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Help Protect Our Public Health

Amidst the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, Montana is prioritizing the safety of our residents and visitors. The state is closely monitoring the rapidly changing public health situation and taking the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization. Montana strongly encourages our visitors (from both in and out of state) to seek the latest information in regard to coronavirus and travel.

By making educated decisions, we can help protect ourselves and those we come in contact with while respecting our businesses and communities.


Montana Aware is a statewide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 by promoting safety measures for those traveling in the state. We are committed to protecting the health of residents and visitors and ask that you do the same. Learn more about the Montana Aware initiative.


  • Know the local public health guidelines before arriving at your destination
  • Understand some services and destinations may be limited
  • Stay home if you are sick


  • Wear a mask
  • Maintain social distance (at least 6 feet apart)
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cover coughs and sneezes


An Executive Order was declared on January 13, 2021 by Governor Greg Gianforte to declare that a state of emergency exists in Montana due to the global outbreak of COVID-19. February 12 a new Directive Implementing Executive Order 2-2021 took affect. Phased approach to reopening Montana is no longer in place. The statewide mask mandate has been lifted but Montanans and visitors are encouraged to wear masks and should follow the best industry practices when visiting businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19. However, the local and county health guidelines take precedence to the statewide regulations so please visit your county health links for current information. You can read the Declaration, the Directive and the Implementation here.

When you decide to travel, whether it is in the near future or you're waiting until next year, Southwest Montana will be here - nestled between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks when you are ready.

If you're feeling a little bogged down by stress, cancelled plans, or social distancing - check out 9 Things We are Looking Forward to Following Quarantine.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and find the overlooked beauty in the little things.

Ways to Explore Responsibly

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Keep Space

  • Keep six feet away from others. In crowded spaces, indoors or out, please wear a mask.
  • Explore with your family or household and avoid big groups.
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Protect the Outdoors

  • When giving people space, watch where you step and stay close to the trail.
  • Pack up any trash and minimize your impact.
  • Keep a safe distance from wildlife, too.
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Explore Locally

  • Pick a basecamp and choose local adventures.
  • Support local businesses.
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Plan Ahead

  • Check for closures or limited services before arriving.
  • Pack your own water, food, trash bags, masks and soap or sanitizer.
  • If your destination is too crowded, have a backup plan.
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Be Respectful

  • Respect guidelines to help keep yourself and others healthy.
  • Respect the land and help preserve our natural wonders for everyone to enjoy.
  • Respect people and local communities by helping protect their public health.

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