Things to Do

Play Golf
Within 20-30 minutes golfing fans can find two public golf courses: the Anaconda Hills Golf Course and Eagle Falls Golf Club. These are beautiful courses, located very near the Missouri River, and just a few miles from Giant Spring Park and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.

The 18-hole course plays to a par of 69 and measures just under 5,700 yards from the back tees. The front (original) 9 is hilly and treelined and features small, sloping greens. The keys for scoring are on the 2nd, 4th, and 9th holes. These are, respectively, two long par threes and an uphill, narrow par five. The newer back 9 is routed across hilly land with ravines, natural rough, and water guarding the large greens. While short in length, the 18 holes require more brains than brawn. Careful tee shot placement and good putting is essential to good scoring. The course can be played at various lengths, making it enjoyable for even the beginning golfer. For more information click here.
Annual Belt PRCA Rodeo
Professional cowboys and cowgirls will be going for the win in 7 events: Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Saddle Bronc, Team Roping, Tie Down Roping, Barrel Racing and the Grand Finale - Bull Riding.

Join in the fun on Father’s Day weekend for the 56th Annual Belt PRCA Rodeo, only 20 miles from Great Falls, MT. Dust off your hats and pull on your boots for some heart pounding, action-packed family entertainment.

This is where the Old West meets the young. Yearly added prize money draws top-notch competitors to this hometown rodeo where they gun for the big money as they are matched up with the toughest broncs and bulls that Brookman-Hyland Rodeo has to offer. The competition is tough and exciting!
Hunting in Montana
Montana offers millions of acres of public lands filled with hunting opportunities. No matter what you are in search of - from big game to waterfowl - Montana offers a diversity habitats and wildlife. Make sure to plan ahead and research regulations, permitting and legally accessible lands.

BIG GAME - Elk, deer and antelope
UPLAND BIRDS - Pheasant, grouse, partridge and turkey
WATER FOWL - Ducks, coots and geese

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Belt Museum
When you are in the area, be sure to check out the Belt Museum .

The Belt Museum is in the old jail building next to the foot bridge over Belt Creek. The museum is housed in a building that was originally built as a city jail in 1895 during the boom years of the coal mines, when the city was commonly referred to as 'Little Pittsburgh,' 'Coal Banks,' or 'Black Diamond City.' The museum's exhibits include a historic jail cell, a coal mine, records and photos, and the work of local artists.

The museum is located on the south end of Castner Street and is just across the way from the Belt Creek Cabin. It is within short walking distance to the Harvest Moon Brewery and the historic buildings housing the Belt Creek Brew Pub, Harvest Moon Saloon and the Belt Theater. Downtown Belt is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For a visit to the museum call Marilyn at (406) 277-3574.
Fishing in Montana
If you like to fish, Montana is the place.

There are waters to please many different types of angling interests, from cold water to warm water, big prairie rivers to high mountain lakes, and fly-fishing to trolling.

There are places where you can get away from the crowds, others where you can harvest fish, and yet other places to pursue the trophy of a lifetime.

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Sluice Box State Park
Soaring cliffs and precipitous ledges mark the Belt Creek Canyon as it slices out of the Little Belt Mountains and winds toward the town of Belt. Remains of mines, a railroad, and historic cabins line Belt Creek as it makes its way through the beautiful canyon carved in limestone. This rugged area has seen its share of prospectors searching for precious metals, miners, muleskinners, smeltermen, and railroaders building bridges. The Barker mines and the Montana Central Railroad are just a part of the rich history of Sluice Boxes State Park.

A primitive, unmaintained trail provides access to fishing, challenging floats, and wildlife viewing. Steep cliffs, rugged terrain, and cold, swift water may pose risks to visitors. Please use caution while hiking and floating in the park. Sluice Box State Park is only a 15 minute drive from Belt.

