• 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
  • Spacer
  • Feature: Yellowstone to Glacier National Park
  • 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!

Yellowstone to Glacier National Park:
Traveling Park to Park takes you right through Southwest Montana! Take a little extra time to explore the unique and historical route between two National Treasures. Check out the sample itineraries we've assembled to inspire you, and enjoy a few pit stops along the way.

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

Sculpture in the Wild Offical Launch of new Sculpture Installations

September 29

Lincoln, MT

Sculpture in the Wild will officially launch new sculpture installations by Kate Hunt, Cornelia Konrads and Anne Yoncha. The three artists-in-residen...

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Jazz at the TeePee Burner with Steve Gores and Friends

September 29

Lincoln, MT

Jazz pianist Steve Gores and Friends will perform in the TeePee Burner for the final gig in the Sculpture in the Wild Festival season. Hear fluent jaz...

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The Myrna Loy Remix

September 29

Helena, MT

It's an artfest, a party, a concert and a creative mash-up. Celebrate what you love about The Myrna Loy, and be surprised by some unexpected twists! H...

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Discover what the old west was really like!

Bannack's Living History Weekend, September 13-16, uses exhibits and artifacts to help you experience what it was like to live where the Montana Gold Rush began. See an 1862 placer mining camp, blacksmithing, general store, school house, saloon, boarding house, butcher shop, Sunday service in the old church, and more historically accurate depictions of life in the early years of Bannack. Relive the excitement of Montana's Gold Rush era!

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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



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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This Friday, Sept 21, Ennis will be hosting an "Evening of Art." Participating galleries (all on Main), include Art… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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