Rocky Mountain Front Route

Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Front where prairie and mountains dramatically converge and heritage is celebrated. Set aside at least 2-3 days for this trip. We highly recommend booking a hike or horseback ride into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex with a local outfitter or staying overnight at a guest ranch to enhance your experience.

To connect your trip to Yellowstone National Park visit http://yellowstone.natgeotourism.com/ for trip ideas.

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Rocky Mountain Front
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Rocky Mountain Front
Natural Area | Geologic Feature

Where the prairie abruptly rise to meet the mountains in Montana and Alberta is the Rocky Mountain Front. Here's how some of our local experts describe this gorgeous landscape on the National Geographic Crown of the Continent MapGuide.

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St. Mary - Glacier National Park
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St. Mary - Glacier National Park
Natural Area | National Park or Protected Area
St. Mary is a place of beauty that will stop you in your tracks. Set aside 1-2 days to explore the eastside of Glacier National Park. The quaint bustling town of St. Mary sits at the Park's entrance and offers restaurants, lodging, grocery store and fuel. Grab some delicious pie at Park Cafe before leaving town.

In Glacier National Park, St. Mary is located where the plains meet the mountains, providing a dramatic backdrop for all of your Glacier adventures.

Offering lodging, restaurants, gas, and groceries, St. Mary makes for a good base camp for…

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Blackfeet Heritage Center & Art Gallery
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Blackfeet Heritage Center & Art Gallery
Museum, Theatre, Interpretive Centre | Art Gallery or Studio
To truly understand the Rocky Mountain Front we recommend learning about Blackfeet heritage.

The Blackfeet Heritage Center & Art Gallery, owned and operated by the Blackfeet Nation's Siyeh Corporation, exhibits and sells a full range of art media, including paintings, sculpture, beadwork, pottery. drums and literature. The gallery…

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Two Medicine Dinosaur Center
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Two Medicine Dinosaur Center
Museum, Theatre, Interpretive Centre | Museum
Dinosaur dig! After you are done exploring some of N. America's most important fossils swing by Trex Agate Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts.

See hatchling bones from a fossil nest and join in active dinosaur digs along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front.

Montana’s Two Medicine Dinosaur Center includes the world's longest dinosaur - a skeletal model display of a Seismosaurus -…

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Al Wiseman Along the Old North Trail
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Al Wiseman Along the Old North Trail
Community | Local Artist, Musician, or Craftsperson

From First Man 12,000 years ago to the 1950s the Old North Trail has been in use along the Rocky Mountain Front. Early man, Native Americans, Metis and early settlers made use of its resources and protection to safely travel and settle North America.

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Old Trail Museum
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Old Trail Museum
Museum, Theatre, Interpretive Centre | Museum

North America’s original transcontinental highway, the Old North Trail is said by some to be the pathway used by migrants from Siberia to populate the Americas. Known for certain is the trail’s use for millennia by native peoples moving north or…

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Allen's Manix Trading Post
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Allen's Manix Trading Post
Local Point of Interest | Unique Shopping

Allen's, known to customers as The Trading Post, is one of America's few surviving general mercantile, selling everything from dry goods to groceries, fishing and hunting licenses to Native American silver jewelry. The century old general store…

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Augusta, Montana
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Augusta, Montana
Community | Appealing Downtown Area
Augusta will win your heart! The scenery and authentic Old West vibe will make it hard to leave. Allen's Manix Trading Post has been family run for several generations and offers some delicious treats. Make sure to check out Latigo & Lace Gallery where they feature regional artists and craftsmen. If you have extra time, take a drive through Sun River Canyon just west of town.

The Old West lingers in Augusta’s cow country saloons such as the Buckhorn Bar, where backcountry wranglers swap tales with cowboys and visitors. But mosey over to the Latigo & Lace cappuccino bar and art gallery, and you’re in a different era, pardner.…

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Gates of the Mountain Boat Tour
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Gates of the Mountain Boat Tour
Outdoor Adventure | Boat Tour

The Gates of the Mountains is a natural area located north of Helena, MT. A two hour boat tour guides you through the area. The tour is full of history including the natural history of the area as well as the expedition of Lewis and Clark, the…

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Helena, Montana
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Helena, Montana
Community | Appealing Downtown Area
Stay overnight in one of Downtown Helena's charming historic hotels or Bed & Breakfasts before heading south. For route ideas from Helena to Yellowstone National Park visit: http://yellowstone.natgeotourism.com/plans.

Helena is conveniently located half-way between Glacier and Yellowstone National Park. It is Montana's State Capitol and has a surprisingly relaxed feel compared to other state capitols, but don't think that means it's void of things to do. The…

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1 Rocky Mountain Front
2 St. Mary - Glacier National Park
3 Blackfeet Heritage Center & Art Gallery
4 Two Medicine Dinosaur Center
5 Al Wiseman Along the Old North Trail
6 Old Trail Museum
7 Allen's Manix Trading Post
8 Augusta, Montana
9 Gates of the Mountain Boat Tour
10 Helena, Montana