Montana offers some of the greatest natural treasures on earth. From stunning scenery and dazzling waters to geologic wonders and cultural history, Montana state and national parks offer something for everyone. From historic battlefield sites to ghost towns, caverns, bison ranges and the first European settlement in the state, there’s plenty to see and explore.
Meet the Locals
Montana has a greater variety of wildlife than anywhere else in the lower 48. It's easy to spot a bison on the road near Yellowstone National Park or a mountain goat during a hike in Glacier National Park. In the more remote parts of Montana, you may catch a glimpse of a grizzly bear or a wolverine. Spotting wildlife in Montana is easy. Just don’t forget to pack your binoculars!
Find a little slice of heaven in one of Montana’s hot springs and soak all your worries away in naturally warm geothermal waters. There are 13 hot spring resorts to choose from where you can base yourself for the duration of your stay. Or alternatively, why not add a little adventure to your road trip and hike to a natural oasis like the Boiling River just inside the border of Yellowstone National Park?
The Dinosaur Trail
Dig deep into the cretaceous period and investigate the leading role that Montana has played in palaeontology by following the Montana Dinosaur Trail. A ‘Prehistoric Passport’ will allow you to visit more than 12 sites related to excavations, including the Fort Peck, the home of one of the most complete T-Rex skeletons ever found and the Bozeman Museum of the Rockies, where you’ll find one of the world’s largest collections of fossils.
Montana has a rich mining history, and the state is ranked as the 7th largest producer of gold in the United States by the US Geological Survey. As well as exploring ghost towns from the mining boom like Bannack or Virginia City, there are plenty of sites around the state where you can go prospecting for your own haul.