Have you considered a road trip from Calgary to Montana? It can be a long drive, however, it will leave you feeling nothing but love for both the U.S. and Canada. Check out these many exciting stops that make the drive worth it!
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park is a great first stop for a night or a few days on your trip down to Montana. The stone in the provincial park features ancient writing from the Blackfeet Nation. These writings date back to 1050 BCE! In fact, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park is home to the largest collection of pictographs and petroglyphs (rock paintings and rock carvings) in all of the North American Plains!
You can set up your Karma Campervan at the Writing-on-Stone Provinical Park Camprgound. This campground is open year-round and offers unserviced and power sites. While staying at the campground, there are a couple of different hikes to explore. You can take the 4km Hoodoo Trail along the north side of the Milk River to see some petroglyphs. You can also climb up to the interpretive centre and wander the hoodoos there.
Glacier National Park
A second great place to visit is Glacier National Park. The fall is one of the most unique times to visit Glacier National Park. The landscape is breathtakingly gorgeous, from snowcapped peaks to golden trees and falling leaves. Temperatures during the daytime are great for outdoor adventure and the trails are less busy. Without the heat of summer, some of the more advanced, high-altitude climbs become much more attainable. Although, it is important to keep in mind that snow flurries occur frequently in October at higher elevations.
While staying at Glacier National Park, you can head approximately 2 hours south to visit the Bison Range on the Flathead Reservation. The Bison Range is home to more than 350 bison, plus antelope, deer and elk, which can be heard bugling in fall. There are three wildlife drives in the range: West Loop and Prairie Drive, which are short year-round drives, and Red Sleep Mountain Drive travels through the heart of the reserve and is open mid-May to Mid-October. While at the range, you can also attend the visitor center, which tells the history of the Bison Range and bison in American Indian culture.
Lastly, Whitefish is a resort town in the Rocky Mountains of northwest Montana. Whitefish serves as a playground for many Calgarians. This town is blessed with a beautiful mountain setting that offers excellent skiing, biking, hiking and golfing.
With fewer people on the trails, fall is an ideal time to mountain bike in Western Montana. The trails in the Whitefish area are the most diverse around. These trails range from the gentle, cross-country single track of the Pig Farm trails to the challenging, adrenaline filled trails of Spencer Mountain.
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If you are looking to do more sightseeing of Southern Alberta on your way down to Montana, be sure to check out our Calgary to Waterton Trip Itinerary blog.
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