Approx. Distance: 140 miles round trip
Approx. Ride Time: 3 hours
Cattle ranching and the cowboy way of life will be seen as you ride from Great Falls to Vaughn on I-15, then turn onto MT Hwy 200 to Simms, then MT 21 to Augusta. The small town of Augusta has everything from a cappuccino bar in an eclectic gift store called Latigo & Lace, to a general store. A gathering place for locals, Chubbie’s Diner, will satisfy just about any ice-cream craving you have. From Augusta, ride north on US 287 to Choteau and be sure to ride up Main Street where the highway splits and goes around the Teton County courthouse. Delightful shops, a great variety of home cooking restaurants, and a nice museum complex (Old Trail Museum) will make you want to stay here awhile. Once you’ve experienced Choteau, ride south on US 89 past Freezout Wildlife Management Area, through the town of Fairfield, then into Great Falls. Augusta, Choteau and Fairfield all have great locally owned shops, lodging and cafes for a taste of true Montana hospitality. Enjoy the ride, visit with the locals!