Montana Off The Beaten Path

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Montana Off The Beaten Path

  • Wild Horse Island

    In the middle of Flathead Lake in Polson, Montana is Wild Horse Island. It is exactly what it sounds like, an island populated with wild horses. It also boasts of big horn sheep, deer, and the occasional bear that swims over. The first time I went there were 5 horses and the second time I went we were lucky enough to be the first people to ever see...

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  • pull off at the small villages

    While I can't remember where this is, I can tell you that it is 7 hours east of Spokane on 90, and just a hundred or so meters of the expressway. The small town has a great motel, good restaurant, and the gas station opens at 5:00 a.m. We didn't check the maps or GPS so stopped there at about 5:00 p.m. and got up early and two hours later, were in...

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  • cross country ski

    Of course it would have to be sometime between the middle of November and the middle of March, but if you find yourself in Montana during the winter one of the best free entertainment that we have is miles of groomed cross country ski trails. Our favorite is Chief Joseph pass, about 1 hour south of Hamilton and directly across the street from the...

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  • Ghost towns

    Montana has many ghost towns but if you are in the area of crystal park and Elkhorn hot springs, another fun thing to do is visit the town of Coolidge (named after Calvin).On one side of the stream is the giant Elkorn silver mine, still standing but unaccessable, probably because it would be very dangerous to wander around in or near it. It...

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  • Free crystals

    The forest service has the perfect place for rockhounds. Crystal park is in the middle of the Pioneer mountains, in my opinion one of the prettiest spots in Montana. It is a huge park where you can dig for quartz crystals, 6 sides with points on both ends. It is between Wise River and Polaris on the Pioneer Mountains national scenic byway which is...

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  • Skalkaho Falls

    There is a mountain pass between Hamilton, where I live, and Phillipsburg Montana. It looks like a considerable shortcut on the map compared to the highway but in actuallity, it takes as long as the highway because it is a mountain road with switchbacks and only partly paved. It is only open from the middle of June until around the beginning of...

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  • A great bike path

    In western Montana, right off the Main highway through Montana, 90, 5 miles from the Idaho line you will find the Taft exit 5 and the Route of the Hiawatha. It is an abandoned rail bed that has been restored into a very scenic bike path. One way it is 17 miles of a slight downhill grade with a shuttle at the end to take you back or you are welcome...

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  • Victorian Homes #5

    Billings Montana got its named after the famed railroad tycoon President of the Northern Pacific Railroad from May 1979 to June 1881. His statue stands in front of The Western Heritage Center. Minnesota and Montana Land and Improvement Company in 1882 laid out the town-site. A month later, 5,000 lots had been sold for cash. By years end there were...

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  • Victorian Homes #4

    Billings Montana got its named after the famed railroad tycoon President of the Northern Pacific Railroad from May 1979 to June 1881. His statue stands in front of The Western Heritage Center. Minnesota and Montana Land and Improvement Company in 1882 laid out the town-site. A month later, 5,000 lots had been sold for cash. By years end there were...

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  • Victorian Homes #3

    Billings Montana got its named after the famed railroad tycoon President of the Northern Pacific Railroad from May 1979 to June 1881. His statue stands in front of The Western Heritage Center. Minnesota and Montana Land and Improvement Company in 1882 laid out the town-site. A month later, 5,000 lots had been sold for cash. By years end there were...

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  • Victorian Homes #2

    Billings Montana got its named after the famed railroad tycoon President of the Northern Pacific Railroad from May 1979 to June 1881. His statue stands in front of The Western Heritage Center. Minnesota and Montana Land and Improvement Company in 1882 laid out the town-site. A month later, 5,000 lots had been sold for cash. By years end there were...

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  • Victorian Homes #1

    Billings Montana got its named after the famed railroad tycoon President of the Northern Pacific Railroad from May 1979 to June 1881. His statue stands in front of The Western Heritage Center. Minnesota and Montana Land and Improvement Company in 1882 laid out the town-site. A month later, 5,000 lots had been sold for cash. By years end there were...

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  • Moss Mansion

    Built in 1903 as a sandstone stucture by Preston Boyd Moss for his family. Mr. Moss was very prominent in banking and was founder of many companies as the first dial telephone company in the area, newspaper the Billings Gazette, and started a central heating plant - Billings Utility Company. Mr. & Mrs. Moss had six children and were pillars of this...

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  • lewis and clark caverns

    this is a state park campground we stayed at between butte and hamilton. decided to go see what the caverns were all about even though we didnt really feel like paying for a 2 hour guided tour. well needless to say we were really happy we went for it and no i would not want to go in there without a guide. was well worth the money.