A Backcountry Campsite Permit is required to camp in this park. Contact FWP headquarters in Great Falls to obtain a permit.
Highwood Mountains
The Highwoods cover approximately 1, 799 sq. miles in north central Montana just to the east of Belt Montana. The Highwoods are at the northern end of the Lewis and Clark National Forest and the Highwood Baldy is the highest point at 7,760 feet.

When snow blankets the trails in Montana’s high country, head to the Highwood Mountains for this lower-elevation trek that traces several creeks and winds beneath Windy Mountain. The hike starts at Thain Creek Campground and travels north for 1,000 feet to the first trail junction. Turn right, heading east, for a 2.3-mile climb along Briggs Creek. During this stretch, you’ll be treated to intermittent views of Highwood Baldy, the tallest peak in the Highwood Mountains. After cresting a small saddle at mile 2.5, turn left onto Trail 454 for a rolling traverse to Windy Mountain Pass. If you have time to spare, take the scenic detour at the top of the pass to the 5,998-foot summit of Windy Mountain (you won’t regret the view). From here, it’s a 2.7-mile descent along Thain Creek to the trailhead.-
Discovering Dinosaurs
Montana has had some incredibly significant discoveries of fossils, most noteworthy are the dinosaur bones. Fourteen areas have joined together to form the Montana Dinosaur Trail coverning eastern, central and southwest Montana. If you are traveling on US Hwy 2 from the North Dakota border and traveling west you could stop at six different museums and interpretive centers with amazing dinosaur displays. Some of the facilities are focused entirely on dinosaurs - others are county museums that have had significant dinosaur "finds" in their area. Following are a few of the facilities you'll find in Central Montana.

If you were at the Blaine County Museum in Chinook you would see a Gorgosaurus, an Ankylosaurus and remnants of giant marine reptiles. In the lower level of the museum there is a Look, Touch and Wonder Room - fun for kids and adults alike. While not dinosaur or fossil related, the Blaine County Museum has incredible displays about Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce battle that occurred south of the town. The nearest location to Belt to learn about Montana dinosaurs is in Choteau, Montana, at the Old Trail Museum. A bit further down the road is the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center in Bynum, Montana where you can participate in a dinosaur dig.
Lewis and Clark Trail in Montana
The Lewis and Clark Expedition is a central part of Montana’s history. Following the trail and visiting its landmarks is a great way to experience the state like Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark did more than 200 years ago. Visit the Lewis and Clark Country website for maps, and see how Montana has changed—or not—since 1806.

No place claims more of the Lewis and Clark trail than Montana. In their epic expedition across the continent searching for the Northwest Passage on behalf of President Thomas Jefferson, the Corps of Discovery covered more miles within Montana than in any other state. Montana is where they saw more grizzly bears than other human beings; where they gorged themselves on buffalo meat (9 pounds a man per day) and where they ran out of whiskey; where they were battered to the ground by hailstones and wore out a pair of moccasins every two days crossing the rugged terrain; where they simultaneously sweltered in 90 degree heat and beheld their first snow in midsummer.
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
Managed by the USDA Forest Service, the 25,000 square-foot building includes the permanent exhibit hall, 158-seat theater, an education room for hands-on curriculum-based activities, and a retail store. The center is accessible and offers parking for tour buses and recreational vehicles. Service animals (guide dogs, signal dogs, or any other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability) may be used within the Lewis and Clark Interpretive center.

The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center imparts to the public a personal sense of President Thomas Jefferson's vision of expanding America to the west; it inspires awe and awakens curiosity toward the challenges faced by the expedition as they portaged the great falls of the Missouri River and explored the 'unknown'; it brings to life the daily experiences of the expedition and the environment and native peoples of the 'uncharted West'; and it celebrates the indomitable spirit of human discovery we all share.
Giant Springs State Park
Bring a picnic and experience this scenic and historic site. First recorded by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805, it is one of the largest freshwater springs in the country. Giant Springs was discovered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 and is one of the largest freshwater springs in the country.

