Montana Motorcycle Tour #3: Anaconda to Augusta
Explore Anaconda, Philipsburg, and Lincoln by Motorcycle
The Anaconda to Augusta itinerary takes you across much of Southwest Montana on some of the region’s most scenic roads. As you leave Anaconda, you’ll hit the Pintler Veterans' Memorial Scenic Byway as you cross the Pintler Mountains, finding yourself along the shore of Georgetown Lake. Crossing over to Highway 271 agricultural land will be the highlight of your motorcycle tour until you make your way to Highway 200 to Lincoln and finally along the bottom of the Scapegoat Wilderness to Augusta.
If you are looking for a place to rest your head, Anaconda has several options including Fairmont Hot Springs. Today’s tour starts with a stop by Lost Creek State Park, an ADA accessible park. If you have a little more time in Anaconda, the Copper Village Museum & Art Center and Smelter City Brewing are great additions to the day! As you head toward Philipsburg, you’ll pass by Georgetown Lake a picturesque Montana mountain lake, followed by a quick jaunt over to Granite Ghost Town State Park. Grab lunch in Philipsburg, maybe do a little gem mining, and don’t forget to make a stop by The Sweet Palace! Another lunch option along the way is Parkers’ Restaurant in Drummond, featuring over 135 different burgers! As you close in on Lincoln, swing by Hi-Country Trading Post for a snack and wander through Sculpture in the Wild – you won’t want to miss this unique sculpture park!
Lost Creek State Park rests just outside of Anaconda, providing a unique oasis and perfect place to get out and stretch your legs. The park features a waterfall, grey limestone cliffs and pink granite formations rising 1,200 feet above the canyon’s floor, watchable wildlife, walking paths, and camping opportunities.
Surrounded by the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest, and settled along the Pintler Veterans' Memorial Scenic Byway, Philipsburg embodies everything a charming small town should be. A colorful main street is lined with unique shops, restaurants, a candy shop, and of course a brewery.
Built using local materials–both natural and industrial–the sculptures on this 26 acre plot of pine forest play with the environment, creating something new and unique, and yet somehow evoking the heritage of the Lincoln area–the beautiful natural surroundings, and the mining, logging, and ranching that have defined the region.