCENIC BYWAY This scenic route through the national forest to Wise River begins 30 miles northwest of Dillon. Spectacular scenery, outdoor recreation, wildlife and ghost towns can all be found along the way. 406.683.3900, www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf
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CLARK CANYON RESERVOIR Located 20 miles south of Dillon, find many fishing access areas and boat launch sites, plus camping and picnicking facilities. Ice fish in the winter and view the Camp Fortunate Overlook along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. The Cattail Marsh Nature Trail is also found here. The reservoir is operated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. 406.683.6472,
RECREATION BEAVERHEAD-DEERLODGE NATIONAL FOREST This is the largest national forest in Montana, encompassing several mountain ranges. Found here are diverse wildlife habitat and fisheries, year-round outdoor recreational opportunities including the AnacondaPintler Wilderness, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, the Lewis and Clark and the Nez Perce national historic trails and the Crystal Park Mineral Collecting Area. It is operated by the U.S. Forest Service. 406.683.3900, www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf
CRYSTAL PARK Search for crystals in the BeaverheadDeerlodge National Forest, 26 miles south of Wise River on the Pioneer Scenic Byway. 406.683.3900,
BEAVERHEAD & BIG HOLE RIVERS Miles of blue-ribbon trout streams especially favored by fly-fishermen and public fishing access sites are found here. U.S. Bureau of Land Management: 406.444.2535
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks: 406.683.8000
RED ROCK LAKES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE This national wildlife refuge features remote lakes in the Centennial Valley east of Lima and is home to many species of wildlife and birds with nesting areas for endangered trumpeter swans. The refuge is operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 406.276.3536,
LIMA This community is the southern gateway to Montana, Red Rock Lakes and Centennial Valley. Enjoy bird-watching and wildlife viewing at an elevation of 6,232 feet and beautiful scenery along the Continental Divide. Here, find the Lima Historical Society Museum, city pool and park.
BIG SHEEP CREEK BACKCOUNTRY BYWAY 50 miles from Bannack, this byway was originally a freight road used for hauling supplies to mining towns. The road is two-lane dirt and recommended for four-wheel drive vehicles. Side roads lead to trailheads into the mountains. This is a beautiful drive through gorgeous countryside. Look up at high rock cliffs and look down long valleys with the Beaverhead Mountains to the west and the Tendoy Mountains to the east. Early morning and evening hours bring out the deer, elk and bighorn sheep. A rustic campground can be found at Deadwood Gulch. Road conditions vary dramatically with the weather, and travel is safest from June until September. 406.683.8000,
CATTAIL MARSH RECREATION AREA This easily accessible recreation area features a nature trail and is found near Clark Canyon Dam south of Dillon. To access the trail, drive over the dam and turn right at the fishing access sign. 406.683.6472, www.visitmt.com/listings/general/ recreation-area-campground/cattailmarsh-recreation-area.html
KIDS FISHING POND This pond is located by the YMCA on Swenson Way in Dillon. 406.683.5511 NEARBY COMMUNITIES DELL A small town near the Red Rock River, this ranching community is surrounded by broad expanses of open rangeland. 406.683.5511, www.beaverheadchamber.org
JACKSON Near the headwaters of the Big Hole River, the Jackson area offers exceptional fishing, hunting, skiing and snowmobiling. Jackson Hot Springs is a central attraction based around the natural hot springs mineral pool first discovered by Captain William Clark in 1806. 406.683.5511,
MELROSE Melrose is known for great fishing on the Big Hole River between Butte and Dillon. 406.683.5511, www.beaverheadchamber.org
POLARIS On the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway in the Grasshopper Valley, this historic ranching and mining community enjoys outdoor recreation year-round. Activities include skiing, ATV riding and snowmobiling, hot springs, hiking and trail riding, digging for crystals, camping, fishing and hunting. 406.683.5511, www.beaverheadchamber.org
WISDOM Nestled in the beautiful Big Hole Valley, this cowboy town adopted the name given to the Big Hole River by Lewis and Clark in 1805. Big Hole National Battlefield and the surrounding Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest provide a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities. 406.683.5511, www.bigholevalley.com/places-tostay-wisdom/
WISE RIVER Surrounded by breathtaking scenery and located at the north end of the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway, Wise Riverâ€™s high peaks, quiet lakes and rippling rivers offer many outdoor opportunities. 406.683.5511, www.beaverheadchamber.org
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DEER LODGE AREA Deer Lodge, Montana’s second-oldest city, was settled by gold miners and ranchers in 1862. Its comparably mild climate and rich, open grasslands were prime for raising cattle that could be marketed to mining towns throughout the region and to settlers traveling the Oregon Trail. Today, Deer Lodge boasts an eclectic mix of historic buildings and attractions including five museums, such as the Old Montana Prison and Montana Auto Museum. The town is also home to the Grant-Kohrs Ranch, the only U.S. National Historic Site that is a working cattle ranch, operated by the National Park Service.
