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Dark Sky Trail

Montana State Parks are home to multiple locations that we call “Dark Sky Locations.”

Montana Dark Skies Are

Part Of Montana Heritage

When young Charlie Russell arrived in 1880, there wasn’t a single light bulb in the Montana Territory. As a teenage nighthawk, Charlie worked by horseback under Montana’s star-filled night skies.

Experience like the young Charlie Russell at

Montana State Parks Dark Sky Locations

Learn more about our top Dark Sky Locations and the best ways to experience them.

DARK SKY MONTANA STATE PARKS

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Brush Lake State Park Get Directions to Park Brush Lake State Park is the only state park in the northeast corner of Montana. Brush Lake is a deep lake (65 feet) in a closed basin and the site of National Science Foundation research on climate change. The lake boasts 45 feet of sediments showcasing 10,000 years of pollen and mine…

Logan State Park Get Directions to Park Just off Highway 2 between Libby and Kalispell, you'll find Logan State Park, a local hotspot. 

Medicine Rocks State Park Get Directions to Park The Medicine Rocks are a series of natural rock formations considered sacred by local Native American tribes. They are covered in Native Rock Art or Pictographs. Click Here To Access a Map!

Painted Rocks State Park Get Directions to Park Named for the green, yellow and orange lichens that cover the grey and black walls of the granite and rhyolite cliffs, Painted Rocks State Park is located in the West Fork Valley of the Bitterroot Mountains.

General Park Fee Information

Montana residents in a vehicle with valid Montana license plates are allowed to enter State Parks for free. Camping, tour, special event and other fees still apply.

Nonresident visitors are required to pay day-use fees usually from $2 to $5. Nonresidents can also purchase annual Montana State Parks Passports for unlimited use. Passports are $25 for the first vehicle and $20 for additional vehicles. They can be purchased at any state park, regional Fish, Wildlife and Parks office or online at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks