Montana is home to numerous working and guest ranches. Saddle up and experience trail rides, barn dances and chuckwagon suppers. Montana’s ranches will show you an authentic Western way of life that still exists today. Summer rodeos throughout our state offer a chance to see traditional ranch activities performed by cowboys and cowgirls in fun, family-friendly venues.
Traditional Native American ways of life can be experienced at Montana’s Powwows, such as Crow Fair near Billings, or at North American Indian Days in Browning. Montana’s Indian tribes celebrate their traditions with dance, drumming and traditional dress during these family-oriented celebrations.
Wander through authentic ghost towns such as Bannack, one of the best-preserved ghost towns in the country. There are over 50 buildings that line Main Street with their historic log and frame structures that recall Montana’s gold rush era. Guided tours and panning for gold are offered during the summer. The lively Victorian ghost town of Virginia City is located just 90 miles from Yellowstone National Park. Nevada City, just a mile and half away, offers more than 100 buildings, a museum, music hall, train rides and weekend living history programs that are sure to put you into a nostalgic mood.
Winter activities in Montana can be as adventurous as you like. Travelers attracted to cold season adventure will find some of the best skiing available at Montana’s 15 ski areas, including Whitefish Mountain Resort in the north near Glacier National Park, and Big Sky Resort near Yellowstone. These areas also offer other exciting winter recreational opportunities, from dog sledding to snowshoeing and tours by snowmobile, as well as opportunities to visit these national parks in wintertime.
With four distinct seasons, a rich history, and more spectacular unspoiled nature than anywhere else in America’s lower 48 states, Montana lives up to its Last Best Place nickname no matter where or what time of year you visit.
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