Montana State Parks Trails

To find trails in Montana state parks for activities such as hiking and biking, select a region or trail below.

Lost Creek State Park Campground :: Anaconda, MT

A crystalline creek flows through this narrow canyon creating an unexpected oasis in a landscape scarred by the mining fury of the past. Dwarfing the creek bed on either side are 1,200- foot limestone and granite walls, which provide habitat for moun

Bannack State Park Campground :: Dillon, MT

A nondescript guideboard with letters scratched into it was nailed to a post along a rutted road. It read “tu grasshopper digns 30 myle keep the trale nex the bluffe.” This simple message led hundreds of hopeful gold prospectors to Grasshopper Creek,

Thompson Falls State Park Campground :: Thompson Falls, MT

This park is one of many places bearing the name of David Thompson, a tribute to the impact of the Canadian explorer and mapmaker. During his 28-year, 55,000-mile exploration of the Northwest, he settled nearby, from 1809 to 1811, and established a t

Big Arm Unit- Flathead Lake State Park Campground :: Polson, MT

Set between the Swan and Mission ranges to the east and the Salish Mountains to the west, Flathead Lake is a sparkling northwestern Montana jewel carved thousands of years ago by receding glaciers. At 28 miles long, it’s the largest freshwater lake w

Henry’s Lake State Park :: West Yellowstone, MT

Amid all the forested federal campgrounds in the Island Park region, you’d expect Henry’s Lake to be similar—but it isn’t. Henry’s Lake sits in a large, open bowl where the vegetation consists mainly of sagebrush. This is a desert campground, not

Beavertail Hill State Park :: Missoula, MT

Beavertail Hill State Park is a small 65-acre gem located 26 miles east of Missoula. The park fronts the Clark Fork River with camping and fishing sites. A one-mile, self- guided interpretive trail was developed by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. T

Traveler’s Rest Interpretive Trail Traveler’s Rest State Park :: Missoula, MT

Travelers’ Rest State Park is located on the banks of Lolo Creek near its confluence with the Bitterroot River just west of the town of Lolo. The 41-acre site marks the location of a centuries- old trading and camp site for Native Americans, includin

Council Grove State Park :: Missoula, MT

Council Grove State Park marks the location of the July 1 6, 1 855 council between Isaac Stevens (Governor of Indian Affairs) and the Salish (Flathead), Kootenai, and the Pend d’ Orielle (Kalispel) Indians. The council resulted in the signing of the

Pictograph Cave State Park :: Billings, MT

Pictograph Cave State Park is a 23-acre national historic landmark located 6 miles south of Billings. Nestled at the base of south-facing sandstone cliffs in Bitter Creek Valley, the archaeological treasure is a prehistoric habitation site dating bac

Beavertail Hill State Park Trail :: Lolo, MT

This 0.9-mile loop is located on the cottonwood floodplain of the Clark Fork River above Rock Creek. The park is only 65 acres, but the habitat is rich as the river meanders away from I-90 and into a bend laden with islands. Moose, deer, beaver, and

Makoshika State Park Campgrounds :: Glendive, MT

The Lakota Sioux called this the “Land of Bad Spirits.” Mushroom-shaped cap rocks, flattopped buttes, spires pointing skyward, razorsharp hogbacks, and fluted hillsides combine to create a land of curious formations shaped by wind and water. But wait

Madison River Country: Missouri Headwaters State Park to West Yellowstone :: Ennis, MT

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 Virgin

Missouri Headwaters State Park Trail :: Missouri River Headwaters State Park, MT

Missouri Headwaters State Park Trail is a hiking trail in Gallatin County, Montana. It is within Missouri River Headwaters State Park. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 4,088 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevat

Crazy and Little Belt Mountains: Livingston to Sluice Boxes State Park :: White Sulphur Springs, MT

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 Litt

Powder River Country: Miles City to Baker to Ekalaka and Back to Miles City :: Miles City, MT

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 biza

Gallatin Canyon: West Yellowstone to Bozeman :: Bozeman, MT

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

Riverfront Park Trail: Cochran Pond– Old Washington Bridge Site Loop :: Billings, MT

The Yellowstone River is the longest freeflowing river in the United States. The river begins in Yellowstone National Park and flows into the Missouri River at the Montana- North Dakota border. Riverfront Park in Billings borders the scenic river, wi

