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.
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.
Untold mysteries and wonders lie under the mountain at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, and opportunities to explore are just steps away, letting you get underground to help beat the summer heat with natural air conditioning. At the park, you’ll find a cafe and two gift shops, two visitor centers, plus more than ten miles of hiking and mountain biking trails to explore. And of course, the park’s namesake is not to be missed. The good news is that this cave has a tour for everyone.
For such a relatively young state, Montana has racked up a heap of history in the time since the Lewis and Clark expedition first traversed the land in 1805. Though Native Americans lived here for millennia before settlers arrived, the oldest building in the state—Fort Connah—dates back just to 1846. But there’s a lot of history packed into the historical sites of the Treasure State. Explore your way around the region with relaxing stays at these classic properties.
The perfect weekend retreat is right around the corner from Bozeman—almost literally—at the Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks. You don’t have to be drawn in this luxury hotel’s long and storied history to appreciate a stay in one of the modern cottages on the hotel grounds. The new Sacajawea cottages give you the ideal jumping-off point for a getaway that keeps you connected to the stunning Gallatin Valley and Missouri Headwaters region.
With its long and storied past, the Sacajawea Hotel steeps your stay in history. From the days far before the hotel was built, all the way through the structure’s century of life, you can trace the lifeblood of the wild west locale in every board and beam of this historical treasure.
You can appreciate the historical vibrance of the space while you luxuriate in the decadent comfort of the updated hotel, which holds onto its old-fashioned charm with the added touch of the contemporary amenities you need.