HISTORY HISTORIC GRANT-KOHRS RANCH Operated by the National Park Service as an 1880s working ranch, this is a well-preserved slice of Western history. Once home to a Montana cattle baron, it features original home furnishings, horse drawn equipment and living history events. The ranch is open yearround and admission is free. 406.846.2070, www.nps.gov/grko
OLD MONTANA PRISON This prison was in use from 1861 until 1979. Today, self-guided tours behind the gray stone walls and towers take you through a massive cell block, maximum security and to the hanging gallows. Ask about ghost tours. 406.846.3111, www.pcmaf.org
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MONTANA AUTO MUSEUM The museum offers interpretive exhibits and more than 160 classic cars. With an exceptional muscle car exhibit, you can cruise down memory lane and enjoy seven decades of automotive history. 406.846.3111,
COTTONWOOD CITY This place represents the early days of Deer Lodge. Visit the Snowshoe Creek School, the Blood Homestead Cabin, the post office, the jail and the barber shop and witness Spanish Fork blacksmith shop demonstrations.
FRONTIER MONTANA MUSEUM The best display of cowboy collectibles between Cody and Calgary can be found here. Displays include an extensive gun collection along with Civil War, Bill Cody, Custer, Native American, U.S. Calvary, Yellowstone Photographs and World War II memorabilia. 406.846.3111,
MILWAUKEE RAILROAD This display features the 1909 Last Spike Monument, an all-electric “Little Joe” engine built in 1948 for Joseph Stalin, a Bayside caboose and an E9 diesel locomotive. 406.846.3111,
POWELL COUNTY MUSEUM Old mining exhibits, Huntoon woodcarving collection and life in Powell County are featured in this local history museum. 406.846.3111, www.pcmaf.org
YESTERDAY’S PLAYTHINGS See an intriguing collection of handmade porcelain dolls and toys from days gone by, including a Model Train Display and Railroad Exhibit. 406.846.3111, www.pcmaf.org
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MONTANA STATE PRISON HOBBY SHOP The shop has been nationally known since 1880 for “horsehair” products including belts, bridles, head stalls, hat bands, earrings and an assortment of other handcrafted products. The shop is open seven days a week. 406.846.1320 ext. 2515, pcmaf.org/store
GARNET GHOST TOWN This ghost town west of Drummond has been restored to its original mining camp condition and includes a visitor center. Ask for directions in Drummond—it is open year-round, but access in winter is only by snowmobile or cross-country skiing. RVs and trailers are not recommended on the road from I-90 but can access the site 30 miles east of Missoula on Route 200. 406.329.3914, www.garnetghosttown.org
DRUMMOND NEW CHICAGO SCHOOLHOUSE One of Montana’s early schools built in 1874, the school was moved to West Edwards Street in Drummond and renovated by the Lower Valley Historical Society. It houses local history and pictures of the area and is set up as closely as possible to its original school house décor. 406.288.3297, www.southwestmt.com/listings/18855.htm
OVANDO BRAND BAR MUSEUM Located in the town square of Ovando, the Brand Bar Museum houses a collection of local memorabilia, stories of settlers, homestead maps and historic information. There isn’t always an attendant present, so please ask someone at Blackfoot Commercial Company or Blackfoot Angler to open the door for you. 406.793.5685,
RIALTO COMMUNITY PLAYERS This historic 1921 theater is a remarkable example of Beaux-Arts style architecture. Experience live performances by national, regional and local talent with weekend movies showing throughout the year.
