SUP or stand up paddleboarding has become an extremely popular activity. With the Missouri River running through the heart of the city, there are several access points that make it easy to enjoy a gorgeous summer day. Find your way to Broadwater Bay, Oddfellows Park, West Bank Park or Wadsworth Park to get your SUP fix. If you don’t have your own equipment, rent it and begin exploring the great outdoors in Great Falls.
Great Falls Montana offers a variety of golf courses for players of all experience levels. 4 courses in Great Falls provide the perfect way to spend a day on the links.
Anaconda Hills | 2315 Smelter Avenue NE | 406-761-8459
Anaconda Hills began as a 9-hole course with sand greens in the 1920s as an employee course for the Anaconda Smelter Company. In 1992, another 9 holes were opened. The 18-hole course plays to a par of 69 and measures just under 5,700 yards from the back tees. The course can be played at various lengths, making it enjoyable for all golfers.
Eagle Falls | 1025 25th Street North | 406-761-1078
Eagle Falls boasts four sets of tees to offer a fun day of golf for the casual player or an extremely challenging round for the avid golfer. The signature hole is the par four dogleg right 18th, which features a lake to negotiate on the second shot, into a well-guarded undulating green.
Meadow Lark | 300 Country Club Blvd | 406-453-6531
Meadow Lark Country Club is a private course that sits along the banks of the Missouri River. Recognized as one of the great classic courses, Meadow Lark has a well-earned reputation as one of the best courses in the state. Beautifully maintained, Meadow Lark Country Club Golf Course continually offers golfers a splendid venue to enjoy the game.
Hickory Swing Golf | 1100 American Avenue | 406-452-9400
The Hickory Swing Golf Course is an 18-hole par 60 Executive Golf Course. The challenging fairways which covers approximately 3,731 yards on 86 acres including lakes and a driving range.
Great Falls Montana is a playground for the novice and the expert. Serious bikers flock to Mayhem on The River’s Edge Trail, a maze of technical and expert trails created by local bike enthusiasts and agency managers. Mayhem begins east of the Lewis and Clark Overlook of Rainbow Falls at the east end of Giant Springs State Park. Between Whitmore Ravine and Cochrane Dam are 300 acres of open space where the expert trails have been created. The trails are marked for the level of difficulty. These single-track sections of River’s Edge Trail have earned a national reputation as a premiere place to hike and bike. The beauty of the rugged river canyon is unrivaled in Montana, and there are several varieties of birds and wildlife. The views of the Missouri River at Ryan Dam is worth the journey alone. More mountain biking is available minutes from Great Falls Montana in the Highwood Mountains, Little Belt Mountains, and Big Belt Mountains.
Folf, disc golf, frolf, or frisbee golf; however you reference it, Great Falls Montana has it! With 2-disc golf courses in the city offering hours of fun and providing an amazing opportunity to enjoy spectacular views. The 18-hole course at Warden Park begins at the gazebo overlooking the city. The 9-hole course at West Bank Park runs along the Missouri River. Bring your frisbee and enjoy a round.
ATVs, Dirt Bikes, & Dual Sport Motorcycles
Several trails in the Lewis and Clark National Forest are open to ATVs, dirt bikes, and dual sport motorcycles. Access the trails in the Little Belt Mountains and ride flat forest roads along scenic ridge tops or rugged trails through stream beds and over rocks. Other trails in the area offer access to abandoned mines and historic cabins. Regardless of which trail you choose, you will experience the diverse rugged beauty that can only be found in Central Montana. Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available from Lewis and Clark National Forest and covers ATVs, vehicles, and motorcycles.
Montana is known for pristine outdoors, open spaces, and world-class hunting access. The plains stretching east and north of Great Falls offer some of the finest antelope, deer, and upland bird hunting in the west. Elk, bighorn sheep, bear, and mountain lion are plentiful in the Rocky Mountain Front to the west or in the Little Belt and Big Belt ranges to the east. The variation in local terrain makes Central Montana popular with sportsmen, and during hunting season, you can combine big game and upland bird into one trip. Regulations for all species and seasons can be found at Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.
The Riverside Railyard Skate Park is a 27,000-square foot [2,508 square meters] gem! It’s size places it among the 20 largest skate parks in the country and is ranked among the top 5 in the Northwest. The park, packed with dips, curves, spines, fun boxes, rails, and 100 transfers to ease between the features appeals to rookies and extreme sports enthusiasts alike. Premiere features include bowls that are 5, 8 and 9-feet deep with sides that become vertical to the ground, along with the prized ‘over vertical,’ where the edge of the bowl curves like a cresting wave. What makes the park unique is a full-pipe funnel that connects the two largest bowls with the intermediate 5-foot-deep bowl. Tony Hawk has even tested the fun here. Skating can also be done on The River’s Edge Trail, with 20 miles [31km] of paved trails, you will easily explore Great Falls from the river’s edge.
Local cross-country skiers and snow-shoers have a place close to home to ply their skills. Pending snow conditions, Eagle Falls Golf Course will allow them to follow a designated route around the golf course perimeter. Signs will mark the 2-mile loop. The course will be open Monday – Friday, when conditions allow, at no cost.
Silver Crest | The Silver Crest Trails are located on the Lewis and Clark National Forest in the Little Belt Mountains, north of Kings Hill Pass, 6.5 miles south Neihart, MT. There are approximately 12 miles [20km] of groomed Nordic ski trails and 2 miles of separate ungroomed snowshoe trails.
