Places to See

Places to See in Southwest Montana and Vicinity

Below are some of the many attractions in southwest Montana. For more ideas, please go to

Bozeman Hot Springs - Featuring nine different pools with temperatures ranging from 59 to 106 degrees, sauna and steam room, Bozeman Hot Springs offers the perfect way to relax. Just eight miles west of Bozeman.

Chico Hot Springs - Offering hot pools for soaking, rustic lodging and live entertainment among other things, Chico Hot Springs is a vintage inn offering a beautiful slice of Paradise Valley. Located 50 miles from Bozeman and 25 miles south of Livingston.

Lewis & Clark Caverns - These caverns (never visited by Lewis or Clark) display a spectacular collection of stalactites, stalagmites, helictites and columns. Tours run all day every day from May through September. Outside Whitehall, about 50 miles west of Bozeman.

Madison Buffalo Jump - This cliff on the banks of the Madison River was used by Native Americans for 2,000 years to stampede bison to their deaths. Nature hikes, exhibits and picnicking are some of activities available here, just 30 miles west of Bozeman.

Missouri Headwaters State Park - The mighty Missouri River begins within MIssour Headwaters State Park about 35 miles west of Bozeman.

Museum of the Rockies - Home to the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the United States, the Museum of the Rockies boasts displays on Native American culture, art, Montana homesteading and natural history, as well as plentiful dinosaur exhibits. The Taylor Planetarium and Tinsley House round out an amazing collection of northern Rocky history and science. Check their web site for the latest rotating exhibit. Located on the MSU campus in Bozeman.

Pioneer Museum - Located in the old Gallatin County jail, the Pioneer Museum in Bozeman offers a variety of exhibits documenting life in the Gallatin Valley from pre-history to modern day. Run by the Gallatin Historical Society and situated just west of downtown Bozeman on Main Street.

Virginia City - A well-preserved functioning ghost town, Virginia City was a booming gold mining town in the 1860s and the Capitol of Montana Territory. Virigina City is about 65 miles southwest of Bozeman and 90 miles west of Yellowstone National Park. It is open year-round and, in the summer, boasts melodramas, shootouts, and the infamous Boot Hill. Take a train to the Nevada City Open Air Museum just two miles away.


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