The picturesque St. Mary’s Lake in Glacier National Park
A cowboy at the Last Chance Stampede Rodeo in Helena
Paddleboarding on Georgetown Lake near Missoula
Montana State Capitol building in Helena
The Big Hole River near Glen
Cattle drive along the Rocky Mountain Front near Augusta
Hiker looking down on Lower Grinnell Lake
Fly fishing on the Madison River
- The Treasure State
Montana: experience the Glacier National Park, the crown of the continent
Often called the “Crown of the Continent”, northwest Montana’s Glacier National Park is one of the most intact ecosystems anywhere in the earth’s temperate zone. More than 1,100 km of hiking trails and one spectacular drive across the continental divide on the 80-km Going-to-the-Sun Road offer glimpses of grizzly and black bears, moose, bighorn sheep, elk, mountain lions and other wildlife.
Yellowstone National Park, accessible by car from three separate entrances in the southern part of Montana, is the world’s largest active volcano. Geysers, hot springs and other thermal features are surrounded by mountains, rivers, canyons and prairies that are home to one of the last remaining wild bison herds and two species of wolves in their natural environment.
But uncommon natural beauty is not confined to national parks. It stretches across the state, rewarding visitors who venture off the beaten path with 24 mountain ranges, millions of hectares of public lands and wilderness preserves, alpine lakes, wide open plains, natural hot springs and famous fly-fishing streams. Montana is a place where travelers can enjoy the magnificence of the natural environment by day and relax in the hospitality of charming small towns by night.
The state is home to a few small, sophisticated cities where beautiful surroundings have attracted adventurers, artists, writers, musicians and outdoorsmen for decades. Along the highways that cross the mountains and plains are tiny western towns that have changed so little over the years that arriving for a rodeo or festival can feel like stepping back in time. But whether visiting a town of 400 or a city of 40,000 (large for Montana!), one thing visitors are sure to find is truly friendly people who are willing to share their version of the good life through food, hospitality and the outdoors.
In Old West ghost towns like Virginia City and rural rodeos like the Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede, Montana’s mining history and cowboy culture come alive every day. And the seven Indian Nations and many Native American communities across the state work to preserve a history much older than the United States, including public events like the reenactments at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.
Montana is natural wonders, charming small towns, friendly people and life at a slower pace—a land full of experiences that truly can’t be found anywhere else.