All Other Destinations and Attractions in Montana
Three Forks, Montana
Three Forks (pop. 1,700) is named for the three forks of the Missouri River which were discovered by Lewis and Clark in 1805. The area was a favorite hunting ground for the American Indians. The first permanent settlement was established nearby in 1864 and the town was founded in 1908.
Madison Buffalo Jump State Historic Site
Before Indians had horses for buffalo hunting, the used "pishkuns" like the Madison Buffalo Jump State Historic Site. Men camouflaged in furs crept among a buffalo herd to haze it toward the top of a cliff, finally initiating a stampede. Women waiting below butchered the animals and preserved the meat, hides, bones, and other parts, all of which were used.
Missouri Headwaters State Park
Missouri Headwaters State Park marks the field where the Missouri River begins its 4,368mi/7,030km journey to the Gulf of Mexico on the Atlantic Ocean. Lewis and Clark named these three rivers for President Jefferson, his secretary of state James Madison, and his secretary of the treasury Albert Gallatin.
Headwaters Heritage Museum
The Headwaters Heritage Museum in Three Forks contains artifacts depicting local history. Exhibits include replicas of rooms from a settler's house, a blacksmith shop, schoolhouse and millinery shop.
Official site: www.tfhistory.org
Address: Box 116, Three Forks, MT 59752-0116, United States
Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park
The Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park near Three Forks features one of the largest known limestone caverns in the Northwest and 9mi/15km of hiking trails.
Official site: fwp.mt.gov/parks/visit/parkSiteDetail.html?id=281895
Address: Box 489, Three Forks, MT 59752-0949, United States
St Ignatius, Montana
The small town of St Ignatius (pop. 790) was founded in 1854 by Jesuit Missionaries. It is the home of the St Ignatius Mission on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The town had the first residence school for Indians, first hospital, first saw mill, and first flour mill in the state. The mission was built with local materials by Indians and missionaries in 1891.
St Ignatius Mission
The St Ignatius Mission in northwest Montana was built with local materials by Indians and missionaries in 1891. The walls and ceilings have 61 original paintings by Brother Joseph Carignano, the mission cook.
Address: Box 667, St Ignatius, MT 59865-0667, United States
Doug Allard's Flathead Indian Museum
The Flathead Indian Museum in St Ignatius features turn-of-the-20th C American Indian clothing. Displays include tools, pottery and artifacts.
Polson (pop. 4,000) was incorporated in 1910. It was named after pioneer rancher David Polson. The town is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation in a natural amphitheater at the south end of Flathead Lake in western Montana.
Miracle of America Museum
The Miracle of America Museum in Polson features military collectibles; toys and dolls; American Indian artifacts; logging and pioneer items; vintage cars, motorcycles and bicycles as well as a pioneer village with 35 walk-in buildings. Another feature is snow vehicles from Glacier National Park.
Official site: www.MiracleofAmericaMuseum.org
Address: 36094 Memory Lane, Polson, MT 59860, United States
Polson-Flathead Historical Museum
The Polson-Flathead Historical Museum presents life in the late 1800's and early 1900's through exhibits including buggies and wagons, a jail cell, farm equipment from homesteads and a historic Trading Post from 1881.
Official site: www.polsonflatheadmuseum.org
Address: 708 Main Street, Polson, MT 59860-3225, United States
Flathead Lake State Park
Flathead Lake State Park in northwest Montana between Polson and Kalispell features camping, fishing, boating and swimming opportunities.
National Bison Range, Moiese, Montana
Bisons, antelopes, elks and other animals can be observed from signposted roads in this reserve, north of Missoula in the Flathead Reservation. As a complete contrast, the Miracle of America Museum in Polson, further to the north, has an astonishing collection of pure American kitsch.The National Bison Range was established in 1908 with a wide range of habitats for wildlife including elk, deer, pronghorn, black bears, coyotes, and ground squirrels. Over 200 species of birds also call the Range home such as eagles, hawks, meadowlarks, bluebirds, ducks, and geese.
Miles City, Montana
Miles City (pop. 8,500) was named for Col Nelson A Miles, whose troops first stayed in the area. Nelson Miles arrived in the area in 1876 to force the Cheyenne and Sioux to return to the reservations. Fort Keogh was built on the site in 1877 and used as a base for controlling the local tribes.
