The crown jewel in the National Park System only shines brighter in winter. A trip to Yellowstone while it rests under a frosty blanket makes experiencing geysers and thermal features even more exciting. Don’t let the cold scare you off—with all that geothermal activity bubbling up, there are plenty of hot springs to hit up along the way that will keep you toasty warm. Multiple entrances accessible from Three Forks mean you can take your pick of the park, even when it’s not as simple as just hopping in the car to drive to Old Faithful. So embrace the journey, and get exploring!
Family time just got even better, with a cozy winter retreat to Three Forks on the docket. You’ll find plenty to do when the name of the game is relaxing together, so follow this winter itinerary designed to get to the heart of the Headwaters region.
Most people don’t think of Three Forks when they envision a magical ski vacation, but that just means they’re missing out. We’ll let you in on the secret: with four world-class resorts within two hours of Three Forks (and two bonus options that clock in at less than three hours drive time), you can still enjoy a little time on the slopes without having a ski-dominated getaway. If you’re traveling with someone who can’t stand spending a day sitting by the fire while you shred (or vice versa), a stay at the Sacajawea gives you both what you’re looking for. So check out these ultimate powder spots, and hit the slopes.
The twinkle light game is always good, the small-town charm comes in strong, and the classic ambiance makes an appearance year-round. But there’s just something special about a winter wedding at the Sacajawea. Deck it all out with decadence and charm, and get the most perfect moment of your life on point, because the only thing you can’t plan for is that rush of love you’ll feel surrounded by your loved ones while you say “I do.” So take our advice for the perfect day, and pull out the stops for a winter wonderland wedding at the Sacajawea Hotel.
When it comes to staying warm this winter in the Headwaters, we have it covered. It’s rare to find so many establishments that people admit to driving hours just to indulge in (we’re raising a glass at you, Willow Creek Cafe and Frontier Bar). For such a small Montana town, Three Forks pulls out the stops when it comes to sipping a beer or cocktail when the nights get longer and longer in the depths of winter. These spots will give you the shot of summer that you’re looking for. So go grab a drink, and raise a glass to Jack Frost.
When it comes to holiday get-togethers, you want to set the scene for Montana winter magic. It’s up to you whether that comes from raising a glass to a great year of sales with coworkers or enjoying little moments with family from near and far. Go for the unexpected to set the holiday mood of twinkle lights and champagne (or sparkling cider) with all the venues in the Sacajawea to host the best holiday party. The historic Sacajawea Hotel in the heart of Three Forks, Montana, is the top spot for holiday party fun.
Date night just got an injection of rich romance. A sumptuous evening at the Sacajawea will get both of you in the mood for love with a luxurious reset that’s best enjoyed at this historic hotel. Spend some quality alone time with a romantic retreat, where a sophisticated date night turns to “all night” with ease. You’ll find plenty on hand to spark an even more amorous connection with your love.
The Headwaters region boasts a wealth of small-town charm to enjoy in any season. But when winter white decorates the town center in Three Forks, Montana, revel in the freedom to take home a bit of the Headwaters when you take care of your holiday shopping in the home of Made in Montana. Check out these shops in Three Forks and the surrounding towns that will help make quick work of your holiday shopping list.
Small-town Montana ups the ante when it comes to winter fun. In and around Three Forks, you’ll find the charm all through winter and beyond, with these seasonal events that make snowy weather even better.
Winter in Southwest Montana’s Headwaters region makes the rest of the state jealous. Ringed by mountains, snow-blanketed river valleys and cultural intrigue, the region draws you in for a riot of cold-weather fun. Follow these guidelines for a winter getaway to remember in Three Forks, Montana.
Change is in the air, and fall in the Headwaters region is the perfect time to relax, unwind and relish some activities you can only enjoy in autumn. Southwest Montana is all awash with fall colors and alpenglow sunsets, and a break from summer crowds means you have all this bite of Big Sky to yourself to enjoy. So saddle up, and set out to test some of these unforgettable tastes of fall fun.
The benefit of staying in Three Forks is being at the hub for easy access to everything Montana has to offer. Fall is prime time to take advantage of that—as days get crisp and leaves get crunchy, it offers the perfect opportunity to explore. The agricultural emphasis under the Big Sky takes an autumnal twist, with hay and corn mazes close at hand. Hop in the car for a quick drive to wind your way through classic fall flavor, and enjoy a little maze time.
Southwest Montana hasn’t lit up most people’s radar for fabulous fall foliage yet, but that day is just around the corner. With riverbanks lined with aspen and cottonwood all around this little corner of the Big Sky, the autumnal displays throughout the Missouri Headwaters region are out of this world. Check out these spots in the heart of Three Forks and beyond for fall colors to get you in the spirit of changing seasons.
Even as the summer season winds down, there’s still plenty to do during autumn in the Headwaters. Pony Bar is a standout when it comes to keeping entertained in this little corner of Montana. Just a few miles down the road from the Sacajawea, outside the town of Harrison, you’ll find the legendary Pony Bar.
Ennis, Montana, makes for a convenient stop on the way to just about any place you could want to check out in southwest Montana. Self-proclaimed as “an hour from anywhere,” Ennis is just a quick jaunt from Norris, Virginia City, Yellowstone and Three Forks. This is the place to slow down for a minute and get immersed.
Autumn in the Headwaters region makes the perfect time to visit. Between the satisfying chill in the air, the crisp leaves underfoot, and the sips and nibbles you just have to sample—plus a few fun surprises—you’ll fall even more in love with fall in Three Forks, Montana.
Norris Hot Springs brings the best of Southwest Montana’s hot spring culture in its wood-lined natural pools. Its story speaks for itself—with a history spanning more than 100 years, you know this spot has been time tested.
The springs encompass a way of life that dates back to hardworking local miners in search of a warm bath, leading all the way up to today, where the quest for relaxation stays strong and satisfying in these steamy springs.
Get a taste of the Wild West without having to go far when you take a day trip jaunt to Virginia City. This historic town was Montana’s first territorial capital, boasting up to 10,000 residents in its mining-town heyday. Gold was king as miners flocked here to seek out a spot along the riverbanks where they could get their pans in in search of gold nuggets.
After the boom of the gold rush days, Virginia City’s history took a turn, leading up to the controversial and swashbuckling Vigilantes who took justice into their own hands against the infamous Road Agents. History lives on here, with plenty to do without staying stuck in the past.
The beauty of fishing the Headwaters of the Missouri is having the opportunity to fish four rivers within a single day. The confluence of the Madison, Jefferson and Gallatin Rivers forms the mighty Missouri, bringing you some of the best fishing you can find.
Getting boots on the trail in Montana is more than just great exercise. This way of seeing the countryside takes you off the beaten path to experience the wilds of the Headwaters region of the state. Right around the town of Three Forks, you’ll find miles of solid trails to keep you entertained, whether you quest after views, wildlife or natural wonders.