Located in the northwestern part of the country, with borders to Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota, and South Dakota, as well as several Canadian provinces to the north, Montana is the fourth biggest state in terms of size but the eighth least populous, making it one of the most sparsely populated states of America. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
2.Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park
3.Jim & Mary's RV Park
4.The Nugget RV Park
3 Best Montana RV Parks & Campgrounds
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- Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park, Photo: contrastwerkstatt/stock.adobe.com
- Jim & Mary's RV Park, Photo: Gilles Paire/stock.adobe.com
- The Nugget RV Park, Photo: Sven Krautwald/stock.adobe.com
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More Ideas in MT: Conrad Mansion Museum
Located in Kalispell, Montana, the Conrad Mansion Museum preserves the Victorian-era home of Charles E. Conrad, a 19th-century shipping entrepreneur and prominent area citizen. As an early settler and city leader of Kalispell, Montana, Charles E. Conrad rose to prominence as a shipping magnate, establishing a freight empire with his brother William that eventually extended routes into Canada and Washington Territory.
After selling their share of mercantile company I.G. Baker and Company, the Conrad brothers were also centrally involved in a number of banking, real estate, mining, and cattle ranching ventures in the Kalispell area. As the city of Kalispell was a small frontier town with minimal amenities and services, Conrad turned to Spokane architect Kirtland Cutter to design a mansion for his family’s residence. Cutter, a leading architect in the American Northwest, was noted as the designer of the Davenport Hotel and a leading figure in developing Spokane’s Browne’s Addition neighborhood. He oversaw construction of the home, which began in 1892 and utilized German-crafted oak trim and paneling imported from the Midwest. The home was completed in 1895 and served as the residence for Conrad, his wife Alicia, and their three children for over half a century.
Following her parents’ deaths, Conrad’s youngest daughter, Alicia Conrad Campbell, endeavored to preserve the home as a living history museum, storing an extensive collection of original furniture, artifacts, and ephemera in the home as storage. Though she moved out of the residence in 1964 due to financial difficulties in maintenance, she retained ownership of the estate, and in 1974, the city of Kalispell accepted her presentation of the home as a gift, under the stipulation that it was not to be supported by taxpayer contributions. The Conrad Mansion Board of Directors was established to oversee the house’s operation as a living history museum, and in 1976, the home was opened for public tours.
Attractions and Tours
Today, the Conrad Mansion Museum is operated as a nonprofit organization, sustained by proceeds from tour fees and donations from private membership drives and fundraisers. As a historic home site, the three-story shingle-style mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 prior to its public opening. As a result of Conrad Campbell’s meticulous storage and record-keeping, the home has been fully restored to its original condition and is furnished with over 90% original family furnishings, including clothing, artwork, taxidermy, and children’s toys dating back as far as the 1880s.
Located in Kalispell’s Eastside neighborhood, the mansion sits on a three-acre landscaped plot on a bluff overlooking the Swan Mountains. A stone fence with iron gates surrounds the mansion’s grounds, which include groomed flower beds for perennial and annual plantings along with pruned hedges and evergreen trees. A gazebo also stands on the mansion’s grounds and may be entered by visitors.
26 rooms are showcased within the mansion’s interior, including nine bathrooms, three bedrooms, a music room, and a billiard and game room. Inside the home, original electric light fixtures are preserved, still equipped with carbide gas systems as a backup for electric power failure. Period technologies are showcased, including a dumbwaiter, a freight elevator, a radiator warming oven, and an intercom and speaking tube system for communication with servants. Several unique amenities are also preserved, including two drinking fountains made from Italian onyx and a wall-mounted Spaulding exercise machine built in 1895. Interior windows on the home’s second floor also feature Tiffany-style stained glass, and all bedrooms contain unique marble sinks and walk-in closets. A number of special exhibits of museum collections are showcased throughout the year, including items from the Conrad Family Firearms collection.
All museum tours are docent-led, and as such, self-guided exploration of the home’s grounds is not permitted. Food, beverage, cell phones, and photography are not permitted within the mansion, and all strollers must be left outside on the home’s porch area. Limited handicap accessibility is available on the mansion’s first floor, though upper floors are not accessible by wheelchair. Public parking and restrooms are offered across the street at nearby Heritage Park, and a gift shop is available during daily tour hours.
Regular season tours are offered between May and October, with tours beginning on the hour every hour and lasting approximately 75-90 minutes. Standard tour groups are limited to 20 participants. Off-season tours and specialty tours for school groups and organizations must be reserved in advance and scheduled directly through the museum’s offices. A variety of public special events are held at the museum throughout the year, including murder mysteries, ghost tours, and an annual month-long Christmas at the Mansion celebration. The mansion may also be rented for private special events, including weddings, teas and social luncheons, and business gatherings.
330 Woodland Ave, Kalispell, MT 59901, Phone: 406-755-2166
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More Ideas in MT: Grant-Kohrs Ranch
Located in Deer Lodge, Montana, the Grant-Kohrs Ranch is an historic attraction where visitors can learn about the industry that shaped the American West. Dating from the latter half of the 19th century, the Grant-Kohrs Ranch offers a window into the lifestyle of the cowboys, ranch hands, and other associated trades that fueled one of America’s most important industries. The attraction offers an inside look at the estates of both Johnny Grant and Conrad Kohrs, after whom the ranch is named. Visitors will be able to see the personal effects of the owners of the Grant-Kohrs Ranch as well as listen to docents explain the daily trials and tribulations of the workers who were responsible for the day-to-day operations. With tours, talks, and interactive experiences, the Grant-Kohrs Ranch aims to transport visitors to a period that shaped American history and national identity.
