Nicknamed "Big Sky Country" and "The Treasure State," when you think of Montana, outdoor recreation comes to mind. Whether you’re at wildlife rich Yellowstone or admiring the beauty of Glacier National Park, active pursuits can be found around every bend.
Boasting some of the best whitewater rapids in the nation, take a pristine ride through the snowy peaks, plateaus, canyons, and valleys. Whether you want a guided raft trip or to rent a kayak and canoe and go at it on your own, there’s a boat and waterway calling your name in Southwest Montana, Yellowstone Country, Central Montana, and Glacier Country.
Trout paradise, the Blackfoot, Missouri and Smith Rivers are prime for getting a fresh catch. Whether you’re in Glacier Country, Central Montana or Southwest Montana, it’s easy to find a boat, some gear and a good time. In the spring, your best bet is the tail waters, creeks and smaller streams as the bigger waterways have high currents and are muddy during run-off season.
If you’re an avid birder, some of Montana’s accolades in regards to their featured friends include the largest population of Trumpeter Swans in the lower 48 states, up to 175 bald eagle sightings per day at Kootenai River (in the fall) and the most Golden Eagles spotted in the country a single day on the Rocky Mountain Front.
Whether its road biking or mountain biking you’re interested in, Montana has cycling routes all over the state. Rated by length and difficulty, there are hilly vistas throughout Glacier National Park, Glacier County and Yellowstone County suited for advanced riders or families looking for a relaxing afternoon activity.
Camping under the clear night sky is one of Montana’s biggest draws. With its name derived from the Latin word for “mountainous,” there are 77 different ranges for backpackers and hikers to traverse in Glacier Park and Big Sky.
Montana has more than a dozen natural hot springs and over two dozen resorts based around their geothermal properties. If you’re in need of a spa day, head to Bozeman, Helena or Butte where the highest concentration of pools lie.
If you’re in search of a true Western adventure, you’re in luck. Montana’s horseback riding trips, rodeos and ranch vacations are the true essence of the old frontier. Starting a campfire, going on a pack trip and riding a covered wagon are all memorable experiences that will take you back to a simpler time.