• Pioneer Mountains Night Sky
  • Night Life
  • Silver Lake, near Georgetown
  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch, near Deer Lodge
  • Last Chance Tour Train, Helena
  • Southwest Montana Campground Finder
  • Ringing Rocks
  • Fishing
  • Hiking and Backpacking
  • Virginia City
  • Madison River
  • Bannack State Park, near Dillon
  • Montana's State Capitol, Helena
  • Tobacco Root Mountains
  • High Country Cattle Drives, Townsend
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  • Feature: Rockhounding in Southwest Montana
  • A Big Sky Alive with Birds
  • Big Hole Battlefield
  • Bannack State Park, near Dillon
  • Headframes
  • Southwest Montana Rivers
  • Biking
  • Philipsburg, Montana
  • Old Works Golf Course, Anaconda
  • Fishing Opportunities Abound in Gold West Country
  • Tri County Rodeo, Deer Lodge
  • The Brewery Follies, Virginia City
  • Near Granite Ghost Town
  • Living History, Nevada City
  • Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine
  • Historic Reeder's Alley, Helena
  • Saddle up, Cowpoke!
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Rockhounding in Southwest Montana:
Just like prospectors of days gone by, you too can dig into the riches of the region for that glorious treasure. Visit our rockhounding page to see all the ideal destinations for your rockhounding desires.

Greetings From Southwest Montana

When you think of Montana, do you picture skyscraping ranges of snowcapped rock? A cowboy tipping his hat to greet you as he passes by on a boardwalk? Herds of elk under a sky so wide it seems to swallow you up?

Then you're picturing Southwest Montana. Hemmed by the snow-crowned peaks of Glacier National Park to the north and the geological marvels of Yellowstone National Park to the south, this vast region holds the best of what Montana is about.

Here you'll find a treasure trove of friendly, lively communities and intriguing 19th-century ghost towns. You'll meet a diverse mix of friendly people and have opportunities to glimpse the same wildlife Lewis and Clark encountered more than two centuries ago. When you're done exploring for the day, you'll find gems of places to rest your head - from campsites along crystal streams to lavish Western resorts.

Welcome to Southwest Montana. We're glad to have you.

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Featured Events

Music at Norris Hot Springs

July 1 - July 29

Norris, MT

Travis Yost, July 1; Jessica Eve Lechner, July 6; Heather Lingle, July 7; Willy James, July 8; Henry and Isla, July 13; Steve Squared, July 14; Aaron ...

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Lincoln Parade

June 30

Lincoln, MT

Parade travels down Main Street.

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Lincoln Rodeo

June 30 - July 1

Lincoln, MT

A parade initiates the festivities at 11 a.m. Saturday with the rodeo following at 1 p.m. at the rodeo grounds; the rodeo continues Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Preserving and commemorating the role of cattlemen in American history. This fully operational, historic site, was once the headquarters of a 10-million-acre cattle empire. Visitors have a chance to experience the daily toil of a 20th century ranching operation with seven miles of walking trails, guided tours of the main ranch house, and a variety of ranger led activities for the whole family.

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Birding

Birding:

A Big Sky Alive with Birds

Across Southwest Montana, a varied landscape of windswept lakes, riparian streamsides, coniferous forests, alpine meadows and valley grasslands provide habitat for the largest raptors to the tiniest hummingbirds. Learn More

Biking

Breweries:

Get a Real Taste of Montana

Kick back with a cold one from any of the breweries in Southwest Montana. Strike up a conversation with the locals, relax with friends, or take in a live performance. Learn More

Hot Springs

Hot Springs:

Nature's Restoring Baths

Our natural hot springs have attracted weary travelers for centuries. From backwoods to rustic to resort, these natural mineral baths soothe muscles tired from a day of panning, a horseback ride or a hike along the Divide. Learn More

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