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  • 'First Day Hike' planned at Travelers' Rest

    Montana State Parks|Dec 29, 2022

    Join in a special “First Day Hike” at Travelers’ Rest State Park on Jan. 1, 2023, and walk in the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark Expedition on the first day of the new year. The one-hour, approximately one-mile hike begins at 2 p.m. at the flag plaza near the parking lot and is free and open to all ages. Participants will get exclusive access to the Travelers’ Rest visitor center after the hike and can enjoy hot chocolate and ask additional questions. The terrain is mostly flat, but be sure to dress warmly with footwear that has good traction...

  • Public comment sought on 2020-2021 Montana State Park fee schedule

    Montana State Parks|Dec 5, 2019

    HELENA – Montana State Parks is seeking public comment on the draft Montana State Parks 2020/2021 Fee Schedule. If adopted, the fee schedule would be in effect from Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2021. Comments will be accepted through Sunday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. Gov. Bullock’s Parks In Focus commission issued its final report in 2018 making several recommendations about funding and management of state parks. A legislative audit was completed with several recommendations for oversight and funding. “We made a commitment to the public in 2017 that...

  • Fee changes for Snowmobile Trail Passes

    Montana State Parks|Nov 21, 2019

    HELENA – Snowmobilers and other groomed trail users in Montana will see changes to trail passes for the 2019/2020 riding season. Last spring, the 2019 Montana Legislature passed HB 355 which adjusted fees on the Montana Snowmobile Trail Pass and Non-resident Snowmobile Temporary Use Permit and designated a new Non-resident Groomed Trail Pass. Montana residents will now pay $20 for the Snowmobile Trail Pass which is valid for two seasons (July 1st through June 30). This pass is required for r...

  • Comment period open on draft Statewide Recreation Plan

    Montana State Parks|Sep 26, 2019

    HELENA – Montana State Parks is seeking public comment on the Montana Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). Comments will be accepted through Thursday, Oct.17 at 5 p.m. The new SCORP, titled “Sustaining Montana’s Outdoor Recreation Legacy 2020-2024”, is a planning document which offers a five-year strategic framework to identify trends, issues and challenges facing the state’s outdoor recreation and natural resources and provides recommendations for outdoor recreation priorities across the state. The 2020-2024 SCORP identifie...