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Scenic Drives

No matter where in Montana you are drive there is spectacular scenery! 

No matter where in Montana you are drive there is spectacular scenery! 




1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Makoshika State Park

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

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Rimrocks

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

11. 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.

12. Beartooth Highway

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

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. Lake Koocanusa

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

18. Kootenai National Forest

 Northwest Montana
Libby is in the heart of the forest.

19. Badrock Canyon

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

20. 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

21. Hungry Horse Dam & Reservoir

 Martin City, Flathead Area
The nation’s 10th tallest dam towers over the South Fork of the Flathead River just a few miles from the town of Hungry Horse.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. Flathead Lake

 Flathead Area
It’s easy to spend an entire day exploring the nooks, crannies, and unique hamlets surrounding Flathead Lake.

26. Goat Lick

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

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. Missouri Breaks Backcountry Byway

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

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. Outlaws Oldtrails and the Sioux and Assiniboine Nations Route Scenic Drives

 Wolf Point, Northeast Montana
You will cover 188 miles on this circle trip so allow yourself some time. You will probably need to take at least a couple of days even if you hurry through.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. Hanover (Spring Creek) Trestle

 Lewistown, Central Montana
The trestle is a railroad bridge 78 feet high and 1,391 feet long constructed entirely of milled timber.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. Fort Maginnis Scenic Drive

 Lewistown, Central Montana
Begin by driving east from Lewistown on Hwy.. 87 approximately 12 miles to the Cheadle turnoff and go north. Head toward the ghost town of Gilt Edge and follow the signs to the Fort.

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. Canyon Ferry Scenic Drive

 Helena, Helena Area
This tour starts in Helena and heads south on Hwy.. 12/287. The wide-open meadows just before you reach Townsend are home to a herd of antelope that is visible practically anytime.

46. Elk Park Scenic Drive

 Butte, Helena Area
The drive will take you down through an old mining area where you can view tailings from past mining operations.

47. East Fork Bighorn Sheep Herd Viewing Area

 Sula, Southwest Montana
This is one of the spots in Montana where you are almost sure to get a glimpse of these magnificent creatures.

48. Spring Emery Road Scenic Drive

 Deer Lodge, Butte Area
The drive will take you through scenic vistas and mountain meadows for a total of 25 miles.

49. Deer Lodge/Champion Pass/Bernice Scenic Drive

 Deer Lodge, Butte Area
The drive will take approximately three to four hours in which there are four campgrounds along the route to stop for a picnic or fishing along Boulder Creek.

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.

51. Rock Creek Scenic Drive

 Philipsburg, Butte Area
The drive is very scenic and provides excellent fishing opportunities along Rock Creek.

52. Beaverhead Scenic Loop Pioneer Mountains National Scenic Byway

 Wise River, Butte Area
The stretch from Jackson to Wisdom parallels the Big Hole River, one of the top blue-ribbon trout streams in America.

53. Pintlar Scenic Drive

 Anaconda, Butte Area
This highway forms a loop that takes you over high mountain passes to the towns of Anaconda, Philipsburg, and Drummond.

54. Lodgepole Campground

 Wise River, Butte Area
10 campsites sit at 6,400ft elevation along the Pioneer Mountains National Scenic Byway.

55. Lid Creek Campground

 Hungry Horse, Glacier Park Area
This campground consists of a large loop with 22 sites along the 27,750-acre Hungry Horse Reservoir.

56. Lost Johnny Point Campground

 Hungry Horse, Glacier Park Area
This campground is adjacent to the 23,750 a-acre Hungry Horse Reservoir.

57. Grave Creek Campground

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

58. Little Therriault Lake Campground

 Fortine, Northwest Montana
This campground is located in the Kootenai National Forest. Elevation 5,554ft. 

59. Apgar Campground

 Apgar, Glacier Park
Apgar is the largest campground in Glacier National Park. 

