Thain Creek Campground

Great Falls, Montana

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The route to Thain Creek travels through ranch country in the lowlands of the Highwood Mountains. Named “espi-toh-tok” by the Blackfeet Indians due to the timber that runs high along its slopes, this is one of Montana’s island mountain ranges, created by volcanic eruptions over 50 million years ago. Streams carve a colorful quilt of meadows and forests filled with wildflowers and wildlife, and ranches seem to stretch forever. While gold miners were seeking their fortune to the west, cattlemen began staking their claims as well. Expansive ranches spread across open prairies and mountain valleys, and cattle became as commonplace as antelope. This is open rangeland, with cattle grazing throughout the national forest. Every fall cowboys create a bit of historic déjà vu when they gather for the community round-up. In the early twentieth century, legends began to circulate about an enormous white wolf named Old Snowdrift whose mythical prowess and intelligence helped him evade trappers and wardens for years. Those who believed in his existence were rewarded when, in 1923, he and his mate were both caught. He was killed and his pelt put on display, but two of his pups were spared and shipped to Hollywood, where they starred on the silver screen for several years.
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by Jan and Christina Nesset (Menasha Ridge Press)

The route to Thain Creek travels through ranch country in the lowlands of the Highwood Mountains. Named “espi-toh-tok” by the Blackfeet Indians due to the timber that runs high along its slopes, this is one of Montana’s island mountain ranges, created by volcanic eruptions over 50 million years ago. Streams carve a colorful quilt of meadows and forests filled with wildflowers and wildlife, and ranches seem to stretch forever. While gold miners were seeking their fortune to the west, cattlemen began staking their claims as well.

Expansive ranches spread across open prairies and mountain valleys, and cattle became as commonplace as antelope. This is open rangeland, with cattle grazing throughout the national forest. Every fall cowboys create a bit of historic déjà vu when they gather for the community round-up. In the early twentieth century, legends began to circulate about an enormous white wolf named Old Snowdrift whose mythical prowess and intelligence helped him evade trappers and wardens for years. Those who believed in his existence were rewarded when, in 1923, he and his mate were both caught. He was killed and his pelt put on display, but two of his pups were spared and shipped to Hollywood, where they starred on the silver screen for several years.

© 2017 Jan and Christina Nesset/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Great Falls
Campsites: 12 Sites
Season: Memorial Day weekend- November; full services through Labor Day.
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Lewis and Clark National Forest. 406-566-2292; www.fs.usda.gov/helena
Fees per Night: $5
Facilities: Water spigots, vault toilets.
Driving Directions: Directions to Thain Creek Campground

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