• 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:Ghost Towns
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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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Ghost Towns:
It wasn't always easy to love this place. In the hardscrabble early days of settlement in Montana when the gold ran out, the people often did too. See for yourself with a visit to a few of Southwest Montana's well-preserved ghost towns.

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.

SWMT Region Map
Folk Festival
Featured Events

Beaver Creek Slide and Bike Slog

May 7

Sheridan, WY

races include a half marathon and 3.5-mile walk/run along the scenic Big Horn Mountain foothills. Races start at the Dahlin residence. The entry fee i...

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“Cinderella”

May 7 - May 8

Helena, MT

classic fairytale meets farce in pointe shoes in Queen City Ballet Company’s production. Set to the lush music of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, t...

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Don't Fence Me In Trail Run

May 7

Helena, MT

join Prickly Pear Land Trust for Helena's favorite trail race, which offers 30k, 12k, 5k, and 5k dog-walk options in the South Hills. This year's race...

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Featured Video

Red Rock Lakes

National Wildlife Refuge

There are few places where the only sounds you hear in the still of a moonlit night are calls of the trumpeter swans flying overhead. Or, where you might witness at the break of a day a bull moose appearing out of the early morning mist. This is a place where creeks flow freely, wildlife thrives, and a soul can get lost in solitude and wildness. This is Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.

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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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