BOB MARSHALL & SCAPEGOAT WILDERNESS AREAS These wilderness areas contain many miles of trails for hikers and horse users. They are noted for hunting, fishing and geology with altitudes of 4,000 feet to over 9,000 feet. Experience stunning scenery with numerous waterfalls, lakes, dense forests and a 22-mile long escarpment known as the Chinese Wall.
BILL OHRMANN MUSEUM AND GALLERY Located south of Drummond, the gallery features paintings and sculptures by Bill Ohrmann, a rancher turned artist. 406.288.3319,
WARM SPRINGS PONDS An ARCO reclamation site, this area now boasts excellent bird-watching. It includes a picnic area, wildlife viewing and walking trails. Exit 171 off I-90 south of Deer Lodge to access the pond.
YELLOWSTONE TRAIL Called “A Good Road from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound,” the first transcontinental route in the upper-tier states came through Deer Lodge in 1916. Construction of the trail began in 1912 with steam-powered tractors, horse-drawn graders, shovels and picks and was completed in 1915.
ART GALLERY Across from the Old Montana Prison, the gallery features exhibits throughout the summer with local art year-round.
NEARBY COMMUNITIES ARROW STONE PARK Arrow Stone Park is a relaxing refuge for Deer Lodge visitors who want to picnic, fish the Clark Fork, walk the trails or just sit on a bench to view the variety of wildlife in the area. FISHING Flint Creek, Rock Creek, Blackfoot River, Little Blackfoot River, Boulder Creek, Willow Creek Reservoir, Clark Fork River, Nevada Creek Reservoir and the high mountain lakes west of Deer Lodge all offer fine trout fishing. www.fwp.mt.gov
BIRDING Opportunities for birding are found at Arrow Stone Park and Grant-Kohrs Ranch in Deer Lodge and the Warm Springs ponds south of Deer Lodge. Browns Lake and Blackfoot Waterfowl Area offer fishing, windsurfing and birdwatching. See eagles, loons, trumpeter swans, herons and pelicans among many other waterfowl. Follow fishing access signs on Montana Highway 200 east of Ovando. CULTURE
DRUMMOND This authentic Western community just off I-90 is filled with hardworking, friendly people and marks the beginning of the Pintler Scenic Route. Ranching remains the focus of the town—home of the World Famous Bullshippers. www.townofdrummondmontana.com
HELMVILLE A quiet ranching community nestled in a pretty valley between the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat wildernesses and the Garnet Range provides a picturesque setting for wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. OVANDO Mountain meadows ablaze with wildflowers and the mountain peaks of the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat wilderness areas greet Ovando visitors. A number of guides and outfitters in the area can take you into the wild lands and several guest ranches offer accommodations. 406.793.0018, www.ovandomontana.net
CUTLER BROS. PRODUCTIONS Enjoy live theater throughout the year. 406.846.4096, www.cutlerbros.com
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31 Hot Springs Road
219 W. Granite Street
328 N. Ewing Street
211 W. Broadway Street
BUTTE Copper King Mansion
HELENA The Sanders-Helena’s Bed and Breakfast
GUIDED RECREATIONAL SERVICES & OUTFITTERS
Caledonia Bed & Breakfast
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24 Fly Fisher Lane 6 Tate’s Upper Canyon Loop
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380 Fox Ridge Drive 380 Fox Ridge Drive
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540 N. Main Street
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40 Cedar Hills Road
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112 Pole Creek Road
