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Wilderness Areas

Montana has 16 designated wilderness areas roughly 3.5 million acres!

Montana has 16 designated wilderness areas roughly 3.5 million acres!




1. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

 Fort Smith, Billings Area
The lake and the steep-sided canyons provide a peaceful setting for those seeking a break from the daily routine. More Info

2. Beartrap Canyon

 Norris, Bozeman Area
This part of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness is popular for hiking, fishing and whitewater sports on the Madison River. More Info

3. Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area

 Clearwater, Missoula Area
Like the wildebeest of Africa's Serengeti, the annual elk migration to and from the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area (WMA) each winter attracts a myriad of wild followers. More Info

4. Lewistown Ghost Town Tour

 Lewistown, Central Montana
Begin by driving east on Hwy.. 87 approximately 12 miles to the Cheadle turnoff and go north approximately 7 miles to the town of Gilt Edge. More Info

5. The Mission Mountain Wilderness

 Charlo, Missoula Area
The mountains rising to the east lie in the Mission Mountain Wilderness Area and the Mission Mountain Tribal Wilderness. More Info

6. Fred Robinson Bridge Tour

 Lewistown, Havre Area
The Fred Robinson Bridge over the Missouri River is approximately 70 miles south of Malta on Highway 191. Looking from the bridge you are viewing much of the same scenery that Lewis and Clark viewed when passing through this area. More Info

7. Terry Badlands Wilderness Study Area

 Terry, Southeast Montana
Experience enchanting views of banded, colorful cliffs that overlook a vast rolling prairie. More Info

8. Georgetown Lake

 Anaconda, Butte Area
Georgetown Lake, well-known for its superb fishing and stunning grandeur. More Info

9. The Missouri and Yellowstone Route Scenic Drive

 Sidney, Northeast Montana
Twenty miles to the northeast of present-day Sidney on April 27, 1805, Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery first entered Montana. A couple of days earlier, they camped at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers. More Info

10. Surrounded by Wilderness

 Columbia Falls, Glacier Park Area
You are at the gateway to the upper Flathead River, which drains Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex (the “Bob”) and the southeastern corner of British Columbia. More Info

11. Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

 Stevensville, Southwest Montana
Located in the Bitterroot Valley of southwestern Montana; 25 miles south of Missoula. Majestic scenery dominates with the 9,000 foot Bitterroot Mountains located across the Bitterroot River to the west. More Info
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

12. The Bob Marshall Wilderness Country (“The Bob”)

 Missoula Area
Location: Junction MT 200 & 141 North of here lies the second largest wilderness in the lower 48 states. More Info

13. Ranching Country and Milk River Route

 Malta, Havre Area
This tour through this section's northeast country begins in Malta on U.S. Highway 2, the Hi-Line highway. More Info

14. The Welcome Creek Wilderness

 Clinton, Southwest Montana
Rock Creek, one of the nation’s most celebrated blue-ribbon trout streams, is bordered on the west, just a few miles southwest of here, by the Welcome Creek Wilderness Area, established in 1977. More Info

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