• Nevada City
  • Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine
  • Ennis Lake
  • Beaverhead Rock
  • Water Sports
  • Saddle up, Cowpoke!
  • Copper King Mansion
  • Big Hole Battlefield
  • A Big Sky Alive with Birds
  • Canyon Ferry Lake
  • Garnet Ghost Town
  • Old Prison Museum
  • Virginia City
  • Night Life
  • Montana Folk Festival, July 7-9, 2017
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  • Biking
  • Piccadilly Museum of Transportation
  • Traces of Tradition
  • Near Granite Ghost Town
  • State Capitol, Helena
  • Western Adventure
  • Get a True Taste of Montana
  • Philipsburg
  • Montana Historical Society
  • Rivers
  • State Parks
  • ExplorationWorks!
  • Wildlife Refuges
  • Stars over the Pioneer Mountains
  • Southwest Montana Fishing
  • Southwest Montana Rivers

Visit one of the Must-See Destinations:
Don't let this nice weather pass you by without getting out and enjoying one of the amazing destinations of Southwest Montana. Check out these featured locations.

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.

SWMT Region Map
Southwest Montana: Camping
Featured Events

“Lemony Snicket’s Bewildering Circumstances”: An Evening with Daniel Handler

September 25

Helena, MT

novelist Daniel Handler, known to despairing readers everywhere as Lemony Snicket, attempts to chart a course from the troubling questions of his chil...

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“Sound Gallery” featuring Tari Nelson Zagar

September 24

Helena, MT

Seattle violinist incorporates found sound, improvisation, jazz standards, virtuosic violin concerto, and even old cowboy tunes. She often requests a...

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Montana History Conference: “Montana, 1917: Time of Trouble, Time of Change”

September 21 - September 23

Helena, MT

this year’s conference offers an opportunity to reflect, study, and learn about the impact of World War I on Montana and the nation. The conference be...

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Virginia City

Nowhere is the mix of Montana's past and present more evident than in Virginia City and nearby Nevada City, which remain virtually unchanged from their glory days of the 1860s gold rush. Both are living museums and even offer historical reenactments. Be ready to feel like a time traveler!

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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



Divide and Pedal

For those inclined towards the incline, Southwest Montana boasts some of the best mountain bike terrain anywhere - everything from high ridgeline trails to canyon bombers worthy of your next GoPro video. 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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