• Near Polaris
  • Fishing Opportunities Abound in Gold West Country
  • Where the Deer and the Antelope Play
  • Boulder Hot Springs, Boulder Montana
  • Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway
  • Bannack State Park, near Dillon
  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch, near Deer Lodge
  • Grizzly Bear near Lincoln, Montana
  • Rivers
  • Red Rocks Lake NWR, near Lakeview
  • Headframes
  • Get a True Taste of Montana
  • Southwest Montana Autumn Color
  • Dining
  • Autumn in Southwest Montana
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  • Feature: Haunted History
  • Fall Color Near Townsend
  • Wildlife Refuges
  • Mountain Biking Southwest Montana
  • State Capitol, Helena
  • Upper North Fork of Big Hole River
  • Pioneer Mountains Night Sky
  • Beaverhead Rock
  • Exploration Works Science Center, Helena
  • Hunting
  • The Cathedral of St. Helena, Helena
  • Little Blackfoot River Valley
  • Itineraries
  • Big Hole National Battlefield, near Wisdom
  • Silver Lake, near Georgetown
  • Montana Historical Society
  • Trolley on Helena's Historic Walking Mall
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Haunted History:
As the breeze rustles through the leaves, the stage is set for the perfect haunted encounter. With fall rolling into Southwest Montana, now is your opportunity to dig deeper into the colorful history of a region built by the Gold Rush and settled by Homesteaders.

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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Middle School Round Robin Basketball Tournament

December 7

Helena, MT

Join us for a one-day middle school girls basketball round robin tournament on December 7th, 2019! We will have three divisions: Girls 6th, 7th, an...

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National Miner's Day Gala

December 9

Butte, MT

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Candlelight Tours of the Lewis and Clark Caverns - 20

December 20 - December 22

Whitehall, MT

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park offers candlelight tours in December, weather permitting. See the cave as the original discoverers did, by can...

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Adventure!

Adventure means something different to each person. Whether you are looking for an opportunity to get outside, find an adrenaline rush, relax among friends under Montana's big sky, or explore the charming communities of Southwest Montana, there is something for everyone.

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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

Ghosts

Ghosts:

Haunted History

Ghosts and ghost towns are a peculiar draw to Southwest Montana. Dig deeper into the region's great ghost stories, ghost tours, planned ghost itineraries and ghost town information to peak your curiosity. 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