If you want it Montana State Parks has it. From geocaching to scenic wonders and natural formations to swimming you can find it all.
Non state residents are expected to pay an entrance fee to visit Montana State Parks. This fee is usually $5.00 per vehicle. Residents of the State of Montana do not have to pay as this fee is included with license plate renewal. An annual pass can be obtained for non state residents. This cost is $25.00 and allows you to unlimited entrance fees from March 1 to the last day of February the following year.
Montana State Parks are divided into six regions. Some parks are quite remote. Visitors are advised to plan accordingly. A firewood ban is in effect. Firewood must be purchased in the park where you plan to use it. Camping sites range from basic, to cabins or yurts.
The following list will highlight some of the top locations in Montana State Parks. Use it as a guide to begin planning your summer vacation trip. More information is available in the resources section of this article.
Thompson Falls State Park Montana State Park Region 1
Montana Hwy 200
1 mile NW of Thompson Falls
GPS Lat 47.616, Lng -115.389
Open May 1 – September 30
This Montana State Park is on the Clark River. The breathtaking scenery offers many photographic opportunities. Visitors can enjoy a range of activities. Here you can camp, hike, bike, swim, view wildlife, picnic and more.
Anaconda Smokestack Montana State Park Region 2
Located on MT Highway 1 and Monroe Street
Open Year Round
GPS Lat 46.11, Lng -112.914
Phone (406) 542-5500
At 585′ the Anaconda Smokestack by the Anaconda Copper Company is one of the tallest brick structures in the world. It measures 75′ at the bottom and 60′ at the top. The height is 585′. Photographic opportunities and an information kiosk are available from a viewing station.
Missouri Headwaters on the Madison River Montana State Park Region 3
Open Year Round
GPS Lat 45.924, Lng -111.498
Phone (406) 994-4042.
Three miles from I-90. This Montana State Park observes the confluence of 3 rivers. Here visitors can enjoy boating opportunities, fishing, camping, picnicking, interpretive programs, photography, Campgrounds have tent, RV sites, tents and a tipi.
Giant Springs Montana State Park Region 4
I-15, exit 280 Central Avenue, Left on River Dr. to Giant Springs.
GPS Lat 47.53, Lng -111.232
This beautiful Montana State Parks offers much in the way of recreation. Visitors can launch their boats, fish, picnic, use their bicycles, hike and view wildlife. There are interpretive programs, a playground, visitor center, picnic tables and grills.
Pictograph Cave Montana State Park Region 5
Open April 1 to Oct 31.
I-90, exit Lockwood, 5 miles south of Billings.
The Pictograph and Ghost caves were home to a prehistoric people. This Montana State Park has an education center, interpretive displays, retail space and more. Visitors can enjoy picnicking, hiking, bicycling, wildlife viewing, hiking and many photographic opportunities.
Brush Lake Montana State Park Region 6
Open May 1 to December 1
GPS Lat 48.603, Lng -104.113
This park is 31 miles SE of Plentywood
Visitors can enjoy hiking, swimming, boating, picnicking, photography, camping, wildlife and bird watching and a lakefront beach.
Rosebud Battlefield Montana State Park Region 7
Open January 1 to December 31
Phone (406) 234-0900
This Montana State Park offers wildlife viewing, photographic opportunities, bicycling, hiking and more. The site historic site commemorates the famous battle between Sioux and Cheyenne warriors and the soldiers of General George Crook.
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