Montana Vacation Ideas

Montana Vacation Ideas #1: Virginia City is an old west gold mining town that has been preserved and restored. You can pan your own gold. Visit the mining museum. Enjoy authentic Victorian theater, a vaudeville variety show at the Opera House, or cabaret shows at Gilbert's Brewery. Stroll the streets and take a tour through history in the twenty old buildings in this "ghost town". Special events are held throughout the year.
Montana Vacation Ideas #2: Waterton-Glacier National Park sits on the border of Montana and Canada. This is one of the least crowded of the national parks and it's spread out over 1 million acres.

The 191 miles of hiking trails ranging in difficulty from a short stroll to steep treks of several days duration. There are 13 campgrounds and plenty of opportunity for all the outdoor activities you are looking for.

Montana Vacation Ideas #3: Pictograph Cave State Park, near Billings, is the site of 4,500 year old cave rock paintings made by peoples identified by the artifacts that they left behind. Over 30,000 artifacts have been recovered from the caves.

There are paved trails to Pictograph Cave and Ghost Cave where the prehistoric images are found. In nearby Prior is Chief Plenty Coups State Park and Museum.

Montana Vacation Ideas #4: If you like to get outdoors during the winter then you will want to try snowshoeing in Montana. The same great trails that you hiked during the summer are now the perfect place for snowshoeing. Modern snowshoes are not the clunky things of yesteryear.

Today's lightweight snowshoes will have you floating across the snowy landscape for a truly exhilarating adventure. If you want to try it before investing in your own shoes you can always rent them first. Montana's two National Parks are a good place to start but the places for snowshoeing are endless.

Montana Vacation Ideas #5: Just 30 miles from Yellowstone National Park is secluded Paradise Valley and the home of Mountain Sky Ranch. This family guest ranch is an excellent place to bring the whole family because they specialize in kids' activities. Everyone can participate in horseback rides, pool games, fishing in the ranch pond, arts and crafts, and nature walks.

The Mountain Sky Ranch counselors will supervise the kids and even take care of infants. There are twice-daily hikes where you can see elk, moose, deer or even bear. You can ride all day and picnic or ride out in the morning for an open campfire breakfast with cowboy coffee.

Montana Vacation Ideas #6: Want to see what it's like to be a cowboy? Then a working ranch cattle drive is just the thing for you. Laredo Enterprises will put you in the saddle along with the cowboys. They have five cattle drives during the year. This is a Montana vacations idea that mixes hard work with fun. Another ranch to try is Montana High Country Cattle Drive. They take all levels of experience out on the trail for six days of authentic cowboy adventure.
Montana Vacation Ideas #7: Billings is a great place to base your next vacation trip to Montana. You can take off from Billings for visits to a wide range of local sightseeing spots. The city is surrounded by five mountain ranges that provide ample opportunity for scenic drives and adventure outdoor activities.

Add to that the close proximity to Yellowstone Park, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and you will never run out of things to do. From Billings you can take a visit to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

This is the famous place where Lt. Col. George A. Custer met his end while fighting Lakota and Cheyenne warriors. Native American Indian pictographs can be seen at Pictograph Cave State Park and Pomey's Pillar.

Montana Vacation Ideas #8: Pine Butte Nature Preserve, Montana is a beautiful and biologically diverse land and a great way to enjoy it is at Pine Butte Guest Ranch. You will be staying in comfortable cabins made of local stone and wood.

There's a central lodge with dining room for family-style meals. The ranch has guides that will help you make the best of the outdoors with fishing, hiking and wildlife watching. The Preserve is home to many species like beaver, mink, cougar, elk, mountain goats and bighorn sheep.

Nearby Egg Mountain Dinosaur Dig is a favorite hiking destination. It's the site of a very significant find of dinosaur fossils. Pine Butte Guest Ranch is a great place for a family vacation in the great American outdoors.

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