Explore Another World in Southeast Montana

Photo Credit: Jamie Blotske

There’s more to Montana than mountains. Out in the wide-open spaces of Southeast Montana, the plains stretch as far as the eye can see and the big, blue sky is at its finest. From the untamed, natural beauty of the boundless land to the authentic cowboy way of life, Southeast Montana is a place where the epic stories of the American West come alive. 

Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the region as you visit small towns with big hearts and gracious hospitality. Find your way to badlands, rolling prairies, 1,000-foot-high canyon walls and historical sites—all housed within the same region.

Lace up your boots and hike around Southeast Montana’s breathtaking recreation areas and state parks. Montana’s largest state park, Makoshika (Ma-ko’-shi-ka, loosely meaning “bad land” in Lakota), spans nearly 20 square miles and is peppered with distinctive, towering rock formations that change colors as the sun rises and sets across the land. You can explore the impressive canyons and otherworldly badlands during the day, then camp out beneath awe-inspiring cosmos illuminating the dark night sky. 

Our trails are epic too. Tour the legendary local Southeast Montana Burger Trail, which highlights Montana flavors and communities, or the Trail to the Stars, which spans Eastern Montana and includes 45+ ideal stargazing locations, or the Montana Dinosaur Trail, where visitors can learn about prehistoric life out here and dig into all-things-dino—Southeast Montana has a path for every kind of adventurer. 

Climb the wooden walkway to Pompeys Pillar, and see where evidence of life was etched into the prominent cliff face by Plains Indians and explorers—like Captain William Clark—long ago. Or open the Salute to Military Map to find routes connecting veterans’ cemeteries, monuments, battlefields, and American Legion and VFW posts scattered throughout our friendly small towns. Visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and stand on the same ground where warriors and soldiers clashed at the Battle of Little Bighorn, which changed life on the plains forever. Or attend the Little Bighorn Reenactment in June, where tribal warriors ride bareback into battle against U.S. Cavalry soldiers as narrators retell this pivotal story.

This is a place shaped by endless paths and legends, dreamers and dinosaurs, rivers and constellations. A place where the past and present can be glimpsed simultaneously. Experience it—epic stories and all—out here, in Southeast Montana.



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