Custer County Art Center
The Custer County Art Center is housed in the holding tanks of the old Miles City Water Treatment Plan, built in 1910. The two galleries feature exhibits of Western, historical and contemporary art.
Official site: www.ccac.milescity.org
Address: Box 1284, Miles City, MT 59301-1284, United States
Range Riders Museum
The Range Riders Museum in Miles City was founded in 1939 in memory of the pioneers. The complex features Western antiques and artifacts, archeological specimens as well as the Bert Clark gun collection.
Official site: rangeridersmuseum.org
Address: Box 2003, Miles City, MT 59301-2003, United States
Malta (pop. 2,100) was named for the island of the same name in the Mediterranean. The town was the center of a cattle industry with wheat and alfalfa added as the area's leading products.
Phillips County Museum
Exhibits at the Phillips County Museum include mining, American Indian artifacts, life-size dinosaur casts, fossils, and agricultural items. An outlaw display is centered around Kid Curry.
Official site: www.phillipscountymuseum.org
Address: 431 Highway 2 East, Malta, MT 59538, United States
Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge
The Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1936 as a breeding and feeding for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds and other wildlife.
Official site: bowdoin.fws.gov
Address: 194 Bowdoin Auto Tour Road, Malta, MT 59538-5700, United States
Livingston (pop. 6,900) flourished when the Northern Pacific Railroad laid tracks in 1882. The town is at the head of Paradise Valley in southcentral Montana through which the Yellowstone River flows and several mountain ranges rise above.
International Fly Fishing Center
The Fly Fishing Center in Livingston features displays that include a collection of fishing art, fly-fishing memorabilia, hundreds of flies and aquariums filled with cold and warm water fish.
Address: 215 East Lewis Street, Livingston, MT 59047-3114, United States
Livingston Depot Center
The Livingston Depot Center was built in 1902 as the Northern Pacific Railroad's access point to the Yellowstone National Park. The station was built in Italian Renaissance style by the firm responsible for New York's Grand Central Station.
Official site: www.livingstonmuseums.org/depot/
Address: Box 1319, Livingston, MT 59047-1319, United States
Yellowstone Gateway Museum
The Yellowstone Gateway Museum in Livingston is home to an extensive collection of artifacts and exhibits featuring Park County, Yellowstone Park, railroad, pioneer, and Old West History.
Official site: www.livingstonmuseums.org/pcm/
Address: 118 West Chinook Street, Livingston, MT 59047-2011, United States
West Yellowstone, Montana
West Yellowstone (pop. 1,200) came to be with the arrival of the Oregon Shortline Railroad at the west boundary of Yellowstone National Park. The track was completed in 1907 and by the summer of 1908, merchants were set up nearby. The town's major industry is tourism.
Madison River Canyon Earthquake Area
In 1959, one of the most severe earthquakes recorded in North America shook the area around West Yellowstone. The quake measured 7.5 on the Richter scale and it created giant tidal waves that crashed over the Hebgen Dam. The area was set aside to preserve the effects of the earthquake on the geology and man-made structures. Photos of the area just after the earthquake and a seismograph are a few of the items on display.
Address: US Highway 191, Box 520, West Yellowstone, MT 59758, United States
Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
Visitors to the Grizzly Discovery Center can view grizzly bears and gray wolves in a natural habitat with exhibits that illustrate the biology, behavior, history and population decline of grizzlies and wolves. Watch the bears forage for food, play in their ponds, and with each other. Early morning and evening visitors may witness active wolf packs howling.
Official site: www.grizzlydiscoveryctr.com
Address: 201 South Canyon Street, West Yellowstone, MT 59758, United States
Virginia City, Montana
Virginia City (pop. 130) in Madison County, Montana was the territorial capital from 1865 to 1876. More than 80 buildings have been restored or reconstructed. Gold panning, fishing and hunting opportunities are available.
Nevada City near Virginia City is a former mining ghost town with 14 original historic buildings and museums. There are many other buildings from around the state. The Music Hall contains mechanical musical machines.
J Spencer Watkins Memorial Museum
Displays at the J Spencer Watkins Memorial Museum in Virginia City include the history of pioneers, miners, ranchers and farmers.
Libby (pop. 2,600) was originally settled in the 1860s. The northwestern Montana town was named for the daughter of one of the men who discovered gold in a nearby creek.
The Heritage Museum in Libby is a 12-sided log structure that includes historical information about the Kootenai Indians, early trappers, lumbermen, women, and miners who came to the area. Wildlife exhibits feature grizzly bear, bald eagles, deer, and other animals that can be found in the area.
Official site: www.libbyheritagemuseum.org/
Address: Box 628, Libby, MT 59923-0628, United States
Kootenai National Forest
The Kootenai National Forest features more than 2.2 million acres. The Whitefish Range, Purcell Mountains, Bitterroot Range, Salish Mountains, and Cabinet Mountains are all part of the area. There are more than 100 lakes inside the boundaries of the Kootenai that are stocked with fish.
Official site: www.fs.fed.us/r1/kootenai/
Address: 1101 Highway 2 West, Libby, MT 59923-3104, United States
Havre (pop. 9,600) was named after the French city Le Havre more than 100 years ago. The town became the transportation hub of the area, providing goods and supplies to the area trappers, miners and military stationed at Fort Assinniboine.
H Earl Clack Museum
The Clack Museum in Havre features dioramas and artifacts representing the local area geological features. Displays include Native American, Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump, Fort Assinniboine, dinosaurs, local artists, local businesses, and military. Artifacts from the 2,000 year old Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Kill Site are highlights of the museum.
Address: 1753 US Hwy 2 NW #30, Havre, MT 59501, United States
Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Kill Site
Wahkpa Chu'gn is an Assinniboine name for the nearby Milk River. The site is a 2,000 year-old bison kill and campsite that was once occupied by three different cultures.
Official site: www.buffalojump.org
Address: Hwy 2 West, Havre, MT 59501, United States
Rocky Boy Indian Reservation
The Rocky Boy Indian Reservation is located in northcentral Montana close to the Canadian border. It was established in 1916 and named for a Chippewa leader whose Indian name meant "Stone Child" and later changed to "Rocky Boy." The Chippewa and Cree Indians maintain a strong heritage through the annual Pow-Wow, featuring authentic Native American dancers and competitions.
Official site: www.rockyboy.org
Address: Box 544, Box Elder, MT 59521, United States
Havre Beneath the Streets
Havre Beneath the Streets is an underground mall that takes visitors back to 100 years ago. Original buildings, built in 1904, include the Sporting Eagle Saloon, Fongs Laundry, Shorty Young's Office, Gourley Brother's Bakery as well as an opium den and a bordello.
Official site: www.havremt.com/attractions/beneath_the_streets.htm
Address: 120 Third Avenue, Havre, MT 59501, United States
Hamilton (pop. 3,700) is the central trade area for hundreds of small farms, ranches and orchards in the area in western Montana. The town was founded by 19th C copper magnate Marcus Daly.
In 1886 Marcus Daly purchased the existing Anthony Chaffin homestead in Hamilton and remodeled it. The new mansion was completed in 1889 and was remodeled again in 1897 to a Queen Anne Victorian home and then into a new Georgian-Revival style home in 1910. The home has more than 50 rooms; 25 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms and seven fireplaces.
Official site: dalymansion.org
Address: Box 223, Hamilton, MT 59840-9207, United States
Ravalli County Museum
The Ravalli County Museum is housed in the former Ravalli County Courthouse in Hamilton in 1900. Exhibits include American Indian artifacts, an antique kitchen, a miner and trapper room, and veteran's displays.
Official site: brvhsmuseum.org
Address: 205 Bedford Street, Hamilton, MT 59840-2853, United States
Fort Benton, Montana
Fort Benton (pop. 1,600) was at the "Head of Navigation" on the Missouri River. A fur and buffalo robe trading post, it became a main supply depot for immigrants and miners. Many of the buildings located in its National Historic Landmark District were constructed during the "golden years" of the 1880's.
Museum of the Upper Missouri
The history of Fort Benton and the Upper Missouri River region from 1800 to 1900 is highlighted at the Museum of the Upper Missouri in Fort Benton. Displays include the rifle Chief Joseph surrendered to Generals Howard and Miles at the Battle of the Bear's Paw and relics from the fur & robe and military forts of the region.
Official site: www.fortbenton.com/museums/mum.html
Address: Box 262, Fort Benton, MT 59442, United States
Museum of the Northern Great Plains
The Museum of the Northern Great Plains in Fort Benton features the history of life on the plains. The Homestead Village represents a typical 1900's rural community. Buildings include a small country church, bank, and drug store.
