Friday, April 8, 2016

National Lands: Montana

Going to the Sun Mountain in Glacier National Park
Going to the Sun Mountain in Glacier National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Montana is fortunate to have two incredible national parks. The nation's first national park is Yellowstone National Park, which features amazing sites such as the geyser basin, Mammoth Hot Springs and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Camping, hiking, horseback riding and cross country skiing are just a few of the myriad of available activities. The majority of the park is located in Wyoming, but it extends into Montana on its southern border near the southwest corner of the state. Interstate 90 is to the north and Interstate 15 is to the west. Glacier National Park is an amazingly gorgeous park which is located in the northwest corner of Montana with Interstate 15 to the east. Hikers will find more than 700 miles of trails that reveal the beauty of the mountains, lakes and forests. Boating, fishing, hiking and cross-country skiing are just some of the activities. Guided tours are available. The most famous experience is driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is on the southern border of the state and extends into Wyoming. Interstate 90 is to the east. Visitors can explore over 120,000 acres and participate in hiking, biking, boating, fishing and horseback riding. The Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site celebrates the cowboys and cattlemen of the West. The area is located on Interstate 90 between Missoula and Butte on the western edge of the state. The Nez Perce National Historical Park is in four states with 38 sites. One of the sections of this park is the Big Hole National Battlefield which is to the west of Butte and Interstate 15 by the western border of the state. This battlefield honors the Nez Perce people who were killed in battle.
English: Main terrace of Mammoth Hot Springs i...
English: Main terrace of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is on the North Dakota border north of Interstate 94. The fort was an important fur trade post. The Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail covers eleven states. In Montana the trail follows the Missouri River for most of the time. The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument remembers the battle where General George Custer and his men lost their lives in battling Indians. The area is to the east of Billings and to the east of Interstate 90.

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