Hot Springs, Heifers and History

Deer Lodge, Drummond and Boulder

Who knew that jailtime, cows, radioactive gas, and graveyards could be this entertaining? In humbly historic Deer Lodge, peer into incarcerated life at the Old Montana Prison, then explore the sprawling Grant-Kohrs Ranch for a taste of cowboy culture. Downtown, hit Yak Yak’s, where 40 flavors of malts and shakes await.

Near Boulder, cure what ails ya. Breathe deep at a radon-radiating "health mine;" or soak, steam, or slumber at the Boulder Hot Springs. Just up a gravel road, investigate Elkhorn, a silver mining ghost town boasting intact original buildings and a fascinating historic graveyard.

Cruise over to Drummond for a slice of pie and small-town chatter at the homey Wagon Wheel Café, then branch south to travel the Pintler Scenic Loop, or north to join in the Helmville Labor Day Rodeo.

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Boulder Hot Springs Resort

Over-the-top Mission architecture, laid-back, no-crowd hot springs.

24-56 Hot Springs Rd
Boulder, MT
Places to Stay

Deer Lodge Territorial Day

This Annual June Event in Deer lodge is great fun for the whole family. It starts with a vehicle parade along Main Street, featuring Hot Rods, classic cars and motorcycles, tractors and other special interest vehicles. After the parade, street ...

1109 Main Street
Deer Lodge, MT
Things to Do

Elkhorn State Park

Former silver mining town of 2,500 with a difference. Residents were families from Scandinavia, Central Europe, Cornwall, northern Italy. Many buildings still vertical. Gillian Hall and Fraternity Hall and adjacent school teacher's home are a Montana State Park ...


Elkhorn, MT
Things to Do

Helmville Rodeo

best smalll town rodeo and rodeo dances great memeries

1182-1214 Ovando Helmville Rd
Helmville, MT
Things to Do

Old Montana Prison Complex

This was one of my Dad's stops on a few family roadtrips and it both scared the crap out of me and entranced me when I was a kid! I always thought the historic buildings of the prison were ...

1106 Main St
Deer Lodge, MT
Things to Do

Sunshine Radon Health Mines

Sure, the health mines helped my arthritis a bit but what I really like is just getting to spend a solid hour with my dear wife of over 50 years... who swears up and down the radon gases make her ...


Boulder, MT
Things to Do

The Grant-Kohrs Ranch

Note: this map takes you to the administrative office. The main park entrance and visitor center are just south at Grant Circle (marked as US Forest Service on this map)

266 Warren Lane
Deer Lodge, MT
Things to Do

Wagon Wheel Café

Bringing back the lost art of the one-horse-town diner. Nothing fancy and that’s a good thing. Cattle country fare, and that means pie, too.

316 East Front Street
Drummond, MT
Places to Eat

Yak Yak's

Milkshake heaven. I think they have more than 40 different shakes and malts, and if you need real food there's burritos, sandwiches, salads, etc. But yeah, it’s all about the dessert, especially on a sunny summer day. Their ...

200 Main Street
Deer Lodge, MT
Places to Eat