Posted by: RasmaSandra | September 19, 2021

Exploring Montana

Montana Glacier National Park Mountains Cracker Lake

Glacier National Park is located in northwest Montana. It is wonderful place to see nature with mountain ranges, alpine meadows, thick forests, waterfalls, lake and glaciers.

The only paved road that takes you through the park is called Going-to-the-Sun Road and it stretches for 50 miles. The road crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass and connects St. Mary to Apgar Village and West Glacier.

Highline Trail

There are more than 700 miles of hiking trails and among the most iconic hiking routes are Grinnell Glacier, Ptarmigan Tunner and Highline Trail. You can enjoy overnight adventures too.

The state of Montana has ten national forests and many of them are in the western half of the state. Five of these forests are a short drive from Missoula, which is home to the University of Montana.

Lolo National Forest surrounds the city. Some of the highlights are the Rattlesnake and Blue Mountain National Recreation Areas.

Bozeman is home to Montana’s other state university and a great place to start off exploring some national forests. Most visitors enjoy the Custer-Gallatin National Forest. The forest goes past the town of Big Sky and connects to Yellowstone National Park.

Big Sky Resort offers some of the best skiing in America and is about an hour’s drive from Bozeman. The slopes are known for their abundance of snow and in the wintertime it fills up with skiers and snowboarders.

The town of West Yellowstone is near the western entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Stop by to see the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. It was opened as a sanctuary for animals who could not live in the wild, Here you can see grizzly bears and gray wolves in a natural habitat.

Montana has two main entrances into Yellowstone the West Entrance and the North Entrance.
Entering through the town of West Yellowstone you get into geyser country. When you get to Madison Junction to the north is Norris Geyser Basin, home to Steamboat Geyser. To the south are the Lower, Midway, and Upper Geyser Basins.

Through Gardiner, Montana you get to the North Entrance of Yellowstone and can take a lovely 90-minute drive through Paradise Valley from Bozeman. One of the highlights here is the Boiling River and farther into the park is the Mammoth Hot Springs area.

Lewis and Clark Caverns for exploring underground are located between Butte and Bozeman. This is Montana’s first state park and you can get guided tours. Lewis and Clark Caverns are one of the largest limestone caverns in the world. You’ll enjoy the amazing caverns and if tight spaces are of no problem to you you can take the three-hour Wild Cave Tour.

Above ground outside of the caves are hiking trails and a visitor center with interpretive information about the caves, There is a campground with cabins, tepees, and group campsites available.

One of the best hot springs in Montana is Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort next to the Clark Fork River in Paradise, Montana, The resort offer lodge rooms, cabins and the Hardwood House Restaurant.

The most historic hot springs is Chico Hot Springs with a large open-air pool. It is close to the Yellowstone River and a short drive to Yellowstone National Park.

The Beartooth Highway in southwest Montana will take you into the state of Wyoming. The route begins south of Red Lodge which is one of Montana’s best small towns and climbs more thatn 5,000 feet to Beartooth Pass on the other side of the Wyoming border.

Then the highway continues west through Shoshone National Forest to the northeast of Yellowstone National Park. The highway is open between Memorial Day and Columbus Day. There are hiking trails, campgrounds and amazing landscapes.

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