Montana January 17, 2018
9 Underrated Places In Montana That Even Natives Have Never Heard Of
When you spend a lifetime in the Treasure State, there may come when you think you’ve seen it all. Good news: You haven’t. From infrequently visited state parks to underrated tourist spot, there’s always something new to see in Montana. These are a few underrated gems even (some) lifelong locals have never heard of.
1. Werner Peak Lookout, Whitefish Mountains
Werner Peak is one of several fire lookouts in Montana where it's possible to spend the night. And with 360 degree views of the Whitefish Mountain Range, Glacier National Park and the Flathead Valley, these rustic accommodations top any hotel stay.
2. Humbug Spires Wilderness Area
The Humbug Spires Primitive Area is located near Butte, but since it's motor-free, you'll feel like you've gone back in time. The trailheads and climbing spots take getting away from it all to the next level.
3. Goat Haunt, Glacier National Park
The Goat Haunt Ranger Station is one of Glacier's most remote spots. It's located near the Canadian border, and the views are unparalleled.
4. The Garden of 1,000 Buddhas, Arlee
A garden full of Buddha statues might not be the first thing one would expect to see in rural Montana, but this peaceful place sits proudly on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The garden was founded by a Tibetan master of the Nyingma school of Buddhism.
5. Jim's Horn House, Three Forks
For the last 6 decades, Jim Phillips has collected thousands of antlers, which he now displays on his property in Three Forks. There are over 16,000 antlers arranged in his shed.
6. Old Pitt’s Burial Site, Dillon
In 1943, Old Pitt, an elephant who was part of the Cole Brothers Circus, was struck and killed by lightning when a severe storm hit during a performance in Dillon. The 102-year-old elephant was buried right where she died.
7. Hell Creek State Park
Located on an arm of Fort Peck Lake, Hell Creek is the often overlooked stretch of space that brings together the beauty of the badlands and relaxing lake activities.
8. The Ringing Rocks, near Butte
The Ringing Rocks, one of the most interesting rock formations in the country, chime when you tap them lightly with a hammer. They're not always easy to find, and many Montanans don't know they exist.
9. Kintla Lake, Glacier National Park
Kintla Lake Campground is considered one of the most remote spots in Glacier National Park. That's probably why it remains one of the state's most hidden gems.
One of the many reasons to love Montana: You’ll never stop discovering these