Giant Springs is located just five minutes from the Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center and only 21 miles from Belt. Take part in our upcoming special events, picnic by the Missouri River, visit the fish hatchery and visitor center, walk along the Rivers Edge Trail, view the nearby Rainbow Falls overlook, or visit the neighboring Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center operated by the U.S. Forest Service.

The springs flow at a rate of 156 million gallons of water per day and the water stays at a temperature of 54 degrees. This is also the site of the Roe River, once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's shortest river.
Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge
During Montana's early development, Benton Lake was first viewed as a resource to be exploited. In 1885, the government excluded the Benton Lake basin from homesteading so it could be used as a reservoir for irrigating lands to the east. That plan proved to be impractical. Early in the 20th century, several Montana businessmen planned to "reclaim" the wetlands for use as croplands. A ditch 26 feet deep and 1 1/2 miles long was dug, but the drainage was ineffective and the project was abandoned. This early drainage ditch is still visible from the blacktop road leading to the Refuge.

As surrounding land was settled, local sportsmen pushed for the establishment of a refuge to keep the area in public ownership. By Executive Order of President Herbert Hoover in 1929, Benton Lake was set aside as a "refuge and breeding ground for birds."

Likewise, animal species that inhabit the refuge complex lands are diverse and reflective of a variety of habitats. Large numbers of waterfowl and shorebirds inhabit the wetlands.
First People’s Buffalo Jump State Park
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park and National Historic Landmark is an archaeological site with possibly the largest bison cliff jump in North America. Native peoples used this site for at least a thousand years before Lewis and Clark passed through here. The bison jump site consists of a mile long sandstone cliff; there are remnants of drive lines on top of the cliff and there are up to 18 ft. of compacted buffalo remains below the cliff. The park has an interpretive trail, picnic tables and a protected black-tailed prairie dog town to help the visitor better understand the epic history of hunting on the high plains.

In an effort to pay homage to the buffalo and the people who honor this mighty animal, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park has a terrific on-site education Visitor Center. The 6,000 square foot center offers visitors buffalo culture exhibits, a storytelling circle, classroom, gallery and bookstore. An outdoor amphitheater and traditional games playing fields are featured outdoors. The park is a thirty two mile drive from Belt.
Kings Hill Scenic Byway
Passing through the Lewis and Clark National Forest and Little Belt Mountains, the Kings Hill Scenic Byway allows travelers to leisurely savor the rugged beauty and fresh air that are part of the Montana experience.

The Kings Hill Scenic Byway begins on US Highway 89 at its junction with US Highway 12, just 10 minutes from Belt. From the junction, the Byway travels north through the Lewis and Clark National Forest to its junction with US Highway 87. Winter driving conditions can be difficult, check road conditions. Allow two hours time to leisurely drive this scenic route. Length of drive is 71 miles.
Showdown Ski Area
Showdown is Montana’s oldest ski area and only a 35 minute drive from Belt. The secret to this place, in addition to great skiing and snowboarding, is the friendly folks who work, live and visit here. Showdown has been open since 1936, offering a family friendly atmosphere and amazing all natural snow. Showdown’s base area elevation is 6,800 feet, higher than many other Montana ski area summits. Most importantly, this place is not your average run of the mill ski area, it has something special…true Montana grit with a dash of class. Don’t think about it, just do it, Come enjoy winter with us!

Today, you will find that same kind of rustic feeling but also all the modern accommodations one would come to expect. In 2006 Showdown installed a new beginner chair, called the Sluice Goose Caboose. This chair allows access to the beginner parts of the ski area, which makes it safer and more fun for everyone. We also installed a Learning Conveyor called the "Little Belt Conveyor", which allows access for skiers and snowboarders to access the bunny hill, called "Sourdough Hill". These are just a few changes that have been made over the years.
Silver Crest Trails Recreation Area
The Silver Crest Winter Recreation area is an area that provides groomed trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter months. Silver Crest is located off of the northwest corner of the Kings Hill Winter Recreation Parking Area. Ski trails and snowshoe trails are marked accordingly. Please follow signing and trail etiquette when using Silver Crest. No dogs or snowmobiles are allowed on the trail system. Click here to see a map of the trails.