2020 Chevallier Drive
Broken Arrow Lodge Upper Canyon Outfitters
AUGUSTA Mark Young Outfitters LLC
DILLON MT Snowmobile Rentals SW MT ATV Rentals
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MELROSE Sportsman Motel, Cabins & RV Park
TWIN BRIDGES Flatline Outfitters
WHITEHALL Iron Wheel Guest Ranch
WINSTON Staubach Creek Ranch and Guest House
WOLF CREEK Rocking Z Guest Ranch
HOT SPRINGS ANACONDA Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
1500 Fairmont Road
31 Hot Springs Road
4920 W. U.S. Highway 12
42 Montana Highway 84
339 Hot Springs Road
BOULDER Boulder Hot Springs Hotel
HELENA Broadwater Hot Springs
NORRIS Norris Hot Springs
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ANACONDA Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Marcus Daly Motel Inc
1500 Fairmont Road 119 W. Park Street
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BOULDER Boulder Hot Springs Hotel
BUTTE Best Western Plus Butte Plaza Inn $$ 2900 Harrison Avenue 406.494.3500 Comfort Inn Butte $$$ 2777 Harrison Avenue 480.568.6718 Eddy’s Motel $$ 1205 S. Montana Street 406.723.4364 Hampton Inn Butte $$$$ 3499 Harrison Avenue 406.494.2250 Holiday Inn Express and Suites $$$$ 2609 Harrison Avenue 406.782.2000 Miner’s Hotel $$$$ 53 W. Park Street 406.723.8928 Motel 6 - Butte City Center $ 220 N. Wyoming Street 406.723.4391 Super 8 $$ 2929 Harrison Avenue 406.494.6000
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HOTELS & MOTELS DILLON Comfort Inn Dillon
450 N. Interchange
316 E. Front Street
4787 U.S. Highway 287 204 Main Street
Baymont Inn & Suites Helena $$$ Best Western Premier $$$$ Great Northern Hotel Comfort Suites Airport $$$ Holiday Inn Express $$$ Jorgenson’s Inn & Suites $$
750 N. Fee Street 835 Great Northern Boulevard 3180 Washington Street 3170 N. Sanders Street 1714 11th Avenue
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Leepers Ponderosa Motel $ 110 N. 1st Avenue 406.362.4333
DRUMMOND Wagon Wheel Motel & Café
ENNIS El Western Cabins and Lodges Fan Mountain Inn
LIMA Mountain View Motel & RV Park
LINCOLN MCALLISTER Lake Shore Lodge McAllister Inn and Lodging
234 N. Ennis Lake Road 406.682.4424 5564 Montana Highway 287 N. 406.682.5050
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103 W. Broadway Street 915 W. Broadway Street
www.broadwaymontana.com • www.theinn-philipsburg.com
339 Hot Springs Road
220 Main Street 301 Mill Street
307 Main Street
305 Wallace Street
65013 Montana Highway 43 406.832.3258
MELROSE Sportsman Motel, Cabins & RV Park
PHILIPSBURG The Broadway Hotel The Inn at Philipsburg and RV Park
POLARIS Elkhorn Hot Springs Resort
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TWIN BRIDGES King’s Motel
VIRGINIA CITY Fairweather Inn
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ALDER Ruby Valley Campground
2280 Montana Highway 287
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115 Riverfront Lane
4 Boulder Creek Rd
DEER LODGE Deer Lodge KOA Indian Creek Campground
DILLON Countryside RV Park Southside RV Park
ENNIS Ennis RV Village
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GLEN Boulder Creek Lodge
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PHILIPSBURG The Inn at Philipsburg and RV Park
915 W. Broadway Street
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65013 Montana Highway 43
Wise River Club
ALDER Broken Arrow Lodge and Outfitters Upper Canyon Outfitters
24 Fly Fisher Lane 6 Tate’s Upper Canyon Loop
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4100 Medicine Lodge Road
4 Boulder Creek Road
79 Carriage House Lane
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5348 Montana Highway 41 N
