ABOUT GREAT FALLS

Resting on the high plains along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front Range, Great Falls is located at the confluence of the Missouri and Sun Rivers. Great Falls is Montana’s third largest city, at approximately 60,000 residents. It is also the home of Malmstrom Air Force Base, the center of our nation’s first Minuteman Missile Complex.

Great Falls has a rich history, yet strives to appeal to modern interests. You can find contemporary art at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, named for the founder of Great Falls, catch a Pioneer League baseball game with the Voyagers, or visit one of the three local microbreweries. The convenient central location also creates a splendid excuse for a road trip!

Coming from the south? Visit Yellowstone! Rise early and you can hike the Beaver Ponds Loop at Mammoth Hot Springs and still make it to the Wednesday evening reception. The drive is less than six hours. If you’re not up with the sun, you can enjoy a leisurely scenic drive through the Little Belt Mountains southeast of Great Falls, stopping to stretch your legs on the short walk to Memorial Falls.

If you are following Lewis and Clark from the east don’t miss the Highwood Mountains. This volcanic range lies about 30 miles east of Great Falls. It features fabulous day hikes and offers sweeping vistas out across the plains. Farther east is historic Fort Benton, the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument, and the Bear Paw Battlefield unit of the Nez Perce National Historic Park.

Planners coming from the west have the option of swinging north to Glacier National Park, where they drive the spectacular Going to the Sun Highway and find numerous trails, or of visiting Montana’s capitol city, Helena with its unique Last Chance Gulch downtown. It takes less than four hours to get into Great Falls from Glacier, less than two from Helena.

There is much more to see and do on the road to Great Falls! Beyond, Calgary and the national parks of the Canadian Rockies are not far.

Great Falls has three golf courses, which offer a fun day of golf for the casual player or an extremely challenging round for the avid golfer. Pictured is the Eagle Falls Golf Course. Anaconda Hills Golf Course  |  Eagle Falls Golf Club |  Hickory Swings Golf Course

Great Falls has three golf courses, which offer a fun day of golf for the casual player or an extremely challenging round for the avid golfer. Pictured is the Eagle Falls Golf Course.
Anaconda Hills Golf Course  |  Eagle Falls Golf Club | 
Hickory Swings Golf Course

Re-live the 1804-06 Lewis and Clark Expedition’s 8,000-mile journey across western North America in the comfort of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center. Built into a scenic bluff with spectacular views of the Missouri River, the Center’s exhibits and ranger programs bring alive the indomitable spirit of exploration.

Re-live the 1804-06 Lewis and Clark Expedition’s 8,000-mile journey across western North America in the comfort of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center. Built into a scenic bluff with spectacular views of the Missouri River, the Center’s exhibits and ranger programs bring alive the indomitable spirit of exploration.

Charles Marion Russell The Exalted Ruler, 1912, oil on canvas (C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana, gift of Friends of the Exalted Ruler) The C.M. Russell Museum is one of the nation’s finest museums of American Western art and the home of the most complete collection of Russell art and memorabilia in the world. The permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects also includes the works of other such well-known artists. For more information visit: https://www.cmrussell.org/

Charles Marion Russell The Exalted Ruler, 1912, oil on canvas (C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana, gift of Friends of the Exalted Ruler) The C.M. Russell Museum is one of the nation’s finest museums of American Western art and the home of the most complete collection of Russell art and memorabilia in the world. The permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects also includes the works of other such well-known artists. For more information visit: https://www.cmrussell.org/

The River’s Edge Trail is a wonderful asset to Great Falls, with 25 miles of paved trail in the city and an additional 35 miles of gravel trail offering recreation opportunities to walker, joggers, cyclists, hikers and mountain bikers. There are also five waterfalls along the trail that offer spectacular views. For a trail map and more information visit: http://thetrail.org/

The River’s Edge Trail is a wonderful asset to Great Falls, with 25 miles of paved trail in the city and an additional 35 miles of gravel trail offering recreation opportunities to walker, joggers, cyclists, hikers and mountain bikers. There are also five waterfalls along the trail that offer spectacular views. For a trail map and more information visit: http://thetrail.org/

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