Silver Crest Ski and Snowshoe trails are maintained and managed in partnership between the Silvercrest Trail Association, the Kings Hill Grooming Association and the Lewis and Clark National Forest. Go to http://silvercresttrails.wordpress.com/ for grooming information.

Please contact the Belt Creek Ranger District Office for more information regarding winter use.
CM Russell Museum
Charles M. Russell captured the landscapes, the spirit, and the culture of the West during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Because the collection of the C.M. Russell Museum spans the artist’s entire lifespan and includes the artist’s home and studio, the museum is the only place in the world where visitors can experience a total immersion in the art and life of Charles Russell, considered by many to be the foremost artist of the American West.

Charles M. Russell is arguably America’s greatest artist—a largely self-taught artistic genius who captured not only an important time in America’s history, but also important and critical values that transcend his life.

The C. M. Russell Museum, through its governing body the Trigg-C.M. Russell Foundation, has endeavored to preserve and promote this icon of American art and history for the past 62 years. The museum is located in Great Falls, which is only a 15 minute drive from Belt.
Malmstrom AFB Museum
Only 20 miles from Belt this museum displays: One of the largest military model aircraft displays in the northwest; World War II Era barracks room; Lend Lease Diorama; SAGE Computer, Flight suit and Survival Equipment displays; Minute Man I and II missile launch consoles; Minute Man Launch Facility cutaway, Army Air Corps and US Air Force uniform display; Lewis and Clark Portage Map of Great Falls, Montana.

Exterior Displays: Aircraft: F-101B/F, Voodoo; B-25J, Mitchell Bomber; EB-57 B/E, Canberra; F-84F, Thunderstreak; UH-IF, Huey (Iroquois); T-33, Shooting Star; KC-97G, Stratotanker; LGM-30G Minuteman III, ICBM. Museum Displays: One of the largest military model aircraft displays in the northwest; World War II Era barracks room; Lend Lease Diorama; Air Defense Weapons, SAGE Computer, Flight suit and Survival Equipment displays; Minuteman I and II missile launch consoles; Minuteman Launch Facility cutaway, Minuteman III Post Boost Control System, MM II Re-Entry vehicle, Army Air Corps and US Air Force uniform display; Lewis and Clark Portage Map of Great Falls, Montana. Visitors may also view a Minuteman Missile system video highlighting current missile field technology and operation.
River’s Edge Trail
The Missouri River near Great Falls drops 500 feet in 21 miles. The five waterfalls in the river canyon forced an arduous portage of the Lewis & Clark Expedition nearly 200 years ago. Decades later, these same conditions provided opportunities for a fledgling hydro-power industry and by the late 1880s hydro-electric power was being generated near Black Eagle Falls. A silver smelter and the giant Anaconda Company Refinery were sited near this abundant power source and were linked by a number of railroads to the rest of the nation. As the appetite for power increased, new dams and powerhouses were built at Rainbow, (1910), Ryan (1915), Morony (1928), and Cochrane (1958). Ryan Dam is also the location of Ryan Island Park Picnic Area, just below the dam.

A conceptual plan for a riverside recreational trail in Great Falls was developed by the City-County Planning Board staff in 1989. Dubbed the Riverfront Recreational Corridor, the trail was to extend 7 miles from the Broadwater Bay area downstream to Rainbow Falls. The trail, re-named the River’s Edge Trail following a Name-the-Trail contest in the Great Falls Tribune, captured the interest and support of the community. A volunteer group that advocated local bike trails, also in 1989, as part of the Vision 2000 community planning process, began working with the City to develop the first segments of the trail.