• Nevada City
  • Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine
  • Ennis Lake
  • Beaverhead Rock
  • Water Sports
  • Saddle up, Cowpoke!
  • Copper King Mansion
  • Big Hole Battlefield
  • A Big Sky Alive with Birds
  • Canyon Ferry Lake
  • Garnet Ghost Town
  • Old Prison Museum
  • Virginia City
  • Night Life
  • Montana Folk Festival, July 7-9, 2017
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  • Feature:Brewery Follies
  • Biking
  • Piccadilly Museum of Transportation
  • Traces of Tradition
  • Near Granite Ghost Town
  • State Capitol, Helena
  • Western Adventure
  • Get a True Taste of Montana
  • Philipsburg
  • Montana Historical Society
  • Rivers
  • State Parks
  • ExplorationWorks!
  • Wildlife Refuges
  • Stars over the Pioneer Mountains
  • Southwest Montana Fishing
  • Southwest Montana Rivers

Brewery Follies:
H. S. Gilbert Brewery in Virginia City is home for another summer season of follies with belly laughs, celebrity impersonations, sketch comedy, and plenty of music. This hilarious comedy cabaret makes fun of just about everything in today’s political and social landscape.

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: Camping
Featured Events

Library Cabaret Fundraiser

August 27

Virginia City, MT

The Friends of the Library’s biggest fundraising event of the year includes a performance by the Virginia City Players and the county librarians, who ...

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Classic Car Show

August 26

Boulder, MT

annual event displays approximately 100 classic and antique cars.

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York 38 Special Mountain Bike Ride

August 26

Helena, MT

38 mile mountain bike ride through the Big Belt Mountains on Forest Service roads starts at the York Fire Station. This ride continues on to Nelson, u...

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Virginia City

Nowhere is the mix of Montana's past and present more evident than in Virginia City and nearby Nevada City, which remain virtually unchanged from their glory days of the 1860s gold rush. Both are living museums and even offer historical reenactments. Be ready to feel like a time traveler!

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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



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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