Hiking and Backpacking
Hiking in Montana is a great way to explore the state while experiencing nature and wildlife. Regardless of where you are in Montana, the odds are there’s a trail nearby, waiting to be explored. Each trail offers an adventure into the vast openness of God’s Country. From scenic day hikes in Glacier National Park to multi-day wilderness excursions in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Grab your backpack and find a trail that’s right for you. The mountains are calling.
Montana is a true place to walk with the animals; more than 100 mammal species call the Big Sky Country home. Buffalo freely roam Yellowstone National Park and the National Bison Range. Grizzly bears explore the wild backcountry of Glacier National Park and wilderness areas. Bighorn sheep and mountain goats scale the craggy peaks of the Continental Divide. Elk bugle during the fall “rut” at the Slippery Ann Wildlife Viewing Area on the CM Russell National Wildlife Refuge and its prairie grasslands. Trumpeter swans, golden eagles, meadowlarks and over 250 bird species call Montana home. With the ecosystems surrounding Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, Montana is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the United States. So, if you want to see animals, come to Montana and go wild!
Hunt Dinosaur Fossils
Montana has so many, in fact, that you can trace them across the state on the 14 stops of the Montana Dinosaur Trail. Not to be missed is the Fort Peck Interpretive Center, with its life-size Peck’s Rex, one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons ever found. Another notable location is the Museum of the Rockies, home to the world’s largest collection of dinosaurs and a paleontology lab as well as exhibits on Western history and American Indians. www.mtdinotrail.org
Mountain Biking – Helena and beyond
Montana’s trails are becoming well known for mountain biking. Helena is a designated Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, only one of the 17 communities around the world with this distinction. Bozeman, Missoula, Butte and beyond offer trail access to national forests that abound with everything from screaming single track to historic rides to National Recreation Trails. Montana’s weather is perfect and the scenery unmatchable. www.helenamt.com
Cast your line into world-famous Paradise Valley or Flathead Lake. Take a moment to see the mountains cascade around you or catch a glimpse of Montana wildlife while you are waiting on the big one to bit the bait. Near Yellowston, in Bozeman, Loch Leven Campground and Fishing Access Site has 30 tent and trailer campsites, latrines, water, and a boat launch. Silos Recreation Area Campground and Marina is located on the shore of Canyon Ferry Lake in South Central Montana. The lake is renown for its walleye and trout fishing in addition to boating and recreation.