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Haunted History:
Halloween is just around the corner and the communities of Southwest Montana are bringing the region’s haunted history to life this fall! Check out the haunted encounters, ghost stories of the region, ghost towns and tours available to visitors.

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

Jamie Ford: “Racebending: Adventures in a Bi-cultural World”

October 23

Helena, MT

The public is invited to the annual Stephen Ambrose Memorial Lecture featuring acclaimed novelist Jamie Ford, who will discuss an early example of cul...

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Pumpkin Sunday

October 21

Deer Lodge, MT

Enjoy the fall season with activities for children and special programs and activities for visitors of all ages. There will be a pumpkin patch, pumpki...

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The Lucky Valentines

October 21

Norris, MT

Central Montana's own Americana duo shares original songs made under the Big Sky.

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Watchable Wildlife & Wide Open Spaces

Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is located in the extreme southwest portion of Montana near the Idaho border. The refuge has one of the most naturally diverse areas in the refuge system. It boasts the largest wetland complex within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem as well as expansive tracts of grassland, sagebrush, steppe habitats and forested areas. This is just one of many locations in Southwest Montana to enjoy watchable wildlife and wide open spaces.

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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

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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

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