Fun things to do in Montana

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    Ghost hunting

    by Dymphna1 Written Oct 12, 2010

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    There are several different ghost town in Montana. Garnet was just listed in 2010 as a Ghost Town. People had to be pretty tough to live here at that time.

    There is a $3.00 fee for entry and is done on the honor system.

    This is a self guided tour. Get a pamphlet and you can go in most of the buildings. Some I don't recommend going is as they don't look too stable.

    Camping is not allowed at the town proper, but you can camp for free anywhere else, just no facilities.

    Although they do rent a couple of the cabins in the winter to snowmobilers. There is one that sleeps 6 and one that sleeps 4 (very cozy). There is a wood stove for heat and propane for lights. You haul everything else.

    Ellen & I over looking Garnet Over looking Garnet A three hole outhouse. Interesting. How the hotel restraunt was laid out The town was based upon mining.
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    Logon Pass

    by richiecdisc Updated Dec 2, 2009

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    On my first trip to Montana in 1994, it was a very big deal to drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. It was hailed as the top scenic drive in any US National Park and I must say, it did not disappoint. The winding road hugged the mountains closely and if any drive could approximate a hike, this sure seemed to be it. Stopping at Logan Pass at nearly 6700 feet was a highlight.

    me at Logan Pass circa 1994
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    Glacier National Park

    by richiecdisc Updated Dec 2, 2009

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    Glacier National Park is a study in contrasts. While it does have what is possibly the most scenic drive of any US National Park, its most incredible spots can only be reached on foot. The park does its very best to make these spots accessible, from shuttles to shorten hikes to extremely useful free trail descriptions and sketch maps, but in the end, Glacier National Park is a vast wilderness, one that cannot be tamed. But even in a park noted for grizzlies and even their attacks, people of all walks of life are hitting the trail. Why? This has to be in part due to the rangers that man this rugged park, doling out information, rules, and warnings matter-of-factly, not so much to make them less pertinent but less frightening. We live on this planet with many creatures and as a rule, man has dominated and taken everything for himself. Glacier National Park is that rare glimpse of a world where we share it. The thought of seeing that is enough to make even the wary abandon caution, and march into a world where man is just part of the universe and not the center.

    sharing Glacier with its natural inhabitants
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    Little Bighorn Battlefield

    by Krumel Written Oct 16, 2009

    In 1876 at this battlefield Custer attacked the Sioux. led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, who camped near the Bighorn River, in order to force them back into their reservation. Having seriously underestimate the number of Indians encamped there he did not have a snowball's chance in hell of winning, and in what was one of the biggest victory for the Indians against the army, Custer and his men were slaughtered in less than an hour.

    That's the short version, but at the visitor centre you can attend one of the ranger talks, where they will discuss the battle in much more detail, and they also have a bookshop with lots of literature. Nearby is also an Indian trading post, where you can buy Indian artifacts and souvenirs.

    Last Stand Hill View from Last Stand Hill over the battle site Indian monument at Little Bighorn
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    Experience the cowboy lifestyle

    by Krumel Updated Oct 12, 2009

    For months I had been looking forward to travelling to the Dryhead Ranch for a cowboy-style horseriding holiday. We had looked at a lot of ranches on the web, but many of them seemed to be rather like leisure ranches, where they just take you on trails for the fun of it, but we were looking for more of working-type ranch, where we could participate in the ranch work, and the Dryhead Ranch seemed to be just what we were looking for. And we were not disappointed!

    The ranch is located in the heart of the Pryor Mountains on the Crow Indian Reserve, surrounded by an amazing scenery of mountains, canyons, prairie and rivers. It is a family-run cattle ranch, where everyone was happy to share their lifestyle with us for a week, and made us feel part of the family. The home-cooked food was delicious, the horses were well-trained, and our rooms in the bunkhouse (with shared bathrooms) were rustic, but comfortable.

    You will have the choice between going on cattle or horse drives, mainly in spring and autumn, or to stay on the ranch for a ranch week. We had opted for a ranch week, and in August this mainly involved riding out every day to look for cattle that had wandered off to where they weren't supposed to be and to drive them back to their pasture, or gathering up the mare bands with their foals and bringing them to the ranch, where they were recorded and checked over. If you are an early riser you are also welcome to help wrangling the horses, and I loved being out there at dawn, rounding up the horses, bringing them back to the ranch and then go to the cookhouse for a hearty breakfast.

    After breakfast one of the cowboys will pick out the horse that you will ride for the day, and you will probably ride two or three different horses over the course of the week. They will rope the horse in for you, and then you will saddle it up and get it ready for the ride. Typically there was a 2.5 hour ride in the morning and then another one in the afternoon, although on one of the days we rode to a rather remote corner of the ranch, and were out for most of the day, stopping for a picnic lunch on the way.

    For me it was also very interesting to experience working with horses, as opposed to riding them as a hobby, which is what I do at home. Usually the highlight for me is to have a wide open field or a beach in front of me and to let the horse loose for a wild gallop. So on the way to the ranch I looked longingly at the wide open spaces and could hardly wait to race across the plains. However, ranch work is very different, and we took it very slowly on the rides and walked the horses to where the cattle was, so that your horse was fresh when the cattle needed to be rounded up. Obviously you can’t wear your horse out if you have a 2-hour walk to the cattle herd, then work the horses for an hour or two, and then have to walk back again for 2 hours. It was a whole different horsemanship culture out there, where horses are your working buddies rather than your pets, and I very much enjoyed the whole experience.

