Easy Day Trips
Western Montana’s Blackfoot River has become one of the state’s most popular and important recreational streams. Its natural setting and features and the fame gained from the movie A River Runs Through It have all contributed to its popularity. Fishing, non-motorized floating, camping, nature watching and just plain getting away from it all are included in the ever growing public uses of the Blackfoot. The Blackfoot Valley provides habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals including grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, moose, elk, osprey, bald eagles, pileated woodpeckers, and neotropical migrant songbirds. This free flowing river provides significant habitat for sensitive fish species such as bull and cutthroat trout, as well as rainbow and brown trout.
Nestled between two mountain ranges, the Bitterroots on the west side and the Sapphires on the east, the Bitterroot Valley has enticed people from all walks of life. Whether it be for finding that perfect vacation memory, that perfect spot to live and raise a family, retire or start a business the Bitterroot Valley is the jewel of Big Sky country. People keep coming back time after time to enjoy the variety of events, activities and recreational opportunities the valley has to offer. Authentic western lifestyle, quality of life, clean air, beautiful lakes and rivers, and communities that care.
It was called one of the most scenic stretches of railroad in the country. When the Milwaukee Railroad was operating, the trains traversed through 11 tunnels and over 9 high trestles, covering a 46 mile route that crossed the rugged Bitterroot Mountains between Idaho and Montana. The "Route of the Hiawatha" is most famous for the long St. Paul Pass, or Taft Tunnel which burrows for 8771 ft. (1.66 miles) under the Bitterroot Mountains at the state line.
Philipsburg, Montana is a great place to visit any time of the year. This fabulous area offers a chance for a person to unwind or indulge in some of the many activities southwest Montana has to offer. Whether you are visiting for a day, a week or a lifetime, you're sure to be enchanted with the historic charm and endless scenic beauty of Philipsburg.
Garnet Ghost Town
There was a time, a hundred years ago, that Garnet was a thriving town, filled with gold miners and their families. Working hard to carve out a community in the heart of the Garnet Mountains. In 1898, somewhere around 1,000 people called Garnet their home
If you listen closely, when the sun goes down, in Garnet, you can hear the sounds coming from Kelly’s Saloon or the Miners Union Hall that doubled as the town’s dance hall. There were dances, plays, religious services, a boxing match and union meetings in that old Miners Union Hall.
By 1905, the gold was playing out and only 150 people remained. A raging fire in 1912 and hardships on the home front during World War I sent most of the remaining miners, wives and children packing. Garnet slowly slipped into obscurity, despite a brief renewal of mining in the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Today, Garnet’s fame lies not in the gold, but in the rich history of the town, the people that lived there, worked there and played there.
As you walk along our paths, looking at these wonderful history filled old cabins, you can imagine in your mind how the families lived, the flowers that grew alongside these cabins, the shouts of children, the mail arriving, the school bell, the horses and buckboards bringing in supplies, and people. Were there hardships? Was their laughter? Who worked at the Wells Hotel? We will show you samples of what it was like, you will experience the feel of a hundred years ago, you will walk away with awe and your camera swinging on your arm filled with pictures of a time gone by.
Visit Garnet. Experience a real ghost town. See our pictures in real time.
To walk the streets of this ghost town is to step back in time, free from intrusions of modern society!
Montana Official Travel Site
MONTANA represents the untamed, the wild, the natural. Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks are starting points. Between the parks lie mountains that don't have names yet, in ranges you've never heard of. Scattered in their valleys, you'll find small towns full of friendly locals sharing the unexpected and even maybe their huckleberry pie. We invite you to explore the parks and all the places in between.
Modern buildings blend in with the historic in Kalispel. Art is everywhere. Huckleberry, a 2000 pound carved bear greets visitors at the center of town. murals grace historic buildings, bright red and yellow art spot banners signal the location of art galleries and studios.. 2 hours North on Highway 93.
Butte is home to one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the U.S. consisting of 4,500 buildings. Enough of old Butte survives today to give visitors a feeling of what a bustling place this was in it's heyday. 115 miles east on I-90.
Lewis & Clark Caverns
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is located halfway between Butte and Bozman on Montana Route 2. Approximately 3 hours one way.
Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana
Named after Chief Joseph Ninepipes, a Bitterroot Salish Chief, the museum is nestled under the protection of the Mission Mountain Range. It contains a wealth of early photos, artifacts and antiques representing more than a century of life in the Flathead Reservation, and Montana and is one of the area's finest treasures.
The Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana was established in 1997 to discover and memorialize the history and culture of the Flathead Reservation and early Montana. It is designed for the enrichment, education, and recreation of local residents and visitors.
The museum is located halfway between Missoula and Kalispell, near the National Bison Range and the Owl Institute. It is bordered by the Ninepipes Bird Refuge, a nationally recognized bird watching area, and fish and wildlife land on all sides. Housed in a log and concrete structure built to museum specifications and standards, the museum includes both long term and temporary exhibits that provide the viewer with articles representing the life of early people in the area.