Local Activities

Experience. Local. Montana.

Our recreation is as big as the Montana sky. Southwest Montana offers endless indoor and outdoor adventures for the whole family and every kind of traveler. You will find breathtaking sights, charming small towns, festivals, spectacular natural wonders, towering mountain peaks, untamed rivers, and pristine lakes. Start exploring local Montana adventures below.
Trail Creek
5.1 mi out and back trail just 4.5 miles from McAllister Inn. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 2 h 50 min to complete. This trail is great for hiking and running and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring.
Upper Potosi Hot Spring
Check out this 1.6-mile out-and-back trail near Pony, Montana. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 34 min to complete. This trail is great for birding, hiking, and walking, and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are June through September. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

1 hour 40min to the west entrance from McAllister Inn. Within Yellowstone’s 2.2 million acres, visitors have unparalleled opportunities to observe wildlife in an intact ecosystem, explore geothermal areas that contain about half the world’s active geysers, and view geologic wonders like the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

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Kobayashi Beach
Beach open to the public, located on the north end of Ennis Lake, just 8 min from McAllister Inn.
Cliff Lake & Wade Lake
1hr 15min from McAllister Inn. Cliff and Wade Lakes sit on a geologic fault that formed a chasm that filled with water; cliffs surround much of the lakes’ shorelines. Cliff Lake is the larger and somewhat more isolated of the two. Wade Lake is more easily accessible and receives more use; it’s spring-fed and stays partly ice-free in the winter. Both lakes support many nesting raptors. Look for prairie falcons, bald eagles, and osprey. Do not approach or disturb nesting birds. Waterfowl and beavers are common on both lakes. In winter, Wade Lake is a good place to see river otters and occasionally trumpeter swans. Larger mammals frequently seen include elk, deer, and moose, which are even more numerous and visible in the winter. Cliff Lake offers some exceptional canoeing, especially in the remote coves; canoes available at Wade Lake Resort (406) 682-7560.

Montana Whitewater Rafting and Zipline Co.
Montana Whitewater provides high-quality adventure activities near Yellowstone National Park. We specialize in Yellowstone whitewater rafting, zipline, fishing and tubing trips great for families, first-timers, and thrill-seekers. The Montana raft & adventure company operates from late spring through early fall over three different river locations. The high water season is in June and drops to perfect tubing flows as the summer passes.

Diamond J Corrals Horseback Riding
Enjoy seeing Montana from the back of a horse! They ride on Forest Service Trail, private lane, and Wilderness Areas.
Diamond J Corrals Healing Horses
Want to try something different? Experience healing from our horse. No horse riding expertise needed. Through a unique energy healing process, our therapists work with the horse who works with you. Receive information and feel your body shift as you align to a higher level of vibration and coherency. Feel a new level of connection with yourself and the world around you.
Start the day or end the day with a relaxing class in the yoga studio.
Mind and Body Wellness Spa

Some of the world’s best trout fishing can be had on the Madison River.

Ennis is the central spot for your adventure to land Brown, Brooke, and Rainbow Trout.  There are also wonderful opportunities close by in Yellowstone,  Jefferson, Beaverhead, and Gallatin rivers.

Madison River Guides

Guided fishing tour


Beartooth Fly Fishing


• Tap Into Ennis Brew & Spirit Festival (May)
• Lion’s Club Auction, Bingo Night
• 4th of July Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast
• 4th of July Rodeo & Parade
• 4th of July Car Show & Swap Meet
• Madison Valley Arts Festival (August)
• Hunters’ Rendezvous (August)
• Fly Fishing and Outdoor Festival (September)
• Annual Hunters’ Feed Wild Game Chili Cookoff (October)
• Small Business Saturday (November)
• Holiday Craft Bazaar (November)
• Spirit of Christmas Stroll (December)
Music in the Park Summer Series June 29th to Aug 17th, Ennis MT
Musician’s come to Peter T’s Park each Thursday evening through the summer.
Madison Valley Museum
The MVHA Museum opened in May, 2010 at its new location 4 miles west of Ennis on the road (Montana Highway 287) to Virginia City.  Admission to the MVHA is free, although donations are appreciated.  The MVHA Museum opens on Memorial Day Weekend and remains open through September.  Hours are 1 pm to 4 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.  The Museum is closed on Mondays.

Nevada City Old Town Museum And Music Hall

Relive the excitement of the Gold Rush era in Montana.  The outdoor museum in Nevada City houses one of the largest collections of Old West artifacts outside the Smithsonian and has one hundred 1863 to early 1900 buildings. The museum entrance is also home to several unique music machines.  There are many exhibits and artifacts to help you experience the culture, time and place engaging all of your senses as you discover early Montana. In Nevada City, you’ll witness what it was like to live in a frontier mining town in the height of the Gold Rush days.

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