Malta Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 1420 • Malta, MT 59538
Phone: 406-654-1776 • Fax: 406-654-1776
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Tourist information can be found locally in the foyer of the Phillips County Museum, located in Malta.

Cowboys still ride the range in Phillips County and the places names evoke images that Hollywood has made famous - Ruby Gulch, Carson Coulee, Telegraph Creek, Cree Crossing or an old lonesome post office. Ranches still carry the names of their brands and local Native American names conjure up images of times and cultures fascinatingly different. For those wanting to experience real cowboy life, working ranch vacations are available. For others there are cattle drives, wagon train vacations, trail rides and of course the historical sites where it all really happened.

The infamous Kidd Curry (member of the notorious Wild Bunch) lived, worked and hid out in Phillips County. His old family homestead is still here and one of his numerous hideouts can be visited. You can still board the train in Malta (daily Amtrak service) although these days it is not recommended to hold it up.

Famous for our wide-open spaces and diversity in landscape, we offer a variety of wildlife and cultural history. This area is much the way Lewis & Clark found it in 1805. Their descriptions of the profusion of game and magnificence of scenery along the Missouri River is filled with an awesome splendor that the modern visitor can readily relate to and access, even today! We are hosts to the CM Russell National Wildlife Refuge (including the western portion of Fort Peck Lake) and Bowdoin Bird Refuge, which offer opportunities for deer, antelope, elk and upland game birds viewing and hunting. The Little Rocky Mountains are rich in mining history and offer a diverse mountain experience including hiking and gold panning. Fishermen find Nelson Reservoir, the two rivers and local ponds a haven for walleye, historic paddlefish, trout and many more varieties. Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs offers mineral bath pools including two water slides. Two excellent opportunities for golf recreation are offered at Marion Hills in Malta and Sleeping Buffalo Resort 17 miles east of Malta.

Malta is one of the notable stops on the Montana Dinosaur Trail with two excellent facilities on the trail. The Dinosaur Field Station - a working paleo laboratory was opened in 2003. Located at the junction of US 2 and 191 in Malta, the Field Station is home to "Leonardo the Mummey" dinosaur - a 77 million Brachylophosaurus unearthed north of Malta. They offer daily tours and have a great gift store. Also located on US 2, the Phillips County Museum features real life dinosaur displays set among the historical artifacts of early Native Americans and Homesteaders who traversed Montana's HiLine. The Montana Dinosaur Festival is held during the third week of June each year in Malta and family dinosaur expeditions are offered throughout the summer months through the Judith River Dinosaur Institute. Contact information is available through the Museum and Field Station.

The town of Malta offers all amenities for travelers. Our web site is located at www.maltachamber.com. Tourist information is available locally in the foyer of the Phillips County Museum.

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