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Of Montana's 69,000 mi of public roads, there are certainly more gravel and dirt roads than paved. Many of the unpaved routes are in good shape, yet you'll need to slow down and, as on any Montana road, be on the lookout for wildlife, open-range livestock, farm equipment, unexpected hazards such as cattle crossing guards, and changing weather and road conditions. Snow can fall any month of the year. In more remote areas, carry an emergency kit with water, snacks, extra clothing, and flashlights. Gasoline is available along most paved roads. However, if you are traveling in more remote areas, be sure to gas up before leaving town. Note that in mountainous terrain it's unlikely that you will have cell-phone reception.
Statewide Road Report. 511 or 800/226-7623. www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo.
Montana Highway Patrol. 911, 406/329-1500, 406/755-6688, or 800/525-5555. www.doj.mt.gov/enforcement/highwaypatrol.
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