• Nevada City
  • Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine
  • Ennis Lake
  • Beaverhead Rock
  • Water Sports
  • Saddle up, Cowpoke!
  • Copper King Mansion
  • Big Hole Battlefield
  • A Big Sky Alive with Birds
  • Canyon Ferry Lake
  • Garnet Ghost Town
  • Old Prison Museum
  • Virginia City
  • Night Life
  • Montana Folk Festival, July 7-9, 2017
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  • Feature: Catch the Hatch!
  • Biking
  • Piccadilly Museum of Transportation
  • Traces of Tradition
  • Near Granite Ghost Town
  • State Capitol, Helena
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  • Philipsburg
  • Montana Historical Society
  • Rivers
  • State Parks
  • ExplorationWorks!
  • Wildlife Refuges
  • Stars over the Pioneer Mountains
  • Southwest Montana Fishing
  • Southwest Montana Rivers

Catch the Hatch!:
A fundraiser for the Madison River Foundation. Based in Ennis, Montana, the Madison River Foundation Inc. Is a non-profit membership organization. We are supported by the voluntary contribution of members, friends and donors to preserve, protect and enhance the Madison River.  

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.

SWMT Region Map
Southwest Montana: Montana Folk Festival
Featured Events

Reading: Ken Egan

June 30

Virginia City, MT

executive director of Humanities Montana reads from Montana 1864: Montana Indians, Emigrants and Gold in the Territorial Years and Writers Under the R...

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“Montana 1864”

June 30

Virginia City, MT

Sidney Edgerton, Mary Ronan, Pretty Shield, Crazy Horse, Granville and Awbonnie Stuart— are just some of the people of Montana in 1864. Journey back t...

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June 30 - July 1

Helena, MT

an international cultural, arts and historical exchange commemorates the life and legacy of Thomas Francis Meagher, the Irish patriot who served as Mo...

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Featured Video

Montana Folk Festival

Butte, Montana
July 7-9, 2017

One of the Northwest's Largest FREE Outdoor Music Festivals. The Montana Folk Festival features multiple stages with live performances by some of the best traditional performers in the nation.

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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



Divide and Pedal

For those inclined towards the incline, Southwest Montana boasts some of the best mountain bike terrain anywhere - everything from high ridgeline trails to canyon bombers worthy of your next GoPro video. Learn More

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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