Surrounding Day Trips


Big Hole Valley and the Big Hole River

The Big Hole Valley has been known by the Flathead Indians as "La-im-tse-la-lik" place of the ground squirrel trappers as a "hole", "the big hole basin", "the land of big snows" and through the ranching influence, "the land of 10,000 haystacks". The valley was visited by the Lewis and Clark Expedition on July 7, 1806, Captain Clarks return leg of the expedition stopped for lunch at a "Boiling Springs" here at Jackson. 

Enjoy a great day of fishing on the beautiful Big Hole River. Try your hand at catching one of the trophy size Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout or Grayling. For more information on fishing access areas please contact the Wisdom Ranger District. 

Other outdoor activities include bird, watching, wildlife viewing, hunting, snowshoeing, photography opportunities, hiking, snow activities, boating, sightseeing. The options are limitles

Crystal Park

Enjoy a busy day of digging for quarts crystals at Crystal Park Recreational Mineral Collection Area. Crystals rage in color from clear or cloudy, white, gray or purple. 

Located in the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest, on the Pioneer Scenic Byway the facilities are open to the public, with digging permitted on approx. 30 acres of national forest land, from May 15th to October 15th depending on road and weather conditions. A recreational use fee of $5.00 per vehicle helps maintain the facilities.

Big Hole Battlefield

Take a day trip to this historic site to learn about the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) war of 1877. And the August 9th and 10th siege of the Battle of the Big Hole. This was the last Indian War in the United States. 

The visitor center is open daily to share a video program, museum, photographs and personal items belonging to some of the battles participants. Hike the trails which lead to the points of interest, such as Nez Perce Camp Site, Siege Area, and Howitzer Capture Site.

Pack a picnic lunch and bring a fishing pole, fishing is permitted in the battlefield. Come and explorer all the amazing history that the battlefield has to offer.

Miner, Van Houten, Mussigbrod, and Twin Lakes

Take a day trip to one of four local alpine lakes; enjoy fishing, hiking and breathtaking scenery.

For more information on lake locations, fishing access, hiking trails and campgrounds please

contact Wisdom Ranger Station at (406) 689-3243.

Ski Areas/Snowmobile & Cross Country Skiing Areas

Enjoy a fabulous day of skiing at either Lost Trail Powder Mountain or Maverick Mountain Ski Areas. Both are only about 45 minutes from Jackson you can enjoy a day on the slopes.

For groomed, marked Cross Country try Chief Joseph Ski Touring Trails. Other locations for

Snowmobile and Cross-Country Tails and Areas, please contact Dillon or Wisdom Ranger Districts.

Historic Mining Ghost Towns

Bannack State Park is one of America's best preserved ghost towns. Come and walk the deserted

streets of Montana's first territorial capital, by way of a major gold discovery in Grasshopper Creek

on July 1862. Explore all the firsts in Montana's history that happened at Bannack. Find out about

Sheriff Henry Plummer alleged gang of thieves all of which come alive during the third weekend in

July for Bannack Days, a two day celebration of life on the Montana frontier. 

Take a beautiful ride over the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway to visit theh Coolidge Mine Site.

Founded around 1919, Coolidge was one of Montana's largest and final silver developments.

Coolidge is about 51 miles from Jackson, MT.

Local Contact Information

Crystal Park, Hiking, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowmobiling - Dillon Ranger District (406) 683-3900

Big Hole National Battlefield (406) 689-3155 -

Bannack State Park (406) 834-3413 -

Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowmobiling - Wisdom Ranger Station (406) 689-3243

Pioneer Mountain Scenic Byway, Coolidge Mine - Wise River Ranger District (406) 832-3178

Lost Trail Powder Mountain (406) 821-3211 -

Maverick Mountain Ski Area (406) 834-3454 -

Tourism -

Lapham Outfitters (406) 834-3134 -

Beartooth Plateau Outfitters (800) 253-8545

Big Hole River RV Park (406) 689-3102 -

Fishing Licenses - Hook & Horn (406) 689-3272 -