Best time to visit Montana

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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.

10 THINGS TO DO IN MONTANA (JULY 16 - JULY 25)

Big Sky International Balloon Rendezvous

Big Sky International Balloon Rendezvous

unconfirmedJuly 2021  • event

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

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

Whitewater River Rafting

Whitewater River Rafting

April–September  • activity

With friends, family, or even solo—rafting in Montana is a remarkable outdoor activity

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

Morrison Jeep Trail

Morrison Jeep Trail

mid-July–September • activity

Test your nerves at one of the most challenging jeep paths in the U.S.

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

9 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Northern Lights in Glacier National Park

Northern Lights in Glacier National Park

out of rangeNovember—March • nature

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

Baby Animal Season

Baby Animal Season

out of rangeApril–June • nature

Watch the first moves of new residents to the park

Whitefish Skiing

Whitefish Skiing

out of rangeearly December–early April (best in February–early March) • activity

Ride down the slopes of the stunning Rocky Mountains in northwestern Montana

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

out of rangelate November–mid-April | February–early March • activity

The best riding experience, without crowds, and it won't break the bank

Yellowstone Ski Festival

Yellowstone Ski Festival

out of rangeNovember 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

Montana State Fair

Montana State Fair

out of rangeJuly 30–August 7, 2021 • event

Lots of summer-time fun in Central Montana

Bozeman Ice Festival

Bozeman Ice Festival

canceledDecember 9–13, 2020 • event

A gathering of climbers from all over the world

Montana Folk Festival

Montana Folk Festival

out of rangeJuly 9–11, 2021 • event

One of the largest free festivals of the North West

Montana Marathon

Montana Marathon

unconfirmedSeptember 19, 2021 • event

A flat and scenic course through the Big Sky Country

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