Montana June 07, 2016
Take These 11 Country Roads In Montana For An Unforgettable Scenic Drive
There’s no bad time to take a road trip in Montana, but there’s something about a scenic summer drive that’s so special. Our freeways and more popular highways offer plenty of sights, but the views from some of the country roads in Montana are incredible. There are hundreds of beautiful drives to take in our state, and these 11 will give you a great start.
1. Cruise along the Gallatin River Canyon by taking Highway 191 from Bozeman to West Yellowstone.
This scenic 89 mile drive is spectacular and offers beautiful Big Sky Country Views.
2. Drive Going-to-the-Sun Road from West Glacier to Saint Mary (and back).
The 48 mile mountain drive takes you through parts of Glacier National Park, and it’s considered one of the most visually stunning drives in the country.
3. Take the Smith River Region Backcountry Drive.
This quiet journey will take you from Ulm to White Sulphur Springs. Beginning at Ulm, at the junction with Interstate 15, you’ll take Highway 330, or Mulligan Road. This is a remote part of Montana, so take this drive when you want to get away from it all.
4. Cruise down Montana State Highway 234 in the north central part of the state.
Beginning in Havre, head south on Highway 234, passing through Beaver Creek County Park. There you’ll find the beautiful Beaver Creek Reservoir and Bearpaw Lake, both of which are excellent places to fish, explore, and camp.
5. Drive from Troy toward Thompson Falls on Highway 56.
Northwest Montana is exceptionally stunning, and the drive down Highway 56 has some unforgettable views. Eventually you’ll come to Highway 200, which will take you to Thompson Falls.
6. Experience Montana through the eyes of its first inhabitants by driving the Big Sheep Creek Back Country Byway.
This 50 mile two lane gravel road takes you through the backcountry of Southwest Montana. You might drive the entire stretch without seeing another car, but what you will see is a lot of natural beauty (and probably wildlife).
7. Take an unforgettable drive down the Beartooth Highway.
The Beartooth Highway, a section of U.S. Route 212 between Red Lodge and the Wyoming border, is one of the most scenic drives in the entire country.
8. Enjoy the views from Looking Glass Hill Road at Glacier National Park.
If you start in Kiowa off US Highway 98 and head to East Glacier Park, the road winds around rolling green hills and gives you panoramic views in every direction.
9. Take the Big Snowy Mountains Backcountry Drive between Lewistown and Judith Gap.
Starting in Lewistown, head south on Highway 238, also known as East Fork Road. When the paved road ends, you’ll reach East Fork Dam. The name of the road then changes to Red Hill Road and parallels the East Fork Big Springs Creek. If you follow the route all the way to Judith Gap, you’ll see some breathtaking views of the Big Snowy Mountains.
10. Head to the Gravelly Range Road, running from Ennis to the Centennial Valley.
You’ll see spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, thousands of acres of beautiful land, and probably some wildlife along the way.
11. From Polson, take Kerr Dam Road to Back Road, then head toward St. Ignatius Mission on Highway 93 (you’ll come to the highway by following Round Butte Road west to Ronan).
You’ll go by the Pablo National Wildlife Refuge and the Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to over 180 species of birds.
There are a plethora of country roads in Montana that are perfect for a scenic drive. Will you be taking any road trips this summer?