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Listings of All Montana Scenic & Backcountry Drives

This page provides listings and information about all 44 scenic drives showcased in this section of Big Sky Fishing.Com, in alphabetical format.

Since this page is quite lengthy, if you know the general area of Montana you'll be visiting, the Scenic Drive Locator Map, the Drives By Specific Towns and Cities, or the Drives by Regions of the State pages might be more helpful in locating a specific drive to take.

Absarokee Loop Scenic Drive Absarokee Scenic Loop

A forty-four mile scenic loop that begins and ends in the nice little town of Absarokee. The drive passes through the scenic valleys and foothills of the Beartooth Mountains.

The Anaconda-Pintler Scenic Byway Anaconda-Pintler Scenic Route

A scenic 64-mile drive that is a scenic alternative to Interstate 90. The drive follows MT Highway 1 and provides wonderful views of the Anaconda Range, the Flint Range and Georgetown Lake.

Bears Paw Mountains Backcountry Drive Bears Paw Mountains Backcountry Drive

A remote 76-mile drive that connects Havre to Chinook, Montana. The route passes through the seldom visited Bears Paw Mountains.

Beartooth Front Scenic Drive Beartooth Front Scenic Drive

A paved, forty-six mile drive between Columbus and Red Lodge. The drive follows the Stillwater River and passes through the open foothills of the Beartooth Mountains, providing excellent views.

Beartooth Highway Scenic Drive Beartooth Highway  (page 2)

A spectacular fifty-mile drive across the Beartooth Plateau in southern Montana and northern Wyoming. Superb views of the Beartooth Mountains and surrounding mountains in Wyoming.

The Big Hole Valley & River Scenic Drive Big Hole Valley & River Scenic Drive

A eight-two mile, paved drive through the beautiful Big Hole Valley and along the clear waters of the Big Hole River.

Big Snowy Mountains Backcountry Drive Big Snowy Mountains Backcountry Drive

A remote 77-mile drive between Lewistown and Judith Gap. The route follows the eastern and southern base of the scenic Big Snowy Mountains.

Big Sheep Creek Backcountry Byway

A very remote fifty-five mile drive in Southwest Montana, along the Idaho border. Those seeking solitude will find it on this byway.

The Blackfoot River Corridor Scenic Drive Blackfoot River Corridor Scenic Drive

A short, scenic drive that follows the Blackfoot River. A must-do drive for anglers in search of quality trout fishing.

Boulder River Backcountry Drive Boulder River Backcountry Drive

A forty-seven mile journey into the heart of the Absaroka Mountains, south of Big Timber. Route also passes by Natural Bridge National Monument and closely follows the scenic Boulder River.

Bridger Creek Backcountry Drive Bridger Creek Backcountry Drive

A twenty-nine mile drive between Absarokee and Interstate 90. The drive crosses an empty grassland plain that provides nice views of the Beartooth & Crazy Mountains.

Bridger Range Scenic Drive Bridger Range Scenic Drive

A short, thirty-one mile paved route through Bridger Canyon and along the eastern side of the scenic Bridger Range Mountains. The route runs between Bozeman and Wilsall.

Centennial Valley Backcountry Drive Centennial Valley Backcountry Drive

A beautiful, 53-mile excursion through the sprawling and empty Centennial Valley, along the Montana/Idaho border. Excellent views of the Centennial Mountains and Red Rock Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Chief Joseph Scenic Byway Chief Joseph Scenic Byway

A scenic and historic forty-six mile drive that follows the path of the Nez Perce as they fled the US Calvary. Located in Northwest Wyoming, the Byway provides excellent mountain and canyon views.

Crazy Mountains Backcountry Drive Crazy Mountains Backcountry Drive

A fantastic forty-mile drive along the eastern flank of the towering Crazy Mountains. Information and photos about a eleven-mile side trip is also provided.

Crystal Lake Scenic Drive Crystal Lake Scenic Drive

A 24-mile drive that leads to the shore of the clear waters of Crystal Lake, a mountain lake in the Big Snowy Mountains outside of Lewistown.

Ennis Lake Scenic Loop Ennis Lake Scenic Loop

A short, twenty-three mile drive that makes a scenic loop around Ennis Lake, near Ennis, Montana.

Going to the Sun Road Going to the Sun Road

The finest scenic drive in Montana, the Going to the Sun Road cuts across the continental divide in Glacier National Park. A truly spectacular drive.

Gravelly Range Road Backcountry Drive Gravelly Range Road Backcountry Drive  (page 2)

A spectacular 70-mile drive across a vast and beautiful plateau in the Gravelly Range, near Ennis. Route runs between Ennis and the Centennial Valley. One of the finest drives in Montana.

Judith River Backcountry Drive Judith River Backcountry Drive

A remote 60-mile drive through the Little Belt Mountains and along the South Fork Judith River.

Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway

A paved, 67-mile drive that runs between Libby and Eureka. The drive passes through the scenic Tobacco Valley and closely follows the shoreline of Lake Koocanusa.

Lochsa River Scenic Byway Lochsa River Scenic Byway

A 134-mile remote drive that follows the Middle Fork Clearwater River and Lochsa River in Idaho, and crosses Lolo pass. The route runs between Kooskia, Idaho and Lolo, Montana.