60. Lakeview Campground

 Hungry Horse, Glacier Park Area
Lakeview campground has 5 sites on the west shore of Hungry Horse Reservoir.  Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Vault toilets available, no water.

61. Peter's Creek Campground

 Hungry Horse, Glacier Park Area
Peter's Creek Campground is located on the southeast side of the Hungry Horse Reservoir.  There are 6 campsites, each with a picnic table and fire ring.  Vault toilets available but no water. 

62. Rattin / Ratine Campground

 Red Lodge, Red Lodge Area
There are 6 campsites at the Rattin Campground that sits along the Main Fork of Rock Creek in the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

63. Peck Gulch Campground

 Rexford, Northwest Montana
This 22 site campground is located On Lake Koocanusa in the Kootenai National Forest.

64. Grasshopper Campground

 Dillon, Butte Area
This pack in pack out campground at 6,900ft elevation is in a heavily wooded area near the Pioneer Mountains National Scenic Byway.

65. Long Pines Scenic Drive

 Ekalaka, Southeast Montana
This is another drive where 4WD and high clearance are recommended. The pine forests and aspen groves south of Ekalaka shelter the nation’s highest reported nesting density of merlins.

66. Devil Canyon Overlook

 Pryor, Billings Area
This vista offers a scenic view of the Bighorn River 1,000 feet below, cutting through the Bighorn Canyon. Immediately west of the canyon, you can see where the Pryor Mountains have been uplifted along fault lines.

67. Beartooth Scenic Byway (U.S. Route 212)

 Red Lodge, Red Lodge Area
This drive certainly ranks as one of the most spectacular drives in the United States.

68. East Rosebud Lake Scenic Drive

 Red Lodge, Red Lodge Area
To start this drive from Red Lodge, take MT Hwy. 78 (the turnoff is just north of downtown) west and drive to the town of Roscoe. This route offers some spectacular uninterrupted views of the Beartooth Range to the south.

69. The City of Murals Whitehall Montana

 Whitehall, Butte Area
When you enter the small community of Whitehall, your attention is immediately drawn to a giant mural on the side of a building at the junction of the two main streets in the town.

70. Highlands Scenic Drive

 Butte, Butte Area
The Highlands offer several opportunities for scenic drives accessing the Highland Lookout and Humbug Spires. One drive provides a scenic loop that winds through the Highlands and Burton Park and ends at the Feeley interchange on Interstate 15.

71. Delmoe Lake Scenic Drive

 Whitehall, Butte Area
From Whitehall, head west on Interstate 90 to the Pipestone exit just below Homestake Pass and continue north on Forest Service Road #222.

72. South Boulder Tobacco Roots Scenic Drive

 Whitehall, Butte Area
This drive will take you up into a scenic canyon with high peaks, alpine meadows, and lakes. From Whitehall, head east on Interstate 90 to the Cardwell exit where you will take Montana Highway 359 south approximately six miles to the South Boulder

73. Red Rock Lake Wildlife Refuge Scenic Tour

 Dillon, Butte Area
At one time, only a handful of the beautiful and graceful trumpeter swans remained in the Montana- Wyoming-Idaho area. To prevent their extinction in the area, Red Rock Lakes Wildlife Refuge in the Centennial Valley was formed to offer the Trumpeters

74. Glendale-Vipond Park Loop Scenic Drive Tour

 Dillon, Butte Area
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

75. Yellowstone National Park Via Virginia City Scenic Drive

 Virginia City, Butte Area
Leave Dillon on Hwy 41 and travel 28 miles to Twin Bridges. In Twin Bridges turn right on Hwy 287 heading southeast 30 miles to Nevada City and Virginia City. Stop and enjoy both of these towns reminiscent of frontier days in Montana…

76. Skalkaho Pass and Wildlife Area Drive

 Hamilton, Southwest Montana
Highway 38 just a few miles south of Hamilton is also known as the Skalkaho Highway. This drive into the mineral-rich Sapphire Mountains takes you on some of Montana’s least traveled mountain roads.

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