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DELL Elk Mountain Lodging
DILLON Montana’s Medicine Lodge Adventurers
HALL Boulder Creek Lodge Montana
PHILIPSBURG The Ranch at Rock Creek
POLARIS Montana High Country Tours, Inc. Maverick Mountain Ski Area and Lodge
SHERIDAN Rod & Rifle Inn
SILVER STAR RiverRest Cabins
WHITEHALL Homestake Lodge Iron Wheel Guest Ranch
WINSTON Staubach Creek Ranch and Guest House
WOLF CREEK Rocking Z Guest Ranch
RETAIL & BUSINESS ANACONDA Washoe Theatre
305 Main Street
406.449.0904 406.437.8585 406.442.8620 406.443.1410
www.birdsandbeasleys.com www.helenatowncar.com www.nationalcar.com
204 W. Broadway Street 201 W. Broadway Street 115 E. Broadway Street 130 E. Broadway Street 109 E. Broadway Street
406.859.6725 406.859.4367 406.859.3236 406.859.7858 406.859.3353
www.montanagems.net www.montanasapphirecompany.com www.sapphiregallery.com www.sewuniquecustomquilting.com www.sweetpalace.com
1600 Maverick Mountain Road
120 W. Wallace Street
65013 Montana Highway 43
HELENA Birds & Beasleys 2 S. Last Chance Gulch Street The Helena Town Car Co. National / Alamo Car Rental 2850 Skyway Drive Sharons Travel LLC 1300 Birch Street
PHILIPSBURG Montana Gems of Philipsburg Montana Sapphire Company Sapphire Gallery Sew Unique Quilting and Retreat Sweet Palace
POLARIS Maverick Mountain Ski Area and Lodge
VIRGINIA CITY Julie’s Gems
WISE RIVER Wise River Club
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HISTORY/ NATURAL HISTORY
SWEET PALACE IN PHILIPSBURG. AARON THEISEN
MAVERICK MOUNTAIN SKI AREA. AARON THEISEN
BUTTE Butte Trolley Tours Mineral Museum World Museum of Mining
1000 George Street 1300 W. Park Street 155 Museum Way
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DEER LODGE Old Prison Museum 1104 Main Street 406.846.3111
ENNIS Madison Valley History Association 447 Montana Highway 406.682.4685 287 S.
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HELENA Charm Trail ExplorationWorks Last Chance Ranch Wagon Ride Dinners Last Chance Tours
Various locations 995 Carousel Way 2884 Grizzly Gulch Drive 225 N. Roberts Street
406.442.4120 406.457.1800 406.442.2884 406.442.1023
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130 E. Broadway Street
7501 Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway
Main Street 334 W. Wallace Street
JEFFERSON CITY Tizer Botanic Garden & Arboretum
PHILIPSBURG Sew Unique Quilting & Retreat
POLARIS Montana High Country Tours, Inc.
VIRGINIA CITY Historic Fire Truck Tour Virginia City Ghost Tours
WHITEHALL Jefferson Valley Museum 303 S. Division Street 406.287.7813
VACATION HOMES, CONDOS & CABINS ANACONDA Fairmont Estates Condominiums
101 High Country Drive
24 Main Street
4100 Medicine Lodge Road
770 Browne’s Bridge Road
47 Trapper Creek Road
516 Mill Street
65221 Montana Highway 43
DELL Elk Mountain Lodging
DILLON Montana’s Medicine Lodge Adventurers
GLEN Shakinah Hideaway
MELROSE Pioneer Mountain Cabins
SHERIDAN Cozy Cabin Vacation Rental
VIRGINIA CITY Nevada City Cabins
WISE RIVER Big Hole River Cabins
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS JANUARY
Cabin Fever Antique Show • Helena • 406.447.8481 Brewer’s Cup Hockey Tournament • Philipsburg • 406.859.3388 SNoFlinga • Butte • 208.221.1391 Helena Bighorn Hockey • www.helenabighorns.com Helena • 457-2817 2nd Annual Skijor • Lincoln • 406.362.4949 Hanging Re-enactment • Bannack State Park-Dillon • 406.834.3413 On Golden Pond • www.myrnaloycenter.com/performances Helena • 406.443.0287 Sense and Sensibility • www.grandstreettheatre.com Helena • 406.442.4270 Elite Pro Bull Riding Finals • Butte • 406.497.6400
FEBRUARY 3 9-10 9-13 11 17-18 24-25
