• Hunting
  • Night Life
  • Ice Skating in Southwest Montana
  • Winter ATV Adventure in Southwest Montana
  • The Cathedral of St. Helena, Helena
  • Stars over the Pioneer Mountains
  • ExplorationWorks!
  • Great Divide Ski Area New Year's Eve Fireworks
  • Dining
  • Get a True Taste of Montana
  • Ice Fishing, Georgetown Lake
  • Red Rocks Lake NWR, near Lakeview
  • Snowmobile or Cross-Country Ski in Mt. Haggin WMA.
  • Enjoy some of the best holiday shopping deals around.
  • Lewis and Clark Caverns Candlelight Tours during December.
  • Spacer
  • Feature: Winter Activities Galore!
  • Ice fishing opportunities abound on numerous lakes and reservoirs.
  • Mt. Haggin Nordic Ski Area
  • Snowmobiling near Lincoln
  • Race to the Sky Sled Dog Race near Lincoln
  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site.
  • Virginia City
  • Silver Lake, near Georgetown
  • Montana's State Capitol, Helena
  • Visit one our uncrowded, friendly ski areas.
  • Enjoy one of many community Christmas Strolls and holiday concerts.
  • Trolley on Helena's Historic Walking Mall
  • Boulder Hot Springs, Boulder Montana
  • Canyon Ferry Reservoir
  • Original Governor's Mansion, Helena
  • Southwest Montana Winter Activities
  • Montana Historical Society

Winter Activities Galore!:
Bundle up but get out and enjoy the endless activities throughout Southwest Montana for the winter enthusiasts. Ice fishing, skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, snowkiting… try something new!

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 Breweries
Featured Events

Winter Solstice Concert with the Wilbur Rehmann Quartet

December 21

Helena, MT

quartet offers a soulful, nondenominational celebration of the season with special guests Sarah Elkins, vocals, and Fred Cobb, keyboards.

Learn More

Playwriting Intensive

December 17

Butte, MT

Playwriting Intensive This four-day playwriting intensive for ages 13 and up will allow participants to learn brainstorming techniques, formatting, an...

Learn More

Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz

December 17 - January 28

Helena, MT

Geeks Who Drink brings the nation’s best live hosted pub quiz to Snow Hop Brewery, with eight rounds of audio, visual and live hosted trivia. The week...

Learn More

Featured Video

Winter Outdoor Activities!

Come winter, the temperatures may drop some, but the zeal for getting out and enjoying Montana doesn't drop at all. Experience miles of groomed trails for snowmobiling, downhill skiing and cross-country skiing. Strap on the snowshoes and create your own destination. And there are great locations for ice skating, ice fishing or whatever peaks your cold weather interests.

Learn More

Visitor Favorites


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


Road Trips:

Hit The Road This Fall

With the scenery changing colors, cooler temperatures, breathtaking views in every direction, fall is a great time for day trips throughout Southwest Montana. See some of our suggested itineraries. 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

Stay Connected
RT @ExWorksMT: Nightmare Affair is THIS Saturday (Oct. 27)! If you haven't purchased your tickets to Helena's best adult Halloween party, w…
Oct 23, 2018 11:48 AM

Loving the fall weather and big sky <3 pic.twitter.com/bnNp1RoaTx
Oct 23, 2018 10:23 AM

The 2018 Historical Marker Ride was a success! Thank you to everyone who participated - we hope you enjoyed your tr… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Oct 17, 2018 12:06 PM

Celebrate autumn in Downtown Helena with the Kids Fall Fest, a free family-friendly event on Saturday, October 13 f… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Oct 12, 2018 3:49 PM

©2018 Southwest Montana. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy. Website design and hosting by Tempest Technologies, LLC.

Southwest Montana Press Room