Montana is nothing short of majestic, it is the place that captivated characters as disparate as Theodore Roosevelt and Ernest Hemmingway. Even today, Montana maintains the same untamed beauty and wild western character that drew explorers, homesteaders, statesmen, hunters and writers here for generations. Montana’s fortuitous natural setting, rich history and vibrant culture make it a great place for recreation.
Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks are the crown jewels of Montana’s copious natural beauty. Situated in the southwestern part of the state, Yellowstone National Park was the world’s first National Park, and at 2.2 million acres, it is still one of the largest. Yellowstone has 10,000 thermal features. It is one of the few places where you can still view bear, bison, elk and wolf in their natural habitat in the Lamar Valley known as “America’s Serengeti.” Other top attractions in Yellowstone include Old Faithful Geyser, Mammoth Hot Springs, and the breathtaking wonder of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Across the state, nestled on Montana’s northern border you’ll find the ethereal beauty of Glacier National Park. The park is situated in a rugged section of the northern Rockies where mountain goats and big horn sheep cling to steep glacier carved peaks above brilliant blue water of glacier fed lakes. One of the park’s focal points is the beautifully engineered Going-to-the-Sun Road, a spectacular 52-mile highway where cars cling to the edge of the world, along with bikes and wildlife, as they traverse the Continental Divide over Logan Pass. St. Mary Lake, Lake McDonald, Iceberg Lake Trail and Garden Wall’s Highline Trail, are other not to miss attractions in the park.
With 15 ski areas to choose from, short lift lines, reasonable ticket prices, and over 400 inches of average annual snowfall, Montana is a powder hound’s dream. Montana has amazing road and mountain biking. The Beartooth National Scenic Byway is just one example of the great road biking in Montana. This 65 mile ride is located between the friendly towns of Cook City and Red Lodge. The ride goes along U.S. Highway 212 so finding your way is easy, but the ride is a challenge. Beginning at around 7,600 feet in elevation and topping out at almost 11,000 feet, this ride is so scenic that you’ll have trouble figuring out if it’s your cardio or the sight of the rugged mountain landscape that’s taking your breath away.
Fly-fishing on the Blackfoot, the Missouri, the Yellowstone, the Madison and the Smith have become legendary. These Montana rivers are known for plentiful wild trout that delight anglers from around the world. Golfers in Montana have to share the links with eagles and big game, but they do enjoy more than 70 golf courses. Golf in Montana runs the gamut from the Jack Nicklaus designed Old Works course in Anaconda to the spectacular Eagle Bend course to quaint country courses. We’ve just scratched the surface on recreation in Montana, many people spend a lifetime exploring Montana’s recreational opportunities from their ranches.