Discovering Montana: Your Springtime Adventure Guide
Spring is a season of renewal, and there’s no better place to experience it than in Montana. The Treasure State, as it is famously known, is beautiful all year round, but it’s in the springtime when it truly comes alive. As the snow melts and the wildflowers bloom, Montana opens its arms to adventurers, nature lovers, and thrill-seekers alike. From biking in the majestic Glacier National Park to witnessing the cherry blossoms around Flathead Lake, here are just a few of the unique ways to savor Montana this spring.
Embrace the Call of the Wild in Glacier National Park
There’s nothing quite like a bike ride through the spectacular Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. In the springtime, you can enjoy this bucket-list-worthy ride before it’s open to vehicular traffic, offering a unique, intimate experience with nature. If you’re up for an enhanced biking adventure, consider renting an eBike from a local guide like Glacier Guides. For families with young children, the park’s Apgar Bike Path is a great alternative.
Savor the Cherry Blossoms at Flathead Lake
Flathead Lake is a sight to behold any time of year, but it truly shines in spring when it’s surrounded by cherry blossoms in full bloom. Drive along State Highway 35 from Polson to Bigfork for the most spectacular orchard views. Remember to bring your camera — you won’t want to miss these breathtaking vistas!
Discover the M Trail in Missoula
For an unforgettable view of the Missoula Valley, Clark Fork River, and Rattlesnake Wilderness, take on the famous “M” trail. This short but steep hike starts at the base of Mount Sentinel on the University of Montana campus and offers an incredible view of the region in its springtime splendor.
Explore the Bison Range
At the foot of the Mission Mountains lies the CSKT Bison Range, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The range offers awe-inspiring views and wildlife watching opportunities. Keep an eye out for baby bison in the spring!
Philipsburg, one of Montana’s most delightful small towns, is a must-visit. Home to quaint boutiques, a fun brewery, and the world-renowned Sweet Palace, it’s also a great place to pan for sapphires. Visit Gem Mountain or the Sapphire Gallery to try your luck at finding Montana treasures.
Visit Seli’š Ksanka Qlispe’ Dam
Just 10 miles from Polson, you’ll find the Salish-Kootenai owned Seli’š Ksanka Qlispe’ Dam. This 204-foot structure features a viewing platform offering breathtaking views of Flathead Lake and the Mission Mountains. Don’t miss the chance to watch the powerful water rushing through the spillway, a sight that’s particularly impressive in the spring due to snowmelt.
Explore Historic St. Mary’s Mission in Stevensville
Opening for the season in mid-April, the Historic St. Mary’s Mission in Stevensville offers a fascinating glimpse into Montana’s past. Take a guided tour of the complex and view the remarkable American Indian photos inside Chief Victor’s cabin.
Stand-up Paddleboard on Whitefish Lake
For a peaceful yet exhilarating springtime activity, try stand-up paddleboarding on Whitefish Lake. The calm waters make it a family-friendly activity. You can bring your own paddleboard or rent one locally.
Bike the Route of the Hiawatha
The Route of the Hiawatha, which opens for the season at the end of May, takes bikers through the heart of the Bitterroot Mountains between Montana and Idaho. Its gradual downhill makes it perfect for the whole family.
PLAN A TRIP TO MONTANA
Spring in Montana is a magical time. From its blooming landscapes to its outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone. So whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a nature lover, or simply someone looking for a refreshing getaway, the Treasure State is ready to welcome you this spring.