Recreate Responsibly in Central Montana
The statewide mask mandate has been lifted and as of June 30, 2021 Governor Gianforte has lifted the Montana COVID emergency declaration. The local and county health guidelines take precedence to the statewide regulations so please visit your county health links for current information. For more information on the Governor's COVID task force, visit the Montana State site here.
Our wide-open spaces, big Montana sky and fresh air are ready for you in Central Montana.
Know Before You Go
Before arriving, check the status of the place you'd like to visit. It's good to have a backup plan if your destination is closed or crowded. Consider adjusting the time of day you plan to explore. By arriving early, you may experience shorter lines and reduced crowds for a more enjoyable experience!
Practice Physical Distancing
Indoors or outdoors, be prepared to encounter others with different social distancing comfort levels. If you can, give other people as much space as possible. On trails, move over to let stock (horses and mules) pass, yield to other hikers and be respectful of other users. If you know you'll be in an area with other people, have a mask at the ready. Keep your group small and if you are sick (have a cough, cold, fever, etc.) or have been in contact with individuals who have been sick, stay home and plan to visit when you're well.
Check our local regulations for the latest safety measures. Facilities might be closed, so consider packing a lunch and bring essentials like extra water, food/snacks, bug spray and a first aid kit. In Montana, both weather and terrain can change quickly. We recommend packing clothing layers to add or remove as weather changes.
Build an Inclusive Outdoors
Do your part to help make our outdoor spaces safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.
Play It Safe
Have fun, but know your limits. Take it slow and choose lower-risk activities to reduce the strain on search and rescue operations and health care resources. Remember that Montana is home to bears, mountain goats, mountain lions, elk, deer and more. If you plan to spend time outside, be prepared to have an encounter with our abundant wildlife. Give wildlife their space, do not approach them and do not feed them. If you plan to hike, be sure to go with a friend, make noise on the trail (talking or clapping), carry bear spray and know how to use it.
Our area is full of local parks, trails and public spaces. Enjoy them while being mindful of your impact on the surrounding communities. Check in with local Chambers or Visitor Information Centers to pick up travel guides and maps, as well as get suggestions for things to do, places to go and insider tips.
Leave No Trace
Pack your garbage out with you and clean up properly. When recreating on public lands, be sure to take care of them by staying on trails. If you plan to camp while you're here, be sure to do so in an existing campsite or pick a site where vegetation is absent. It's important to respect public lands and waters, as well as Native and local communities.
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Glacier’s Going-to-the-Sun Road Ticketed Entry
Glacier National Park is implementing an online reservation system with ticketed entry for Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor between Glacier’s West and St. Mary’s Entrances from May 28 to September 28, 2021. For additional information visit: https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/gtsrticketedentry.htm
Rental Car Shortage
Rental car agencies across the United States are experiencing a rental shortage. As you plan your Montana vacation, be sure to make your rental car reservation at the same time you make flight arrangements. To ensure you have the most up to date rental information, we recommend calling the rental car agency’s local number rather than relying on their websites.
Yellowstone National Park Road Closure
The road between Tower-Roosevelt to Canyon Village will be closed. Additionally, there will be no trail access to Mount Washburn. Additional information on Yellowston’es road construction can be found at: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/road-construction.htm
** Due to many event cancellations and postponements, please verify event status with individual organizers.