We took a lovely Sunday ride in late May from Helena to Ringing Rocks- drove over Whitetail Rd from Boulder to Whitehall. The gravel part of the road is very well maintained and a few miles south of Boulder saw an amazing field of pink shooting stars ( flowers). We heard and saw lots of meadowlarks, a horned lark , antelope and deer before we even got to Whitehall- a beautiful road to drive. The ringing rocks were quite enjoyable and unique too- and surprising crowded for being up a gravel road for 4 miles- it is a big ORV area, but then again it was a holiday weekend.
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Why You Should Visit
This unique geological formation is located approximately 18 miles east of Butte and north of I-90 on BLM land just beyond the Pipestone trailhead. The rocks in this unique geologic area chime when tapped with a hammer. Take Exit 241 (Pipestone) from I-90 and travel east on a gravel road (parallels interstate) for about three-fourths of a mile, then turn north on a gravel road, cross the railroad tracks then follow unimproved road marked #2 for about 4 miles (road is narrow in some places) when you reach the rail fence, park then continue to walk about 1/10 of a mile up unimproved road #2 until you see the ringing rock sign and more rail fences. (you can drive this last bit if you have high clearance and 4 wheel drive)
This is a GREAT place for kids (and adults) to climb over boulders. Bring a hammer, because the rocks really do ring like bells. Accessible via dirt road off I-90 near Whitehall.
Red Ants Pants Music Festival with Katie Hoeger
Just outside of Whitehall and Pipestone, is a geological formation called the Ringing Rocks. These rocks are the size of boulders and through evolution have been piled on top of each other in a large mound. Kind of fun to check out - when tapped with a hammer, each rock rings a different chime. Apparently, if a chiming rock is removed from the pile, it will no longer make a sound.
These are accessible year round but the dirt road is narrow in spots and can be tricky if icy. I'd recommend checking these out between April and October.