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Bears, Moose, Big Horn Sheep, Cougars, Elk, Deer, and more are all living in Montana!

Bears, Moose, Big Horn Sheep, Cougars, Elk, Deer, and more are all living in Montana!




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. Big Sky's Lil' Norway Reindeer Farm

 Plentywood, Northeast Montana
OK, so you’ve seen the elk, deer, antelope, moose, bears, bison and scores of other critters that reside in Montana—but have you seen the reindeer? More Info

3. Black Sandy State Park

 Helena, Helena Area
One of the few public parks on the shores of Hauser Reservoir, Black Sandy is an extremely popular weekend boating, fishing, and water skiing take-off point. More Info

4. Hyalite Canyon Recreation Area

 Bozeman, Bozeman Area
This is the most used recreation area in the state and for good reason. A beautiful mountain lake sits at the end of a beautiful drive up the canyon of Hyalite Creek. More Info

5. 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

6. Pryor Mountain National Wild Horse Range

 Billings, Billings Area
The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range was established after a two-year grassroots effort by citizens concerned about the long-term welfare of the Pryor Mountain horses. More Info

7. Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

 Glasgow, Northeast Montana
Named after the prized Montana cowboy-artist, this refuge is the third-largest in the United States and the second-largest in the lower 48 states with over one million acres of prairies, badlands, and rolling hills. More Info

8. Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

 Red Rock, Butte Area
Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1935 to protect the rare trumpeter swan. Today, this 45,000-acre Refuge continues to be one of the most important habitats in North America for these magnificent migratory birds. More Info

9. Goat Lick Overlook

 Essex, Glacier Park Area
The exposed riverbank cliffs above the Middle Fork of the Flathead River provide an excellent wildlife viewing area More Info

10. Thompson River Road

 Thompson Falls, Northwest Montana
Whether you’re looking for some great secluded fishing spots or just a leisurely drive along a scenic mountain river, this is a delightful drive. More Info

11. Sloway Campground

 Spring Gulch, Missoula Area
This campground facilitates, RV, and equestrian camper in one section. Another section is available to all campers with some sites having the view of the Clarks Fork River. More Info

12. Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

 West Yellowstone, Big Sky/Yellowstone Area
A Not-for-Profit wildlife park and educational facility. The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center’s primary mission is to provide visitors to the Yellowstone area an opportunity to observe, understand and appreciate grizzly bears and gray wolves. More Info
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

13. 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

14. Wild Horses & More! Pryor Mountains

 Billings, Billings Area
In the extreme southeast corner of Carbon County you’ll find one of the last remaining herds of wild horses in the country. More Info

15. Flathead National Forest

 Bigfork, Flathead Area
Horseback riding fun! Located in northwestern Montana in the Rocky Mountain Province, lies the Flathead National Forest. More Info

16. Flathead Lake State Park - Yellow Bay Unit and campground

 Polson, Flathead Area
Located in the heart of Montana’s famous sweet cherry orchards, this park includes a walk-in tent area, Yellow Bay Creek, and a wide, gravelly beach. More Info

17. 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

18. Ennis National Fish Hatchery

 Ennis, Bozeman Area
This hatchery is different from most others. Most hatcheries produce fish of various sizes and then stock these fish in public lakes and streams, providing anglers with hours of fun, whereas the Ennis Hatchery is a broodstock hatchery. More Info
07:30 AM - 05:00 PM

19. Hell Creek State Park and Campground

 Jordan, Northeast Montana
Hell Creek Campground is located on the Hell Creek Arm of Fort Peck Lake. There are 55 campsites all but 10 have electrical hookups.  Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. More Info

20. Lake Koocanusa

Take Hwy. 37 just north of Libby to the dam. More Info

21. Prairie Dog Town State Park

 Greycliff, Livingston Area
This 98-acre facility is operated by the Parks Division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to preserve the black-tailed prairie dog ecosystem for the public’s educational and viewing enjoyment. More Info

