We love Ranch Wives Beef Co., and we certainly think you will too. Their meat is not something they mess around with, and the care is clear in the flavor and quality. When it comes to beef sourced directly from family farms, this is the good stuff. We’re so excited to partner with them here at the Sacajawea! Here are just a few of the reasons why you should get excited about Ranch Wives too.
When the weather warms up, it’s time to start finding ways to cool down. When you’re out in Montana, where we go big for river miles, you sometimes need a break with a refreshing lake swim. Here are our favorite places to go for a dip near Three Forks.
Located at The Bridge near Three Forks (if you don’t know what we’re talking about, you’ll just have to head to the festival grounds to see the unusual backdrop), Rockin’ the Rivers really is rockin’. The lineup keeps things pumping well into the night, and you’ll love the headliners this year—everyone from Cheap Trick to Dead Fervor will be coming out to play. But there’s more to an event than just the music. Here’s the rundown of everything you need to know about the festival and how to prepare.
Small-town charm runs rampant at the Manhattan Potato Festival. Manhattan has been around since the mid-1800s and is a town that has been home to a diverse range of ranchers and farmers. An earthquake in 1925 destroyed many of the town’s original buildings, so the main drag has a distinct 1920s feel. Old US 10 passes right through Main Street, and there’s a whole lot of quaintness to check out. Immigrants from the Netherlands arrived in the Gallatin Valley in the 1800s, ready to grow barley for nearby malters, and the agricultural industry grew from there.
Held the third weekend in July, Bannack Days celebrates the history of this local ghost town, a testament to days gone by and the frontier past that is still alive in the region. The town was founded in 1862 when John White struck gold (well, panned it) in Grasshopper Creek. Prospectors made a rush to Bannack, hoping to strike it rich too, and with them came enterprising businessmen of the age ready to profit off of the influx of people. The town began to grow.
In mid-July, nearly a dozen of Montana’s best breweries come to party in Virginia City for the Dog and Grog Microbrew Festival. Not only can you experience this historic ghost town, preserved for you to explore, but you’ll find fun activities to enjoy between pints of local tasty beverages during the festival. Right next to the Bale of Hay Saloon, you’ll find the tent where the beer magic happens, where you can drink your way through some of the best craft breweries in Montana while you relax under the big top.
When summer comes around, we get excited about sunshine and exploring. One of the best day trips from the Headwaters is a drive to Yellowstone, the country’s first national park. Gardiner and West Yellowstone are both less than two hours away from Three Forks, so you can even make the loop through for a change of scenery as you go and return. Here are our favorite stops along the way to help you really make a day of it.
If local music ranging from folksy to bluegrass, jazz, blues, gospel and beyond is your scene, you’ll want to mark Music Days at the Caverns in your calendar. Just down the road from Three Forks at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, you’ll find a music festival that takes local entertainment to a new level.
Madison Buffalo Jump State Park isn’t far from Three Forks, and it’s well worth a stop. This scenic spot rounds out the triple crown of state parks surrounding the Headwaters region. Here’s all you need to know when you’re planning a trip to this significant historic site.
Giddy up and get ready for Rodeo weekend, the best party in Three Forks. Here’s everything you need to know when you start planning your trip to the Headwaters for the end of July. Here are the highlights to hit during the favorite weekend in Three Forks.
June in Gallatin county is like the mecca of good times to be had. The patios are open, Music on Main has started up, the Farmer's Market is in full swing, the Art Walk kicks off, and the list goes on. At the top of ours sits the much anticipated Headwaters Country Jam--a three day, rip-roaring outdoor festival in the heart of the valley.
As the county seat of Madison County, Montana, Virginia City keeps the history of the Victorian Era alive. After booming in the late 1800s with the advent of a gold rush, the town practically froze in time once the gold ran out. Today, it’s vibrant display of living history with a thriving community of reenactors and local historians. Roam the town, check out the shops, and still make it back to Three Forks in time for a nightcap before bed. Here’s what you should add to the agenda when you take a day trip to Virginia City.
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.
When it comes to Montana goodness, you want to savor all the flavors you can. Pompey's Grill brings that to the table. Expand your palette to match the big sky of Montana, and place your reservation for the most exquisite dining you’ll find in the Headwaters. But if you still need convincing, take a look at these delicious dishes on the menu.
Even though this area often sees less snowfall than the other side of the valley (we’re looking at you, Bridgers!), it’s still Montana winter fun over here in Three Forks. When the snow flies hard in the Headwaters, you can’t beat a snowshoe stroll in this scenic region. Follow your feet wherever they take you, but it doesn’t hurt to guide them in these top snowshoeing directions.
Long winter nights don’t need to make you feel cabin-feverish in Three Forks. There’s plenty to do all day and well into the evening when it comes to beating winter blues. Start out early and end it late when you get things going at the Sacajawea.
Winter in Yellowstone isn’t a season you want to miss. With the benefit of fewer crowds, a more savage landscape, and a snow-fueled paradise for wildlife, it tops just about every other season for exploring the nation’s first national park. Here’s your ultimate guide to exploring Yellowstone under winter’s hush.
In the centrally located winter playground that is the Missouri Headwaters, you’ll find plenty of excitement to keep you entertained all winter. There’s a whole lot to keep you occupied when you embrace the Montana state of mind and get ready to head outside, no matter what the temperature is doing. Within two hours of Three Forks, you can dig into the fun of winter and enjoy a bit of excitement to warm up those winter days (and nights) when you take on some of these activities.
Winter in the Headwaters is a time to slow down, take a deep breath, and relish the quiet of the season. That stillness, and a break from summer’s hustle and bustle, makes for the perfect opportunity to delve into the history of the region. From early Native American tribes living in the savage landscape, to the intensity of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and on to the days of the settlers, there is plenty to discover.