Attractions July 30, 2018
9 Off-The-Grid Destinations In Montana That Will Take You Away From It All
One could argue that anyone lucky enough to live in Montana lives “off the grid,” but we all know that’s not always true (especially during tourist season). That being said, there are plenty of places in the Treasure State you can go to escape the chaos of daily life and enjoy some rest and relaxation. Here’s where to head when you need a little break from reality.
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1. Werner Peak Fire Lookout
Located at the top of the Whitefish Mountain Range with an elevation of 6,960 feet, this fire tower offers some incredible views... and you can spend a night there for just $50. The accommodations are rustic, but perfect for a quiet escape.
2. Medicine Rocks State Park
Many Montanans don't know this stunning park exists, and that's a shame, because it's fantastic. The 330-acre Eastern Montana park has numerous ancient sandstone blocks shaped and weathered over thousands of years that helped give the park its name.
3. Crystal Lake
Deep within Central Montana's Big Snowy Mountains sits Crystal Lake, which is a pristine body of water with plenty of surrounding scenery. The nearby campground has 23 campsites, each with plenty of space in between.
4. Hidden Lakes Trail
Located in Gallatin County, this 4.8-mile hike is one of the few trails in the area that stays secluded, even during peak hiking season. And the views are magnificent.
5. Lost Creek State Park
Although Lost Creek State Park is just a few miles north of Anaconda, you'll feel like you're in your own world when you find it. Magnificent limestone cliffs and granite formations rise 1,200 feet above the canyon's floor, creating a natural sanctuary.
6. Kintla Lake Campground
Montana's most remote campground happens to be breathtakingly beautiful. Located just 40 miles from the Canadian border at Glacier National Park, it's a nature-lover's paradise.
7. Polebridge Ranch Cabins
After exploring Glacier National Park or eating your weight in bear claws at the Polebridge Mercantile, retreat to your cozy cabin and enjoy peace and quiet (plus all the comforts of home). The cabins are equipped with everything you need and spaced far enough apart that you won't have to see your neighbors unless you want to.
8. Upper Potosi Hot Springs
This peaceful hot spring sits at the end of a nice, easy hike. You'll find the beginning of the trailhead next to the Potosi campground near Pony... and not only is the hot spring nice and relaxing, it's an amazing place to go stargazing at night.
9. Montana's most remote spot, Bob Marshall Wilderness
If you want to really (and we do mean really) get away from it all, adventurers at Remote Footprints, a nonprofit organization dedicated to outdoor learning, found the most remote spot in Montana. It's located in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and it takes FIVE DAYS to hike to it. The good news is, you'll definitely get the quiet you'll need.
If your version of going off the grid involves camping under the stars, check out some of
Montana’s more rustic campsites.