• Itineraries
  • Mt. Haggin Nordic Ski Area
  • Visit one our uncrowded, friendly ski areas.
  • ExplorationWorks!
  • Enjoy some of the best holiday shopping deals around.
  • Snowmobiling near Lincoln
  • Polar Plunge on Silver Lake, near Anaconda
  • Enjoy one of many community Christmas Strolls and holiday concerts.
  • Ice Fishing, Georgetown Lake
  • Pioneer Mountains Night Sky
  • Get a True Taste of Montana
  • Piccadilly Museum of Transportation
  • Nordic skiing is a great way to experience Gold West Country.
  • Lewis and Clark Caverns Candlelight Tours during December.
  • Snowmobile or Cross-Country Ski in Mt. Haggin WMA.
  • Spacer
  • Feature:Make memories on the Vigilante Trail
  • Trolley on Helena's Historic Walking Mall
  • The Cathedral of St. Helena, Helena
  • Montana Historical Society
  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site.
  • Stars over the Pioneer Mountains
  • Race to the Sky dogsledding near Lincoln
  • Canyon Ferry Lake sunset
  • Ice fishing opportunities abound on numerous lakes and reservoirs.
  • Dining
  • Night Life
  • Silver Lake, near Georgetown
  • Virginia City
  • Philipsburg
  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch, near Deer Lodge
  • Montana's State Capitol, Helena
  • Our Lady of the Rockies, Butte

Make memories on the Vigilante Trail:
The Vigilante Trail, is rich in territorial history. It provides a corridor for Montana tourists from Butte to West Yellowstone with outdoor recreational opportunities, and genuine Montana hospitality. A trip on the Vigilante Trail will create a lifetime of memories for all visitors. Plan your adventure!

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: St. Patrick's Day
Southwest Montana: Ice Fishing
Featured Events

Scratch Gravel

March 30

Helena, MT

Enjoy real-deal country music with the lead vocals by Ben Fredrick, Jon Flynn on Dobro, Adelle Terry at drums and vocals, and Jeremy Terry on guitar, ...

Learn More

Brown Bag Lunch about Earthquakes with Mike Stickney

March 28

Butte, MT

The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives will continue its Brown Bag Lunch series with a presentation by Mike Stickney, director of the Earthquake Studies...

Learn More

Helena Symphony Masterworks Concert V: Verdi's Requiem

March 24

Helena, MT

travel to the gates of heaven and hell with Verdi's provocative Requiem. Four of the most virtuosic vocal solos are combined with over 150 voices and...

Learn More

Featured Video

Plan Your Winter Adventure in Lincoln

It's not too early to make your reservations and schedule your winter excursion of snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or many other activities in the quaint community of Lincoln, Montana. Lincoln is a winter paradise and a must-visit destination!

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



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

Stay Connected
RT @MTAmbassadors: The annual @MadeinMontana Tradeshow is this weekend. If you are in Helena this Saturday stop by the Fairgrounds and chec…
Mar 23, 2018 2:41 PM

RT @VoicesOfTourism: Can anyone guess where we are in @SouthwestMT? pic.twitter.com/7jVKWQYxqa
Mar 22, 2018 11:59 AM

How are you celebrating the first day of spring? We can't wait for the snow to melt and the flowers to bloom! pic.twitter.com/rPs6kSDHrd
Mar 20, 2018 3:05 PM

RT @FairmontMontana: Spring Break and Easter are the perfect pair, and this coming week is the climactic week of spring breaks in... https:…
Mar 19, 2018 10:31 AM

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

Southwest Montana Press Room