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Outdoor Activities in Butte

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The Great Outdoors

Butte boasts a prime location in the Rocky Mountains on the Continental Divide, among nearly four million acres of state and federal public land. A wealth of nature-inspired opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast is available, whether you have a few hours or several days. Regardless of the time of year, you can take advantage of many adventures, such as: hiking, mountain biking, camping, picnicking, hunting and fishing, snowmobiling, and four-wheeling. For the optimal Southwest Montana experience, bring your gear and head outdoors!

Butte Trails Map

An interactive map guide to the trails around Butte, MT. Click on a trail for information about the trail, the length, and the allowed uses. Click on a trailhead symbol for information about the trailhead and a link to download a map to your phone or tablet to use without service.
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Butte Silver Bow Trails System and Parks and Recreation

The Butte Silver Bow County website’s Parks and Recreation page contains a wealth of information on area trails (including the Silver Bow Creek Greenway Trails and the Coppery Trails); expansive park lands; recreation facilities; aquatic facilities; and open space natural areas.
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Crystal Park

Crystal Park is a unique recreation area at an elevation of 7,800 feet in the Pioneer Mountains of Southwest Montana. Quartz crystals are scattered liberally throughout the decomposed granite of the unique 220-acre site that's been reserved by the Forest Service for the popular hobby of rock hounding. Quartz crystals are hexagonal (six-sided) prisms, with a pointed "face" at each end. The crystals found at Crystal Park can be clear, cloudy, white, gray or purple.
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In Montana, the eagles on the links aren't from your game. They're real. And so are the deer and the elk, but keep your eye on the ball. From the Jack Nicklaus designed Old Works course in Anaconda to Highland View Golf Course, Butte and Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Golf Course, the hazards on the course are hardly man-made.
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An expert's brand of thrills served up in a local's hangout, Discovery Ski Area is a terrific find that will remind you what skiing in Montana is all about!
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Thompson Park

Get away from it all without getting too far away. Thompson Park, just nine miles south of Butte on Highway 2, is a municipal recreation area with 25 miles of non-motorized trails for hiking, horseback riding or mountain biking. Experience the backcountry as well as past mining activity, rock formations, incredible scenic vistas, and wildlife.
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Ringing Rocks

This unique geological formation is located approximately 18 miles east of Butte and north of I-90. The rocks in this unique geologic area chime when tapped lightly with a hammer. It is believed that the ringing is a combination of the composition of the rock and the way the joining patterns have developed as the rocks have eroded away. If a boulder is removed from the pile, it doesn't ring, so visitors are asked not to disturb this natural phenomenon.
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Butte is surrounded by several blue-ribbon trout streams. Within an hour’s drive, visitors can be casting on the banks of the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Jefferson, Clark Fork, Little Blackfoot rivers, and Georgetown Lake. Visitors can hike to alpine lakes in Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, Tobacco Root, Pioneer, Flint ranges, or venture further afield to the Missouri, Madison, and Big Blackfoot rivers. Several public fishing-access sites make getting out on the water a breeze. Kids can cast a line at the fishing pond at Skyline Park or at Homestake Lake just 10 minutes east of Butte on Interstate-90. Hunters take to valleys and mountains for big game, waterfowl, and upland bird opportunities.