22. Swan Lake Recreation Area

 Swan Lake, Flathead Area
Swan Lake Recreation Area is located near Swan Lake village in northwest Montana at the north end of the Swan Valley. More Info

23. Kootenai National Forest

 Northwest Montana
Libby is in the heart of the forest. More Info

24. 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

25. Flathead Lake State Park - Wild Horse Island

 Flathead Area
A glacier-scoured mountain rises from the depths of the 200 square mile Flathead lake to form Wild Horse Island. More Info

26. Lake Mary Ronan

 Lake Mary Ronan, Flathead Area
Located on the east shore of Lake Mary Ronan, this 76-acre park is shaded by a forest of douglas fir and western larch. More Info

27. Flathead Lake State Park - Big Arm Unit

 Polson, Flathead Area
Locked on Flathead Lake’s Big Arm Bay, this park is a popular jump-off point for boat trips to Wildhorse Island. More Info

28. Tally Lake State Park

 Flathead Area
At 500 feet deep, Tally Lake is reputed to be the deepest natural lake in Montana. More Info

29. Thompson Falls State Park and Campground

 Thompson Falls, Northwest Montana
A mature, mixed pine forest makes this 36-acre park cool and private. Situated between the Kaniksu and Lolo National Forest.  More Info

30. Crazy Mountains

 Big Timber, Livingston Area
This island mountain range stands in stark contrast to the surrounding plains. Its rugged granite peaks are snow-capped a good part of the year. More Info

31. Leo Coleman Wildlife Exhibition Pasture

 Glasgow, Northeast Montana
This 250-acre wildlife pasture offers a wonderful wildlife viewing opportunity for spotting plains buffalo, elk, antelope and deer. More Info

32. Georgetown Lake

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

33. Yaak River Campground

 Troy, Northwest Montana
There are 44 sites on this campground that are split by the Yaak River. The sites are secluded in a heavily wooded area. More Info

34. Giant Springs State Park

 Great Falls, Great Falls Area
The Giant Springs Heritage State Park is a 218-acre facility which includes the spring, hatchery, and the regional headquarters and visitor center for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. More Info

35. Missouri Breaks Backcountry Byway

 Winifred, Havre Area
This 81-mile loop starts in Winifred. More Info

36. Wild Horse Island State Park

 Flathead Area
Wild Horse Island is considered by many locals to be the best watchable wildlife area in the state. More Info

37. 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

38. Lone Pine State Preserve

 Kalispell, Flathead Area
Located near Kalispell, Lone Pine offers outdoor wilderness close to the city. More Info

39. 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

40. Spring Creek Tour

 Lewistown, Central Montana
From Lewistown drive 4.5 miles south on MT 238 to MT 466. Go right and drive two miles. More Info

41. Great Bear Adventure

 Hungry Horse, Glacier Park Area
This drive requires admission and is a drive-through enclosed park where bears roam the area freely. More Info

42. 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

43. Jimmy Joe Campground

 Roscoe, Red Lodge Area
Located at 6,000ft elevation in the Custer Gallatin National Forest lies the Jimmy Joe Campground. More Info

44. 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

45. 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

46. Swan River National Wildlife Reserve

 Bigfork, Flathead Area
The Swan River National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwest Montana, 32 miles southeast of the town of Creston, in the serene and picturesque Swan Valley Mountain Range. More Info

47. Sluice Boxes State Park

 Belt, Central Montana
A primitive trail follows an abandoned railroad grade through the scenic, Belt Creek Gorge of the Little Belt Mountains. More Info

48. Ross Creek Cedar Grove Scenic Area

 Troy, Northwest Montana
This 10-acre preserve is home to huge western red cedars, some more than 500 years old. More Info

49. Jordan Country Circle Range and CMR Wildlife Refuge Route Scenic Drive

 Jordan, Northeast Montana
This area was dubbed “The Big Open” by the late 1800s photographer L. A. Huffman. Others have called it “The Big Dry.” Until the 1990s it was fairly unknown area to the rest of the country when the standoff between the Federal agents and the Freeman. More Info

