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Visit Montana's 55 State Parks and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

Greetings from Montana State Parks!

A constant question that we hear from people making their Montana travel plans is about the best time of year to visit our great state. We don’t mind sharing with them that the fall is Montana’s best kept secret and a magnificent time to experience the incredible offering of outdoor activities that our State Parks have to offer, not to mention taking a drive and seeing our incredible foliage. If you’ve never been to Montana in the fall, we encourage you come and find out what makes this season so special.

Montana State Parks is privileged to manage Montana’s Recreational Trail Program (RTP) money. Montana’s RTP grants have the ability to transform the recreational landscape across Montana and are the driving force behind trail development, improvement and maintenance across our state. Projects increase the quality of life for the residents of Montana as well as provide new and enhanced recreational opportunities to our visitors from out-of-state. This year Montana State Parks awarded 60 grants, totaling $1.5 million. Learn more about Recreational Trails Grants (including funding details).

Finally, we continue to make progress on implementing our strategic plan, Charting a New Tomorrow. Over the next two months you will be hearing from us about the parks classification section of our strategic plan. This is an incredibly important component as it will rank parks as to their significance, relevance and accessibility in our system. This data will help us strengthen our parks system as a whole and protect your most important parks assets for generations to come. We will be giving updates on our strategic plan implementation at our upcoming Montana State Parks & Recreation Board meetings throughout 2015.

  • August 20, Libby
  • October 15, Lewistown
  • December 16, Helena

We encourage you to join the conversation at Montana State Parks & Recreation Board meetings, or connect with the strategic plan rollout online at You can also connect directly with the Montana State Parks & Recreation Board members at any time.

We hope to see you this fall!

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Chas Van Genderen

Administrator, Montana State Parks


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