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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!

As winter sets in across Montana, we are privileged to watch our landscape transform to a winter wonderland where world-class outdoor recreation abounds. Many people love recreating at this time of year in parks across Montana to sample the quietness and the pristine beauty that only a Montana winter can offer.

New Year’s Day will soon be upon us! Once again, Montana State Parks is pleased to offer our First Day Hikes Program at parks across the state. First Day Hikes have become an annual tradition at state parks across Montana and the United States and we are delighted to offer our visitors a chance to kick off the New Year, 2016, in the great outdoors. To see a complete list of parks that are offering First Day Hikes, please visit our event calendar.

November marked the launch of the Montana State Parks Foundation, a new nonprofit that is dedicated to advocating and raising money for Montana State Parks. The Montana State parks Foundation, much like the Montana State Parks & Recreation Board, will be crucial in spreading the message about the incredible impacts that our state parks have on the lives of the people of Montana.

In 2016, the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary with its Find Your Park campaign.  Please join me in congratulating our federal partners on this incredible milestone as they are truly “America’s Best Idea”!

Finally, for those of us who are already thinking about their summer travel plans, we are taking campsite reservations 24 hours a day, seven days a week on our website. Reservations are available 9 months prior to the arrival date. This way you can rest easy about having an incredible spot for your family to experience the beauty and first class recreational opportunities of our great state.

We hope to see you this winter!


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Chas Van Genderen

Administrator, Montana State Parks


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