Jonny Grant, the enigmatic figure after whom the Grant-Kohrs Ranch is partially named, led a life worthy of note. Though born in Alberta, Canada, to a father who had been involved in the fur trade through the Hudson Bay Company, Grant came of age in Quebec following the death of his mother. As a teenager, he moved to Idaho to follow his father, but quickly realized that the once-lucrative fur trade was no longer in vogue. By 1857 he had found his way to what would become Deer Lodge. By then he already had an extensive family as he had fathered 26 children by eight mothers, all of whom came from different Native American tribes, with whom he was building alliances. Throughout his life, Grant kept his family close and even took in abandoned children he encountered on his travels. The Oregon Trail, which had been booming since 1850, saw a demand for livestock trade. Grant seized this emerging market and started a successful livestock trade business of his own once he had built his homestead. In the process of doing this, he founded the town of Deer Lodge as he persuaded other traders and ranchers to settle near him. With both Mexican and Metis residents, Deer Lodge was originally very multicultural. However, with the influx of miners into the town following the gold rush, the character of the area changed. A language barrier, cultural shift, and newly imposed taxes persuaded Grant to sell the ranch and move back to Canada, where he lived out the rest of his days.
The first resident on the Grant-Kohrs Ranch was Johnny Grant, who built the ranch house in 1862. The first floor of the abode was a dedicated trading post while the living quarters were situated on the second floor. Four years after establishing the ranch, Grant sold it to Conrad Kohrs. Under Kohrs, the house underwent several transformations. As his cattle business thrived, Kohrs was able to build a brick addition onto the home. A large kitchen, formal dining room, second bathroom, and several new bedrooms were added in this expansion. Augusta Kohrs, Conrad’s wife, was able to add tasteful, elegant decorations, which are still on display today.
Cowboys were the lifeblood of the ranches that dotted the American West. Their lives were full of toil but were also uniquely their own. Their rugged individualism popularized American ideals concerning self-determination and freedom for generations to come. Visitors to the Grant-Kohrs Ranch can take part in an interactive program that will acquaint them with the daily chores that 19th century cowboys would have had to carry out. Travelling in a horse-drawn wagon, visiting a real cowboy encampment, and participating in a simulated branding activity are just a few of the undertakings visitors can look forward to on this lively adventure.
There are several lectures available to visitors of the Grant-Kohrs Ranch. These touch upon the key aspects of ranching that permeated 19th century Deer Lodge. Working on the open range meant cowboys had to bring cooking provisions with them anywhere they went, and visitors can hear how the chuckwagon allowed cowboys to feed and shelter themselves when needed. For a more in-depth look at the open range cowboy lifestyle, visitors can listen to the Cowboy Talk from a real ranger. Ranching would not have been possible without the involvement of blacksmiths. During the haying season and beyond, cattle ranchers required the expertise of skilled ironworkers to repair machinery and to shoe horses. Visitors can learn about the history of ironwork and its importance to the ranching industry during the 19th century.
266 Warren Lane, Deer Lodge, MT 59722, Phone: 406-846-2070
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More Ideas in MT: Ewam and the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
Founded in 1999, Ewam in Montana is an educational, charitable, and religious non-profit. The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism was established under the spiritual guidance of Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, Ewam's founder. The mission of Ewam is to cultivate and advance spiritual awareness not just in the west, but worldwide as well. The site's particular emphasis is on the practices and study of Nyingma Tibetan Buddhism, including the medicine, psychological, and philosophical aspects.
The purpose of the existence of Ewam is the preservation of Tibetan Buddhism. The teachers at Ewam offer Buddhist teachings and retreats throughout the year for Buddhist practitioners and those seeking to learn more about Tibetan Buddhism. Weekly Buddhist practice sessions are encouraged at all Ewam locations throughout the world. Ewam also holds events for the general public and are open to people from all faith backgrounds and traditions.
Ewam, as a Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, sponsors retreats worldwide, including Arlee in Montana, Santa Fe in New Mexico, satellite centers in California, Nepal, and Asia. Under Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche's spiritual guidance, students come from all corners of the world to learn from him as he journeys from one center to another throughout the year. Those interested in listening to his teachings can check the website for scheduled retreats.
Just north of Arlee, in the Jocko Valley of western Montana is the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. This garden was created under Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche's visionary guidance. Situated in the land of the Confederated Kootenai and Salish Tribes within a serene valley, the garden aligns positive components of the physical world in a sacred arrangement of architecture based on the eight-spoked Dharma wheel. The symbol stimulates the awakening or turning of the enlightened qualities of wisdom and altruism. The garden is dedicated as an International Peace Center.
The aim of the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas is to evoke a positive transformation within visitors to the site, in response to world's negativity that abounds today. Surrounding the central figure of the Great Mother, or Yum Chenmo, are one thousand Buddha statues that are hand-cast. Yum Chenmo is the manifestation of the perfection of wisdom. Lining the outer circle are one thousand stupas, which represent the enlightened mind. Each one of these stupas will enshrine an image of Tara, a female deity. The garden is also elegantly decorated with native flowers and trees, and it is hoped that it will inspire lasting impressions of compassion and peacefulness within those who visit.
Since 2005, the Annual Peace Festival has been hosted every year at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas and The Ewam Sangha. The free festival is a special gathering for thousands of guests to enjoy the grounds for a day together. The event includes performers and speakers from the local Native American community, and has features participants from an array of faiths, including Christian and Muslim presenters. People gather at Ewam during the festival to pray for peace, share stories, dance, and sing.
34574 White Coyote Road, Arlee, Montana, Phone: 406-726-0555
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