Visit Deer Lodge’s Old Montana Prison

For over 100 years the (Old) Montana Prison at the south end of Deer Lodge housed the state’s worst offenders. Perpetually over-crowded and frequently mismanaged, the Prison was finally replaced by a new facility outside of town. Today, the Old Montana Prison, which still dominates Deer Lodge’s main street, houses five museums across 9 acres. … Read more

Helena Area State Parks

The Helena area is home to three very different state parks, all of which showcase different aspects of what makes the state parks system so fantastic. Black Sandy puts water recreation front and center, offering one of the few public points of access for Hauser Lake. Spring Meadow Lake is a popular day option for … Read more

Anaconda’s State Parks

In the Anaconda area, there are three state parks that should draw your eye: Anaconda Smoke Stack The Anaconda Smoke Stack dominates the valley between Butte and Deer Lodge. At 585 feet tall the Smoke Stack is one of the tallest free-standing masonry structures in the world and cuts an imposing figure against the foothills … Read more

Dillon’s State Parks

As you are planning your travels around Southwest Montana this summer, don’t forget to make the State Parks a major part of your itinerary. Usually less crowded and more of-the-beaten-path than the National Parks, our State Parks represent the best of Montana. From active and well known parks like Bannack, to perched-at-the-top-of-a-mountain-road gems like Granite; … Read more