Scenic Driving Montana  by S. A. Snyder

Scenic Driving Montana Guide Book

by S. A. Snyder (Falcon Guides)
Scenic Driving Montana  by S. A. Snyder
Pack up the car and enjoy twenty-four of the most memorable drives in the Treasure State, from the breathtaking Beartooth Highway in south-central Montana and Glacier National Park's magnificent Going-to-the-Sun Road in the northwest, to the rugged rangelands and red-tinted badlands of eastern Montana. This indispensable driving companion maps out highways and back roads that wind through Montana's small towns, Indian reservations, mountain passes, and wheat fields. Along the way you'll discover ghost towns, glaciers, hot springs, and great hiking and wildlife-viewing opportunities - a mere taste of what the Big Sky Country has to offer.

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Trails from the "Scenic Driving Montana" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 24.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 24.

This 63-mile drive goes from Anaconda, one of Montana’s most historic towns, to Georgetown Lake and Philipsburg. The road penetrates both conifer-clad mountains and sage-covered hills and is a wonderful alternative to Interstate 90 when traveling between Butte and Missoula. Special attractions: Historic Anaconda, Georgetown Lake, Philipsburg, Granite ghost town; gem mining, fishing, skiing, camping, hiking, boating, biking, and wildlife viewing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Philipsburg, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 63
This 70-mile drive passes through alpine meadows and glacial lakes at the top of the world, providing access to the highest terrain in Montana. Unless you are an avid backpacker, you will probably never experience such incredible alpine scenery and habitat as that found on the Beartooth Plateau. Like Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, this route is probably one of Montana’s most stunning. The Beartooth Highway takes travelers to the edge of an alpine wilderness, a rare treat for those who do not travel high mountains on foot. To truly experience the world you are about to enter, however, you must get out of the car as often as possible. Be warned about the weather: It can snow any time of year here, and during bad storms, portions of the road may be closed. Special attractions: Silver Gate, Cooke City, Red Lodge; alpine lakes and tundra; canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Cooke City, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 70
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This 55-mile gravel road—in some places a dirt track—traverses arid country cut by veinlike creeks and dry washes. Although rough in spots, the road glides through the grassy meadows of the valley between the Tendoy and Bitterroot mountains. Special attractions: Clark Canyon Reservoir; wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Dell, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 55
This 50-mile drive on both paved and gravel roads takes you from Big Timber toward the heart of the Absaroka–Beartooth Mountains. The route follows the Boulder River, passing hay fields and a gate-like wall of mountains with cliffs and other geologic features before reaching a wilderness area boundary. The Boulder River Road is a one-way-in, one-way-out drive on mostly gravel road that is slow going and rough in spots. But this route is worth the trip if your vehicle can handle it, taking you right into the heart of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. You’ll find several wilderness access trails, campgrounds, and plenty of fishing opportunities. The end of the road is a well-used trailhead for horsepackers.
Big Timber, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 50
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This 140-mile drive begins in an arid river valley between the steep Bridger and Crazy mountains, then winds through Smith River country before climbing 7,000-foot-high Kings Hill in the Little Belt Mountains. The rounded, forested knolls of the Little Belts contrast with the sheerness of other Montana ranges. Special attractions: Museums, hot springs, Castle ghost town; skiing, hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, and floating. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
White Sulphur Springs, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 140
This little-traveled route takes you through 70 miles of the Crow Reservation. The landscape seems to roll on forever here, punctuated by coulees, pine-covered knobs, and multicolored rock formations. To the south lies Bighorn Canyon and Yellowtail Reservoir. Special attractions: Chief Plenty Coups State Park, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Pryor Mountains National Wild Horse Range, Crow Fair; boating, fishing, mountain biking, camping, hiking, and backpacking.
