A Guide to Cross-Country Skiing in Southwest Montana

Cross Country Skiing

Montana is undoubtedly a winter wonderland. From skiing and snowboarding to snowmobiling and ice fishing, Southwest Montana offers a little bit of everything. Often when you mention skiing in Montana, visions of ‘skiing the cold smoke’ play through our minds – the downhill slopes, fresh powder and endless possibilities. In Southwest Montana, we have three … Read more

Canyon Creek Charcoal Kilns

With their conical shape and tumbling walls, the abandoned charcoal kilns of Canyon Creek have a slightly spooky air today, but the area would have been no less eerie during the kilns’ heyday in the late 1800s. During the charcoal-making process the kilns billowed clouds of smoke–first white, then yellow, then blue–for days, and the … Read more

The Gates of the Mountains

Visitors who come to the Gates of the Mountains area to boat on Missouri River, hike through the mountains, and marvel at the steep limestone cliffs are part of a tradition that probably stretches back more than 1,300 years. Much has been written about Gates of the Mountains over the years, but it’s hard to … Read more

10 things to do in Butte

With everything we’ve written about Butte over the years, I was amazed to see that we hadn’t pulled together a Top 10 list. Maybe it’s because narrowing it down to just 10 is too daunting of a task. Since its beginnings in the 1870s, Butte has been a cornerstone of Southwest Montana life. From the … Read more

Helena’s Walking Mall

The Helena Walking Mall is a staple in the Helena community. Whether you are looking for live music, a simple stroll, window shopping or a bite to eat, you’ll find a little bit of everything. If you are looking for things to do on your trip through Helena, the Walking Mall won’t disappoint. The Creek … Read more