Ovando, Montana

Ovando, Montana is the perfect scenic blend of old and new. One hundred year old buildings nestled onto the beautiful valley floor with the Swan and Garnet mountains rising from its edges. Hundreds of thousands of acres of open ranch country surround you. Just by strolling the streets you will walk through a piece of Montana history and culture.


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Latitude: 47.024997711 Longitude: -113.132698059 Elevation: 4096 ft

Community Highlights

Ovando is full of recreational possibilities and dreams. It is the southern entry to the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat Wilderness and home to the fabled Blackfoot River and its tributaries. Ovando is the perfect remote spot to spend an hour, a day, a weekend or a week.

With only a population of 50 residents, Ovando, Montana provides the quiet solitude so expected on a Montana retreat. Remotely situated on Highway 200; 60 miles from Missoula, and over 80 from Helena and Great Falls, Ovando allows for more scenery per capita, than any other small town.

Ovando has been a stop for cyclists (manual and motorized) since 1897 when 20 Buffalo Soldiers, led by Lt. James A. Moss, rode their bicycles 1,900 miles from Missoula, Montana to St. Louis, Missouri. Since that time Ovando welcomes cyclists on the Tour Divide Race, Great Divide Trail, Bicycle Rides NW, Cycle Montana, Lewis and Clark Trail, and Park 2 Park tours, along with hundreds of folks bicycling through from all over the world. They work closely with Adventure Cycling to ensure they remain a cycle friendly community.


I work for Fed-Ex Ground and I used to deliver there. I sure met some nice folks. I miss them. My Mother was born there and I have family ties there also. I love the area and the beautiful people in it! Whenever I pass by I always try and stop, either at Trixie’s or I go into town and say hi to whomever is around! Hi everyone in Ovando!

Joyce Esterby, 10/17/2016

This is where I grew up, it is a true Lake Wobegone for those who know Prairie Home Companion! As a child it offered a world that was safe, outdoor adventures and close community of friends. Today it still has country charm and a place to visit if you like quiet and amazing outdoor and wonderful people. You should visit!

Mary Jo (Davis) Monteith, 10/17/2016

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