Southwest Montana Travel Itineraries and Day Trips

Around every bend, over every hill, awaits another beautiful view when you’re driving through Southwest Montana. Here are a few favorite routes and some things to do and see along the way. Be sure to have your camera handy and allow plenty of time for, “Pull over, I’ve got to get a picture of that!”

SouthWest Montana Itineraries and Day Trips

West Yellowstone to Ennis

Mileage: Approx. 72 miles

Highlights: Hebgen Lake, Madison Canyon Earthquake Lake Visitor's Center, Madison River, Madison Canyon, Cameron, Ennis.

Dillon To Philipsburg

Mileage: Approx. 205 miles

Highlights: Dillon, Bannack State Park, Jackson Hot Springs, Big Hole Battlefield National Historic Site, Wisdom, Anaconda-Pintler Scenic Highway, Philipsburg.

West Yellowstone To Augusta

Mileage: Approx. 270 miles

Highlights: Norris Hot Springs, Lewis & Clark Caverns, Boulder Hot Springs, Tizer Botanic Gardens and Arboretum, Helena, Gates of the Mountains, Augusta.

Anaconda to Helena

Mileage: Approx. 183 miles

Highlights: Anaconda, McDonald Pass, Helena, Spring Meadow Lake State Park, Montana City, Tizer Botanical Gardens, Boulder Hot Springs, Fairmont Hot Springs.

Townsend To Ovando

Mileage: Approx. 160 miles

Highlights: Townsend, Helena (the capital of Montana), Flesher Pass, Lincoln, Ovando, Browns and Upsata lakes.

West Yellowstone To Deer Lodge

Mileage: Approx. 205 miles

Highlights: Ennis, Virginia City, Nevada City, Ruby Valley, Sheridan, Twin Bridges, Butte, Fairmont Hot Springs, Deer Lodge.

Grand Tour

Mileage: Approx. 415 miles

Highlights: Last Chance Gulch, Montana Historical Society Museum, Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Old Montana Prison, Montana Auto Museum, Powell County Museum, Yesterday's Playthings, Lost Creek State Park, Washoe Theater, Mt. Haggin Wildlife Management Area, Big Hole National Battlefield, Jackson Hot Springs, Pioneer Mountain National Scenic Byway, Crystal Park, Twin Bridges Historical Museum, Ruby River, Alder Gulch, Nevada City, Virginia City, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, World Museum of Mining, Mineral Museum, Berkeley Pit, Sheepshead Mountain Recreation Area, Elkhart State Park.

Northern Tour

Mileage: Approx. 130 miles

Highlights: Helena, Marysville, Drumlummon Mine, Canyon Creek, Lincoln, Willow Creek Reservoir, Nilan Reservoir, Gibson Dam, Sun River, Holter Lake, Missouri River, Blackfoot River, Browns Lake, Ovando, Scapegoat Wilderness, Helmville, Avon, Little Blackfoot River, Elliston, MacDonald Pass.

Eastern Tour

Mileage: Approx. 85 miles

Highlights: Canyon Ferry Lake, Missouri River, Helena, Townsend, Big Belt Mountains, Elkhorn Mountains, Broadwater Historical Museum, St. Joseph's Canton Church, York, Hauser Lake, Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine, Gates of the Mountains.

Western Tour

Mileage: Approx. 120 miles

Highlights: Anaconda, Anaconda Smoke Stack State Park, Old Works Golf Course, Georgetown Lake, Flint Creek, Philipsburg, Pintler Scenic Range, Granite Ghost Town, Drummond, Bearmouth Recreation Area, Garnet Ghost Town, Deer Lodge, Grant-Kohrs Ranch Historical Site, Old Montana Prison and Law Enforcement Museum, Montana Auto Museum, Frontier Montana Museum, Powell County Museum, Yesterday's Playthings, Warm Springs Ponds.

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