Photograph by Sam Magro
Step Out of Bounds in Montana
Check out Glacier’s 4,000-year-old ice, Yellowstone’s almost-200-degree thermal features and the largest remaining prairie elk herd in the United States at the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Glacier’s 54-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road climbs 3,000 feet into jagged glacial terrain—offering unbelievable windshield previews. Hike through wildflowers to glaciers, iceberg-strewn lakes and sweeping outlooks.
"As we backpacked over Dawson Pass in Glacier last September, the aspens were just turning gold, and it felt like the mountains embraced us..." —Rah G., Kokomo, Indiana
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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
With three of Yellowstone's five entrances, Montana provides year round access to the Park. Follow meandering boardwalks past bubbling mud pots, spewing geysers and technicolor hot pools. Then, drive the Lamar Valley, where grizzly bears, bison, antelope, bighorn sheep and elk herds congregate.
"Arriving on the Beartooth Highway is just fantastic; the highway itself is a true engineering feat. And once you’re in Yellowstone, there’s so much variety..." —Kathleen C., Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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MONTANA’S HIGH PLAINS
Over a third of Montana is covered in national forests, wilderness areas and other public lands. You’ll find places like the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge known for the largest remaining prairie elk herd in the United States.
"Even though we’d never canoed for more than an hour or two, my wife and I decided to take a week-long river trip along the Missouri River with..." —Bryan B., Fort Collins, Colorado
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MONTANA Step Out of Bounds Partners
Western Montana’s Glacier Country summons visitors with alluring mountains, awesome natural landscapes, Wild West experiences and Big Sky Country adventures that frame unforgettable memories. Anchored by the majestic beauty of Glacier National Park, it’s a special part of the world where streams swell with blue-ribbon trout and pristine trails beckon. Epicures will delight in abundant farmers markets and the flourishing wine, distillery and microbrew scenes. Catch live theater, kick up your heels to local music or enjoy one of the many festivals that bring Montana culture to life.
Millions of acres of unspoiled nature welcome you to this easily accessible, vibrant town nestled in the Northern Rockies near Glacier National Park. Explore the 22-mile Whitefish Trail or choose your adventure at Whitefish Mountain Resort, including zip lines, the Walk in the Treetrops and the Aerial Adventure Park. After breathtaking natural experiences by day, enjoy downtown’s award-winning cuisine and lively nightlife.
In the heart of Southeast Montana, Billings is Montana’s Trailhead, where exceptional air service, big-city amenities and small-town affordability make it the perfect place to begin your western journey. Billings offers modern art and culture alongside authentic western experiences—including dining on mouth-watering dishes and shopping for Montana-style attire that will bring out your inner cowboy or cowgirl. Outside Billings, explore Little Bighorn Battlefield where Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer fought the Sioux and Cheyenne. Walk the path of the Lewis and Clark Expedition at Pompeys Pillar. And a 60-mile drive along the legendary Beartooth All-American Road transports you to Yellowstone National Park’s northwest and most scenic entrance.
Spectacular, wide-open spaces and gracious people are the cornerstone of Central Montana. Discover elk, bighorn sheep and antelope among dramatic landscapes at the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. Fly fish, canoe or float down the wild and scenic Missouri River. Or, hike the picturesque trails of the Rocky Mountain Front and explore its dazzling rock formations.
At the foot of the Rockies, surrounded by untouched natural beauty and steeped in history, sits Montana’s capital, Helena. Fly fish on the Missouri River or catch glimpses of wildlife and Native American art on a Gates of the Mountains boat tour. Back in town, take in a concert, shop to your heart’s content and marvel at the architectural splendor of the Cathedral of St. Helena.