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What to do in Montana?  

What to do in Montana?  




2. Hike the Bridger Ridge

 Bozeman, Bozeman Area
Few places in Montana offer the adventurous and observant hiker a better opportunity to walk through time than do the Bridger Mountains.

3. Norris Hot Springs

 Norris, Bozeman Area
Near the Madison River, this swimming hole has changed very little since the 1880s era open-air wooden pool and bathhouse were built. The water in the privately-owned pool is about 105 degrees F.

4. Bozeman Hot Springs

 Bozeman, Bozeman Area
The Bozeman Hot Springs Spa and Fitness Center has been a popular destination in the Bozeman area for over 100 years. You will find a beautifully remodeled modern state-of-the-art health and fitness center and many pools to soak in.
05:30 PM - 11:00 PM

5. Soldier’s Chapel

 Gallatin Gateway, Big Sky/Yellowstone Area
A Historical Chapel in Big Sky, Montana. The Soldier's Chapel structure was built in 1955 as a World War II memorial.

6. 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.

7. Madison Buffalo Jump State Park

 Logan, Bozeman Area
As early as 2000 years ago and as recently as 200 years ago, the trampling of hoofs could be heard as Indians stampeded herds of buffalo off the cliffs to claim their meat and fur.

8. Missouri Headwaters State Park

 Three Forks, Bozeman Area
If you love to see moving waters, this is the place. The park embraces the wild rivers of the Gallatin, Jefferson, and Madison that converge near Three Forks and flow into the Missouri River.

9. Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

 Three Forks, Bozeman Area
Located in the rugged Jefferson River Canyon, Lewis and Clark Caverns features one of the most highly decorated limestone caverns in the Northwest.

10. Paddling Adventures around Billings

 Billings, Billings Area
This area around Billings has two canoeable rivers. The Yellowstone and the Tongue River.

11. St. Labre Mission

 Ashland, Southeast Montana
In 1883, Private George Yoakam, who was stationed at Fort Keogh in Miles City, convinced a Catholic bishop to intervene and help the Cheyenne people.
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

12. Angela Well

 Rock Springs, Southeast Montana
The hottest and most isolated geothermal resources in Montana is on private property.

13. Riverside Park and Oasis Swimming Lake

 Miles City, Southeast Montana
The kids will love this man-made swimming lake.

14. Sandstone Reservoir Recreation Area

 Baker, Southeast Montana
This 372 acre reservoir located just 12 miles from Baker offers free camping and fishing.

15. Rosebud Mine Visitor Center

 Colstrip, Southeast Montana
Take a tour of the Rosebud Mine in Colstrip.

16. Tongue River Reservoir Tour

 Decker, Southeast Montana
This 121-mile loop will take you through some spectacular badland country crowned with rock spires and arid plateaus while dipping into river bottoms and open rangeland.

17. The Black’s Pond Drive

 Ashland, Southeast Montana
This tour is 23 miles through the Custer National Forest and it is not for the faint of heart.

18. Powder River Trail

 Baker, Southeast Montana
This drive is short and doesn’t require a lot of description. Many of the sights along this trail have been described elsewhere in this section. Consider this an alternative route to I-94.

19. Makoshika State Park

 Glendive, Southeast Montana
Rising from the Yellowstone valley and surrounding prairies is a broad region of seeming disarray—bad lands.

20. Pirogue Island State Park

 Miles City, Southeast Montana
Pirogue Island is on the Yellowstone River just a few miles north of Miles City. The densely wooded area is an oasis for abundant wildlife including beavers, deer and many different species of birds.

21. Medicine Rocks State Park

 Baker, Southeast Montana
Covering one square mile, Medicine Rocks was referred to by the Sioux Indians as “Rock with Hole In It” due to the tunnels and holes burrowed in the stone.

22. Tongue River Reservoir State Park

 Decker, Southeast Montana
The Tongue River Reservoir State Park was formed when the Tongue River was dammed, resulting in a 12-mile long reservoir that winds through scenic red shale, juniper canyons and open prairies of southeastern Montana.

23. Rock Hounding in Southeast Montana

 Southeast Montana
Southeast Montana is one of the best areas of the state for rock and fossil hunting. Particularly abundant are Montana agates or moss agates—one of the state’s official gemstones.

24. American Computer and Robotics Museum

 Bozeman, Bozeman Area
Founded in May of 1990 by visionary collector George Keremedjiev, the American Computer & Robotics Museum inspires visitors of all ages to explore the past and imagine the future of the Information Age through thought-provoking exhibits..

25. Montana Ballet

 Bozeman, Bozeman Area
Today Montana Ballet is the only small dance company in the rural west with big company goals

26. Shakespeare in Montana

 Bozeman, Bozeman Area
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is a theatrical outreach program of Montana State University Bozeman.

27. Gallatin County History Museum

 Bozeman, Bozeman Area
Step back in time and learn about Gallatin County’s heritage. Visit the Gallatin History Museum in Bozeman, which offers a unique glimpse into the area’s past.

28. Gallatin Canyon Scenic Drive

 Big Sky, Bozeman Area
This 85 mile drive is arguably one of the most beautiful and breathtaking drives in Montana, if not in the country.

29. Flying D Ranch: Bison Viewing Area

 Gallatin Gateway, Bozeman Area
This is the private property of media mogul Ted Turner. One of the first things he did when he bought the ranch was to remove all of the fences on the 130,000 acres to allow his bison herd (as many as 5,000) to roam as freely.

30. Emerson Cultural Center

 Bozeman, Bozeman Area
The Emerson Cultural Center is home to many visual and performing arts as well as galleries that rotate exhibits of contemporary, Native American, and local artists’ work.

31. East Gallatin Recreation Area

 Bozeman, Bozeman Area
Known simply as “the Beach” by locals, the lake here has a 300-acre beachfront which is a great spot for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking.

32. Bozeman Ponds

 Bozeman, Bozeman Area
The area has picnic tables, a pavilion, restrooms, and walking trails. A few years ago this pond received a complete makeover by the Bozeman Breakfast Optimist Club turning three separate ponds into one large one.

33. Bogert Park & City Pool

 Bozeman, Bozeman Area
If you want to cool off in an outdoor pool and enjoy a picnic in a nice shady park, this is a great place.

34. Beartrap Canyon

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

35. Yellowstone IMAX Theater

 West Yellowstone, Big Sky/Yellowstone Area
A six-story high screen with over 12,000 watts of digital surround sound.

36. Upper Potosi Hot Springs

 Pony, Bozeman Area
Two primitive high-country hot springs pools on public land high in the Tobacco Root Mountains.

37. Bozeman Swim Center

 Bozeman, Bozeman Area
This is the only indoor 50 meter 8-lane swimming pool in the state.

38. Kobayashi Beach on Ennis Lake

 McAllister, Bozeman Area
Kobayashi Beach is a favorite locals hangout.

39. 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.

40. Billings Tour

 Billings, Billings Area
Since the American West’s early days, Billings has hosted a cast of famous figures: Custer, Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill, Crazy Horse, Lewis & Clark and others.

41. 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.

42. Little Bighorn Battlefield

 Crow Agency, Billings Area
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument memorializes one of the last armed efforts of the Northern Plains Indians to preserve their ancestral way of life.

43. 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.

44. Moss Mansion

 Billings, Billings Area
The Moss Mansion is a unique historical look into the wealthy lifestyle that was present in the early 1900s.

45. Alberta Bair Theater

 Billings, Billings Area
Located in the heart of Downtown Billings is the Alberta Bair Theater that is home to the Billings Community Concert Association and the Billings Symphony.

46. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

 Crow Agency, Billings Area
This national monument, commemorates the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

47. Custer's Last Stand Reenactment

 Crow Agency, Billings Area
Watch history come alive! Feel the whirlwinds of epic forces clashing on the high plains of Montana. Relive history as warriors of the Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho fight the Seventh Cavalry at Custer’s Last Stand Reenactment.

48. Oscar's Dreamland Yesteryear Museum/Oscar's Park

 Billings, Billings Area
Oscar Cooke had a dream of building the largest steam tractor museum in the world. He did.

49. Big Horn County Historical Museum & Visitors Center

 Hardin, Billings Area
The Museum complex consisting of twenty permanent buildings and represents the area's past.

50. Metra Park

 Billings, Billings Area
Metra Park is the 12,000 seat arena and civic center at the county fairgrounds.

51. Rimrocks

 Billings Heights, Billings Area
The landmark that seems to stand out most in Billings are the Rimrocks.

52. Riverfront Park

 Billings, Billings Area
Located on the Yellowstone River, this park is a great place to relax, walk, jog, fish and enjoy a picnic.

53. Zoo Montana

 Billings, Billings Area
Zoo Montana is the only zoo in Montana that features animals that reside in a natural habitat wildlife park.

54. Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center & Power Plant

 Fort Smith, Billings Area
The dam spans 1,480 feet across the Bighorn Canyon and stands 525 feet tall.

55. Dryhead Overlook

 Billings, Billings Area
The drive here is worth it. At the end of the drive, you’ll be standing atop an 8,500 foot rim looking thousands of feet down into the Bighorn Canyon.

56. Lake Elmo State Park

 Billings, Billings Area
Located in the Billings Heights area, the 64-acre Lake Elmo is a popular recreation area for locals and visitors.

57. Chief Plenty Coups State Park

 Pryor, Billings Area
The fascinating and honorable life of Chief Plenty Coups is remembered at this location.

58. Beartooth Highway

 Red Lodge, Red Lodge Area
Author Charles Kurault described the Beartooth Scenic Highway as the most beautiful drive in America.

59. Museum of the Beartooths

 Columbus, Red Lodge Area
The Museum of the Beartooths is a great place to visit the history of the homestead era.

