Helena, Bozeman, and Southwest Montana: Places to Explore


  • Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

    Although millions of summer visitors swarm into Yellowstone National Park to the south, the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness is blissfully unpeopled year-round, except for dedicated backcountry travelers who... Read more

  • Anaconda

    Nicknamed the Smelter City, Anaconda is a window on the age of the copper barons, who ran this town from the 1880s through the 1950s. A number of sites preserve traces of Anaconda's rough-and-tumble history... Read more

  • Bannack

  • Big Hole National Battlefield

  • Big Sky and Gallatin Canyon

    The region known as "Big Sky" is actually three areas: the Mountain Village at the top of the 9-mi-long Lone Mountain Trail (Highway 64); the Meadow Village, 3 mi west of Highway 191 on Lone Mountain Trail... Read more

  • Big Timber and the Boulder River

    People come to Big Timber for its small-town (population 1,600) Western ambience, to fly-fish the blue-ribbon trout streams, float the Yellowstone River, or unwind in front of the Crazy Mountains (so called... Read more

  • Bozeman

    This recreation capital offers everything from trout fishing to white-water river rafting to backcountry mountain biking to skiing. The arts have also flowered in Bozeman, the home of Montana State University... Read more

  • Butte

    Dubbed the "Richest Hill on Earth," Butte was once a wealthy and rollicking copper-, gold-, and silver-mining town. During its heyday, 100,000 people from around the world lived here; by 1880 Butte had... Read more

  • Deer Lodge

    Deer Lodge, a quiet community of 3,400 residents, maintains a complex of history museums in and near its old state penitentiary. Many locals make their living by ranching, which came to the 55-mi-long... Read more

  • Dillon

    Blue-ribbon trout fishing on the Beaverhead River attracts thousands of anglers here year-round. A capital of southwest Montana's ranch country, Dillon began as a cattle- and wool-shipping point between... Read more

  • Ennis

    In addition to being a hub of ranching in the area, this tiny town sits among some of the best trout streams in the West. People come from around the world for the area's blue-ribbon fishing, particularly... Read more

  • Helena

    Montana's state capital is a city of 28,000, with 25 city parks, several museums, a thriving arts community, and its own minor-league baseball team. The southern part of the city, near the state Capitol... Read more

  • Livingston and the Yellowstone River

    The stunning mountain backdrop to the town of Livingston was once Crow territory, and a chief called Arapooish said about it, "The Crow country is good country. The Great Spirit has put it in exactly the... Read more

  • Red Lodge

    Nestled against the foot of the pine-draped Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, this little burg is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has become a full-blown resort town, complete with... Read more

  • Three Forks

    Although the scenery in Three Forks is striking, it's the historic sites that make this place worth a visit. Sacajawea (circa 1786-1812) traveled in the area with her Shoshone family before she was kidnapped... Read more

  • Virginia City

    Remnants of Montana's frontier days, Virginia City and its smaller neighbor, Nevada City, are two of the state's standout attractions. Boardwalks pass in front of partially restored historic buildings... Read more