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There's plenty to do in southwestern Montana
And here's some quick ideas for you...
- Dig for Crystals! Now here's something fun! Crystal Park on the Pioneer
Scenic Byway between Wise River and Polaris, is a great place to
dig for unique, jewelry quality crystals. And they're free!
- Beaverhead County Museum! Come for a complete historical review of one of Montana's
most interesting places... Southwest Montana & Beaverhead
- Lewis & Clark - Follow the steps of the Lewis and Clark Expedition!
Lewis and Clark, on their expeditions through here in 1805 &
1806, spent over three weeks in this area. Some of the most
interesting parts of their journey involved Beaverhead County,
including Beaver's Head Rock, Clark's Lookout, Camp Fortunate,
Lemhi Pass, Lost Trail Pass and the Big Hole Valley.
- Go Fishing! Southwest Montana has two Class I or Blue Ribbon trout
streams, dozens of lakes and mountains streams that just beckon
- Take a Charter Flight! Dillon has an excellent county airport, featuring two
charter services as well as a 6,000 foot, modern runway for
- Great Hiking Trails! The Beaverhead national Forest has an almost endless
amount of great hiking trails to follow through some of the most
beautiful scenery in Montana.
- Be a Gold Prospector! Many streams still offer the amateur prospector the chance
for a "little color in the pan."
- Soak in a Hot Springs! Beaverhead County has several hot springs that offer good
accommodations and a relaxing soak for very reasonable fees. Try
Jackson Hot Springs, at Jackson; and Elkhorn Hot Springs in the
Grasshopper Valley. The warm, natural spring waters are
invigorating and soothing; and both places have excellent
restaurants as well.
- Scenic Photography! The scenery is breathtaking, the history still present,
and the wildlife plentiful. Bring plenty of film and keep your
- Western Montana College has a unique campus, with its soaring pine trees and the
towing gothic architecture of Main Hall is a great way to take a
breather from a busy day.
- The historical walking tour takes you past beautiful Victorian homes and quaint
business buildings from the 1880's.
- Ghost Towns! Beaverhead and Madison Counties are the homes of dozens of
ghost towns. From Bannack (just west of Dillon), with nearly 60
buildings, to more remote spots like Glendale, Vipond, Rochester,
and others, ghost towning is great fun.
- Relive History! Virginia City is a wonderful place to relive history. So
is Bannack. Follow the Vigilante trail between Bannack and
Virginia City, and see for yourself how rough the west really was!
- See a Play! Southwestern Montana is a great place to see a play, there
are a number of productions and entertainment schedules are at
various times, including the Old Depot Theatre at the railroad
station in Dillon.
- Virginia City, there you will see the Virginia City Players for
authentic melodrama, and the Brewery Players for vaudeville.
Productions are scheduled most days during the summer.
- Play in a forest! Over 2 million acres of forest land in Beaverhead and
Madison County, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest offer
great opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, camping,
backpacking, cross-country skiing and boating.
- Clark Canyon Reservoir, 20 miles south of Dillon, offers great boating and
fishing along with camping and sightseeing. Other mountain lakes
abound in the National Forest.
- Go for a Swim! There's plenty of great places to swim in southwest
Montana. Low-cost swimming is available at Jackson Hot Springs,
Elkhorn Hot Springs, the Dillon KOA, the Dillon Super 8 Motel, the
Guest House Inn, and the Western Montana College.
- Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife
Refuge provides a scenic ride through the historic Centennial
Valley, where stage coaches used to run to Yellowstone Park. An
interpretive center is located there, as well as a first class
chance to see this rare bird, and countless other types of birds
- See Wildlife along Pioneer Scenic Byway! Plenty of wildlife can be seen from the
highway, especially deer and antelope. A favorite spot to see
wildlife is along the Pioneer Scenic Byway between Wise River and
Polaris, through the Elkhorn area.
- The Big Hole Battlefield is about 12 miles west of Wisdom and was the site of the
famous Big Hole Battle between Col. Gibbons of the U.S. Army and
Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce.
- Go Golfing! Dillon features an excellent golf course with reasonable
- Soar with Eagles! Beaverhead County is noted for a large population of Bald
Eagles. Keep a sharp eye out for them as they soar the skies north
of Dillon looking for small prey.
- Go Camping! Dillon has several commercial camping areas, all
reasonably priced. And Berretts Park, south of Dillon, is
available for overnight camping as well. The Forest Service, State
Parks Department and the Bureau of Land Management all have
camping facilities throughout the area.
- Montana Biggest Weekend!
County Fair & Dillon Jaycee Labor Day Rodeo and
Concert is one special time. It all begins in Dillon on August
31, and runs through September 6, including the Jaycee Rodeo. It's
all a great weekend should be. Rodeo action, carnivals, exhibits,
games and food!
The Fair and Jaycee Rodeo and Concert have
a widespread reputation for excellence, built upon years and years
of hard work and dedication by hundreds of Beaverhead County
Beginning September 5, the Dillon Jaycees kick off
their annual Labor Day Weekend Rodeo, a PRCA sanctioned event that
is sure to put chills up your back as well, drawing top-rated
contestants from around the nation, Sunday night is capped off by
an outdoor concert featuring Country Music Stars - Terry Clark
& Ty Herndon. The parade on Monday September 6, followed by
the second performance of the PRCA sanctioned rodeo.