Zortman, Montana, is a small town with big personality. We are talking a place where only 68 people live year round, which means Big Sky adventure without the crowds. Escape from the hustle and bustle of daily routines. Take the scenic route as you make your way through Missouri River Country to Zortman. From gold mining to golden sunsets, Zortman should be on your Montana bucket list. Check out some travel tips for your time in this charming town.
Photo by @digifotovet via Instagram
Where to Stay
Zortman has cabins, camping options, and a motel to chose from, so whether you prefer to pitch a tent under the beautiful buttes surrounding town or cozy up in a cabin by a fire, there is an option for you. For cabins, check out Buckhorn Store Cabins & Rv or Whispering Pines Vacation Home. Camp Creek Campground is the place to go if you prefer sleeping out under the stars, and Zortman Garage & Motel Campground offers two options: a stay in a traditional motel or camping within the town limits.
Day Trips Around Zortman
Located within a day trip’s drive from Zortman are many western wonders to cross off your to-do list. Check out the Little Rocky Mountains, a shocking geological formation where mountains jut up from the sea of prairie. Here, you can hike, wildlife watch, and, come the holiday season, search for your perfect Christmas tree.
You are also within a day’s trip to the UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge and the Fort Belknap Reservation. Take a trip to the Historic Hays Mansion and learn about the rich history of the area. Or, if hunting and fishing is your ideal vacation activity, take in the numerous opportunities in the Zortman area.
Things to Do In Town
Photo by f_r_i_t_z via Instagram
Zortman may be small, but we’re not hurting for things to do in town. The historic Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church sits up on a hill overlooking town. This short trek up to the church offers beautiful views of Zortman, the surrounding buttes, and the expansive landscape surrounding the town. Plus, you get to check out a church that was originally built in the early 20th
century in rugged Montana.
Photo by @captmorgan1090 via Instagram
You can visit the Zortman cemetery and see the headstone for the town’s namesake. You will probably drive past the tiny, iconic Zortman jail every day you are in town, but stop out and look around. This is a great example of the Old West at its best!
Photo by @sandyvandijk via Instagram
Originally founded during the gold rush, panning for gold nuggets is still a reality here in Zortman. Check with your accommodations to figure out where is best to go panning for gold! While in town, you will enjoy dining with the locals Miner’s Club restaurant, the spot in town to go to for a nice hot meal and a cold beverage. Sit around an authentically Montanan bar and swap stories of your adventures in this remote part of the state.
Photo by @skylarwood via Instagram
Relax with the natural landscape and friendly community vibes offered by Zortman and surrounding communities. Now is the perfect time to go—the town has come together and is now offering special deals valid for only a short time. Visit zortmanmontana.com to learn more!