Tourism

Circle the Snowies

From the timbered slopes of the north side to the dry grassy meadows in the south, a trip around the Big Snowies can give you a whole new appreciation for the familiar range near town. A great way to circle the Snowies is by starting on upper Spring Creek, traveling to Heath, then getting on Red Hill Road near East Fork Reservoir. Follow Red Hill...

Enjoy the Snowies

The north side of the Big Snowy Mountains is spectacular, but other than Crystal Lake, it’s pretty tough to access. As a result, the Crystal Lake area tends to get a little crowded at times. If you’d like to explore the Snowies without the crowds, try Cottonwood Creek straight south of Lewistown. The Forest Service has a parking area and trailhead...

Explore the Little Belt Mountains

Trout, trails, great views and a laid-back setting are just a few of the offerings of the South Fork of the Judith River in the Little Belt Mountains near Utica. The South Fork is a user-friendly area where you can truly relax and enjoy the day at one of the many established camping sites or at the historic Judith Station, a restored FWP ranger...

Gigantic Warm Spring

With 50,000 gallons of 68-degree water bubbling out of the earth every minute, the Gigantic Warm Spring is certainly worthy of its name. It has long been a local favorite for swimming, picnicking, volleyball games or just hanging out. The Gigantic Warm Spring is located on the Dave Vanek ranch, 12 miles north of Lewistown on the highway to Denton...

Climb Judith Peak

Want to climb the highest peak in the Judith Mountains and not even break a sweat? No problem. A couple of gallons of gas are all you need to enjoy one of the most spectacular sites in Central Montana. At 6,247 feet, Judith Peak is the highest mountain in the nearby Judith Range, and there is a well-maintained road all the way to the top. The...

Crystal Lake

Mention the term “day trip” in Lewistown and chances are good the first thing that will come to mind is Crystal Lake, and with good reason. The area seems as though it was designed as the perfect day trip destination. The scenery is spectacular and there are plenty of hiking, biking and walking trails nearby. Picnicking facilities are plentiful...

Camp Sites in Central Montana

Camp Sites in Central Montana Ackley Lake: Picnic, camper trailer access, boat launching facilities, swimming. The only state park in the Central Montana area. Located about 23 miles southwest of Lewistown, near Hobson. Crystal Lake: U.S. Forest Service campgrounds. Picnicking and camp-ing with tables, fireplace units, boat launching facilities (no motor boats), potable water...

Camping in Central Montana

Camping in Central Montana Time To Dig out The Camping equipment! For many, the summer season is the camping season. Camping may be a time of re-union with friends and family or simply a chance to leave everything behind and head off to a favorite spot, off the beaten path. It could be a chance to appreciate the simpler things in life, like a golden brown marshmallow cooked...

Metis Celebration

Metis Celebration Immerse yourself in the cultural enchantment of the annual Me-tis Celebration and Pow Wow during Labor Day weekend, celebrating the Native American roots of Central Montana. Native American fiddlers, dancers, singers, and crafters from throughout the United States and Canada converge at the Fergus County Fairgrounds and everyone is welcome. A...

Torosaurus returns to Central Montana

Torosaurus returns to Central Montana In the summer of 2000, Central Montana became the dinosaur capital of the world for three weeks when a crew from the Museum of the Rockies spent time on land owned by Merl and Gladys Busenbark, excavating the skull of a Torosaurus. The skull had originally been found by Lewistown resident Ken Olson in 1999. Prior to that, in either 1971 or 1972,...

Lewistown Veterans Memorial Park

Lewistown Veterans Memorial Park Lewistown Veterans Memorial Park was made possible by a handful of local veterans with a dream, and numerous community benefactors who continue to dig deep to support this reverent place of remembrance. Bronze sculptures rep-resent the real men, women and families who gave their lives for freedom, as well as those who continue to...

Snowy Mountain Muzzleloaders & Re-Enactor’s annual rendezvous

Snowy Mountain Muzzleloaders & Re-Enactor’s annual rendezvous Step back in time and join the Snowy Mountain Muzzleloaders and Re-Enactors at the Ed Mc-Givern Memorial Park in beautiful Central Montana for an exciting weekend filled with activiities of the mid-1800’s. The Snowy Mountains provide a scenic backdrop for our yearly rendezvous at the Ed McGivern Memorial Park overlooking East Fork Reservoir. The...

Pioneer Power Days Back to ‘The Good Old Days’

Pioneer Power Days  Back to ‘The Good Old Days’ Power at a meandering pace is the focus of the annual Pioneer Power Days held annually in June across from the Lewistown Airport. Sizzling beef, homemade ice cream and yeasty fresh baked bread slathered in butter top off a day of tractor rides, steam engine demonstrations, blacksmithing and more. All the good things of days gone by are...

Haunts of old are Vacation Gold

Lonely moans the wind of time, across an era of booming towns to empty haunts of frontier ruins, standing testament to the strength and pride of a pioneer nation and a treasured state. They are Montana’s many ghost towns. People hardly ever see ghosts in these forgotten villages, but you know they’re there because of the way the wind carries now-...

Take a Stroll Through History

Take a Stroll Through History With so much to see so close to Lewistown, it’s easy to forget that there’s another way to see the town. Walking tours offer an enchanting way to explore the historic side of town and two are provided by the Lewistown Area Chamber of Commerce. The self-guided walking tours take place in six districts, the downtown four being: Silk Stocking,...

Fun in the Spring

Fun in the Spring Spring is the time to watch Central Montana wake up from its long winter nap. Wildflowers bloom, paddlefish run in the Missouri, waterfowl migrate through the area by the thousands and the deer and elk head back up to their summer sanctuar-ies in the mountains. One of the most fascinating springtime rituals is the annual mating dance per-formed...