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Central & Eastern Montana Scenic & Backcountry Drives

On this page are listings of the various scenic drives and backcountry byways found in the central and eastern part of Montana. Other options to locate a scenic drive include using the Scenic Drive Locator Map as well as browsing the A to Z Listings of All Montana Scenic & Rural Drives.

Note, drives along the Rocky Mountain Front and in Glacier National Park are listed in the Northwestern Region.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Montana Atlas & Gazetteer : If you plan on venturing off the highways in Montana, get this book - plain and simple. Maps cover the entire state in high detail.    More Info

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