Enjoy Montana's Great Outdoors

Montana is an outdoor recreationist’s paradise. With 57,346 square miles of public land, including 320 fishing access sites, 9 national forests, 21 national wildlife refuges and 953,574 acres of lakes, reservoirs, rivers and streams there is something for everyone.

Enjoy hiking, kayaking, fishing, boating, backpacking, camping, bicycling, rock climbing, and wildlife viewing in the warmer months. In the winter Montanans get outside and enjoy snowmobiling, downhill skiing, and Nordic skiing.

Even Montana’s cities feel like they are in the middle of the outdoors. You are just a step away from being able to experience some outside fun.

Outdoor & Recreation Blog

Beartooth Highway

05/22/2017 - 3:31pm

One of America’s most scenic drives is scheduled to open for the season on Memorial Day.  This winding 68 mile road runs from southeastern Montana, just south of Red Lodge, through Wyoming, and then back into Montana where it leads into Cooke City, Silver Gate and Yellowstone...

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McDonald Creek to Lake

Early Spring in Glacier National Park

04/17/2017 - 4:57pm

It is April and Glacier National Park is waking up to warmer weather, melting ice and snow, and the plowing of the Going to the Sun Road (GTTSR).  This is a special time of year in the park.  Although vehicle access is limited across the park, it is a great time to experience the quiet of nature via foot or bicycle.

Imagine walk...

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Big Hole National Battlefield

04/12/2017 - 5:20pm

Big Hole National Battlefield, located  southwest of Butte, Montana, is dedicated to the remembrance of the tragic Nez Perce - American battle of August, 1877.  The park commemorates the battle in August of each year.

The Nez Perce who camped on this land were trying to flee to Canada to escape the US government's demands that they move t...

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Roosevelt Gate Gardiner

Yellowstone awakes in Spring

04/03/2017 - 2:15pm

It is springtime and Yellowstone National Park is waking up.  Animals are emerging from their winter sleep, brand new babies are coming outside for the first time, and our Park’s crew are busy clearing roads so that you can have access to it all.

Yellowstone is one of our most popular National Parks.  In Spring, there are far fewer people...

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trout fishing Missoula Montana

Trout Fishing in Missoula

03/13/2017 - 11:29am

Spring is a great time to get the fishing season started.  Missoula, Montana is synonymous with fishing.  Three rivers - the Blackfoot, Bitterroot, and the Clark Fork - provide excellent opportunities for anglers.  Rock Creek is also known for its blue ribbon fishing.  Missoula has been named one of America’s top ten fishing towns by F...

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Philipsburg Scenic Loop

02/28/2017 - 2:10pm

In Southwest Montana lies the beautiful town of Philipsburg.  If you want to get out of town for a bit you can experience the scenery from your car on the 49 mile loop drive through the Philipsburg Valley.  It is in the shadow of the Sapphire, Anaconda, and Flint Creek Mountain ranges.  It goes through the southern portion of the Long...

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Lake McDonald Montana

Skiing and Snowshoeing in Glacier National Park

03/09/2017 - 11:59am

If you get the chance to experience Glacier National Park in the winter, you will wonder why more people don’t flock to our corner of northwest Montana.  Although most of the park is not accessible by road, the parts that are open provide a quiet and peaceful look into nature.

The Going to the Sun Road (GTTSR) is open on the wes...

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Blacktail cross country ski

Blacktail Mountain Ski Area

03/09/2017 - 12:00pm

Located above Flathead Lake and the town of Lakeside, this family friendly ski area has 24 runs on 200 acres of ski area.  There are beautiful views of the 1000 acres of surrounding National Forest area and Flathead Lake.  

The Blacktail Lodge offers both sit-down restaurant and cafe style eateries.  A great place to t...

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Absaroka Montana Dog Sledding

Dog Sled Adventures

03/09/2017 - 12:02pm

Nothing says winter like a ride through the snowy woods behind a team of dogs.  You can drive your own team or let your guide take you on a ride.  Tours range from 6 to 18 miles, and are open to the whole family.  You will get a ‘mushing 101’ lesson before you start out to th...

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Rendezvous Ski Trails - Cross Country Skiing

12/27/2016 - 10:45am

The Rendezvous Ski Trails, located near the town of West Yellowstone, are a nordic skier’s dream.  35 kilometers of groomed trails wind through U.S. Forest Service land.  Stay at your local B&B and then pop over to the trails for a day of outdoor fun on the ski trai...

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