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Mountains to Wind Towers

Judith Gap



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Ride about 25 miles east from Great Falls on US 87 past Belt, turn south onto US 89 at Armington Junction rest area. The next 71 mile stretch is dubbed the Kings Hill Scenic Byway. You’ll ride through the charming mountain towns of Monarch and Neihart, cross Kings Hill Pass, and then into White Sulphur Springs. There are hot springs here and the water is used at the Spa Hot Springs Motel to heat one large outdoor pool and two smaller pools. You don’t need to be a motel guest to soak, just pay your $4.50 and enjoy the thermal waters. If you forgot your swimming suit, you can even rent one! This town features a unique Castle Museum built as a home by an early-day resident. After you’ve enjoyed White Sulphur Springs, ride about 3 miles back to the junction of US 89 and 12. Ride east on US 12 for 30 miles and take the turn to Martinsdale. In one mile, you will see the Bair Museum, open for tours during the summer. Charles Bair was a sheep rancher in this area and his daughters left the home and it’s furnishings for the public to enjoy. The Bair ladies traveled abroad extensively and the house grew larger to accommodate their collections. If you ride one more mile to the town of Martinsdale, the Crazy Mountain Inn there has been voted the best pie stop in Montana! Best advice, order the sour cream lemon. Backtrack to US 12 and then ride another 25 miles to Harlowton. At the junction for Harlowton turn north on US 191 past 90 wind towers to Judith Gap. Ride on to Eddie’s Corner at the junction of 191 and US 87. Turn west on US 87 and ride back to Great Falls. Foodies should note that great steaks can be found at the Black Bull in Hobson, to-die-for cinnamon rolls at the Byway Café in Stanford and built-to-order sandwiches with great ales and porters at the Belt Creek Pub.

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Bair Family Museum

Eclectic art and furniture gathered in New York, Portland and Europe by daughters Marguerite and Alberta Bair fill the 26-room, 11,000 square foot home.
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Judith Gap

Judith was once a busy grain shipping center and its roundhouse, coal chute, and water tanks are reminders of the time when it was a division point on the Great Northern.
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White Sulphur Springs

Visit the Castle, a prominent landmark on the hilltop overlooking the town. The gray stone chateau-style structure, furnished with antiques, was built in 1892 by Bryon Roger Sherman, and is the home of the Meagher County Museum.
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Crazy Mountain Inn

The Crazy Mountain Inn is a turn-of-the-century hotel offering comfortable lodging as well as an excellent restaurant. A relaxing place to spend a weekend away and enjoy very good food.
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