Pryor, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 70
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This 147-mile drive begins seemingly in the middle of nowhere. It heads north through scrubland along the eastern fringe of Fort Peck Lake, then crosses the Milk River a half-dozen times on the way to Malta. It is a wonder how pioneers ever managed to cross this part of the state, so deeply gouged with bluffs and coulees. Special attractions: Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Peck Dam and Lake, Pioneer Museum, Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs, Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge; summer theater; camping, fishing, boating, swimming, and wildlife viewing.
Glasgow, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 147
This 83-mile trip takes you from West Yellowstone to Bozeman through a narrow, mountain canyon cut by the sometimes green, sometimes whitewater Gallatin River. The drive passes through a little-used but attractive portion of Yellowstone National Park. Special attractions: Yellowstone National Park, Lee Metcalf Wilderness, Big Sky Resort, Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University; petrified forest, hot springs, concerts, festivals, art shows, county fairs; hiking, camping, fishing, whitewater rafting, floating, backpacking, skiing, snowmobiling, wildlife viewing, swimming, and shopping. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Bozeman, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 83
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This spectacular 48-mile mountain drive switchbacks up and over the Continental Divide, following glacial river canyons and crossing an alpine mountain pass. Not only are there not enough words to describe the Going-to-the-Sun Road, but mere description is not enough. This is one of those drives where you must get out of the car at every opportunity, to take in the smells, feel the weeping rock walls, listen to wind and water, and scan for wildlife, such as mountain goats, harlequin ducks, pine martens, grizzly bears, and raptors. The road is considered an engineering masterpiece, even by today’s standards. Special attractions: Glacier National Park, Logan Pass; bald eagle migration during early winter, mountain goats, mountain chalets, glacial lakes and rivers; hiking, boating, fishing, camping, and wildlife viewing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Saint Mary, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 48
This 88-mile drive follows Montana’s High-Line, the name given the railroad (and the highway) in this part of the state. You will pass hay fields and prairie, and are more likely to see trains along the old Great Northern Railway tracks than cars on the road. Hundreds of pothole lakes host migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. The terrain is mostly flat, dissected with shallow coulees and topped with low buttes. This country sees lots of waterfowl as they make their migrations north and south along the flyway. Northeast of Harlem is Black Coulee National Wildlife Refuge, another place where waterfowl and shorebirds rest up on their long journeys south or north. Special attractions: Black Coulee National Wildlife Refuge, Bears Paw Battleground, Fort Assiniboine, Wahkpa Chu’gn Archeological Site, Havre Beneath the Streets, Montana State University–Havre campus; hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and camping. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Chinook, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 88
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This 83-mile scenic drive goes through the heart of Montana’s wheat-growing region, scattered with buttes and coulees. Here you understand why Montana is called the Big Sky State, with vast blue heavens above thousands of acres of prairie. The beauty of this drive is that this, along with many other parts of the state, looks much the way it did a century ago. Except cattle have replaced bison, and hay now grows where prairie grasses did. Special attractions: Snowy Mountains, Crystal Lake, Judith River wildlife area, Crazy Mountains, Big Timber, Victorian Village Museum, Ackley Lake State Park; fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Harlowton, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 83
This 133-mile excursion begins in Lewistown, the geographic center of Montana. It is one of the more diverse drives, with mountains, badlands river breaks, and flat prairies. Some of Montana’s gold camp history comes alive in the not-so-ghostly towns of Zortman and Landusky. Special attractions: Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, Mission Canyon, the Missouri River Breaks; boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, camping, hiking, and mountain biking. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Hays, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 133
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This 90-mile drive skirts the folds, crinkles, and arêtes of the high Madison Range and the sparkling waters of the Madison River and nearby lakes. Enjoy this fly-fisher’s paradise, or take a 28-mile side trip and relive Montana’s gold rush in Virginia City, a restored ghost town. Special attractions: Missouri Headwaters State Park, Lewis and Clark Caverns, Virginia City, Nevada City, Madison River, Quake Lake, Hebgen Lake; camping, boating, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Ennis, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 90
