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Our history is one

of people and land.

Few things make travel more exciting than learning the stories of the land you visit. Whether your interests lie within the stories of the Nez Perce, Montana’s State Capitol in Helena, or Mountain Men and Fur Traders of the past, Southwest Montana has a story, and a state park, for any and every type of history lover.

Get to know the history of

the place we call Home.

These state parks provide information about the people who have called Southwest Montana home, the towns they built, and the work that they cultivated. Through these histories, while visiting our state parks, and through your travels, we hope you catch glimpses of the most important character: Montana itself.



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Anaconda Smoke Stack State Park Get Directions to Park Anaconda Smoke Stack State Park is located off of I-90, 24 miles from Butte, MT. Situated on top on a hillside of the Anaconda Pintler Mountain Range foothills, you can see this state park from miles around. As a monument to the nation's period of industrialism, particularly when view…

Bannack State Park Get Directions to Park Bannack State Park is the location of Montana's first major gold discovery, founded in 1862 this histo…

Clark's Lookout State Park Get Directions to Park Clark's Lookout State Park is located one mile north of Dillon, above the Beaverhead River. Established December 23, 1985, Clark's Lookout is set along the historic Lewis and Clark trail. Click He…

Elkhorn State Park Get Directions to Park Traveling along gravel secondary roads outside of Boulder, you'll find the once thriving town of Elkhorn, now one of the smallest state parks in the state.     Click Here To Access a …

Granite Ghost Town State Park Get Directions to Park Once a thriving 1890s silver boomtown, Granite Ghost Town State Park, is exactly what its name suggests, the remains of a mining town from the 1800…

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park Get Directions to Park Located just east of Whitehall, MT, lies the Lewis and Clark Caverns. Discovered in 1892 by local hunters, these caverns went on to become Montana's first state park. As one of the largest known limestone cavern systems in the northwest, Montanans have been exploring the caves for …

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

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