• Montana Historical Society
  • Rodeos
  • The Brewery Follies, Virginia City
  • Big Hole National Battlefield, near Wisdom
  • Take a tour of historic Virginia City.
  • Copper King Mansion
  • Traces of Tradition
  • Water Sports
  • Last Chance Tour Train, Helena
  • Beaverhead County Fair, Dillon
  • Fishing Opportunities Abound in Gold West Country
  • Old Works Golf Course, Anaconda
  • Philipsburg, Montana
  • Saddle up, Cowpoke!
  • Where the Deer and the Antelope Play
  • Spacer
  • Feature: Hit the Road!
  • Montana Auto Museum
  • Desert John's Saloon Museum, Deer Lodge
  • You'll find fantastic fishing in Southwest Montana
  • Our Lady of the Rockies, Butte
  • Gates of the Mountains, near Helena
  • Lewis and Clark Caverns
  • Near Polaris
  • Virginia City
  • Living History, Nevada City
  • Bannack State Park, near Dillon
  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch, near Deer Lodge
  • Grizzly Bear near Lincoln, Montana
  • Rivers
  • Bike Trails
  • Headframes
  • Get a True Taste of Montana

Hit the Road!:
Do you have a day or two and you're itching to get out on the open road since the sun is shining and the snow is melting? Exploring Southwest Montana is the perfect remedy to brush off the winter blues! We have lots of ideas and planned out itineraries for you to consider.

Greetings From Southwest Montana

When you think of Montana, do you picture skyscraping ranges of snowcapped rock? A cowboy tipping his hat to greet you as he passes by on a boardwalk? Herds of elk under a sky so wide it seems to swallow you up?

Then you're picturing Southwest Montana. Hemmed by the snow-crowned peaks of Glacier National Park to the north and the geological marvels of Yellowstone National Park to the south, this vast region holds the best of what Montana is about.

Here you'll find a treasure trove of friendly, lively communities and intriguing 19th-century ghost towns. You'll meet a diverse mix of friendly people and have opportunities to glimpse the same wildlife Lewis and Clark encountered more than two centuries ago. When you're done exploring for the day, you'll find gems of places to rest your head - from campsites along crystal streams to lavish Western resorts.

Welcome to Southwest Montana. We're glad to have you.

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Featured Events

Last Chance Stampede and Fair

July 24 - July 27

Helena, MT

Cowboy up at the annual stampede, which kicks off with a night show by Locash and Clint Black at 7:30 p.m. July 24, followed by three nights of pro ro...

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Scene Study Intensive: “The Audition”

July 24

Butte, MT

This class for ages 13 and up is capped at 20 participants. Participants explore scene study and discovery within a play while producing a staged read...

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Live in the Taproom: Left For Dead

July 23

Helena, MT

fiddle and banjo duo plays an exciting array of old-time, folk, and country genres.

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Featured Video


Southwest Montana is known for some of the best Blue-Ribbon fishing in the state, and now that spring has arrived, it's time to dust off those waders and dust off your rod for an adventure on the wild rivers of Montana. New to the sport? Or traveling from out of town? Southwest Montana has a variety of outfitters and guides throughout the region!

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A Big Sky Alive with Birds

Across Southwest Montana, a varied landscape of windswept lakes, riparian streamsides, coniferous forests, alpine meadows and valley grasslands provide habitat for the largest raptors to the tiniest hummingbirds. Learn More



Haunted History

Ghosts and ghost towns are a peculiar draw to Southwest Montana. Dig deeper into the region's great ghost stories, ghost tours, planned ghost itineraries and ghost town information to peak your curiosity.
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Hot Springs

Hot Springs:

Nature's Restoring Baths

Our natural hot springs have attracted weary travelers for centuries. From backwoods to rustic to resort, these natural mineral baths soothe muscles tired from a day of panning, a horseback ride or a hike along the Divide. Learn More

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