One way to explore the vastness of all the things that Montana has to offer is by visiting some National Parks. What better way to experience the big sky country than by visiting natural areas that have been preserved, some of them for over 100 years! Here are three national parks in Montana you must visit.
Big Hole National Battlefield is a park that is a part of the Nez Perce National Historical Park. The land is preserving the battlefield where the Nez Perce fought against the 7th Infantry Regiment in 1877. The Battle of the Big Hole became the largest battle that was fought between the U.S. Government and the Nez Perce. Come and see this historical area and explore over 1,000 acres of beautiful land. For more information on things you can do here, visit www.nps.gov/biho/index.htm
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area was established by Congress in 1966. The area covers over 120,000 acres of land where you can find wild horses, wild flowers, and much more. Within the park, Afterbay Lake is a favorite area for fishing trout as well as viewing geese, ducks and other animals. Other activities to engage in while here include bicycling along paths, hiking, picnicking, and even camping. In fact, with 5 camping areas, there are over 100 campsites! For more information, visit www.nps.gov/bica
Glacier National Park is located on the United States and Canada border. Encompassing over 1 million acres of land, including sub-ranges of the Rocky Mountains, the Glacier National Park is an impressive natural landscape that offers a number of outdoor activities to enjoy. If you want to hike, there are 734 miles of hiking paths to choose from with a range from easy to hard hiking paths. Other activities include camping, biking, fishing, boating and even guided tours! For more information visit www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm
If you see a road trip to one of these National Parks in the near future, be sure to make a stop for the night in Billings, Montana.