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What's so special about...Augusta
10 things you didn't know you could do in Augusta.
- At one time Augusta’s Main Street was a Blackfoot Indian travois trail, which later became a stage and freighting route. Today, it’s a delightful stop along Hwy 287, which parallels the Rocky Mountain Front, Whether you’re heading north to Glacier, or south to the Capitol city of Helena, make time for Augusta.
- Need some grub? Its Mel’s Diner for ice cream, Buckhorn Bar (broasted chicken is their speciality), or the Western Bar for the “cowboy burger”
- Take a hike – the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the Lewis & Clark National Forest are out the back door of Augusta – hiking trails are plentiful. Stop by the National Forest office at west end of town for ideas and directions (open 7 days a week during the summer).
- Arm yourself with sunscreen and head out to the “Wildest One-Day Show on Earth” – the annual Augusta American Legion Rodeo, always held the last weekend in June; this year marked the 75th anniversary of this western celebration.
- Forgot something ? Step into the Allen’s Manix Trading Post – everything from soup to nuts and then some – clothing, spirits, fishing tackle, all housed in the town’s first building (built in 1883).
- Cowboy Up with a stay at one of the traditional dude ranches near Augusta. Take your pick – JJJ Wilderness Ranch, Ford Creek Resort , or Benchmark Wilderness Ranch,
- Grab the camera and binoculars and head out on the Sun River Road to the Gibson Reservoir Overlook, a spectacular drive where the prairie rises up to meet the mountains (part gravel so take it easy). En route, stop by the Sun Canyon Lodge if you’re feeling hungry – watch for the bighorn sheep that hang out in the in their driveway.
- Need a coffee fix, or good read or a gift for someone back home? You’ll find it all at Latigo & Lace, a cultural watering hole on the Rocky Mountain Front, where every nook and cranny is filled with amazing creations by Montana craftsmen and artists.
- Water, water everywhere! Whether you’re angling for lake or river fishing, choices are aplenty. Gibson, Nilan and Willow Creek Reservoirs, in addition to the Sun, Dearborn and the famed Missouri River, are all within an hour’s drive of Augusta. Ask the locals for tips!
- Remember those days when an attendant pumped your gas and washed your windshield? Well, it still happens at the Augusta Service Station, part of that small town charm. So fill er’ up in Augusta!
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