Montana is one of the largest states by land mass in the United States.  It has 6 regions and each one offers visitors plenty to see and do whether camping, hiking, boating, fishing, sightseeing, or other exciting year-round outdoor adventures.  In addition, we have 2 national parks and 54 state parks.

This month, let’s explore a few things to see and do in Yellowstone Country in the south-central part of the state.

West Yellowstone, MT

The small community of West Yellowstone (population 1502) in Gallatin County sits near the northern entrance to Yellowstone Park, but don’t let the small size fool you, they have big adventures in and around the area.  Winter and summer bus tours take you through Yellowstone Park.  If you are visiting from June through August, you won’t want to miss the Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo.  The kids will love the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center too. Plenty of camping spots for your RV or trailer.  Google “camping in Yellowstone Country”.

Red Lodge, MT and the Beartooth Scenic Highway

Start your trek to Yellowstone National Park in Red Lodge, some 60 miles south of Billings and take some time to enjoy this small town’s Old West feel with saloons, boutiques, art galleries and plenty of shopping.  Spend a night or two in one of several campgrounds, and if you’re there on July 4th, you’ll see a parade and rodeo. The Beartooth Highway climbs 5,000 feet through lodge pole pine forests, past alpine lakes and 12,000 feet high peaks. Winter skiing is also popular at Red Lodge Mountain Ski Resort.

Three Forks, MT

Three Forks is where three rivers (Gallatin, Jefferson, and Madison) converge to form the Missouri River.  These rivers are in the heart of blue-ribbon fishing country.  While rainbow trout are the most common fish caught, you can also catch walleyes, northern pike, perch and other trout species.  Many of Montana’s fish are wild and were hatched and raised in the wild.  It has been said that Montana fishing is the best.  Other excellent rivers to fish are the Big Horn River at Fort Smith, Yellowstone River near Livingston, and Spring Creeks in the Paradise Valley.