Old Trail Museum | Choteau, Montana

From the time when dinosaurs were the chief occupants to the present
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Latitude: 47.8187741 Longitude: -112.1883059 Elevation: 3829 ft


A Short Introduction to the Site

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 south along the Rocky Mountain Front.

The Old Trail Museum is a great place to visit to understand what the area was like 65 million years ago. Besides the fabulous dinosaur exhibits, the Old Trail Museum features the history of the Rocky Mountain Front, famous authors and outfitters, grizzly bears, a sheep-herders wagon, Indian artifacts and the history of the Metis people.

Full Description of the Historical Site or Museum

Located at the north end of Choteau, on US Highway 89, the non-profit museum reflects the rich natural and cultural history of Montana's pristine Rocky Mountain Front region. Explore fossils, dinosaurs, Native American artifacts, grizzly bears, and the diverse and colorful local history. Other exhibits include A.B. Guthrie, Jr., Old Agency on the Teton, Jesse Gleason's art studio and the Metis people.  Don't miss 'Dinosaurs of the Two Medicine,' the Old Trail Museum's new paleontology gallery! After touring the museum enjoy a cold treat from the ice cream parlor. There are shaded picnic tables for your convenience.

Open Months

The Old Trail Museum is open everyday from Memorial Day to Labor Day

Hours Open

9:00 - 5:00

Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark

The Old Trail Museum is located at 823 North Main Ave in Choteau, 50 miles northwest of Great Falls.


A great little museum. I was surprised to learn about the Metis history of the area, including Louis Riel, better known as a famous Canadian today.

Ken Favrholdt, Claresholm & District Museum, 3/2/2017

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