60. Clark Fork Valley Museum

 Fromberg, Red Lodge Area
The history of the Clarks Fork Valley comes alive in one of the last class four, small, rural area railroad depots in the country.

61. Little Cowboy Bar & Museum

 Fromberg, Red Lodge Area
After years serving as a landmark in this sleepy town of Fromberg, the museum and bar burned in 2013.

62. Carbon County Museum

 Red Lodge, Red Lodge Area
This new location for the Carbon County Historical Society’s museum is in the renovated 1909 Labor Temple at the north end of downtown Red Lodge.

63. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) was established by Congress under the National Trails System Act of 1968.

64. Corwin Hot Springs

 Gardiner, Big Sky/Yellowstone Area
Corwin Hot Springs runs off into the Yellowstone River and is located on Forest Service land. Nearby is La Duke Springs which is extremely dangerous for soaking.

65. Crazy Mountain Museum

 Big Timber, Livingston Area
Our museum provides a historical look at Sweet Grass County with exhibits ranging from archaeological and geological finds and information to the Pioneer Room which features early settlers and their families, as well as exceptional rotating exhibits

66. Yellowstone Gateway Museum

 Livingston, Livingston Area
Experience the pioneer days in this museum filled with interesting artifacts, railroad memorabilia, and archaeological finds.

67. Fly Fishers International and Museum

 Livingston, Livingston Area
This Fly Fishing Center is the only one of its kind in the nation. The center has live fish, explanations about fish habits and habitats, informative displays, a coldwater fish room.

68. Livingston Depot Center

 Livingston, Livingston Area
Built by the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1902, the grand Italian style Passenger depot complex holds art and cultural museum with records of railroading in the Pacific Northwest and Montana.

69. 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.

70. Natural Bridge

 Mc Leod, Livingston Area
This is one of the more unusual waterfalls you will ever see. The Boulder River literally drops into a hole and exits out of the face of a 100-foot cliff.

71. Boulder River Valley Scenic Drive

 Big Timber, Livingston Area
Big Timber marks the confluence of the Boulder and Yellowstone Rivers. The Boulder River Valley is a beautiful drive just south of Big Timber on Route 298.

72. Paradise Valley Scenic Drive

 Emigrant, Livingston Area
Paradise Valley has been carved by the Yellowstone River running through the land, separating the Gallatin Range to the west and the Absaroka Range to the east.

73. 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.

74. 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.

75. Rockhounding in Butte Area

 Butte, Butte Area
There are numerous opportunities for rockhounding in the Butte area.

76. Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

 Dillon, Butte Area
Located in Southwest Montana, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is the largest of the national forests in Montana.

77. The Humbug Spires Primitive Area

 Butte, Butte Area
Named for its unique granite peaks, this primitive area is part of a geologic system of large-scale volcanic intrusions known as the Boulder Batholith, which extends north beyond Helena and south into Idaho.

78. Beaverhead Rock

 Dillon, Butte Area
On August 10, 1805, members of the Lewis and Clark expedition pushed their way up the Jefferson River’s tributaries toward the Continental Divide and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

79. The Mother Lode Theater

 Butte, Butte Area
This beautiful building is located in Butte’s historic district and is a showplace for the performing arts.

80. Renova Hot Springs

 Waterloo, Butte Area
Pools along the shoreline are accessible year-round and located on public land.

81. Jefferson Valley Museum

 Whitehall, Butte Area
The bright red barn that houses this museum was built in 1914. In 1992, the owners donated the barn to use as a museum.

82. The Mai Wah Museum

 Butte, Butte Area
When the history of Butte’s mining era is told, most of the focus is on the Irish. The Chinese played an important role as well. As the placer mining era declined, Chinese miners came to Butte to work the mines.

83. Kootenai River

 Libby, Northwest Montana
The river is named for the Kootenai tribe that lived and hunted in this part of Montana and adjoining territory in Idaho and Canada.

84. Symes Hot Springs Hotel & Mineral Baths

 Hot Springs, Northwest Montana
Built in 1928, the historic Symes Hot Springs Hotel is one of many privately owned hot springs in Montana.

85. Montana City Old Town

 Libby, Northwest Montana
Revisit Libby’s history by visiting Montana City Old Town.

86. 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.

87. 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.

88. Lake Koocanusa

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

89. Tally Lake State Park

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

90. Logan State Park Campground

 Happys Inn, Northwest Montana
Surrounded by a 17-acre mature forest of western larch and ponderosa pine, this park is on the north shore of Middle Thompson Lake.

91. 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. 

92. Kootenai National Forest

 Northwest Montana
Libby is in the heart of the forest.

93. 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.

94. Flathead National Forest

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

95. Badrock Canyon

 Flathead Area
The Great Northern Railway was constructed through Badrock Canyon in 1891.

96. 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.

97. Flathead Lake

 Flathead Area
This beautiful lake is renowned for boating, sailing, fishing, camping, and swimming.

98. Gatiss Gardens

 Kalispell, Flathead Area
These are arguably some of the prettiest gardens to be found anywhere.