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8 Places For Nature Lovers To Explore In Montana

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Aptly nicknamed the “treasure state”, Montana has its fair share of hidden gems for nature enthusiasts to appreciate. From the serene to the exhilarating, this state offers a range of outdoor activities that are everything you could want from a summer getaway. If you are looking to get out of the city this summer, check out these eight destinations in the captivating Montana wilderness.

Explore Yellowstone

Home to the largest concentration of active geysers in the world,  Yellowstone National Park is full of geothermal wonders that attract tourists from all over. These breathtaking natural wonders will leave you awed over their beauty and power. Bring comfortable shoes and your camera as you set off on the trail to capture the gorgeous geysers and hot springs. Before you go, check here to see a list of free entrance days this summer. 

Admission: From $20; check here for passes 

Hours: Check here for seasonal opening dates

Camp in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is a lovely scenic place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Enjoy a hike through the local flora and fauna, take a horseback riding tour, and drive the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road. For more information about camping sites and amenities, check here

Admission: From $20; check here for passes 

Hours: Open 24hr/ day; 7 days/ week

Float Down The River in Madison

Rent a tube from Madison river tubing and spend an afternoon floating down the river with up to seven of your friends and family (minimum age is 3 years old). Add a cooler tube of ice, and a waterproof speaker to make the most of your lazy day drifting. 

Fees: From $15/day (tube rental); check here to find a trip.

Hours: Monday – Sunday 9:00AM – 5:00PM (weather dependent)

White Water Rafting in Gallatin

If you’re looking for a little more excitement, head over to Gallatin and check out Montana Whitewater. Choose from a half-day or full-day of rafting for you and five friends. Children (age 6+) are welcome to join! For extra adventure, choose a package that includes a ride on the zipline to experience the river from above. 

Fees: From $83.50, Check here to book your package.

Hours: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm 7 days/ week 

Backpack Through Beartooth

If you want to stay fit while having fun, pack your bags and prepare to trek through the Beartooth mountains. The rugged terrain is perfect for hiking, rock climbing, cycling, and horse riding.

Admission: Free; Check here for a list of permits (fishing, fire, etc.)

Hours: Open from Memorial Day to Mid-October

Fly fishing in Bozeman

For those looking for a little peace a quiet, nothing is as serene as a morning spent fishing by the river. Well known as the best fly fishing spot around, Bozeman offers several choice spots such as the Gallatin River and Hyalite Reservoir. Beginners can book a guided fly fishing tour through Montana Fishing Outfitters

Guided Tour Fees: From $425; check here for details

Rock climbing in Bitterroot Valley

Rock climbing enthusiasts will appreciate the dramatic rock faces of the Bitterroot Valley canyons. Beginners can start with bouldering in Lost Horse, and make their way up to the formidable peaks of Blodgett Canyon – a popular spot for rock climbing in the summer as well as ice climbing in the winter months.

Mountain biking near Big Sky

Although it is most famous for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, the Big Sky ski resort also contains many of Montana’s best mountain biking trails. Seasoned cyclists can rent a downhill bike and try out one of the trails, while amateurs can book an experienced coach to give them tips and tricks. Click here to find the trail that is best for you based on skill level and experience. The resort also offers golfing, guided hikes, and zipline tours for those who aren’t ready for these impressive trails. 

Admission: Big Sky Lift Tickets From $45; Check here (tickets vary by date) 

Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

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