Fulfill your dreams with a Central Montana vacation
It’s miles and miles of pristine prairie under a cobalt blue sky with the sun setting behind the rugged peaks of the Rocky Mountain Front. A place where natural beauty extends to the horizon, where time stands still and adventure beckons. And, it’s all located between two of America’s natural wonders, Glacier and Yellowstone Park. While traveling park to park, experience the beauty and charm that is Central Montana. Fill your days with a scenic hike, casting a line or floating down the mighty Missouri River or exploring the region by horseback. Enjoy the friendly and charming communities of Central Montana.
A visit to the bustling cities of Great Falls, Lewistown or Havre will immerse you in cultural attractions, museums, outdoor recreation and local boutiques. Authentic western towns like Fort Benton, Choteau and Harlowton offer colorful histories, homemade local cuisine and a mix of unique signature events. Ask a local and you will get the inside scoop on the best rodeos, quick draw art shows, farmers markets, festivals and concerts in the heart of Montana.
Park to Park
Central Montana is a bit spoiled being between the glaciers and geysers of Montana. With Glacier National Park to the north and Yellowstone National Park to the south, Central Montana is the perfect route to travel between these two American gems. Wide-open spaces, inviting locals, rich history and a vibrant present are all awaiting your arrival.
Let the Current Guide You
Big skies and fresh air will inspire you to spend long days casting a line and enjoying the indescribable beauty that surrounds you. Central Montana is home to some of the state’s finest blue-ribbon trout rivers and streams with something to offer for everyone – whether you are a beginner or the most experienced of anglers. Take a fly-fishing trip with a local river guide or trek out on your own with only the big, open sky as your companion.
The wild and scenic Missouri River offers abundant recreation opportunities as it makes its way across the land. Follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and explore the river by canoe or kayak. View the amazing geological formations found in the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument. Affectionately referred to as “The Breaks,” the river has cut a path through steep bluffs and sandstone outcroppings. Coupled with erosion from wind and time, this stretch of the river is truly breathtaking. All across Central Montana outfitters and guides will introduce you to stories as colorful as the surrounding scenery.
There’s a Trail for You
Whether you are an avid hiker looking for a strenuous mountain hike or a day hiker looking more for a leisurely wander, Central Montana has a trail for you. Central Montana has multiple entrance points to the Bob Marshall Wilderness, one of the largest wilderness areas in the lower 48 with over one million acres of protected lands. In Great Falls, the River’s Edge Trail provides scenic views in a more urban setting. Stretching more than 40 miles, this trail follows the Missouri River through town and past the majestic Black Eagle Falls, Rainbow Falls, Crooked Falls and the Great Falls of the Missouri. It took Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery more than 30 days to portage these very falls but you can hike or bike past them all in an afternoon. Grab your mountain bike and hit the trails at Showdown in the heart of the Little Belt Mountains. A ski mountain in the winter, Showdown features hundreds of Forest Service trails to choose from.
Live the Cowboy Life
Here on the high plains, the Old West still exists and guest ranches offer you the opportunity to live the cowboy life with modern amenities. Help out on a cattle drive, take an overnight pack trip into the wilderness, go on a wagon ride, take a horseback ride through the meadows and foothills or just settle in on the porch to watch the deer and antelope roam. Nestled in beautiful landscapes, guest ranches like Triple J Wilderness Ranch and Bonanza Creek Country Guest Ranch give you a chance to truly connect with the history of the region. End your day with a home-cooked meal and the sharing of stories around campfire under a star-filled sky. Create your own unique vacation package catering to your every need.
Your time in Central Montana is sure to leave you with lasting memories. Offering experiences that appeal to a variety of interests, a vacation to Central Montana provides great opportunities for fulfilling dreams and family reconnection. Authentic, welcoming and friendly, the places and people of Central Montana invite you to come explore and experience our one-of-a-kind beauty and charm.