Choteau, the small town next to everything.
1 – 2 Hours
Option 1: Visit the Old Trail Museum. Unearth the Mystery of Montana, Past and Present. Old Trail Museum is a non-profit organization that reflects the rich natural and cultural history of Montana’s pristine Rocky Mountain Front region. Explore fossils, dinosaurs, Native American artifacts, grizzly bears, and the diverse and colorful local history within the Museum complex. View exhibits on the Geology, Paleontology, Natural and Cultural History. While there, don’t forget to try some Montana made Wilcoxson ice cream at the Ice Cream Parlor. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, 9am – 5pm daily, (closed July 4th). Admission is only $2.00 each and children 3 and under are free. Get more information .
Option 2: Visit Two Medicine Dinosaur Center and Trex Agate Shop, just 13 miles north in Bynum, MT. The Two Medicine Dinosaur Center houses a wide variety of dinosaur fossils, invertebrate fossils, plant fossils, and cultural artifacts. The research collections include new species of dinosaurs and other prehistoric life. On permanent display in Bynum are some of Montana’s rarest fossil discoveries, including the first infant Maiasaura bones from the nearby Egg Mountain. The Trex Agate Shop is a family owned and operated business, more commonly as “The Rock Shop” by the locals. It was established in 1937 by Marion Brandvold. Marion has spent all her life as a rock hound, and among her many accomplishments was the discovery of the world’s first dinosaur nestlings (babies found inside a nest). Click for more information: Dinosaur Center and Agate Shop
Option 3: Take a walk and explore the Historical Homes of Choteau. Grab a brochure from the Old Trail Museum and do a self-guided tour of Choteau’s local history.
Option 4: Go for a drive along the Rocky Mountain Front! Just south of town, heading out HWY 287, catch the Bellview Rd turnoff to start heading west towards the Rocky Mountain Front. You will see the rolling farm lands meet the mountains along this breathtaking drive. Along the way, visit the historical Bellview School House. Then turn north along the Front, drive past the Pine Butte Preserve and iconic Ear Mountain, to connect with Teton Canyon Rd. Then drive east back towards Choteau, passing Eureka Reservoir along the way. Pack a lunch with you and have a picnic along the way. Click here for a map of the Front: Map
2 – 4 Hours
Option 1: Go for a round of golf! The 9-hole course at the Choteau Country Club facility in Choteau, Montana is a small town family orientated golf course with spectacular views, friendly folk, great prices, and matured greens! Choteau golf course opened in 1927 and features 3,075 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. Our green Fees range from $15.00-28.00. Cart Rental is $7.00-$24.00. Memberships vary from $100-$625! Need more info give us a call at 406-466-2020 or visit their Facebook page.
Option 2: Go bowling at our local 6 lane alley. Alley Cat Bar and Bowling is a great place to enjoy a few games of 10 pin bowling. For more information check out their Facebook page.
Option 3: Take a hike to our local waterfall, Mill Falls, located on the Rocky Mountain Front. Take US Hwy 89 north from Choteau for 5 miles, turn west (left) on the Teton River Road, following it for about 18 miles before turning south (left) to the South Teton Road. Continue for 8.5 miles to junction with the Mill Falls Campground Road to the north (on your right). At the end of the Mills Falls Road, 0.2 of a mile, the trail begins. The trail is a very short pleasant walk of 1 mile. Recommended season of use is mid-spring to mid-autumn. The trail passes through a forest canopy of Engelmann Spruce and Black Cottonwood, and a variety of plants can be observed. Mill Falls drops over a rock lip, cascading to a small pool below. It’s a very pleasing spot for an afternoon lunch.
4 – 8 Hours
Option 1: Go on a hike or bike ride on one of the many trails just outside of Choteau, in the Helena – Lewis & Clark National Forest. Opportunities are available for short day hikes, easy peak scrambles & extended backpacking trips. Take US Hwy 89 north from Choteau for 5 miles, turn west (left) on the Teton River Road, following it for about 18 miles. You can then either keep going up into the North Fork, or turn south (left) to the South Teton Road. Click for a map of the area.
Option 1: Go on a wilderness hike with the Montana Wilderness Association. Each Wilderness Walk is an opportunity to slow down, feel the earth beneath your feet, travel a winding path through the forest, or reach the top of a mountain. It’s an opportunity to experience nature with all your senses. And here’s the best part: you’ll be going with experienced volunteers who share their knowledge and passion for protecting our last wild places. The summer Walks schedule is available mid-April. Hikes run May through September, ranging from leisurely family outings to strenuous trips. Get information about reservations on their website.
Option 2: Go on a guided horseback ride with Deboo’s Ranch Adventures. This 5,300 acre family-run ranch is located near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, thirty miles from Glacier National Park and resting on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Whether an experienced rider or mounting up for the first time, we’ve got the perfect horse for you. When you return from your ride to one of the ranch’s best destinations, enjoy a delicious homegrown beef BBQ and good company. As darkness falls, enjoy s’mores and laughter over an open fire as you watch the stars come out in Montana’s Big Sky. Half-day and Full-day adventures available. Check out their website.
2 or more Days
Option 1: Get prehistoric and go on a dinosaur dig with the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center, in Bynum, Montana. Have a future paleontologist in the family? Come out on a dig with us and show him/her what a day in the life of a paleontologist is like. Great for families with young kids, this program teaches you the basics; fossil identification, surface mapping, and field search. Also learn about the local and geologic history on your way to our various field sites. Programs available in the morning and afternoon. Learn more about their programs on their website.