This spectacular but extremely rough 73-mile loop is for four-wheel-drive or high-clearance vehicles only. It bumps and scrapes through the Montana outback and its wheat fields, bluff country, and arid plains. Stand on 1,000-foot cliffs overlooking the wild and scenic Missouri River, or hike among scrubby ponderosa pines. Special attractions: Missouri River; wildlife viewing, hiking, and mountain biking. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Lewistown, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 73
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Following the Yellowstone River from Livingston to Gardiner, this 53-mile drive through the well-named Paradise Valley features some of Montana’s highest peaks. Take in Livingston’s annual rodeo or art galleries, soak in hot springs, or watch for herds of elk, deer, and pronghorn that migrate out of Yellowstone National Park in winter. Special attractions: Park County Rodeo, Chico Hot Springs resort, Jardine ghost town, Yellowstone National Park; galleries, shopping, museums, county fairs, concerts, fishing, floating, hiking, backpacking, and wildlife viewing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Emigrant, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 53
This 77-mile drive on the eastern fringe of Montana is a pleasant alternative to Interstate 94. Miles City rides high with cowboy events and art museums. The Yellowstone River rolls by badlands, cultivated plains, and Medicine Rocks State Park’s bizarre sandstone landscape. Special attractions: Range Riders Museum, Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, South Sandstone Recreation Area, Medicine Rocks State Park; art museums, history museums; camping, fishing, boating, and wildlife watching. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Miles City, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 77
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This 48-mile drive takes you from the sharp peaks of the Beartooth Mountains into coulees and grassy foothills that, in summer, smell of sweet, new-mown hay. Side trips to East Rosebud Lake or Mystic Lake will give you a taste for the razor-like mountains here. Special attractions: Red Lodge Mountain Ski Area, Mountain Man Rendezvous, Festival of Nations, Red Lodge Music Festival, Cooney Reservoir State Park; art shows, museums, alpine lakes; camping, hiking, skiing, backpacking, fishing, and mountain biking. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Absarokee, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 48
Imagine a 200-mile wall of mountains butted up against coulee-cut plains rich in wildlife and history. This 136-mile drive along the Rocky Mountain Front allows views of such a gigantic spine. Plan to start in the morning when the sun is shining on the mountain crests. Special attractions: Museum of the Plains Indian, North American Indian Days, Heart Butte, Freezeout Lake Wildlife Refuge, Sun River Game Range, Holter Lake Recreation Area; dinosaur digs, museums; hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, camping, and wildlife viewing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Choteau, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 200
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This 91-mile trek through the Swan Valley is flanked by the Swan and Mission mountains. It follows the Clearwater and Swan rivers and a chain of glistening lakes through larch, spruce, and pine forests with great hiking opportunities. Just after you begin the drive look for a pullout on the west side of the road. Here, an exhibit offers interpretive information about the Blackfoot-Clearwater Game Range, a 50,000-acre refuge for elk and other wildlife, including deer, grouse, ducks, Canada geese, eagles, and bears. You can drive, walk, or mountain bike through the refuge from late May to the end of November. Special attractions: Blackfoot-Clearwater Game Range, Seeley Lake, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Mission Mountain Wilderness, Swan Lake, Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Bigfork, Flathead Lake; boating, fishing, camping, wildlife viewing, hiking, backpacking, skiing, snowmobiling, and ice skating. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Condon, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 91
This 113-mile drive meanders through the Big Hole Valley to the ghost town of Bannack. You can end the route there or go an additional 40 miles through the Pioneer Mountains to loop back to where you started. Ghost towns, hot springs, and great hiking opportunities make this drive one on which you will want to spend some time. Special attractions: Big Hole Battlefield, Bannack and Coolidge ghost towns, Crystal Park, Elkhorn and Jackson hot springs; hiking, camping, boating, fishing, backpacking, and mountain biking. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Wisdom, MT - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 113
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