Official site: www.fortbenton.com/museums/ag.html
Address: 1205 20th Street, Fort Benton, MT 59442-0262, United States
Big Timber, Montana
Big Timber's (pop. 1,650) name came from the large cottonwood trees that grow along the bank of the Yellowstone River. It is the gateway to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and offers blue-ribbon trout fishing.
Big Timber Waterslide
The Big Timber Waterslide has seven large waterslides, wading pools, a Junior Olympic-size pool, a lazy river ride and bumper boats.
Official site: www.bigtimberwaterslide.com
Address: 705 Highway 10 E, Big Timber, MT 59011, United States
Crazy Mountain Museum
The Crazy Mountain Museum in Big Timber features a one-room schoolhouse, a Norwegian Stabbur and artifacts, and a model of Big Timber in 1907.
Official site: sweetgrass.mtgenweb.org/museum.html
Address: Box 83, Big Timber, MT 59011-0083, United States
The town of Dillon (pop. 3,800) was named for the president of the Union Pacific Railroad. The town was established in 1880 by a group of businessmen who bought out a rancher that refused to sell to the railroad. Fishing and hiking are popular recreational activities.
Bannack State Historic Park
Bannack is the site of Montana's first major gold discovery in 1862. It became Montana's first territorial capital in 1864. There are over 50 buildings that line Main Street with historic log and frame structures including the jail, hotel and the first capitol.
Official site: www.bannack.org
Address: 4200 Bannack Road, Dillon, MT 59725, United States
Western Montana College Gallery (Museum)
The Western Montana College Gallery and Museum is housed in the main hall of the University of Montana. It was built in 1896. Exhibits include student art and a permanent art collection of Western art. Seidensticker's Wildlife Collection features wildlife from Africa, Asia, and North America.
Official site: www.mt-magda.org/wmc.htm
Address: 710 South Atlantic, Dillon, MT 59725, United States
Beaverhead County Museum
The Beaverhead County Museum is housed in a log building complex in Dillon. It features an authentic homesteader's cabin, the first flush toilet outhouse in Dillon, mining and agriculture equipment.
Official site: beaverheadcountymuseum.com
Address: 15 South Montana Street, Dillon, MT 59725-2433, United States
Chinook (pop. 1,400) was named after the American Indian word that describes the winds that whip through the area in January and February causing temperatures to rise 70 degrees in a few hours. Chinooks have saved many cattle herds by exposing grass when the snow melts.
Bear Paw Battlefield - Nez Perce National Historical Park
Bear Paw Battlefield is the site of the last battle of the Nez Perce War of 1877. A community of 700 people made camp on the banks of Snake Creek on September 29. On October 5, Chief Joseph, on behalf of 432 survivors, ended the battle as he gave his rifle to Colonel Nelson A. Miles saying "From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more, forever."
Blaine County Museum
The Blaine County Museum in Chinook features exhibits of the pioneer days, the homestead era, and of Blaine County through two World Wars. An early church, school rooms, country dentist and doctors offices, and a reconstructed, "Tar paper" homestead, with period furnishings are displayed.
Official site: www.blainecountymuseum.com
Address: Box 927, Chinook, MT 59523-0927, United States
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument commemorates the battle between the US Army and several Indian bands. The battlefield includes visitor center, museum, Custer National Cemetery, 7th Cavalry Memorial and Reno-Benteen Battlefield.
Official site: www.nps.gov/libi/
Address: Box 39, Crow Agency, MT 59022-0039, United States
Ninepipe and Pablo National Wildlife Refuges, Ronan, Montana
The Ninepipe and Pablo National Wildlife Refuges consist of water, marsh, and upland grass areas. The area has become a nesting area for many species including Canada geese, mallards, and redheads, Pintail, American widgeon, shoveler, blue and green-winged teal, ruddy duck, gadwall, common merganser, and coot. Photography, wildlife observation, and picnicking are encouraged on both refuges; fishing is available at certain times.
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
The Beaverhead and Deerlodge National Forest offers a wide range of recreational pursuits that include snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and downhill skiing. Ranges, such as the Anaconda, Gravelly, Madison, Tobacco and Root, are found within the forest boundaries. The forests were combined in 1996 to create a 3.3 million acre scenic and recreation area.