50. Skalkaho Highway Scenic Drive

 Philipsburg, Butte Area
The drive is very scenic and will take you over Skalkaho Pass, passing a waterfall and picnic area. More Info

51. Salmon Lake & Placid Lakes State Park

 Seeley Lake, Missoula Area
Salmon Lake and Placid Lake are part of the beautiful links in a chain of lakes fed by the Clearwater River. More Info

52. Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

 Great Falls, Great Falls Area
Center exhibits feature the epic travels of Lewis and Clark through Indian Country, the West in 1805. More Info

53. Four Buttes Poplar River and Rock Creek Badlands Route Scenic Drive

 Glasgow, Northeast Montana
Glasgow is your starting point for this trip. This trip is a 202-mile circle so plan your time accordingly. We’d recommend at least 2 days. More Info

54. Goat Lick

 Flathead Area
Mountain goats like to hang around this natural salt lick. And kids like to hang around and watch the goats. More Info

55. Teton Spring Creek Bird Reserve

 Choteau, Great Falls Area

56. Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge

 Culbertson, Northeast Montana
The Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located between Culbertson and Plentywood and covers over 31,000 acres of lake, wetlands, and prairie. More Info

57. Hogback Lookout Scenic Drive

 Nelson, Helena Area
While it’s a bit of a drive to this spot, the breathtaking views are ample payback. From Nelson to the lookout, you will drive among 1,500-foot limestone cliffs and stark rock spires. More Info

58. Sun River Canyon

 Choteau, Great Falls Area
This 4,000-acre area is one of the best places in the state to view bighorn sheep. More Info

59. The North Fork

 Columbia Falls, Glacier Park Area
Take the windy gravel road north along the North Fork of the Flathead River for some spectacular views of wildlife, and Glacier Park peaks. More Info

60. Kings Hill National Scenic Byway

 Armington, Central Montana
This is a beautiful, winding mountain drive. Along this route is Sluice Boxes State Park which offers great fishing and hiking opportunities. More Info

61. Grave Creek Campground

 Fortine, Northwest Montana
Grave Creek Campground is located in the Kootenai National Forest.  More Info

62. Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch

 Dupuyer, Great Falls Area
This ranch is operated by the Boone and Crockett Club, a national conservation organization. Theodore Roosevelt established the Boone and Crockett Club in 1887. More Info

63. Ousel Falls Park

 Big Sky, Big Sky/Yellowstone Area
Ousel Falls trailhead is located 2 miles from Big Sky's Town Center. It is a beautiful lush trail that is well maintained and stroller friendly. It is a 1.8-mile round trip hike that takes about an hour. More Info

64. Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area

 Townsend, Helena Area
Where the Missouri River joins the Canyon Ferry Reservoir is approximately 5,920 acres of Wildlife viewing. Here you can see water foul and wildlife like white-tailed deer and moose. More Info

65. Halfbreed National Wildlife Refuge

 Billings, Red Lodge Area
Extending 125 miles up the Missouri River from the Fort Peck Dam in north-central Montana, the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is approximately 1,100,000 acres in size and includes the 245,000 acre Fort Peck Reservoir. More Info

66. Hailstone National Wildlife Refuge

 Rapelje, Red Lodge Area
Hailstone National Wildlife Refuge is one of four satellite national wildlife refuges in central Montana that are part of the Charles M. Russell Complex. Satellite refuges are unstaffed national wildlife refuges that have been established. More Info

67. UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge

 Malta, Havre Area
This isolated and beautiful refuge, a designated wilderness area, is located inside the C.M. Russell Refuge deep in the Missouri Breaks. The roads are rough getting there, and impassable when wet. More Info

68. Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge

 Malta, Havre Area
The 15,000 acre Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge is a haven for migrating and nesting waterfowl. More Info

69. Richard Wood Watchable Wildlife Area

 Loma, Havre Area
A wildlife enhancement area is adjacent to the Missouri and Marias Rivers. Plenty of waterfowl here including geese and pelicans. More Info

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