• 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: Leave only Footprints
  • 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!

Leave only Footprints:
Get off the beaten path and head to the wilderness. If you are daydreaming of rivers, lakes, magnificent mountain scenery, and untouched lands to explore, then you need to escape to Southwest Montana's Scapegoat Wilderness.

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’s Vigilante Trail
Southwest Montana State Parks
Featured Events

Lollipop: Making eye-candy ceramic sculpture

April 28

Helena, MT

Taught by Bray resident artist Ling Chun, this five-week intermediate sculpture class will focus on the use of pigmented ceramic stains (Mason Stain),...

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ThreeForm Jazz Trio

April 28

Helena, MT

Jazz trio ThreeForm returns to 1+1=1 Gallery on Saturday, April 28, as the first performance of 2018’s Sound Gallery Series. Doors open at 5 p.m. for ...

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Helena Bike Blessing

April 28

Helena, MT

all bikes and riders including bicycles, motorcycles, ATVs, sports bikes and motocross are welcome for food and music.

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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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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



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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