• Nevada City
  • Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine
  • Virginia City
  • Stars over the Pioneer Mountains
  • Southwest Montana Campground Finder
  • Ennis Lake
  • Bannack Days
  • Near Granite Ghost Town
  • Beaverhead Rock
  • Madison River
  • Old Prison Museum
  • Big Hole Battlefield
  • Headframes
  • Cathedral of St. Helena
  • A Big Sky Alive with Birds
  • Feature:Bike Trails
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  • Canyon Ferry Lake
  • State Capitol, Helena
  • Southwest Montana Fishing
  • Garnet Ghost Town
  • Western Adventure
  • Lewis and Clark Caverns
  • Saddle up, Cowpoke!
  • Fishing
  • Hiking and Backpacking
  • Montana Auto Museum
  • Montana Folk Festival, July 8-10, 2016
  • Biking
  • Traces of Tradition
  • Get a True Taste of Montana
  • Water Sports
  • Where the Deer and the Antelope Play
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Bike Trails:
There's no better way to breathe in fresh Montana air and feel the exhilaration of a ten year old, than biking your way through the scenery and towns of Southwest Montana. No matter your experience level, you are sure to find a scenic road or mountain trail that entices you to enjoy a ride.

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?

The 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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Townsend Fall Fest, Townsend
Featured Events

Music at Blackfoot River Brewing

October 2 - October 30

Helena, MT

John Floridis, Oct. 2; The Growlers Trio, Oct. 4; Derek Lyons, Oct. 9; Brett Veltri, Oct. 11; Larry Hirshberg, Oct. 16; Tony Rocks, Oct. 18; Sean Eamo...

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Scarecrow Days

October 1 - October 31

Butte, MT

all month, view scarecrows posing as Butte characters placed throughout the museum. Vote for your favorite.

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Max Hay Band

October 1

Townsend, MT

trio of songwriters delivers bold, bluesy sounds during the Townsend Fall Fest.

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Fishing

Southwest Montana is Fishing Country!

Southwest Montana has some of the highest quality natural trout streams in the United States, including the Ruby River, the Big Hole River and the Beaverhead River. These rivers are known for some of the finest fly fishing around. If you prefer lake fishing, we have plenty of that too!

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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

Biking:

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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