Address: 420 Barrett Street, Dillon, MT 59725-3572, United States
Museum of the Beartooths, Columbus, Montana
The Museum of the Beartooths in Columbus outlines local history from the 1870's to present. Exhibits include historic washing machines, artifacts relating to the second Crow Agency (1875-1882), vintage home furniture, 1895 Line Drug Company pharmaceuticals, and a tribute to Donald J Ruhl, one of Montana's seven Medal of Honor winners who died at Iwo Jima.
Frontier Gateway Museum, Glendive, Montana
The Frontier Gateway Museum in Glendive features displays that range from prehistoric times to the 20th C. Exhibits include fossils, buffaloes, American Indians, homesteaders, cattlemen, settlers, railroads, and Civil War displays. Other buildings on the grounds include two country stores, a blacksmith shop, buggy shed, a fire hall, log cabin, and a restored country school.
People's Center, Pablo, Montana
The People's Center in Pablo focuses on the history and culture of the Salish, Kootenai and Pend d'Orielle Tribal Nations. Travelers can discover what life was like for these tribes before contact with the white man, during the contact and settlement era, and up to today's lifestyle. Art, photographs and crafts are included in the collection.
Philipsburg - Granite County Museum & Cultural Center
The Granite County Museum and Cultural Center is located in the former Courtney Hotel in Philipsburg. The main floor features historical exhibits including photos, clothing, and belongings of past residents of the county. Downstairs is a mural of a mining community with an assay office, a bank with a coin collection found beneath a miner's cabin, and a reconstructed miner's cabin.
Official site: philipsburgmt.com/museum
Address: 135 South Sansome, Box 502, Philipsburg, MT 59858, United States
Pompeys Pillar National Monument
The Pompeys Pillar National Monument overlooks the Yellowstone River to the east of Billings. Captain William Clark carved his name in the sandstone in 1806. This is the only physical evidence of the Lewis and Clark expedition through the area. The pillar features American Indian pictographs and names of soldiers, early trappers and settlers.
Official site: www.pompeyspillar.org
Address: Box 36800, Billings, MT 59107, United States
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
The Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area offers scenic views of sheer cliffs towering 1,000 feet above blue water, varieties of wildlife, and abundant recreational opportunities, such as boating, fishing, ice fishing, camping, and hiking. The landscape has been witness to 10,000 years of human history.
Official site: www.nps.gov/bica/
Address: 5 Avenue B, Box 7458, Fort Smith, MT 59035-7458, United States
Timescale Adventures, Bynum, Montana
Timescale Adventures is located in a region of northern Montana that is noted for paleontological discoveries, geological exposures, wildlife habitat, and Native American historical and archaeological sites. Hands-on educational experiences for the public are available.
McCone County Museum, Circle, Montana
The McCone County Museum in Circle features a blacksmith shop, agricultural tools and equipment, a military display, cowboy paraphernalia, a sheepman's room, a fully equipped sheep wagon, a gun display, Indian artifacts, dinosaur bones, mounted animals, and pioneer exhibits.
Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. It offers many recreational activities including water skiing, fishing, sailing and sightseeing. Wild Horse Island is surrounded by Flathead Lake and provides habitat for sheep, deer, bears, osprey and eagles.
Fort Peck Dam, Fort Peck, Montana
Old Fort Peck was once located on the west bank of the Missouri River above the present site of Fort Peck Dam. Fort Peck Dam is a hydraulic earth-filled dam which was built between 1933 and 1940 and created Fort Peck Lake. Fishing and camping are available on the lake.
Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center & Museum
The Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center & Museum is located on the banks of theMissouri River next to the Fort Peck Power Plant and immediately downstream of Fort Peck Dam on Lower Yellowstone Road. This 18,000 square foot facilityopened in May 2005. Exhibits include the largest aquariums in Montana displaying the native and introduced fish of Fort Peck Lake and the Missouri River, the construction history of Fort Peck Dam, the paleontology history of the area including several dinosaur displays and a Cretaceous Inland Seadisplay. Also showcased is the historical and present day wildlife of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge which surrounds Fort Peck Lake.
Official site: www.nwo.usace.army.mil/html/Lake_Proj/fortpeck/museum.html
Address: Lower Yellowstone Road, Fort Peck, MT 59230, United States
Nez Perce National Historic Park - Bear Paw Battlefield
South of Chinook, near the Canadian frontier, the flight of the Nez Perce Indians, led from Idaho by Chief Joseph, ended in 1877. After a six-day battle with government forces the Indians surrendered - marking the end of Indian resistance in Montana.
