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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


Montana is in Phase II of our reopening plan as directed by the Montana Governor. The phased re-opening lifts the stay-at-home directive and puts additional public safety measures and precautions in place.

On November 17, 2020 Governor Steve Bullock issued a directive requiring face coverings statewide in public, limiting the size of gatherings to 25, and reducing restaurant and bar capacity to 50% and hours to close by 10:00pm. These measures have been implemented to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The full directive can be found here.

Whenever you decide to travel, whether it is this summer or next, 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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