Glendale-Vipond Park Loop Scenic Drive Tour


Beaverhead County,Dillon 59725,Butte Area,Beaverhead County

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Scenic DrivesSightseeing and Scenic Tours
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Take Interstate 15 north from Dillon 30 miles to Melrose exit. Get off of 1-15, turn left into Melrose. Do not take any turns but continue through Melrose, across the bridge over the Big Hole River. Head west on the gravel road approximately 7 miles where you will come to a fork in the road. Take the Canyon Creek Road on the right. Continue approximately 7 miles to the site of the town of Glendale. Just above the townsite, you will find the famous Charcoal Kilns, where coal was made for the silver extraction process. The kilns have been under restoration for the past few years by the Forest Service.

In the summer/fall (when roads are dry) you can continue on past the town on the backcountry by-way through the scenic Vipond Park area that eventually comes out on Hwy 43 near the small town of Dewey. From here you can either return to Dillon by turning right and traveling back to 1-15 or you can turn left and head west on Hwy 43 to Wise River and Wisdom.

Travel approximately 26 miles east to Lakeview and the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Visit the Refuge Visitor Center. (This is an opportunity for great wildlife viewing and photography opportunities). Ask for road

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