Maps of Montana
These free, printable travel maps of Montana are divided into eight regions:
- Missoula and Northwestern Montana
- Glacier National Park
- Butte, Helena, and Southwestern Montana
- The Missouri Headwaters
- Billings and Southeastern Montana
- The Judith Basin and Central Montana
- The Big Open and Northeastern Montana
- The Hi-Line and North-Central Montana
Travel Maps of Montana
Missoula and Northwestern Montana
Missoula is a friendly student-oriented city that’s home to the University of Montana, legions of writers, and a dynamic arts community. To the south, the narrow Bitterroot Valley is a recreational wonderland. The Bitterroot River is renowned for trout fishing. Overlooking the rugged Mission Mountains, the National Bison Range preserves a wild herd of the American bison, hunted nearly to extinction in other parts of the West.
Glacier National Park
The single most scenic destination in Montana, this park protects a wilderness of lakes, towering glacier-scarred peaks, and fragile alpine meadows. Lake McDonald glimmers at the base of the fantastically carved peaks. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more scenic drive in North America than Going-to-the-Sun Road, which climbs from the lake to cross the Continental Divide. Waterton Lakes National Park, adjoining Glacier Park in Canada, continues this wonderful mountain and lake scenery.
Glacier National Park: West Glacier and Apgar
Glacier National Park: North Fork
Glacier National Park: Going-to-the-Sun Road
Glacier National Park: St. Mary and Many Glacier
Glacier National Park: Two Medicine and East Glacier
Glacier National Park: Marias Pass and Essex
Glacier National Park: Waterton
Butte, Helena, and Southwestern Montana
This is the region of Montana’s first gold rush and its early mining history. Ghost towns such as Bannack and Virginia City tell the fascinating story of vigilantes and the early gold-mining frontier. Helena, the state capital, is a gold camp that managed to evolve into an endearing small city filled with fantastic period architecture. Butte, once known as the “Richest Hill on Earth,” has more history per square inch than anywhere else in Montana.
The Missouri Headwaters
In this mountainous region, all roads lead to Yellowstone National Park. Three of the park’s entrances are in Montana. Be sure to stop and spend time in Bozeman, a lively university town filled with art galleries and great restaurants. Livingston is another well-preserved town that’s been transformed by its community of famous, cutting-edge visual and literary artists.
Billings and Southeastern Montana
One absolute must-see in this part of the state is the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. The clash of Custer’s troops with the warriors of the Sioux and Cheyenne Nations is one of those defining moments in history, and the battlefield is one of the West’s most haunted places. Miles City’s Range Riders Museum is one of the state’s best community museums. East of Billings, Pompey’s Pillar is a sandstone bluff with carvings made by members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition over 200 years ago.
The Judith Basin and Central Montana
Rolling prairies and isolated mountain ranges make this one of Montana’s most lovely, low-key destinations. Lewistown is a friendly town with a beautiful old downtown little changed since the 1910s. In mid-August, the state’s premier cowboy poetry event is held here. Harlowton is another well-preserved railroad town along the Musselshell River and Highway 12, one of the most scenic routes across the state.
The Charles M. Bair Family Museum in Martinsdale preserves an eclectic, fascinating collection of art and antiques in a rambling ranch home—sort of a Little Versailles on the Prairie. white Sulphur Springs offers hot springs cures and mineral baths, and just down the valley the wild Smith River entices white-water rafters and anglers to explore a remote river canyon.
The Big Open and Northeastern Montana
As its name indicates, this part of Montana is full of wide-open spaces. If you’re looking for unadulterated Western experience, stop in little towns such as Malta or Jordan for an eyeful of cowboy and cowgirl culture.
If you’re passing through on a summer weekend, check to see if there’s a rodeo in the area. The Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede is one of the state’s most famous. Massive Fort Peck Dam is one of the world’s largest, backing up the Missouri River for 150 miles. Surrounding it is the C. M. Russell National wildlife Refuge, the largest in the contiguous United States and home to a wealth of fossils (these are some of the richest dinosaur digs in the world). Migratory birds make stopovers at Medicine lake, a series of prairie wetlands in extreme northeast Montana. Fort union Trading Post National Historic Site, near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers, is a wonderful re-creation of an 1840s fur-trading fort.
The Hi-Line and North-Central Montana
This mostly flat agricultural area brushes up against the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Great Falls is home to the new Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center, which retells the story of the Corps of Discovery’s 1804–1806 journey from St. Louis to the Pacific and back. Also in Great Falls, the C. M. Russell Museum preserves a large collection of this amazing artist’s works. Havre’s raucous pioneer days are revealed in the Havre Beneath the Streets tours, which show the businesses and communities that thrived below the city’s streets in the 1890s.
Near Choteau, Egg Mountain contains outcrops of fossilized dinosaur eggs. View these egg fossils at the Old Trail Museum and schedule a tour of a dino dig at the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center. Just west of Choteau, the Rocky Mountain Front rears up, a beautiful and remote area where the prairie meets the mountains.
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