There aren’t many places more magical than Montana in the springtime. There are baby animals and green trees but also snow-capped mountain peaks and rushing rivers. At Montana Connections, we recognize that one of the greatest benefits of living in Butte is how close this beautiful wilderness is. Whether it’s a quick bike ride after work or a Saturday spent fly fishing, you can always find a way to get outdoors. Here are five of our favorite things to do outside around Butte in the springtime.
1. Fly Fish in the Big Hole River
About 45 minutes south of Butte you can find the Big Hole River. Labeled a Blue Ribbon Fishery, the Big Hole is recognized as one of the highest quality natural trout streams in the nation. While fishing these waters, there is a chance you could catch trophy Rainbow, Brook and Brown trout as well as fluvial arctic grayling. Flowing nearly 150 miles, the Big Hole River is sure to exceed your Montana, Fly Fishing dreams.
2. Hike the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
On one side of the Continental Divide rivers flow west to the Pacific Ocean, and on the other side, rivers flow east to the Atlantic Ocean. Follow one of the many trailheads around Butte that lead to the Continental Divide trail and enjoy the amazing views. Whether you decide to stay a few days on the trails, backpacking and camping your way through the Montana wilderness, or just spend a few hours soaking in the smell of the pines, this trail is a great way to get outdoors.
3. Play a Round at the Highland View Golf Course
With two different course options, Highland View Golf Course is a great way to get outside in the spring. There is an old-style regulation nine that was built in 1939 and a par three that was built in 1980. Participate regularly in the men’s, women’s or seniors’ leagues and get the kids involved by signing them up for a fundamentals class or the Junior Golf Program. The quick courses and club and cart rentals make it easy for you and your family to spend time on the green.
4. Mountain Bike Through Thompson Park
Just nine miles south of Butte, Thompson Park is a great place to spend the day outside. Pack a picnic lunch, some water and your bike and head down to the recreational area for a day full of exercise and beautiful sights. Originated in 1915 thanks to a 75-acre donation by William Thompson, a mining engineer raised in Butte, Thompson Park is a favorite place for hiking, biking and enjoying the outdoors. Take your bike on the 4.5-mile trail, through tunnels and to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail mentioned in number two on this list.
5. Experience History at the Lewis and Clark Caverns
The Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park is located 45 minutes east of Butte and is a must-see. Here you are able to view one of the largest known limestone caverns in the northwest. Open for guided tours May through September, you can explore the caverns full of stalactites, stalagmites, columns and helictites. You can also spend time hiking the miles of above-ground trails and camping in one of the cabins or tipis they have on sight if you do not have your own tent or camper. Named by President Roosevelt to honor the Lewis and Clark expedition that crossed the park grounds, this well-known state park is a great way to enjoy being outside while learning about history and geography all in the same day.
There’s So Much More
From fishing the Big Hole to exploring Lewis and Clark State Park, this list is full of amazing activities around Butte, Montana, but there are endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. From playing disk golf to boating on Brownes Lake, you are sure to find an activity you and your family will love within an hour’s drive. This is one of the many reasons why Montana is such a great place to live.