Luther-Roscoe Scenic Drive Luther-Roscoe Scenic Drive

A short, eighteen-mile journey through the rolling foothills of the Beartooth Mountains. Super mountain views, just off the main highway.

Missouri Breaks Backcountry Byway Missouri Breaks Backcountry Byway  (page 2)  (page 3)

A remote trip through the Missouri Breaks region of Central Montana. The Byway runs between Winifred, Montana, and Highway 191 at the Kipp Recreation Area. Four-wheel drive is needed to complete this trip!

Missouri River Recreation Road Byway Missouri River Recreation Road Scenic Byway

A short, twenty-four mile drive that closely follow the Missouri River between Wolf Creek and Hardy. Not the most awe-inspiring views, but the trip provides nice views in a fun environment.

The Mt. Haggin Scenic Drive Mt. Haggin Scenic Drive

A beautiful, paved 22-mile drive that passes through the Mt. Haggin Wildlife Management Area. Superb views of the Anaconda Range. Route connects MT Highway 1 to the Big Hole River area along MT Highway 43.

The National Bison Range Backcountry Byway National Bison Range Backcountry Byway

A beautiful and unique 24-mile scenic drive through the open hills and mountains of the National Bison Range. Excellent wildlife viewing opportunities and great views of the Mission Mountains.

The Northern Rocky Mountain Front Backcountry Drive Northern Rocky Mountain Front Backcountry Drive

A fantastic 31-mile drive that runs between Choteau and the Sun River. The route provides superb views of the Rocky Mountain Front, and also provides access to scenic Pishkun Reservoir.

Paradise Valley Scenic Loop Paradise Valley Scenic Loop

A paved 62-mile scenic loop south of Livingston through the beautiful Paradise Valley.

The Philipsburg Valley Scenic Loop Philipsburg Valley Scenic Loop

The Philipsburg Valley Scenic Loop is a forty-mile loop drive that passes in the shadow of the Sapphire, Anaconda and Flint Creek Mountain Ranges.

Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway

A forty-nine mile paved route through the heart of the Pioneer Mountains. Excellent views of the higher peaks of the Pioneer Mountains, plus the route provides easy access to the Coolidge Ghost Town.

Rock Creek Road Backcountry Drive Rock Creek Road Backcountry Drive

A 42-mile, remote drive that closely follows the famed Rock Creek. The drive runs between the Philipsburg Valley and Clinton, Montana.

Ruby River Road Backcountry Drive Ruby River Road Backcountry Drive

A scenic sixty-four mile drive along the Ruby River and through the Snowcrest Range. May be combined with the Gravelly Range Road Backcountry Drive to make a beautiful and remote loop.

Sawtell Peak Scenic Drive Sawtell Peak Scenic Drive

A 12-mile drive between Island Park, Idaho, and the 9875-foot summit of Sawtell Peak. The views of Yellowstone Park, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming from the summit of Sawtell Peak are superb.

Skalkaho Highway Scenic Byway Skalkaho Highway Scenic Byway

A forty-five miles paved and gravel drive that crosses Skalkaho Pass, one of the higher passes in Montana. The drive connects Hamilton to the Philipsburg Valley.

Smith River Region Backcountry Drive Smith River Region Backcountry Drive

A remote, ninety-two mile drive between Ulm and White Sulphur Springs. The drive passes through the Smith River region of Montana, consisting of open meadows, expansive prairie and scattered forests, while the Little Belt Mountains provide a scenic backdrop.

Southern Rocky Mountain Front Scenic Byway Southern Rocky Mountain Front Scenic Byway

A 28-mile drive between Augusta and US Highway 200. The route follows Montana Highway 435 and provides excellent views of the southern Rocky Mountain Front, the Dearborn River and Bean Lake.

St. Joe River Scenic Byway St. Joe River Scenic Byway

A 106-mile paved/gravel drive that follows the St. Joe River in Idaho. The route runs between St. Maries, Idaho and St. Regis, Montana.

Sun River Loop Backcountry Drive Sun River Loop Scenic Byway

A 46-mile drive that makes a scenic loop outside of Augusta. The road follows the Sun River and provides superb views of the Rocky Mountain Front.

Sun River Wildlife Management Area Scenic Byway Sun River Wildlife Management Area Scenic Byway

A short drive that begins outside of Augusta and leads into the beautiful Sun River Wildlife Management Area, which provides superb views of the Rocky Mountain Front and Central Montana prairie.

Sweet Grass Hills Backcountry Drive Sweet Grass Hills Backcountry Drive

A 66-mile remote, backcountry route that cuts through the heart of the Sweet Grass Hills in North-Central Montana. Excellent and expansive views of unspoiled grasslands.

Thompson River Backcountry Drive Thompson River Backcountry Drive

A remote 43-mile drive that runs between US Highway 2 and Thompson Falls, Montana. The drive closely follows the scenic Thompson River.

West Boulder Backcountry Drive West Boulder Backcountry Drive

This twenty-four mile route provides excellent views of the Absaroka Mountains as it runs between Livingston and McLeod, Montana.

Yaak River Scenic Drive Yaak River Scenic Byway

A 29-mile paved drive that runs between US Highway 2 and the tiny town of Yaak, Montana. The route closely follows the scenic Yaak River and provides access to Yaak Falls.

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