Ponderosa Snow Warriors Moonlight Fun Run • Lincoln • 406.362.4949 Elegant Evening Out • Anaconda • 406.563.2422 Race to the Sky Sled Dog Race • Lincoln • 406.881.3647 Chocolate, Wine and Cheese Tasting • Anaconda • 406.563.6932 Brewfest and Chili Cook-Off • Philipsburg • 406.859.3388 Ski Joring Races • Wisdom • 406.689.3260
MARCH 10 17 24
St Patrick’s Day Fun Run and Parade • Anaconda • 406.563.2400 St. Patrick’s Day Parade • Butte • 406.498.3549 Made in Montana Show • Helena • 406.457.8516
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Junior Ranger Day • Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS - Deer Lodge 406.846.2070 x226 Upcountry Vintage Market • East Helena • 406.495.9090 Don’t Fence Me In Trail Run • Helena • 406.442.0490 Spring Shuttle Fest • Helena • 406.449.2107 5th Annual Tap Into Ennis Brew and Spirit Festival • Ennis • 406.682.4388 Memorial Day Horseback Poker Ride • Virginia City • 800.829.2969
6 & 9 Reeder’s Alley Block Party • Helena • 406.449.2107 8-10 Montana Mule Days • Whitehall • 406.596.1000 8-10 Irish Festival • Virginia City • 406.843.5555 9 Governor’s Cup 5k, 10k and Marathon • Helena • 406.444.8200 14-16 Country Jam • Cardwell • 855.821.9212 15-16 Lewis and Clark Block Party • Helena • 406.442.5960 15-16 Territorial Days – Show ‘N’ Shine Car Show • Deer Lodge • 406.846.2094 16-17 Community-Wide Rummage Sale Days • Lincoln • 406.362.4949 16 Victorian Ball • Virginia City • 406.843.5555 16 Brothel Days - Celebrate the history, race the beds! • Virginia City 406.843.5700 16 Blues, Brews, and Barbeque - BBQ Cook-Off • Philipsburg •406.859.3388 22 RATPOD - Ride Around the Pioneers in One Day • Dillon • 406.549.5987 30 Fairy & Wizards Festival - Tizer Gardens • Jefferson City • 406.933.8789 30 Parade • Lincoln • 406.362.4949 30-7/1 Rodeo • Lincoln • 406.362.4949
JULY 3-4 4 4 4 4 4 4 7 10 13 13-14 13-15 13-15 18 20-21 20-22 21 21-22 25-28 26-28 27-28 27-29 27-29 28 28 28 28
Freedom Festival-Fireworks and Parade • Butte • 406.723.3177 Townsend Flight Festival Fly-In • Townsend • 406.980.0544 Chamber Old Fashioned 4th in the Park • Townsend • 406.266.4101 4th of July Celebration • Boulder • 406.465.2106 Fireworks at Dusk • Virginia City • 406.843.5555 Fourth of July Parade, Fireworks at Dusk • Anaconda • 406.563.2400 Best Fireworks Show in Montana at Dusk • Lincoln • 406.362.4949 Quilt Show • Virginia City • 406.843.5247 Cattle Branding • Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS - Deer Lodge 406.846.2070 x226 Bull-A-Rama • Deer Lodge • 406.846.1332 Red Dirt Rendebrew • Helena • 406.442.5960 Montana Folk Festival • Butte • 406.565.2249 East Helena Rodeo • East Helena • 406.459.7911 Haying with Horses • Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS - Deer Lodge 406.846.2070 x226 Dog & Grog Montana Microbrew Festival • Virginia City • 406.843.5700 Flea Market at Hooper Park • Lincoln • 208.697.4915 Symphony Under the Stars • Helena • 406.442.1860 Bannack Days Event • Bannack State Park-Dillon • 406.834.3413 Last Chance Stampede and Fair • Helena • 406.857.8516 Evel Knievel Days • Butte • 406.221.6545 Frontier Days • Whitehall • 406.287.2260 Annual Gun Show • Wisdom • 406.689.3260 Flint Creek Valley Days • Philipsburg • 406.859.3388 Classic Car Show • Whitehall • 406.287.2260 Road Agent Rally Car Show • Virginia City • 406.843.5247 Bozeman Trail Chuck Wagon Cook-Off • Virginia City • 800.829.2969 x1 Butte 100 Mountain Bike Race • Butte • 406.490.7632
28 Cookin’ on the Clark Fork BBQ Cook-Off & Brewfest • Deer Lodge 406.560.5006 28 Art Fair at American Legion Memorial Park • Wisdom • 406.925.3774 29 Flint Creek Valley Days Classic Car Show • Philipsburg • 406.859.3388 29 Music by the Caverns • Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park 406.287.3541