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  • Drive the Going To the Sun Road

    Driving the historic Going to the Sun Road is off the beaten path for sure, it's in the middle of a large national park.Sure there are alot of people that take this beautiful drive, however the park is large and the road long, so there is no problem finding a peaceful place you can have to yourselves.If you like there are tour buses that run up and...

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  • No speed limit

    Montana is the only state in the USA without a speed limit. At daytime you can drive as fast as you want on the Interstate highways leading through this state. But you should still be careful. The cops can stop you anytime if they think that your speed was not appropriate to the street conditions.

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  • in the Gallatin National...

    in the Gallatin National Forest you can see earthquake lake. In 1959 a mountain collapsed after an earthquake. The rubble blocked a small stream and a lake was formed. In the infocentre you can find lots of info about earthquakes in general and this one in particular.

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  • If you travel about 30 miles...

    If you travel about 30 miles east of Butte, there is a town called Cardwell, right next to Whitehall. Where every summer a group of volunteers put on a Lewis and Clark outdoor theatre show. It's very good! Especially under the sky watching the historical drama with Lewis and Clark be put to life. I recommend this for any one who likes Lewis and...

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  • This is most of the state....

    This is most of the state. Get a Gazette or Forest Service map and travel some of the thousands of miles of Forest Service roads. Go to a District Ranger station and inquire about the good things to see in your area. The Rangers know the area intimately and can tell you about road conditions along the route.

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  • This was the view of lake...

    This was the view of lake McDonald from our cabin. We watched after dark as the fishermen continued to try to catch their limit. They used lanterns which gave away their location to us.

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  • THIS IS ACTUALLY A SHOT OF ME...

    THIS IS ACTUALLY A SHOT OF ME AT THE BEGINNING OF THE HIKE. AT ANY RATE, I NOW HEAD WEST AND CAN'T HELP BUT THINK THAT THERE MIGHT STILL BE ONE MORE MOUNTAIN FOR ME TO CLIMB THIS TRIP...BUT WHERE? I WILL BE HEADING SOUTH INTO YELLOWSTONE LATER TODAY. AFTER SOME THOUGHT, IT OCCURS TO ME: HOW ABOUT THE HIGH POINT OF YELLOWSTONE PARK? HUMMM...LET'S...

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  • OH WELL. I'M PLANNING THE...

    OH WELL. I'M PLANNING THE CLIMB AGAIN IN AUGUST OF 2001. ANYONE INTERESTED IN TRYING IT?''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''UPDATE NOTE DATED 7/18/01: MY PLANS TO CLIMB THIS MOUNTAIN HAVE BEEN CHANGED. THERE IS NOW NO DATE FOR MY RETURN. (I'M GOING TO CLIMB THE HIGHPOINTS OF THREE CANADIAN PROVINCES IN AUGUST INSTEAD).

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  • FORTUNATELY, I SLEPT WELL. ...

    FORTUNATELY, I SLEPT WELL. BUT THERE WAS NO QUESTION THAT CIRCUMSTANCES HAD CONSPIRED TO PREVENT ME FROM SUMMITING, AND, AT 7:30 AM, I STARTED HIKING BACK DOWN.

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  • AT THE SADDLE, I HAD TO USE MY...

    AT THE SADDLE, I HAD TO USE MY ICE AXE AND CRAMPONS OVER A SMALL SNOW FIELD. I CONTINUED ON THE TRAIL, WHICH STARTED GOING DOWN THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FOOTHILL, AND CONTINUED DESCENDING FOR ABOUT AN HOUR UNTIL I REALISED THAT I HAD MADE THE STUPIDEST HIKING MISTAKE EVER! IT TOOK ME AN HOUR AND A HALF TO HIKE BACK UP TO THE SADDLE, CURSING MYSELF THE...

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  • THE HIKE INITIALLY TRAVELS...

    THE HIKE INITIALLY TRAVELS CLOSE TO A RIVER COMING DOWN FROM MYSTIC LAKE, WHICH IS 2.6 MILES IN...

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  • I SPENT LAST NIGHT IN RED...

    I SPENT LAST NIGHT IN RED LODGE. I GOT TO THE TRAILHEAD AND STARTED THE HIGH POINT HIKE AT AROUND 7:30 AM. THE HIGH POINT IS GRANITE PEAK...ELEVATION IS 12,799 FEET...ELEVATION GAIN IS 8200 FEET...THE HIKE IS 23.2 MILES.

