The Riches of Madison County

Ennis, Sheridan, Twin Bridges

Whether you’re staring down breakfast at Yesterday's Soda Fountain or bellying up to the bar at the Blue Anchor in Twin Bridges, you’re guaranteed an earful about fly-fishing. Madison County is a mecca for anglers, full of joints like the El Western where you can practically cast out your cabin door.

Still, there’s more here than “just” fishing. Hike Sphinx Peak outside Ennis or traverse the rock walls of Ramshorn’s Trail near Sheridan. Take the kids to Red Rock Mine near Alder to sift for garnets. Taste “big city” fare at the Continental Divide; or revel in garden-grown eats, microbrews, and a serenaded soak at Norris Hot Springs.

Time your trip to catch the Twin Bridges Fly-In, an aerial show, or the authentic Ennis Fourth of July Rodeo. Any summer day is perfect for floating the Madison, hiking up Bear Trap Canyon, or discovering Branham Lake—and bring a pole, just in case.

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Bear Trap Canyon

When you park at the trailhead of Bear Trap Canyon on the Madison River, you will see others gathering fishing gear and their trusty pals for a hike. Some for a short hike to fly fish the calm waters, others ...

State Highway 84
Norris, MT
Places to Eat

Branham Lake

Imagine you are at the top of a mountain, with a clear crystal lake, water falls, and nothing around you but more Rockie mountains. The air is crisp, clean, and cool. The sounds of only nature echo hear, a place ...

Upper Branham Dam
Sheridan, MT
Places to Eat

Chick's Bar & Motel

John and Diane are the best hosts in Montana. They treat everyone like they are family. In fact the whole town of Alder welcomes all who enter this fantastic establishment. The food in the back resteraunt is very good. Above ...

2322 Montana 287
Alder, MT
Places to Eat

Continental Divide

There’s a lot of steak in fishing country, so the Continental Divide is a nice change of pace if you’re up for something a little more “big city.” The chef goes for a seasonal menu and it’s ...

47 Geyser St
Ennis, MT
Places to Eat

El Western Cabins & Lodges

This place is an absolute gem! My husband and I love the outdoors and travel quite a bit, so we get really sick of the same old boring hotels. We stayed in a cabin that overlooked a picturesque creek and ...

4759-4799 U.S. 287
Ennis, MT
Places to Stay

Ennis 4th Of July Rodeo

I'm from Pennsylvania, and my life changed forever a couple summers ago when I went on a road trip from Denver to Southwest Montana where we spend about 10 days camping and visiting with some of the most beautiful ...


Ennis, MT
Things to Do

Ennis Café

The breakfast will tide you over all day…more food than you could ever eat in THREE meals, really hearty! Last time after elk hunting I ordered the ham and cheese omelette…there was a LOT more ham than omelette ...

108 West Main Street
Ennis, MT
Places to Eat

Fenton House

You can rent out an entire house with quite the history. A young widow made quick use of a squatters land claim (one of the few women to ever try that) and built her house here, in a place that ...

170 Duncan District Road
Sheridan, MT
Places to Stay

Happy Angler Antiques

I found an antique coffe can from the 40's ish (?) that was called Mrs Lane's Coffee that still had the little tab on it for opening the can. The price? $5.00. I never even knew the brand ...

111 W Main St
Ennis, MT
Things to Do

Jumping Rainbow Espresso

I love having access drive-through lattes!! When I'm off to a meeting, it's so great to cruise by Jumping Rainbow for high-brow caffeine. And when I need healthy fast food, my kids are really happy about getting one ...

100-198 N Bridge St
Twin Bridges, MT
Places to Eat

Laurin Loop

Laurin is one of the earliest settlements in the Ruby Valley established by a French trapper. The town has access to hundreds of miles of backroads, trails and wildlife in the mountains.

16-20 Laurin Lp Rd
Sheridan, MT
Things to Do

Main Street Market

Best Priced Steaks Around! Friendly service. Yummy deli items. Owners Therese and Roger are constantly working to improve the grocery store. Located in the Heart of Twin Bridges, it's worth stopping in for a soda, beer, wine, spirits, sea ...

106 N Main St
Twin Bridges, MT
Things to Do

Norris Hot Springs

Norris Hot Springs is a natural hot spring located in Norris Montana. On a cold day, it's perfect to take the scenic back road drive with friends and take a dip in the warm water and enjoy the live ...

6269-6375 U.S. 287
Norris, MT
Things to Do

Ramshorn Peak Trail

A beautiful hike in the Tobacco Root Mountains up Tobacco Root Trail No. 15 takes you up through trees, over meadows and creeks and past dizzying tall walls of rock. Most of the trail is gently sloping upward from 7600 ...

Mill Gulch Rd
Sheridan, MT
Things to Do

Red Rock Mine

A summer afternoon, kids still have energy after a day in Nevada and Virginia Cities, and it's still early. Heading west on Hwy 287, there's Red Rock Mine! Everybody piles out of the car and I pay a ...

State Highway 287
Sheridan, MT
Things to Do

Sportsmans Lodge

Best meals at great prices !!! Have satisfied us many a time .

438-532 State Highway 287
Ennis, MT
Places to Eat

Stonefly Inn

This is one of my "happiest places on Earth." To know the Stonefly is to know the Rooster (whose real name is Dan, I think). Amazing gourmet food breakfast lunch and dinner, rooms where I always sleep like a rock ...

409 North Main Street
Twin Bridges, MT
Places to Stay

The Blue Anchor Bar And Cafe

As you drive into Twin Bridges, you can't help but notice the Blue Anchor. Smack dab in the middle of town at the flashing light this lost in time gathering spot is a town icon. It's where locals ...

102 Mt Highway 41 S
Twin Bridges, MT
Places to Eat

The Sphinx

That is the Sphinx. It has a cool conglomerate rock known as Sphinx conglomerate that has been studied for years because no rock in any surrounding range is the same. Harvard geology students apparently came out in 1910 to study ...

Natl Forest Develop Road 324 Rd
Ennis, MT
Things to Do

Three Rivers Quik Stop

It looks just like your basic small town gas and convenience store. Nothing special, until you get the chicken. It is the best!! Juicy, great batter, excellent flavor. One of my favorite summer treats is a couple pieces of chicken ...

307-313 Main St
Twin Bridges, MT
Things to Do

Twin Bridges Bike Camp

If you're traveling via two wheels with a tent through the Ruby Valley, you can spend a pleasant evening camped next to the Beaverhead River in the Twin Bridges Bike Camp. Get cleaned up, fix a portable meal or ...

State Highway 41
Twin Bridges, MT
Places to Stay

Twin Bridges Fly In

The Twin Bridges Fly-In is one of the coolest events in the Ruby Valley. The planes are awesome - incredible antiques to high-tech test planes. There is always a special entertainment such as amazing stunt flight shows. Count on plenty of ...

4096-4262 Main St
Twin Bridges, MT
Things to Do

Valley Garden Fishing Access

This is the best public access into some of the most beautiful fishing and bird watching spots in the valley. It's the last public access spot between Ennis and Ennis lake. No fishing from boats in this stretch of ...

357-383 Jeffers Rd
Ennis, MT
Things to Do

Yesterday's Soda Fountain (Ennis Pharmacy)

Maybe I’m a little biased because I live in Ennis but I think Yesterday’s Soda Fountain serves up one of the best down-home breakfasts in Montana. Be sure to wear expandable pants because the hash browns, sausage, bacon ...

110-198 Main St
Ennis, MT
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