Buffalo Tours on Fort Belknap Indian Reservation

I recently visited Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, located near Harlem, Montana. If you are driving on US Hwy 2 in Central Montana you’ll drive right through the northern part of the reservation. Fort Belknap, established in 1888, is home to the Gros Ventre (pronounced Grovon) and the Assiniboine people. The word Belknap is pronounced with a silent “k” so it sounds like belnap. Quite a few years ago a tribal buffalo herd was established and there are now about … Read more

Major Addition to Choteau’s Stage Stop Inn

I’ve been hearing about the addition to the Stage Stop Inn on Choteau’s Main Street for awhile so I was excited to see the finished product last week. I’ve stayed at the Stage Stop before and have always like the fact that they tie in a local theme for decor. With rooms on two floors, a swimming pool, complimentary breakfast room and a nice lobby, it seemed complete. Well, their vision grew and so did the motel! There are now … Read more

Exploring Shelby, Montana

I was in Shelby for a meeting yesterday and took some time to explore the town after the meeting. Shelby bills itself as the “Crossroads” – Interstate 15 runs north and south and US Hwy 2 travels east-west and both heavily traveled routes intersect here. They also have Amtrak passenger rail service which pretty much parallels Hwy 2. We met at the new meeting room at Comfort Inn & Suites. When we left there we only … Read more

Scenic Drive Through Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation

I was on my way to Chinook in northern Montana last weekend and had a little spare time so I decided to turn in to the little town of Box Elder and drive through Rocky Boy. When you are traveling on US Hwy 87 the terrain seems relatively flat. Area farmers grow plenty of small grain crops ranging from wheat and barley to a nice variety of pulse crops (peas, lentils). A lesson about agriculture – if … Read more

Traveling to Turner

Mention the town of Turner, Montana and some life-long Montana residents get a puzzled look on their face. The town’s location is about 35 miles north of Harlem (US Hwy 2) and 12 miles south of the US/Canada border. The border crossing, named after the Saskatchewan town of Climax, helps bring Canadian travelers to the community and also makes a shorter trip for US citizens heading in to Canada. I stopped along the paved road between Harlem and Turner … Read more

A Quick Tour of Brady

Last weekend I was waiting to meet someone who had a late start so I decided to take the Brady exit off I-15 that I always had planned to take one day when I had time. Yes, it took me several years to find the time! Our weather was pretty fickle that day – sunny skies one minute, clouds the next, followed by short-lived flurries of snowflakes. Brady sits on the west side of I-15 about 45 miles north … Read more

Carter River Ferry In For the Season

This morning I got up early, packed my video camera and regular camera, and out the door I went. My destination – 5 miles beyond Carter, Montana, a small town about 25 miles north of Great Falls on US Hwy 87. It was dark when I left but the sun was about ready to turn in to a full blown sunrise and my camera was handy. I was not disappointed. In fact, I turned on … Read more

Get Lost in Central Montana

Well, the statewide campaign is technically Get Lost anywhere in Montana! At first we were all a bit skeptical about telling people to Get Lost. Now, it’s lots of fun to see the bumper stickers and other Get Lost swag as we are driving around the state. The campaign really was developed to urge Montanans to go out and explore the lesser visited areas of the state. Central Montana recently attended four travel shows and … Read more

Sharing Central Montana

Central Montana had a booth at the International Sportsmen’s Expo in Denver, CO last week to tout the benefits of a visit to the tourism region. Initial estimates for attendance at the sportsmen show came in at around 40,000 – oh yeah, lots of people! Attendees were lined up each morning for the four-day show, waiting for doors to open. Lots of folks were interested in fishing and many wanted information about upland game bird hunting. We … Read more

Central Montana Road Trip

I was lucky to be out and about in Central Montana a few weeks ago. We were traveling in the Get Lost vehicle – definitely not incognito! Our goal was to explore some new areas on our Montana road trip and we had a great time. One downside, several of us kept wanting to stop and take photos of our great scenery so it seemed like we were always running a bit behind schedule. Montana … Read more