• 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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  • 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

Enjoy some Grub!:
Wherever you travel in Southwest Montana, you'll find great food, and good old-fashioned western hospitality to boot! From small town cafes, to elegant steak houses, you can find something to please every palate and every budget.

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.

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Southwest Montana Family Activities
Featured Events

Downtown Helena Spring Art Walk

May 5

Helena, MT

more than 65 artists participate in the 26th annual event, showing a wide variety of original artwork at 40 businesses. From photography and paintings...

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Spring Pottery and Art Sale

May 5 - May 7

Helena, MT

featuring Studio Art Center artists: Carolyn Caldwell, Jay Crider, Kathleen Ely, Judy Kline, Richard Opper and Emily Free Wilson. Paintings, quilts, c...

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May 5

Helena, MT

four-piece American jam band hails from the hotbed of Colorado’s roots music scene. At once fresh and familiar, the group unites the sounds of bluegra...

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Featured Video

Moose at Red Rock Lakes

Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is located near the Idaho border. Founded in 1935 to protect waterfowl and migratory birds, it's also known for a breeding area for trumpeter swans. You can visit the area to see the roaming magnificent moose, as documented in the beautiful video. You also have the possibility to see many other animals including sandhill cranes, curlews, peregrine falcons, eagles, hawks, owls, badgers, wolverines, bears, antelope, wolves, Arctic grayling fish, cutthroat trout and hundreds of bird species.

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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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