Chief Plenty Coups State Park, Pryor, Montana
The Chief Plenty Coups State Park was the home of Plenty Coups, last chief of the Crow. His log home, sacred spring, and farmstead have been preserved. A small museum traces the story of Chief Plenty Coups' life, and his efforts to lead his people in adopting the lifestyle of the white man.
Beartooth Scenic Highway, Red Lodge, Montana
The Beartooth Scenic Highway runs from Red Lodge (pop. 2,200) to the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park. American Indians called the original Beartooth Pass the "trail above the eagles." Scenic overlooks have been constructed which allow views of up to 75mi/120km.
Musselshell Valley Historical Museum, Roundup, Montana
Exhibits at the Musselshell Valley Historical Museum in Roundup include rock, fossil and mineral displays; a replica coal mine shaft; a telephone operators switchboard; a blacksmith's shop; an original log cabin; wildlife displays and western art.
St Mary's Mission, Stevensville, Montana
The St Mary's Mission was Montana's first permanent white settlement, established in 1841 by Fr. Pierre DeSmet. The interior of the chapel has been restored to its colors of the 1880's. Chief Victor's cabin is a museum that displays American Indian artifacts, original furnishings and other items used by early missionaries.
Pierre Wibaux Museum Complex, Wibaux, Montana
The Town of Wibaux is named for Pierre Wibaux, a Frenchman who came to America to seek his fortune in the cattle industry. The Pierre Wibaux Museum was built in 1892 as a town office building. Displays include items belonging to Pierre Wibaux such as his desk and dishes.
Vintage Bus Tour, Anaconda, Montana
Visitors can take a historic tour of Anaconda in a vintage 1936 bus. The bus originally used by the Anaconda Company to transport visitors through the copper smelter.
St Labre Mission, Ashland, Montana
The St Labre Mission near Ashland was established in 1884 by four Ursuline Sisters. The St Labre Indian Chapel was inspired by the teepee of the Plains Indians. The museum features Plains Indian artifacts and a documentary film on the school.
Medicine Rocks State Park, Baker, Montana
Medicine Rocks was a place of 'big medicine' where Indian hunting parties conjured up magical spirits. The Medicine Rocks State Park is home to mule deer, antelope, and sharp tailed grouse.
Big Hole National Battlefield
The Big Hole National Battlefield is a memorial to the people who fought and died at this site on August 9 and 10, 1877. The conflict came to be called the Nez Perce War of 1877.
Official site: www.nps.gov/biho/
Address: Box 237, Wisdom, MT 59761-0237, United States
Bitterroot National Forest
The Bitterroot National Forest begins above the foothills of the Bitterroot River Valley. Wildlife in the area includes bear, elk, moose, big horn sheep, mule and whitetail deer and Rocky Mountain goat.
Official site: www.fs.fed.us/r1/bitterroot/
Address: 1801 North First Street, Hamilton, MT 59840-3114, United States
Liberty County Museum, Chester, Montana
The Liberty County Museum in Chester includes a display of general store, a one-room schoolhouse, Native American artifacts, as well as farm, ranch and railroad equipment.
Old Trail Museum, Choteau, Montana
The Old Trail Museum in Choteau is set in a Western village and details the history of the area beginning with the dinosaur era. Hands-on geology and paleontology field programs are available.
Custer National Forest (Dakota Prairie Grasslands)
The Custer National Forest is well known for lake and stream fishing, and the habitat it provides for mountain goats, big horn sheep, elk, muley and white-tail deer, black bear, cougar, and moose.
Official site: www.fs.fed.us/r1/custer/
Address: 1310 Main Street, Box 50760, Billings, MT 59105-0760, United States
Flathead National Forest
The Flathead National Forest provides scenery of high ridges and mountains and offers recreational opportunities including downhill skiing, river rafting, hiking, camping and fishing.
Official site: www.fs.fed.us/r1/flathead/
Address: 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, MT 59901-5772, United States
Gallatin National Forest
The Gallatin National Forest is located north of Yellowstone National Park. Mountains found within the forest include the Madison and Gallatin ranges, the Absaroka and Beartooth ranges and the Crazy Mountains.
