When to Go: Crown of the Continent

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There’s no bad time to discover the wild country of Montana’s Crown of the Continent. But depending on what you want to do there, some seasons are better than others.

The Crown is most popular during the summer months when the alpine high-country is mostly snow-free and accessible. Many visitors still choose to visit during the quieter shoulder seasons which offer their own unique experiences.

Spring

This is the best time to get a jump-start on the fishing season and take advantage of early insect hatches. Spring in the Rocky Mountain Front is also well-known for its wildlife viewing opportunities, including the annual snow goose migration at Freezeout Lake.  

Summer

The most popular time to enjoy the Crown of the Continent if you wish to bike, ride horses, backpack or take a snooze by an alpine lake is in the summer. Don’t forget to sample the famous Flathead Lake Cherries at the many roadside stands along the east side of Flathead Lake.

“The yellow hues of Montana’s native larch trees light up the forests in the autumn.”

Fall

The golden hues of Montana’s native larch trees light up the forests in the quieter autumn months. The fall also provides some of the most rewarding big game, waterfowl and upland bird hunting anywhere in the nation. 

Winter

You won’t be disappointed if you head to Whitefish Mountain during the winter to downhill ski the plentiful powder days.  Lubrecht Experimental Forest in the Blackfoot River Valley offers a vast system of groomed cross-country ski trails.