Laurel, the largest city in Montana that is not a county seat, is truly the “Hub of Montana.” From here, all roads lead to the exciting, historical and recreational attractions of Montana. Spend a little time in our friendly community while you make your travel decisions.
From here, you can select one of four outstanding entrances into Yellowstone National Park. The Cody entrance, Red Lodge/Beartooth Highway entrance, Gardiner entrance or West Yellowstone entrance all lead from Laurel. Two major highways south will take you to Wyoming. Head ten miles east to Montana’s largest city, Billings, and further to the most prominent Lewis and Clark landmark, Pompey’s Pillar. Little Bighorn Battlefield, (once called Custer’s Battlefield), site of the most famous Indian battle of all time, is not far east of here.
A little to the south, you will find the majestic Big Horn Canyon that holds Yellowtail Reservoir, unique for its sheer beauty and an adventure for boaters. Below that, is the river some call the finest trout stream in the world the Bighorn!
Or how about the northwest, where you will find the nation’s largest earth-filled dam at Fort Peck, back up an enormous reservoir on the Missouri River with some of the best fishing in the west.
Headed west? It’s right out our back door. From Laurel west, the renowned Yellowstone River offers some of the finest trout fishing in the world. Drive north to the fabulous beauty of Glacier National Park near the Canadian border.
Retrace the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through Montana. Montana has the most distance of any other state that was traveled through during the expedition. Both Lewis and Clark split and took separate routes while in Montana. In 1806, Captain William Clark camped at the mouth of the Clark’s Fork River where it joins the Yellowstone River. This site eventually became known as Laurel. Dug-out canoes were made for their trip on the Yellowstone River at a site near Park City (7 miles west of Laurel).
There is so much to see and to do in this grand state of ours, and you are right in the middle of it in Laurel.