Lone Spring Trail :: Troy, MT

Located in Cuivre River State Park, the Lone Spring Trail provides an interesting trek through a dense woodland of white oak, black oak, shagbark hickory, and northern red oak. Lone Spring appears from under a shelf of limestone and offers hikers a c

Rivers Edge Trail :: Lewis and Clark National Forest, MT

Rivers Edge Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Cascade County, Montana. It is within West Bank Park, Giant Springs State Park, Oddfellows Park, Broadwater Bay Park, Gibson Park, Riverside Park, and Lewis and Clark National Forest. It is 19.3 miles

Sypes Canyon Trail 531 :: Gallatin National Forest, MT

Sypes Canyon Trail 531 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Gallatin County, Montana. It is within Gallatin National Forest and State Trust. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 5,208 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.3 miles with a tot

Boulder Pass :: Babb, MT

A long,scenic route starting in Canada and ending in the United States with incredible alpine scenery and remoteness; a classic backpacking trip. Boulder Pass is a truly classic trip and has achieved some widespread popularity because of it. The Nati

Warren Park Trail :: Lolo, MT

This trail starts at the Garnet Ghost Town parking area and leads out to a picnic site that is more than a century old. Arriving at the historic site is like walking into a blackand-white photo. The place feels as inviting to a weary traveler as it d

Beaver Creek County Park Campgrounds :: Havre, MT

Most people probably haven’t heard of Fort Assinniboine, but when it was built in 1879 near the Milk River, it was the largest fort west of the Mississippi, encompassing all of the Bears Paw Mountains. The fort was built in response to concerns about

Boulder Pass :: Missoula, MT

A long, scenic route starting in Canada and ending in the United States, with incredible alpine scenery and remoteness; a classic backpacking trip. Boulder Pass is a truly classic trip and has achieved some widespread popularity because of it.The Na

Tom Miner Campground :: South Gardiner, MT

Winding alongside the Yellowstone River through the aptly named Paradise Valley, US 89 from Livingston to this campground’s turnoff is one of the most scenic in the state. With the Absaroka Mountains to the east and the Gallatin peaks to the west, ev

Great Northern :: Missoula, MT

A mountain ascent on a well-established social trail with truly spectacular vistas— very likely the premier hike in all of northwestern Montana, if not the entire state. Although named for a former railroad, the name of the mountain suggests exactly

Big Sand Lake :: Lolo, MT

Big Sand Lake is hands-down the most popular day hike in the Elk Summit area. The lake—as popular a stopover for moose as for hikers—is seemingly one of the few places outside of a national park where you can regularly fish within four or five castin

Crow Country: Pryor to Lodge Grass :: Pryor, MT

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 R

Red Lodge and Rosebud County: Red Lodge to Columbus :: Absarokee, MT

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 moun

Lost Creek Falls :: Whitehall, MT

Lost Creek Falls is located in Lost Creek State Park in the Flint Creek Mountains near Anaconda. A short paved trail leads to the base of the falls and is accessible by wheelchair. The 50-foot waterfall cascades diagonally over a ledge in a gorgeou

Judith Basin: Eddie's Corner to Big Timber :: Harlowton, MT

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

Yellowstone River, Upper - Gardiner to Livingston :: Emigrant, MT

The longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states, the Yellowstone River begins high in the snow-capped mountains of Wyoming. After a tumultuous journey through Yellowstone National Park, the celebrated, yet more forgiving Paradise Valley, and th

Reservoir Lake Campground :: Dillon, MT

Set on a 45-acre lake in a narrow slice of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge forest, this campground is a quiet respite after a beautiful, albeit bumpy, 60-mile drive from Dillon. On the drive, you’ll pass through sagebrush plains and grasslands and may begin

Sheridan Campground :: Red Lodge, MT

Red Lodge is the gateway to one of the most scenic drives in the United States. The 70-milelong Beartooth Highway ascends out of Red Lodge through Rock Creek Canyon, serving up spectacular views as it winds to Cooke City and then into Yellowstone Nat

Sage Creek Campground :: Bridger, MT

In the words of Chief Arapooish, “The Crow Country is a good country. The Great Spirit has put it in exactly the right place; while you are in it you fare well; whenever you go out of it, whichever way you may travel, you fare worse.” Sage Creek is p