• 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:Bike Trails
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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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Bike Trails:
There's no better way to breathe in fresh Montana air and feel the exhilaration of a ten year old, than biking your way through the scenery and towns of Southwest Montana. No matter your experience level, you are sure to find a scenic road or mountain trail that entices you to enjoy a ride.

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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Featured Events

Invent, Engineer and Make Believe: Large-scale Applications in Ceramics

September 5 - September 9

Helena, MT

tuition $470 (includes $45 lab fee). Matt Wedel offers this class for intermediate artists. He’ll discuss his work and influences at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7...

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Dillon Jaycees’ Labor Day Rodeo and Concert

September 3 - September 4

Dillon, MT

annual event, billed as “Montana’s Biggest Weekend,” features pro-rodeo action Saturday and Sunday, and a concert by Montgomery Gentry and Old Dominio...

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Labor Day Horseback Poker Ride

September 3

Virginia City, MT

saddle up the horses and put on your poker face. Registration is 8:30-10 a.m. at the saloon for the leisurely ride, followed by a meal at the saloon. ...

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Rodeos

Southwest Montana is Rodeo Country!

Take in the action of one of Southwest Montana's many rodeos. Whether you enjoy the bull riding, the barrel racing, or the hilarious clowns, there is sure to be something for everyone at these exciting events.

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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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