A moose calf in Glacier National Park
The Crow Fair & Rodeo, an annual powwow hosted by The Apsáalooke people of the Crow Indian Reservation
Hiking among the rock formations of Makoshika State Park in Glendive
Flying down the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort
Hiker looking down on Lower Grinnell Lake
A family outing to Garnet Ghost Town, a former mining village
Starry skies above Roosevelt Arch, marking the Gardiner entrance to Yellowstone National Park
- The Treasure State
Montana: home to the towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains and the breathtaking beauty of Glacier National Park
Scenic Beauty for All Seasons
Two national parks anchor Montana – Glacier to the north and Yellowstone to the south. These parks and the seemingly endless natural wonders between them – including 55 state parks, 15 wilderness areas, and numerous national and state forests – make Montana an incredible frontier for adventure and discovery. Rafting, hiking and biking can be enjoyed during summer on numerous lakes, rivers and trails throughout the state.
Winter activities in Montana can be as adventurous as you like. Travelers attracted to fun in the snow will find some of the best skiing available at 15 ski areas, including Whitefish Mountain Resort near Glacier National Park, and Big Sky Resort near Yellowstone. Beyond the slopes, winter visitors to these areas can also enjoy dog sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobile tours and snowy expeditions to the national parks.
Travel Montana’s scenic byways by car or recreational vehicle, visiting charming and historic towns along the way. The Beartooth Highway extends from the quaint mountain town of Red Lodge into Yellowstone National Park and is a spectacular drive through a land of glaciers, high alpine lakes, glacier-carved cirque formations and fragile tundra.
Montana’s ranches will immerse you in an authentic Western way of life that still exists today. Saddle up and experience trail rides, barn dances and ranch life. Practically every summer weekend offers a chance to see a rodeo somewhere in the state. Native American cultural traditions can be experienced at Montana’s powwows, such as Crow Fair near Billings or at North American Indian Days in Browning. Montana’s American Indian tribes celebrate their heritage with dance, drumming and traditional dress during these family-oriented celebrations. Learn some of Montana’s rich history along Montana Dinosaur Trail, or at sites such as Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, First People’s Buffalo Jump State Park or Grant Kohrs National Historic Site.
Wander through authentic ghost towns such as Bannack State Park, one of the best-preserved ghost towns in the country. More than 50 buildings line its Main Street with historic log and frame structures that recall Montana’s gold rush era. The lively Victorian-era gold rush town of Virginia City is located just 145 kilometers from Yellowstone National Park. Nevada City, just 2.4 kilometers away, invites nostalgia with its historic buildings, museum, music hall, train rides and weekend living history programs.
The big state of Montana has the world’s shortest river, The Roe, which flows only 61 meters.