Midway between Yellowstone
and Glacier National Parks, downtown Deer Lodge is far enough
off the freeway for freedom from traffic noise and close enough
for a one and a half minute return to I-90.
Travelers who wish
to stay overnight find fine accommodations in four motels. Various
restaurants cater to a variety of tastes. National Forest campgrounds
and public campgrounds welcome campers.
All within two blocks
is the Old Prison Museum Complex: Montana Auto, Frontier Montana,
Powell County, Law Enforcement and Yesterday's Playthings. Territorial
Days with Street Rod and Classic Car Show, parade, BBQ, Jaywalkers
Jamboree provides two days of fun for all ages in June. A Tri-County
Fair complete with parade, rodeo, and demolition derby is a mid-August
event. In September the Big Sky Draft Horse Expo provides a two-day
entertainment at the fairgrounds.
As the county seat,
Deer Lodge is the hub of Powell County that includes rural communities
such as Avon, Helmville, Ovando and others. Guest ranches and
outfitters will take you into the back country or float the scenic
river. The Bob Marshall/Scapegoat Wilderness provides a picturesque
setting for watching wildlife, fishing, hunting, horseback riding,
snowmobiling, dog sledding and cross-country skiing.
Deer Lodge's past
and present meet to keep western hospitality alive and well.