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.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to fly fishing in the Headwaters region, your choices are as big as that expansive sky we’re so famous for. Be sure to bring your fly rod along to get out on the river when you visit Three Forks. Here are some of the top places to hit.
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.
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.
When summer comes to the Missouri Headwaters region of Montana, that means floating season is here. You can’t go wrong with a little river time, especially when the lazy waters of the Jefferson, Gallatin and Madison come together at the confluence of the Missouri River in the heart of Three Forks to give you plenty of floating and boating options.
Floating is a part of Montana culture in and of itself, and any culture involving warm water and cold microbrews over the course of a long summer afternoon deserves to be explored! Here’s everything you need to know for a day of floating fun.
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.
With so many activities in Three Forks, it can be hard to fit everything in when you have a busy schedule. If you’re feeling bold, take some tips from this Headwaters adventure guide, and get out there for some adrenaline-pumping fun at the Headwaters of the Missouri.