In Big Sky Country, you’ll discover some of the most beautiful scenery on earth to explore. Southwest Montana has high mountain peaks, low meadows, caverns, rivers, lakes and incredible parks open to the public.

Southwest Montana State Parks offer

something for everyone.

The diverse recreational and educational opportunities make Southwest Montana a great place to visit. Fishing, hiking, and biking are just a few of the multitude of activities Montana’s State Parks encourage, along with local tours and communities to visit. Each state park you find here will be unique, so we encourage you to look at what each and every one offers!

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From the ghost town legacy of Bannack and Elkhorn, to the underground world of Lewis and Clark Caverns there is so much to do and see!

Not a fan of History? You can also spend some time on the water, enjoying the natural spring at Spring Meadow Lake, or fishing and boating at Black Sandy.

There are also plenty of options for wildlife and scenery lovers that will simply amaze you!

Check out what these parks have to offer, and you will probably want to add an extra day (or week!) to your vacation.



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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…

Beaverhead Rock State Park Get Directions to Park Beaverhead Rock can be viewed and photographed from a distance, but cannot be directly accessed. There are two great locations to best see the rock formation, though. The first is 14 miles south of Twin Bridges on Highway 41 where a pull-off has informational signs and an interesting bird …

Black Sandy State Park Get Directions to Park Black Sandy State Park is an extremely popular weekend boating, fishing, camping, and water skiing location. You can make reservations up to one day in advance of your arrival date. For same-day availability, try the park office 406-458-3221 to check if any sites are available for that night. Th…

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 …

Lost Creek State Park Get Directions to Park Lost Creek State Park is a public recreation area and campground located six miles north of Anaconda, Montana, featuring limestone cliffs and multi-colored roc…

Spring Meadow Lake State Park Get Directions to Park Located west of Helena is Spring Meadow Lake State Park, a day-use park, popular for swimming, sunbathing, fishing and birdwatching. Click Here To Access a Map!

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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