In Montana, pristine nature is so prevalent that it is hard to go anywhere and not find beauty and recreation. The abiding treasures of this state are two national parks, a national recreation area, fifteen wilderness areas, ten national forests, eight national wildlife refuges, 370 miles of national wild and scenic river, and several national scenic trails. In addition, there are also forty-two state parks, seven state forests, and approximately 600 miles of prized, blue-ribbon trout streams.
Montana is well-known for its prized fly fishing trout streams. Though its possible to fish year-round in lakes and rivers, late June through October are the most popular fishing months. The state has more than 300 fishing access areas. A fishing license is reasonably priced and much more affordable than the fine one receives if caught without one. Contact Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (406-444-2535) for up-to-date information regarding licenses, prices and seasons for both hunting and fishing.
Whitewater rivers send many dancing rafts and kayaks into thrills of summer fun. Relaxing or more invigorating river trips by guides or alone position one to take in some spectacular scenery. Don't forget to take a dip in one of the states hot springs; indoor or outdoor, they are a real delight both in the winter and warmer seasons. Hot water gurgles up all over the state into a wide variety of resorts, from the most rustic to the chic—theres something for everyone's fancy.
The national forests and mountain ranges provide endless opportunities for hikes on foot or on horseback. Hunters flock to Montana in the fall for elk, antelope, pronghorn, pheasants, deer, and bear. In the winter, both downhill and cross-country skiing are all-time favorites.