When the calendar says winter is over, it’s time to start dreaming of summer’s warmth and fun—even if the weather isn’t quite there yet. As the snow melt starts and the ground begins to thaw, here’s what you should be getting excited for in Three Forks.
A Sun-filled River Season
Hey, the town is called Three Forks for a reason! The three forks of the Missouri River come together to bring you some of the best floating and fishing an outdoor-lover could ask for. When the snow starts to melt and the ice on the river breaks up, you can start to smell the warm sage along the banks and cold beer in the cooler that make a perfect float trip.
If fishing is more your style, you can plan ahead and book a trip now, with fly fishing packages offered by the Sacajawea Hotel that will let you stay in luxury and cast in style. Make your way to the river for the day, where your capable guide will help you find the best spots to try your hand at casting before you munch lunch on the water, enjoy the afternoon, and then let your door-to-door service bring you back to the hotel for a night of luxuriating.
Hiking and Biking You’ll Love
Two hours from Yellowstone, minutes from the Tobacco Root Mountains, and within an easy drive of three state parks and world-class mountain biking, the worst part of spring in Three Forks is waiting for the trails to dry out. Bring your bike or borrow a cruiser from the Sacajawea, and you can hit the paved bike trails that crisscross town. For more adventurous cyclists, the Copper City mountain biking trail system will keep your legs and lungs burning.
Get excited to hike the triple crown of Montana State Parks here in the Headwaters region. Take a stroll at Missouri Headwaters, full of easily attainable views and plenty of history. Madison Buffalo Jump gives you the option of gentle stroll to an interpretive plaza or a steep hike up to the top of the cliffs. At Lewis & Clark Caverns, of course you’ll find the iconic cave tours, but you can also get into your workout on the 10 miles of hiking and biking trails there.
A Taste of the Patio Life
When the outside air doesn’t bite anymore and the temperature welcomes you out in the evening, get back into the swing of summer with drinks on the Sacajawea porch. Watch the world go by on Main Street, and kick back. Fill your glass with craft concoctions from the bar while you order up some gourmet bites that you’ll love to savor.
Twinkle lights and flowers blooming, the smell of fresh-cut grass and a net of stars high above, all will bring that special sense of summer nights, even when summer is still a little ways away.
Events to Get Excited For
With the return of warm weather comes the roundup of summertime events to help load up your calendar. You don’t want to miss the Three Forks Rodeo, Headwaters Country Jam, or Rockin the Rivers, with weekly farmers markets and ranger programs at nearby parks. Get out your calendar, and be sure to jot down these favorites so you can book your room before the busy season hits!
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