1 Haying with Horses • Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS - Deer Lodge 406.846.2070 x226 2-5 Broadwater County Fair & Rodeo • Townsend • 406.266.9251 4 Bale Beer Fest • Virginia City • 406.843.5700 8 Smeltermen’s Day Parade, 100th Stack Anniversary Celebration Anaconda • 406.563.2400 8 Haying with Horses • Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS - Deer Lodge 406.846.2070 x226 9 Wine and Art Walk • Anaconda • 406.563.2400 9 Folk Music Concert at Kennedy Commons • Anaconda • 406.563.6932 10 Bank Robbery Reenactment • Anaconda • 406.563.2400 10-12 Rockin the Rivers • Cardwell • 406.285.0099 10-12 An Rí Rá Gaelic Festival • Uptown Butte • 406.723.3177 10-12 Art Show and Quick Draw • Virginia City • 406.843.5555 11 Smeltermen’s BBQ and Microbrew Fest • Anaconda • 406.563.2400 14-19 Tri-County Fair • Deer Lodge • 406.846.2094 18 Victorian Ball • Virginia City • 406.843.5555 19 Demolition Derby • Deer Lodge • 406.846.2094 24-26 Jefferson County Fair & Rodeo • Boulder • 406.225.4039 25 Cow Pasture Open • Wisdom • 406.689.3260 25 Classic Car Show • Boulder • 406.225.4039 25 Music by the Caverns • Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park • 406.287.3541 25 York 38 Special • York • 406.475.3085 31 Montana’s Biggest Weekend - Labor Day • Dillon • 406.683.5771 31-9/1 Fly Fishing Festival • Ennis • 406.682.4388
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SEPTEMBER 1 2-3 7-8 8 8-9 9 12-16 13-16 20-23 29-30
Labor Day Horseback Poker Ride • Virginia City • 406.843.5700 Labor Day Rodeo • Helmville • 406.793.5711 Original Festival • Uptown Butte • 406.498.3549 Miners Union Day • Philipsburg • 406.859.3388 Music & Arts Festival • Boulder • 406.225.4039 Labor Day Concert • Dillon • 406.683.5771 Covellite International Film Festival • Uptown Butte • 406.565.8265 Living History Event • Bannack State Park-Dillon • 406.834.3413 Fall Roundup Cluster Dog Show • Helena • 406.457.8516 Tizer Gardens Fall Festival • Jefferson City • 406.933.8789
5-7 Townsend Fall Fest • Townsend • 406.980.1648 7 Townsend Car Show • Townsend • 406.980.0122 19 33rd Annual Hunters Feed • Ennis • 406.682.4388 21 Pumpkin Sunday • Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS - Deer Lodge 406.846.2070 x226 26-27 Ghost Walk Event-Reservations Required • Bannack State Park-Dillon 406.834.3413 27 Fiddle Fest • Basin • 406.465.5212 31 Halloween in Virginia City • Virginia City • 406.843.5247
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Fall Art Walk • Helena • 406.447.1535 Christmas Bazaar • Boulder • 406.225.4039 Christmas Stroll • Anaconda • 406.563.2400 Parade of Lights • Helena • 406.447.1535 Festival of Trees • Helena • 406.447.8481 Christmas Stroll • Deer Lodge • 406.846.2094
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Townsend Christmas Stroll • Townsend • 406.266.4101 Festival of Trees • Helena • 406.447.8481 Good Neighbor Day • Anaconda • 406.563.2400 Holiday Open House • Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS - Deer Lodge 406.846.2070 x226 Ladies Night Out • Anaconda • 406.563.2422 Spirit of Christmas Stroll • Ennis • 406.682.4388 Yule Night • Philipsburg • 406.859.3388 Christmas Stroll • Whitehall • 406.287.2260 Ponderosa Snow Warriors New Year’s Fun Run • Lincoln • 406.362.4949
RECURRING EVENTS Year-Round First Fridays • Downtown Helena • 406.447.1535 May-Aug Friday Evening Campground Programs • Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park • 406.287.3541 June-Aug Thursdays • Out to Lunch • Great Northern Town Center Helena • 406.457.5541