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  • Just outside of the town of...

    Just outside of the town of Kalispell (north) is a little mini-golf place that is a must see. The mini-golf is fun but the best part is what is behind the mini-golf. The owner has all kinds of animal 'statues', props and sets that you are able to take pictures at. There's a bull to ride, a moose to ride, a jail cell, a giant fish, and many more!...

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  • The best scenic drives are off...

    The best scenic drives are off the Interstate. Dig out a map and go up the mountain range via the state highways. A nice little town to pass thourgh is Thompson Falls. Some of these towns are home to the mining industry. If you look closly, you'll see some of the old mines still standing.

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  • Visit the Bear's Paw...

    Visit the Bear's Paw Battlefied near Chinook, Montana. This is the place where Chief Joseph and what remained of his Nez Perce tribe finally surrendered. The famous, 'I will fight no more forever....' speech would have been made here, but historians have some doubt that it was worded exactly like the versions you have read and seen on TV movies....

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  • Take a hike in one of National...

    Take a hike in one of National Parks or in one of the many wilderness areas in Montana.Beargrass is found in many of the alpine forests in western Montana. I believe that Lewis & Clark made some sort of correlation between the plant and the abundance of bears that seemed to accompany it. Today, that is discounted as merely coincidence by...

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  • It's hard not to believe a...

    It's hard not to believe a 12-foot tall fiberglasspenguin. Cutbank, Montana claims to be the coldest spot in the nation. It is on the 'high-road', U.S. Highway2 east of Glacier National Park. The Motel that the penguin stands next to has one room that is a teepee and another that has a jail cell in it. Cut bank is a nice little town to stop for a...

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  • Get off the interstate! ...

    Get off the interstate! Almost any road takes you by a relic from days past. The dry climate in some areas of Montana helps preserve old homesteads and things like this old wagon being reclaimed by the prairie grass near Virginia City.

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  • Reedpoint, Montana population...

    Reedpoint, Montana population 96, holds a sheep drive around Labor Day as a fundraiser for local projects. About 2,000 sheep and 8,000 people show up for something akin to the Festival of San Fermin, except it is in Montana not Spain and features sheep instead of bulls. It is kind of funny to watch that many sheep running down the road because some...

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  • The Jersey Lilly Saloon in...

    The Jersey Lilly Saloon in Ingomar, Montana is a unique place. The town used to be a water stop for the railroad and was the place that sheep farmers shipped their sheep to market. Now there's not too much going on in the town other than the bar. One unique appetizer is the 'sheepherder's snack' it is a basket of saltines that you top with sharp...

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  • There are a number of buffalo...

    There are a number of buffalo jumps, or pishkuns, where the Native Americans drove herds of buffalo over a ledge, where the animals fell to their death. It allowed the Native Americans to procure a lot of meat in a short period of time. This buffalo jump is not far from Billings. There is one not far from Great Falls, called Ulm Pishkun which is...

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  • Most People take the...

    Most People take the interstate, but if you take Highway 2 across the northern part of the state, there is some great scenery as well. This old church is the near Chinook, Montana.

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  • I loved our hike and overnight...

    I loved our hike and overnight back country camping at Red Eagle Lake in Glacier National Park. Red Eagle Lake Trail is about 7.5 miles long and is easy hiking. WATCH OUT FOR BEARS! We came very close to a grizzly and shortly after our hike the trail was closed for a while. The picture on my home page was taken at Red Eagle Lake. This trail is in...

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  • Another stunning day trip you...

    Another stunning day trip you could take out of the Missoula vacinity is to take Hwy 200 east to Hwy 83 north through the Seely/Swan Valley. The Bob Marshall Wilderness will be to the east and the rugged, very remote Mission Wilderness is to the west. Another worthy place of mentioning for accomodations is the Holland Lake Lodge. I know the website...

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  • I have had to extreme pleasure...

    I have had to extreme pleasure to hike a number of different wilderness areas in Western Montana. My absolute favorite is the Mission Mountains Wilderness. The only other place that would rival it is the Beartooth Wilderness 400 miles or so to the south east. The last I heard the southern Mission Wilderness is still unsurveyed which was my original...

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  • The whole state is off the...

    The whole state is off the beaten path. If the opportunity arrises take a drive from Missoula to Great Falls and then head north along the eastern divde of the Rockies to Browning. Then head west to Glacier National Park or stay north and see the Glacier/Waterton side of the park. The country side is astounding and rugged. On the other side of the...

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