National Parks in Montana.
Glacier hikes, geothermal hot springs, and big skies await in Montana’s national parks.
Montana’s natural landscapes are as wild and wayward as you might imagine, and where better to experience the delights of Big Sky Country than the state’s eight national parks? Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park are the headline acts, while the epic Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail traverses the entire state, leading the way to some spectacularRead more...
Montana’s natural landscapes are as wild and wayward as you might imagine, and where better to experience the delights of Big Sky Country than the state’s eight national parks? Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park are the headline acts, while the epic Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail traverses the entire state, leading the way to some spectacular natural landscapes. Intrepid campers have four seasons of adventures at their fingertips, whether you want to hike through the Rocky Mountains, gallop horses across wildflower-blanketed prairies, discover geothermal wonders, or ski and snowmobile in a winter wonderland.
Where to Go
The icy lakes, glacial valleys, and jagged peaks of Glacier National Park provide the backdrop for some of Montana’s most impressive hikes. Drive the thrilling Going-to-the-Sun Road, hike to the Grinnell Glacier, and admire the waterfalls of Avalanche Lake, then cozy up in an alpine chalet or take your pick of the park’s 13 frontcountry campgrounds. Just don’t expect to have the place to yourself—this is one of the top 10 most visited parks in the US.
Montana’s Big Sky Country is dotted with historical sites, hot springs, and wildflower-speckled mountain plateaus. Nez Perce National Historical Park and Big Hole National Battlefield provide points of interest amid the rolling landscapes, while to the east, the small towns of Butte and Helena sit on each side of the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, where the spirit of the American West is kept alive on a working ranch.
As the first national park in the United States, Yellowstone National Park needs little introduction, and while only 3% of the park lies within Montana, the much-visited canyons, hot springs, and geysers are easily reached from the northern entrance. Make your campsite reservations well in advance, as the park’s 12 campgrounds can book up quickly.
The Missouri River winds its way through northeastern Montana, leading the way to the Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site on the border of North Dakota. To the south, you’ll find the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, while the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is the ideal spot for hiking, boating, and trout fishing. Bonus: there’s plenty of free camping available, plus six developed campgrounds.