Nestled between the Blacktail and Tendoy mountains, the ranching community of Dell, Montana lives up to its picturesque name. Dell began as one of the many towns along the Utah and Northern Railroad and continued as a supply center for the ranchers in the area. Like many of its neighbors, Dell serves as the gateway for scenic drives through virtually untouched Rocky Mountain landscapes. In the case of Dell, the Big Sheep Creek Backcountry Byway features most prominently. This 50 mile long two-lane gravel road follows the crystal clear Big Sheep Creek, a mountain stream bursting with trout.
If you start the drive in Dell, be sure to stock up on snacks and gas at the Dell Mercantile. The charming Yesterday's Café, situated in a hundred-year-old school house is the perfect way to start an adventure, or the perfect rest for a weary traveler after a long day. Top it off by staying in one of Elk Mountain Lodging's fully furnished log cabins, and you've just created the perfect back country road trip.