Do you long for the open road? If so, Montana is calling! The land of extremes, Montana’s Missouri River Country has roadways that wind through endless scenic views and some of the most unique landscapes in the country. Adding to the views is the lack of traffic, providing the solitude of the open road to all riders.
Visit in June to experience the Big Muddy Motorcycle Rally in Plentywood, Montana. It features a scenic ride, dice run, a free banquet, live music and much more.
Eastern Montana is flush with wide open prairies, rich farmland, deep river canyons and rugged badlands all under an endless skyline. Beyond the scenery, the land holds historic treasures and small inviting towns full of personality. Featured rides include:
- Gold Mining Loop – Includes the historic mining town of Zortman where you can tour the original jail and take a break from the road by panning for gold or hiking in the Little Rocky Mountains.
- Riding the Dinosaur Trail – Visit the famous Peck’s Rex – a fleshed out tyrannosaurus rex on display at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center and Dinosaur Museum. Then travel to Malta – a town that features the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and Field Station and Philips County Museum which feature fossil discoveries from the area that date back 77 million years ago.
- Frontier Forts and Trading Posts – Explore Fort Buford where Sitting Bull surrendered, take in the Fort Union Trading Post built in 1829 on the banks of the Missouri River and walk across the Fairview Lift Bridge, once used for both cars and trains.
- Follow the Missouri River Breaks – Travel through the Missouri River Breaks and Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge to see beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife. Ride across Fort Peck Dam and enjoy vistas of Fort Peck Lake which has more shoreline than the coast of California. Visit the Fort Peck Interpretive Center to see aquariums featuring native and game species of fish that call the lake home. Visiting wouldn’t be complete without walking under the Missouri River during a tour of the Fort Peck Dam Powerhouse.
For more information about theses rides including directions please visit http://visitmt.com/experiences/scenic_adventures/motorcycle_touring/paved_tours/
The Big Muddy Motorcycle Rally in Plentywood, Montana is in its fifth year and highlights the best of riding in Montana with rides and events custom tailored to the area. Saturday, enjoy a fun run, banquet, and live music. Then Sunday enjoy an all day ride that highlights the area as well as a dice run that pays out to highest and lowest at each stop. The Big Muddy Motorcycle Rally has become a popular stop on the way to the Beartooth Rally in Red Lodge, Montana. In conjunction with the rally is the Annual Car and Motorcycle Show drawing people from across the region and Canada and some really unique bikes to take in.
The vast landscape, open roads, and unique stops make Montana’s Missouri River Country a can’t miss experience for motorcyclists. For more information about visiting Missouri River Country and planning your motorcycle trip, please visit missouririver.visitmt.com.
Glacier National Park was named after the ancient glaciers that continue to help shape lakes and mountains in the region to this day.