Montana Activities Guide

Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks provide numerous attractions and events, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. Horseback riding, camping, fishing, rafting, sightseeing and hiking are some of the other popular activities available throughout Montana.

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Over 25 miles of Montana hiking trails are located in and around Bighorn Canyon. The Bighorn Canyon, known as the “Grandest Canyon,” is located in the northern Rockies. About one-third of the trails are located within the Crow Indian Reservation. Three of the favorite trails are Beaver Pond Nature Trail, Three Mile Access, and Bighorn Head Gate Trail.

Montana has over 30 campgrounds spread throughout the state. Backcountry camping in Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks is by permit only. Reservations can be made up to five months in advance through the National Park Reservation Service. Backcountry camping requires that campers view a bear safety video and that they use bear canisters for food storage. Backcountry camping is permitted in both summer and winter.

Sightseeing opportunities in Montana are plentiful and diverse. In addition to state and national parks, tourist attractions also include amusement parks, museums, art galleries, festivals, and sporting events. Some of the more popular attractions are the Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, Garnet Ghost Town, and Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge.