Anaconda and Philipsburg Area

The Anaconda and Philipsburg area, the core of the Pintler Veterans' Memorial Scenic Highway, is blessed with year-round recreation opportunities, scenic splendor and of course, plenty of history. Founded in 1866 as a trading center, Philipsburg now boasts a National Historic District and one of the most lovingly restored street fronts you’ll see anywhere. Anaconda was founded by Marcus Daly in 1883. He became one of the world’s wealthiest men by supplying copper for electrical and telephone wiring in the late 19th century. Today, Anaconda is part of the nation’s largest National Historic Landmark District.

Historic Highlights

Anaconda Smoke Stack State Park

Anaconda Smoke Stack State Park

Anaconda Smoke Stack State Park

Over 585 feet high and one of the few remnants of Anaconda’s huge copper smelting plant, it is the world’s tallest free-standing, masonry structure. Now a State Park and interpretive site. 406-563-2400. Click for details

Anaconda Visitor Center Complex

This building is a replica of an old train depot. Includes information on Anaconda’s many historic attractions. Vintage bus tours begin here. 406-563-2400.

Old Works Historical Trail

Interpretive plaques address the history of the Old WOrks smelter. Kiosks and benches are provided for resting along the paved trail. Approximately one and a quarter miles. 406-563-2400.

Walking Tour

Tour Anaconda’s four National Historic districts. Includes turn-of-the-century architecture such as and the ornate Washoe Theater (ranked fifth in the nation by The Smithsonian Institute).

Copper Village Museum

Housed in the former Anaconda City Hall, built in 1896. Complex includes an historical museum, archives and art center, along with a retail shop and the local historical society. 406-563-2422. Click for details

Hearst Free Library

Built in 1989 with classical beauty. Located on Main Street in Anaconda. 406-563-6932.

Granite County Museum

Explore the daily routine of the turn of the century underground miner. This museum in Philipsburg features a replicated silver mine complete with equipment, a prospector’s cabin and a fire essay lab. 406-859-3020. Click for details

Granite Ghost Town

South of Philipsburg, this abandoned silver mine was known as the "Silver Queen," the richest silver-producing area in the country in the 1890s. Stroll through the Granite Ghost Walk. Click for details

Cultural Highlights

Washoe Theater

Washoe Theater

Washoe Theater

Anaconda’s historic 1930s working movie theater listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Sites. 406-563-6161. Click for details

St. Timothy’s Summer Music Festival

Playing host to some of the world’s best chamber groups, this festival is nestled on a hillside 600 feet above Georgetown Lake. Views of the lake, the Pintler Wilderness Area, the continental divide and peaks 11,000 feet high are just as breathtaking as the music. 406-563-2616.

Opera House Theatre

Emerging as a showcase producer of Montana playwrights, the Opera House Theatre in Philipsburg, dubbed "The Jewel of Montana", offers live professional summer theatre. The oldest theatre in Montana hosts yearly events. Your own theatrical journey starts at the front door! 406-859-0013.

Scenic Highlights

Pintler Veterans' Memorial Scenic Highway

Pintler Veterans' Memorial Scenic Highway

Mount Haggin Wildlife Management Area

Montana’s largest at 54,000 acres. Moose, elk, cranes and other native species abound. Cross country skiing in winter. From Anaconda, SE on Highway 1 to Mill Creek State Highway 273. 406-444-2535. Click for details

Pintler Veterans' Memorial Scenic Highway

From 1915 this famous scenic byway (Highway 1) was one leg of the coast to coast Yellowstone Trail. The route was Montana’s first paved highway and connected Drummond, Philipsburg and Anaconda to both national parks.

Recreational Highlights

State Fish Hatchery

State Fish Hatchery

Washoe Park

Historic park located in Anaconda. Dedicated in the 1890s and expanded during the 1910s. Park attractions include the historic Glover Cabin, the oldest standing building in Anaconda, swimming pool, tennis courts, approximately six miles of walking trails, large picnic area, playground and Legion Baseball field. 406-563-2400. Click for details

State Fish Hatchery

Located in Anaconda’s Washoe Park. Originally opened in 1908, it’s the oldest run fish hatchery facility still in existence. The visitors center is open daily with underwater trout stream viewing. 406-563-2531. Click for details


There are two 18-hole golf courses in this area. Old Works is Jack Nicklaus signature design and is nationally recognized by Golf and Golf Digest magazines as "One of the top 100 Public Facilities in America" and "One of the best values." It is truly challenging and unique. 406-563-5827. Click for details

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s beautiful scenery provides a backdrop for their course. 800-332-3272. Click for details.

Lost Creek State Park

Mountain goats and bighorn sheep often graze in this 500-acre canyon five miles north of Anaconda. Handicapped accessible trail to a 50-foot waterfall. Hiking and picnicking. 406-563-2400. Click for details

Georgetown Lake

Boating, fishing, camping and windsurfing 14 miles west of Anaconda. Ice fishing, snowkiting and snowmobiling in winter. Access to lodging, restaurants, casinos and a marina. Near Discovery Ski Area. 406-563-2400. Click for details

Gem Mines

The Philipsburg area is home to a well-known discovery of sapphire and ruby gems found over a century ago. Area businesses allow digging for a fee. 406-859-4367, 800-525-0169

Anaconda and Philipsburg Area

Anaconda and Philipsburg Area

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