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Day Trips out of Anaconda?

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Day Trips out of Anaconda?

We're staying in Anaconda for a week for a family reunion. It doesn't look like there's much to do in the town outside of movie theaters, bars, and mining museums. We've got some people coming that have concerns about the environmental state of Anaconda with regard to the local soil and water pollution, so we're trying to come up with ideas for day trips and sight seeing outside of town that can be done easily in a day with kids. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Day Trips out of Anaconda?

Fairmont hot springs is near by. That might be a nice one day outing.

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2. Re: Day Trips out of Anaconda?

There are some things to do in Butte. There is an excellent Mineral Museum on the Montana Tech University campus as well as the World Mining Museum that is just out past the Tech football field. Both are more interesting than you might think, lol.

Butte has a nice Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings, too.

Other things to see are the Copper King Mansion, Berkeley Pit (huge derelict open pit mine), and some interesting mining headframes dotted thru town.

Here is a link to VisitMontana which might give you some ideas.


I've not hiked around Anaconda but there are some very neat trails SE of Butte on Highway 2.

Another thing you could consider is a trip to the Nez Perce National Historical Park Big Hole Battlefield. It's about 64 miles according to Googlemaps. I have NOT driven from Anaconda to Big Hole altho I have driven there from I15. The googlemaps drive time is 1h41m but my experience with googlemaps and mountain roads in Montana/Wyoming/Idaho is that this time is probably underestimated, so I would probably guess 2 hours one way.



You could also consider a day trip to Virginia City which is also a 2+ hour drive away.


editing to add:

Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park


Missouri Headwaters State Park


Edited: 25 May 2017, 15:54
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