The Anaconda and Philipsburg area, the core of the Pintler Scenic Route, is blessed with year-round recreation opportunities, scenic splendor and of course, plenty of history. Founded in 1866 as a trading center, Philipsburg now boasts a National Historic District and one of the most lovingly restored street fronts you’ll see anywhere. Anaconda was founded by Marcus Daly in 1883. He became one of the world’s wealthiest men by supplying copper for electrical and telephone wiring in the late 19th century. Today, Anaconda is part of the nation’s largest National Historic Landmark District.
Anaconda Smoke Stack State Park
Over 585 feet high and one of the few remnants of Anaconda’s huge copper smelting plant, it is the world’s tallest free-standing, masonry structure. Now a State Park and interpretive site. 406-563-2400. Click for details
Anaconda Visitor Center Complex
This building is a replica of an old train depot. Includes information on Anaconda’s many historic attractions. Vintage bus tours begin here. 406-563-2400.
Old Works Historical Trail
Interpretive plaques address the history of the Old WOrks smelter. Kiosks and benches are provided for resting along the paved trail. Approximately one and a quarter miles. 406-563-2400.
Tour Anaconda’s four National Historic districts. Includes turn-of-the-century architecture such as and the ornate Washoe Theater (ranked fifth in the nation by The Smithsonian Institute).
Copper Village Museum
Housed in the former Anaconda City Hall, built in 1896. Complex includes an historical museum, archives and art center, along with a retail shop and the local historical society. 406-563-2422. Click for details
Hearst Free Library
Built in 1989 with classical beauty. Located on Main Street in Anaconda. 406-563-6932.
Granite County Museum
Explore the daily routine of the turn of the century underground miner. This museum in Philipsburg features a replicated silver mine complete with equipment, a prospector’s cabin and a fire essay lab. 406-859-3020. Click for details
Granite Ghost Town
South of Philipsburg, this abandoned silver mine was known as the "Silver Queen," the richest silver-producing area in the country in the 1890s. Stroll through the Granite Ghost Walk. Click for details
Anaconda’s historic 1930s working movie theater listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Sites. 406-563-6161. Click for details
St. Timothy’s Summer Music Festival
Playing host to some of the world’s best chamber groups, this festival is nestled on a hillside 600 feet above Georgetown Lake. Views of the lake, the Pintler Wilderness Area, the continental divide and peaks 11,000 feet high are just as breathtaking as the music. 406-563-2616.
Opera House Theatre
Emerging as a showcase producer of Montana playwrights, the Opera House Theatre in Philipsburg, dubbed "The Jewel of Montana", offers live professional summer theatre. The oldest theatre in Montana hosts yearly events. Your own theatrical journey starts at the front door! 406-859-0013.
Mount Haggin Wildlife Management Area
Montana’s largest at 54,000 acres. Moose, elk, cranes and other native species abound. Cross country skiing in winter. From Anaconda, SE on Highway 1 to Mill Creek State Highway 273. 406-444-2535. Click for details
Pintler Scenic Route
From 1915 this famous scenic byway (Highway 1) was one leg of the coast to coast Yellowstone Trail. The route was Montana’s first paved highway and connected Drummond, Philipsburg and Anaconda to both national parks.
Historic park located in Anaconda. Dedicated in the 1890s and expanded during the 1910s. Park attractions include the historic Glover Cabin, the oldest standing building in Anaconda, swimming pool, tennis courts, approximately six miles of walking trails, large picnic area, playground and Legion Baseball field. 406-563-2400. Click for details
State Fish Hatchery
Located in Anaconda’s Washoe Park. Originally opened in 1908, it’s the oldest run fish hatchery facility still in existence. The visitors center is open daily with underwater trout stream viewing. 406-563-2531. Click for details
There are two 18-hole golf courses in this area. Old Works is Jack Nicklaus signature design and is nationally recognized by Golf and Golf Digest magazines as "One of the top 100 Public Facilities in America" and "One of the best values." It is truly challenging and unique. 406-563-5827. Click for details
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s beautiful scenery provides a backdrop for their course. 800-332-3272. Click for details.
Lost Creek State Park
Mountain goats and bighorn sheep often graze in this 500-acre canyon five miles north of Anaconda. Handicapped accessible trail to a 50-foot waterfall. Hiking and picnicking. 406-563-2400. Click for details
Boating, fishing, camping and windsurfing 14 miles west of Anaconda. Ice fishing, snowkiting and snowmobiling in winter. Access to lodging, restaurants, casinos and a marina. Near Discovery Ski Area. 406-563-2400. Click for details
The Philipsburg area is home to a well-known discovery of sapphire and ruby gems found over a century ago. Area businesses allow digging for a fee. 406-859-4367, 800-525-0169
Copper King Express Excursion Train
Take a train ride that showcases the rich history and picturesque scenery of the Anaconda and Butte areas. Passenger cars feature video monitors that provide historical narratives. Trains operate Friday and Saturday throughout the summer. 406-563-7127.