5 Fun Spring Road Trips in Southwest Montana
Montana is an absolutely beautiful state. My favorite time of year is spring when everything begins to turn from white to green. If you have a free weekend, there are many sights to see in southwest Montana.
Hylalite Reservoir is a quick trip south from Bozeman. It may be a couple months before all of the snow melts off, but there will be plenty of sights to see. Palisade Falls is very close to the main road, and the hike is around a 1/2 mile. There are other great waterfalls to see if you feel like hiking a little further.
Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
I stopped by and saw this when I first moved to Bozeman. I was just curious to see what it was all about. I'm not Buddhist, but to see this was very cool. It just felt peaceful. It is about a 3 1/2 hour drive from Bozeman. It is almost directly north of Missoula.
Yellowstone Hot Springs
Yellowstone Hot Springs is a brand new commercial hot springs destination in the Paradise Valley. It's located just north of Gardiner, Montana. Their winter hours are Friday 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Click here for pricing information.
Elkhorn Ghost Town
Elkhorn Ghost Town is located southeast of Boulder, MT. The Elkhorn ghost town was one of the first places to find silver and reputed to have brought in $14 million over its lifetime as a mining town. It features a very well preserved look into Montana's mining history.
Red Lodge is a great choice for a springtime day trip. It is located at the base of the Beartooth Mountain Range, and can be your base camp for a lot of adventures in the area. If you have time to make the trip to Red Lodge, you'll be glad that you did.