Best time to visit Montana

Montana

Best time of year to visit Montana

The Treasure State serves as Mother Nature’s own outdoor museum, with June through September as the best time to visit Montana. This is peak season, so book your hotel in advance. And while the national parks may be crowded, you can still find some open space to take in a moment of silence. Summer boasts mellow, warm weather as well as beloved attractions, such as the Montana State Fair and the Montana Folk Festival. October in Montana boasts spectacular fall colors, so take a drive and cruise on down Going-to-the-Sun Road or Skalkaho Highway. November through March marks harsh and snowy weather with biting night temperatures. However, along with numerous holiday events, this is the time to catch the Yellowstone Ski Festival and the Bozeman Ski Festival. Late spring is rainy but considerably milder, perfect for observing baby animals in their natural habitat.

8 THINGS TO DO IN MONTANA (AUGUST 01 - AUGUST 10)

Going-to-the-Sun Road

Going-to-the-Sun Road

July–mid-October • activity

Enjoy the views of breathtaking Glacier National Park while driving one of the most scenic roads of the U.S

Climbing

Climbing

May–October • activity

Climbing in Yellowstone is diverse and full of excitement. This is a climbing hotspot with hundreds of peaks to conquer!

Beartooth Highway

Beartooth Highway

late May–mid-October • activity

Pass along the highest route in the Northern Rockies

Montana State Fair

Montana State Fair

July 30–August 07, 2021 • event

Lots of summer-time fun in Central Montana

Skalkaho Highway

Skalkaho Highway

late May–late November • activity

Drive an isolated Indian pass through the Sapphire Mountains

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

mid-May–October • nature

This park is a good place to see water birds, migrating species, and birds of prey

Cracker Lake

Cracker Lake

July–September • nature

A beautiful lake in Montana's famous Glacier National Park

Fairy Lake

Fairy Lake

mid-July–mid-September • nature

A gorgeous lake surrounded by mountains and forests

7 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Baby Animal Season

Baby Animal Season

April–June • nature

Watch the first moves of new residents to the park

Northern Lights in Glacier National Park

Northern Lights in Glacier National Park

November—March • nature

The clear skies and pristine landscape of the national park provide a gorgeous setting for observing aurora borealis

Big Sky International Balloon Rendezvous

Big Sky International Balloon Rendezvous

July 24–26, 2020 • event

The only hot air balloon festival in the state draws the public to Billings

Yellowstone Ski Festival

Yellowstone Ski Festival

November 21–29, 2020 • event

Start the skiing season together with thousands of skiing enthusiasts, numerous famous skiers, and lots of events and activities in West Yellowstone

Bozeman Ice Festival

Bozeman Ice Festival

December 09–13, 2020 • event

A gathering of climbers from all over the world

Montana Folk Festival

Montana Folk Festival

July 09–11, 2021 • event

One of the largest free festivals of the North West

Montana Marathon

Montana Marathon

September 20, 2020 (Full and Half events—still on with limited registrations | 10K going virtual | no Relay and Kids’ Run events this year) • event

A flat and scenic course through the Big Sky Country

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