Things to do in Missouri River Country


Cowboys still ride the range in Phillips County and the places names evoke images that Hollywood has made famous – Ruby Gulch, Carson Coulee, Telegraph Creek, Cree Crossing or an old lonesome post office. Ranches still carry the names of their brands and local Native American names conjure up images of times and cultures fascinatingly different. For those wanting to experience real cowboy life, working ranch vacations are available. For others there are cattle drives, wagon train vacations, trail rides and of course the historical sites where it all really happened.

The infamous Kidd Curry (member of the notorious Wild Bunch) lived, worked and hid out in Phillips County. His old family homestead is still here and one of his numerous hideouts can be visited. You can still board the train in Malta (daily Amtrak service), although these days it is not recommended to hold it up.

Famous for wide-open spaces and diversity in landscape, Malta offers a variety of wildlife and cultural history. This area is much the way Lewis & Clark found it in 1805. Their descriptions of the profusion of game and magnificence of scenery along the Missouri River is filled with an awesome splendor that the modern visitor can readily relate to and access, even today! The town hosts to the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (including the western portion of Fort Peck Lake) and Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge, which offer opportunities for deer, antelope, elk and upland game birds viewing and hunting. The Little Rocky Mountains are rich in mining history and offer a diverse mountain experience including hiking and gold panning. Fishermen find Nelson Reservoir, the Milk River and local ponds a haven for walleye, historic paddlefish, trout and many more varieties. An excellent opportunity for golf is offered at Marian Hills Country Club in Malta.

Malta is one of the notable stops on the Montana Dinosaur Trail with two excellent facilities on the trail. The Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and Field Station — on display are spectacular dinosaur specimens, stunning invertebrates, fossil fish and rare fossil plants. Also located on US 2, the Phillips County Museum features real life dinosaur displays set among the historical artifacts of early Native Americans and Homesteaders who traversed Montana’s Hi-Line. The Montana Dinosaur Festival is held in June each year in Malta and family dinosaur expeditions are offered in July and August through the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and Field Station.

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Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge

194 Bowdoin Auto Tour Road
Malta, MT

Great Northern Hotel

2 South 1st Street East
Malta, MT

Maltana Motel

138 South 1st Avenue West
Malta, MT

Royals Inn Motel

117 North 1st Street East
Malta, MT

Riverside Motel and RV Court

8 Central Avenue North
Malta, MT

Sportsman Motel

231 North 1st Street East
Malta, MT

Trafton Park

Malta, MT

Marian Hills Country Club

1652 US Highway 191 South
Malta, MT

The Travel Haven

121 South 2nd Street
Malta, MT

Malta Amtrak Station

51 South First Street East
Malta, MT

Malta Dairy Queen Grill and Chill

655 North 1st Street East
Malta, MT

Stretch's Pizza

140 South 1st East
Malta, MT

Family Matters, Inc.

30 South 1st Street East
Malta, MT

Tin Cup Bar and Grill

1652 US Highway 191 South
Malta, MT

Westside Restaurant

220 US Highway 2 West
Malta, MT

Wine and Dino

405 North 1st Avenue East
Malta, MT

HiLine Frame & Gallery

24 South 12th Street East
Malta, MT

Hitchin Post

745 North 1st Avenue East
Malta, MT

Stockman Bar & Steakhouse

64 South 1st Street East
Malta, MT

Edgewater Inn & RV Park

47176 US Highway 2
Malta, MT

Country Inn & Suite

1568 US Highway 191
Malta, MT

Trafton Trail

47279 US Highway 2 East
Malta, MT

Promises: His Coffee & Cottage Shoppe

1135 Highway 191 South
Malta, MT

Ice Classics Fishing Tournament

Nelson Resevoir
Malta, MT

Blue Ridge Brewing

320 S 1st Street E
Malta, MT

Hitchin' Post

745 N 1 E,
Malta, MT
(406) 654-1882

Stockman Bar & Steakhouse

64 S 1st St E
Malta, MT
(406) 654-1919

Lettuce Eat

902 Central Ave
Malta, MT
(406) 654-2217

Joe's In and Out

1170 US-191
Malta, MT
(406) 654-1554

Crossroads Coffee & Bistro

65 S 3rd St E
Malta, MT
(406) 654-1955

Hi-Line Charter Fishing

6820 US2 Highway 2 East
Havre, MT


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