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Holiday Festivities:
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Gather some family and friends and get out to enjoy all the fun opportunities to stroll and spread cheer. Every community in Southwest Montana has holiday activities but here are a few to entice you. Check the events calendar for more yuletide fun!

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

“Finding Neverland”

November 27

Butte, MT

Discover the story behind Peter Pan.Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowe...

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Nutcracker on the Rocks

November 24 - November 25

Helena, MT

Cohesion Dance Project presents Helena’s sixth annual production of Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks Nov. 24-25. This community-based, rock ’...

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Archie Bray Foundation Holiday Exhibition and Sale

November 16 - December 28

Helena, MT

The Archie Bray Foundation’s annual Holiday Exhibition and Sale showcases handmade functional and sculptural ceramic objects by current and recent Bra...

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Winter Outdoor Activities!

Come winter, the temperatures may drop some, but the zeal for getting out and enjoying Montana doesn't drop at all. Experience miles of groomed trails for snowmobiling, downhill skiing and cross-country skiing. Strap on the snowshoes and create your own destination. And there are great locations for ice skating, ice fishing or whatever peaks your cold weather interests.

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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

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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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