    Dryhead Ranch Our bunkhouse accommodation View from horseback :-)
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    Drive along the Beartooth Highway

    by Krumel Updated Oct 12, 2009

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    The Beartooth Highway is an absolutely stunning stretch of road. Coming from Billings, I could see the Absaroka mountain range looming in the distance and slowly coming closer. Then the road wound up in precarious serpentines along the mountain sides up to plateau of the Beartooth Pass, with many turnouts and viewpoints along the way. The views were so fantastic that I stopped at nearly all of them, and it took me forever and a day to cover the 65 miles or so between Red Lodge and Cooke City, so you should give yourself plenty of time in order to take in the scenery.

    Due to its high elevation of over 3,000 metres (10,900 feet) the road is is unpassable in winter.

    Beartooth Highway
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    Landscape of Montana

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jul 13, 2009

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    We drove across Montana from the northern entrance of Yellowstone on Rt 89 to the North Dakota Border on Interstate 94, stopping for a night in Billings. Almost the entire route followed along the Yellowstone River, as it grew from a quick-running, fish-infested rapids leaving Yellowstone National Park, to a wide fast river as it approached the Missouri River.

    The entire stretch of our drive along Route 89 was lined with signs marking various fishing spots and white water rafting sites. Here the mountains were close in along the river and the road followed in the canyon. As we approached I-94 we entered the northern Great Plains and the mountains seemed to move off into the distance. As we neared the North Dakota border, the mountains were long in our rear-view mirror and the great plains stretched before us.

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    Billings

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jul 13, 2009

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    Billings, with 100,000 residents, is Montana's largest city and even the largest city within a 100-mile radius. Originally a railroad town, Billings draws tourists due to its close proximity to Yellowstone National Park and the Little Big Horn battlefield. The area was also on the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition during 1806 (in fact, nearby Pompey's Pillar bears William Clark's carved signature as the only physical trace of the expedition anywhere along the route.

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    Snowmobile in Yellowstone

    by cpiers47 Written Jun 24, 2009

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    A snowmobile trip through the Park is an amazing experience and something you really must try if you have a chance. People who enjoy Yellowstone in the summer will be amazed at the beauty of the place in winter. We half joked that it felt like we were in Narnia.

    Our guide was fantastic - all snowmobilers must go in with guides - and works both for a company and doing private tours. His name is Dan Myers and his contact information is below. He was attentive and knowledgable - very willing to answer questions.

    This is the sort of thing where you MUST make reservations and plan a bit in advance. There are other companies as well. But, no matter how you go or with whom - Go! :)

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    Three Forks Spring Horse Drive

    by cpiers47 Written Apr 25, 2009

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    Each April, the Montana Horses ranch moves a huge herd of horses from Winter to Summer pastures. The drive takes them through the towns of Willow Creek and Three Forks. It's a fantastically "Montana" event. There's great street food, sales and a dance at night at the Sacagawea Inn in Three Forks.

    We watched the drive from the Main Street of Three Forks (the larger of the two towns). We loved it - partially because we were lucky enough to have a beautiful, sunny day.

    The drive itself lasts three days, total. For a not-so-nominal fee, you can ride with the drovers as well. But, for us, the few minutes of watching the horses pass was thrilling as well.

    Main Street Three Forks

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    Yellowstone's North Entrance

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 29, 2008

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    While the vast majority of Yellowstone in Wyoming, a small sliver of the park is in Montana and Idaho. In total, 96 percent of park is located within Wyoming, while 3 percent is within Montana, with the remaining 1 percent in Idaho.

    The primary northern entrance to the park is at Gardiner, Montana, and is marked by the famous Roosevelt Arch, whose cornerstone was laid by President Roosevelt himself in 1903. South of the arch, the first five miles of US Route 89 is designated as the North Entrance Road Historic District. The state line is about three miles south of the arch, and at the southern end of this district is historic Fort Yellowstone, now the park headquarters.

    Leaving Yellowsotne through the Roosevelt Arch State line thee miles south of Roosevelt Arch Along the North Entrance Road Historic District Roosevelt Arch, 1903 Official state line, three miles from the border

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    Hot Springs

    by Adriana-RJ Written Sep 11, 2008

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    This is Silex Springs, one of the many hot springs you can see in Yellowstone National Park. Take a look at the colours ! The things you see in this park make you think you took a trip to another planet... it's unbelievable!!!

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    Hayden Valley and Sulphur Cauldron

    by razorbacker Updated Jul 5, 2008

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    Ranger-guided wildlife walk from Hayden Valley turnout about halfway to Lake Junction from Canyon Junction. Ranger walks are at 0700 Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Hayden Valley is a great place to view wildlife. The Sulphur Cauldron area is just south of the Hayden Valley turnout.

    Hayden valley overlooking Yellowstone River. Hayden Valley Sulphur Cauldron overlook Sulphur Cauldron Basin. Overlook of Sulphur Cauldron.
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    Wildlife of Yellowstone I

    by razorbacker Written Jul 4, 2008

    The wildlife is astounding and as beloved by the people as the beautiful land they live in. Do NOT forget though...this is WILDlife! Do not approach them as though they were pets! They are beautiful but dangerous. And YOU are dangerous to them! Respect and appreciate them. (Our ONLY disappointment was not seeing any moose! A wolf would've been nice, too, but they don't like hanging around people.)

    Buffalo across the Madison, Riverside Drive Elk cow Buffalo bull Chipmunk Canadian geese, Hayden Valley
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    Mammoth Hot Springs

    by razorbacker Written Jul 4, 2008

    The terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs are similar to those at Pamukkale, Turkey. I suggest to anyone wanting to tour this area on foot that you drive uphill, turn in to the one-way Upper Terrace Drive, and park right after turning off. Then hike on the boardwalk paths. It is really a beautiful area, surrounded by great mountain panoramas. My photos do NOT do this area justice. This is much more beautiful than I could depict.

    Canary Spring, Main Terrace from road. Canary Spring Main Terrace, view to northwest Orange Spring Mound, Upper Terrace Angel Terrace
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