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AREA CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE & VISITOR CENTERS Anaconda Chamber 306 E. Park Avenue, Anaconda 406.563.2400 www.anacondamt.org Augusta Chamber P.O. Box 2, Augusta www.augustamontana.com Beaverhead Chamber 10 W. Reeder Street, Dillon 406.683.5511 www.beaverheadchamber.org Boulder Chamber P.O. Box 278, Boulder 406.465.2106 www.bouldermtchamber.org Butte Convention and Visitors Bureau 1000 George Street, Butte 406.723.3177 • 800.735.6414 www.buttecvb.com Drummond Chamber P.O. Box 364, Drummond www.townofdrummondmontana.com Ennis Chamber 201 E. Main Street, Ennis 406.682.4388 www.ennischamber.com Helena Convention and Visitors Bureau 225 Cruse Avenue, Suite A, Helena 1.800.7HELENA • 406.442.4120 www.helenamt.com Lincoln Valley Chamber 216 Stemple Pass Road 406.362.4949 www.lincolnmontana.com Philipsburg Chamber 135 S. Sansome Street, Philipsburg 406.859.3388 www.philipsburgmt.com Powell County Chamber 529 Main Street, Deer Lodge 406.846.2094 www.powellcountymontana.com Ruby Valley Chamber 730 N. Montana Street, Twin Bridges www.rubyvalleychamber.com Townsend Chamber 110 Broadway Street, Townsend 406.266.4101 www.townsendmt.com www.tiny.cc/townsend-chamber Virginia City & Nevada City Chamber P.O. Box 218, Virginia City 406.843.5555 • 800.829.2969 www.virginiacity.com Whitehall Chamber 501 N. Whitehall Street, Whitehall 406.287.2260 www.whitehallchamberofcommerce.com
NATIONAL FORESTS & NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest 420 Barrett Street, Dillon Big Hole National Battlefield 16425 Highway 43 W., Wisdom Butte-Anaconda Historic Landmark District Grant-Kohrs Ranch 266 Warren Lane, Deer Lodge Helena National Forest 2880 Skyway, Helena
406.683.3900 24-hour info. line: 406.683.3913 406.689.3155 406.723.3177 406.846.2070 406.449.5201
www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf www.nps.gov/biho www.buttecvb.com www.nps.gov/grko www.fs.usda.gov/helena
OTHER RESOURCES Helena Indian Alliance Montana Heritage Commission Montana Historical Society Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks U.S. Bureau of Land Management • Dillon Field Office U.S. Bureau of Land Management • Butte Field Office U.S. Bureau of Reclamation • Montana Area Office
501 Euclid Avenue, Helena 300 Wallace Street, Virginia City 255 N. Roberts Street, Helena 1420 E. 6th Avenue, Helena 1005 Selway Drive, Dillon 106 N. Parkmont, Butte P.O. Box 30137, Billings
406.442.9244 406.843.5247 406.444.2694 406.444.2535 406.683.8000 406.553.7600 406.247.7300
www.helenaindianalliance.com www.virginiacitymt.com www.mhs.mt.gov www.fwp.mt.gov www.blm.gov www.blm.gov www.usbr.gov/gp/mtao
TRAVEL CONDITIONS Road Conditions • Statewide Weather Forecast Montana Office of Tourism
800.226.ROAD • Interstate 511 Helena: 406.443.5151 301 S. Park Avenue, Helena 406.841.2870 • 800.VISIT.MT
www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo www.weather.com www.visitmt.com
MONTANA’S TOURISM REGIONS SOUTHWEST MONTANA
1105 Main Street Deer Lodge, MT 59722 406.846.1943 • 800.879.1159 www.southwestmt.com
P.O. Box 3048 Bozeman, MT 59772 800.736.5276 www.visityellowstonecountry.com
815 S. 27th Street Billings, MT 59101 406.294.5270 • 800.346.1876 www.southeastmontana.com
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4852 Kendrick Place, #101 Missoula, MT 59808 406.532.3234 • 800.338.5072 www.glaciermt.com
P.O. Box 118 Fort Peck, MT 59223 800.653.1319 www.missouririver.visitmt.com
P.O. Box 3166 Great Falls, MT 59403 406.761.5036 • 800.527.5348 www.centralmontana.com
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