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Passing through the Lewis and Clark National Forest and Little Belt Mountains, the Kings Hill Scenic Byway allows travelers to leisurely savor the rugged beauty and invigorating fresh air that are part of the Montana experience. Stretching 71 miles along Highway 89, the Byway winds its way through pristine mountain lakes and streams and is home to an abundant variety of wildlife. The gravel roads criss-crossing the main highway lead to 450 miles of spectacular mountain scenery, high country lakes, trailheads, campgrounds, and old mines. Located just south of Kings Hill Pass, Showdown Ski Area offers 1,400 feet of vertical drop and 34 runs. Fishing, floating, mountain biking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling are just a few of the many activities available in this rugged country that stands waiting to be explored. There is 200 miles of marked snowmobile trails available from the Kings Hill Snowmobile parking lot just north of Showdown Ski Area. From the same location Nordic skiing is available at Silvercrest, a 17 mile long cross-country ski trail system of 1 ungroomed and 3 groomed trails.Other Recreational Opportunities along the Kings Hill Byway include: the Charles M. Bair Museum one mile south of the Martinsdale turnoff on Highway 12, the Castle Museum in White Sulphur Springs, and the Belt Museum located in the town of Belt. Two of Montana's historic mining sites include the Glory Hole and Neihart Star. Float 60 miles of the exciting, scenic Smith River. Reservations required. A hot mineral spring is available at White Sulphur Springs. Lake Sutherlin and Newlan Creek Reservoir provide access to boating opportunities. There is 860 miles of trails for exploration.
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The Kings Hill Scenic Byway begins on US Highway 89 at its junction with US Highway 12. From the junction the Byway travels north through the Lewis and Clark National Forest to its junction with US Highway 87. Winter driving conditions can be difficult, check road conditions. Driving time is usually 2 hours. Length of drive is 71 miles.
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