Official site: www.fs.fed.us/r1/gallatin/
Address: Box 130, Bozeman, MT 59771-0130, United States
Big Horn County Historical Museum and State Visitor Center, Hardin, Montana
The Big Horn County Historical Museum in Hardin consists of restored buildings ranging from a railroad depot to a blacksmith shop, church and ranch buildings. Antique farm machinery is also on display.
Ninemile Remount Depot Ranger Station, Huson, Montana
The Ninemile Historic Remount Depot shows the functioning of a working Ranger Station. The Visitor Center features information on the firefighters in the Northern Rockies during the early 1900s.
Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Medicine Lake, Montana
The Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge was established as a wild bird refuge in 1935. The Refuge is a stopover for migrating birds, and a breeding ground for waterfowl and shorebirds. Hunting and fishing are permitted.
Red Rocks Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Monida, Montana
The Red Rocks Lakes National Wildlife Refuge was established for trumpeter swans in 1935 and it has become an important nesting area. Wildlife observation, hiking, and photography are permitted, except in designated areas.
Daniels County Museum and Pioneer Town, Scobey, Montana
The Daniels County Museum & Pioneer Town in Scobey features 35 buildings that have been restored to depict a town in the early 1900's. Highlights of the museum are period antiques and vintage vehicles.
Mon-Dak Heritage Center, Sidney, Montana
The Mon-Dak Heritage Center in Sidney features area history and 16-unit street scene of the early 1900s, complete with boardwalks. Exhibits include the St Cyr gun collection, area artifacts and early photos.
Prairie County Museum, Terry, Montana
The Prairie County Museum is housed in the State Bank of Terry building which was built in 1916. Highlights include a dentist's office, barber shop, library and butcher shop. The museum features a photographic exhibit.
Ulm Pishkun State Park, Ulm, Montana
The Ulm Pishkun State Park contains a prehistoric bison kill site that consists of a mile-long buffalo jump, or pishkun. Highlights include a stuffed buffalo, implements created with buffalo remains and a teepee covered with buffalo hides.
Castle Museum Carriage House, White Sulphur Springs, Montana
The Castle Museum in White Sulphur Springs is located in a restored 1892 chateau style house and furnished in period. The museum is entered from the carriage house behind the castle.
Wolf Point Area Historical Society Museum, Wolf Point, Montana
The Wolf Point Museum features displays that include artifacts of the first settlers and homesteaders who arrived in the late 1880s. The homesteading era of 1914 and 1915 are highlighted.
Questa Sail Boat, Bigfork, Montana
The Questa is a famous Q class racing sloop designed by L Francis Herreshoff in 1929. Two-hour tours of Flathead Lake are available.
Museum of the Plains Indian, Browning, Montana
The Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning features murals, dioramas, historical and contemporary native Indian art as well as artifacts.
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, Cardwell, Montana
The Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park features a limestone cavern lined with stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites.
Yellowstone Wildlife Museum, Cooke City, Montana
The Yellowstone Wildlife Museum is located at the entrance to Yellowstone National Park. It features more than 100 mounted animals and birds native to the area.
Glasgow - Valley County Pioneer Museum
The Valley County Pioneer Museum in Glasgow features displays that include 19th C American Indian and pioneer artifacts, photographs and agricultural tools.
Official site: www.valleycountymuseum.com
Address: 816 Highway 2, Glasgow, MT 59230, United States
Upper Musselshell Museum, Harlowton, Montana
The Upper Mussellshell Museum features a general store, Indian artifacts, pioneer home, and a 2000-year-old buffalo skull.
Central Montana Museum, Lewistown, Montana
The Central Montana Museum in Lewistown features pioneer relics, blacksmith and cowboy tools, guns, Native American artifacts, collections of minerals and artwork.
Marias Museum of History and Art, Shelby, Montana
The Marias Museum of History and Art in Shelby features displays on early settlers, merchants, ranchers, blacksmiths, telephones, and the armed forces displays.
Broadwater County Museum and Historical Library, Townsend, Montana
The Broadwater County Museum features pioneer artifacts that showcase local history.
Yellowstone National Park
West Yellowstone at the southwestern tip of Montana is the westernmost entrance to Yellowstone National Park that is mostly situated in Wyoming.
Official site: www.nps.gov/yell/
Address: Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, MT 82190-0168, United States