Great Falls Montana provides kayak enthusiasts and beginners an opportunity to experience a great outdoor adventure on the Missouri and Sun Rivers. Winding through the Electric City, the Missouri River is an ideal location to drop a kayak in the water, soak up the sun, and relax under the Big Sky. For a more extensive trip, the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River offer an incredible journey into an unspoiled land. With access points along the Sun and quick access to the Missouri from Broadwater Bay, Oddfellows Park, and West Bank Park, you can use your own equipment to explore or rent!
Whether you are a seasoned outdoorsman aiming for the summit or a day hiker looking for a leisurely stroll, Great Falls is a basecamp to amazing hiking opportunities under the Big Sky. The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, Big Belt Mountains, Little Belt Mountains, Glacier National Park, Highwood Mountains, and Great Falls’ own River’s Edge trail, you will find the rugged diverse beauty that renew your soul. Signature hikes minutes from Great Falls include Chinese Wall in the Bob Marshall, Grinnell Glacier Trail and Iceberg Lake Trail in Glacier National Park, and Memorial Falls in the Little Belt Mountains. Trail maps are available through Lewis and Clark National Forest, Hike Wild Montana, and Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.
Great Falls Montana is the premiere basecamp for fishing! Get quick access to northern pike, walleye, perch, catfish, trout, and bass through our rivers, streams, and lakes. The Missouri and Smith Rivers are internationally known as blue-ribbon trout streams, featuring a mix of rainbow, cutthroat, brook, brown trout, and whitefish. Beyond the rivers, a variety of scenery, along with a variety of fish, awaits you at Holter Lake, Tiber Reservoir, Lake Frances, Pishkun Reservoir, Freezeout Lake, Willow Creek Reservoir, Nilan Reservoir, and Gibson Reservoir. The Missouri River, and its tributaries, Marias and Sun, supports sturgeon, sheepshead, goldeye, burto, sauger, walleye, pike, catfish, and roughfish. Local outfitters can provide you with a great fishing experience or you can do it yourself, following the regulations set by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.
Great Falls | Montana’s basecamp for art & adventure is rich with family-friendly ski areas, where you can enjoy the beauty, and get in lots of runs without waiting in line. Throw your boards on your car (or rent at the mountain), check out one of Great Falls’ ski areas, and experience the richness of winter.
Showdown Ski Resort | 2850 US Highway 89 | 406-236-5522
Minutes from Great Falls Montana to the east, is our State’s First Ski Hill! Showdown Montana offers a base area elevation of 6,800 feet (2,072m), it’s higher than many other ski area summits. Showdown offers two restaurants, a bar, pro shop, day care, and ski school. A triple chair lift, double chairlift, rope tow and poma lift transport skiers to 34 trails full of natural, from the sky, snow. The top elevation is 8,200 feet (2,500m).
Teton Pass Ski Resort | N. Fork Teton Rd, Choteau | 406-466-2209
At Teton Pass, you will find zero lift lines, oh-so-rare continuous vertical, and some of the friendliest folks around. Teton Pass Ski Resort has tremendous alpine touring terrain above the lift and great backcountry skiing access. Teton Pass is located in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, along the Rocky Mountain Front, home to one of the most beautiful places in Montana. At Teton Pass Ski Resort, your dollars go much further than at a typical ski resort. The summit is 8,600 feet [2,621 meters] and Teton boasts over 40 runs. In the heart of Central Montana, Teton Pass is a treasure waiting for you to discover.
In Great Falls Montana, rugged terrain gives way to dramatic scenery atop mountains and peaks while you rock climb. Several premiere spots around Great Falls offer the adventure of a pulse-pounding climb. Head to Blackleaf Canyon, less than an hour from Great Falls, Blackleaf Canyon features awesome limestone climbing in a great setting. The 5-mile [8 km] Fox Hole is the most popular section of this scenic spot of Central Montana. Memorial Falls, home to one of Montana’s best locations for rock climbing. With over 19 routes to choose from, you will find a climb that rejuvenates your soul and lifts your spirit. Indoor climbing is available at Hi-Line Climbing Center as well. The Hi-line climbing center offers a unique indoor climbing experience. Un-roped climbing walls shorter than 15 feet [4.5m] pack a lot of punch into a small space. Although the action takes place close to the ground, ‘pebble wrestlin’ at the Hi-line is sure to get your blood pumping.
Eagle Falls Golf Club offers snowshoeing and cross-country skiing during the winter months. Monday-Friday as the weather allows, enjoy the great outdoors along the banks of the Missouri River while you shush in the snow. The course is well marked and covers the perimeter of the golf course on the south side of the railroad tracks for a 2-mile [3 km] loop. There is no charge to ski or snowshoe at Eagle Falls, and this is the perfect activity for winter enthusiasts of all ages. The Silver Crest Trails are located on the Lewis and Clark National Forest in the Little Belt Mountains, north of Kings Hill Pass, just south of Neihart, Montana. There are approximately 12 miles [20km] of groomed Nordic ski trails and 2 miles [3 km] of separate ungroomed snowshoe trails.
Great Falls has several outdoor court sites to perfect your game, or enjoy a casual match among friends. The public courts at Elk’s Riverside Park offer incredible views of the Missouri River. Other parks in Great Falls with Tennis Courts are
Charles Russell Park | 1515 33rd Street S
Lions Park | 2701 10th Avenue S
Montana Park | 2000 Fox Farm Rd
North Kiwanis Park | 509 23rd Street N
Sunrise Park | 635 Beth Dr
West Kiwanis Park | 723 1st Avenue NW
Westwood/CMR Courts | 1415 2nd Street NW
Americans have been pitching horseshoes since the Revolutionary War, and there are several pits in Great Falls. Elk’s Riverside Park, 701 River Drive N, has 6 pits.
Great Falls Montana has half and full courts for playing in 18 parks where you can play one-on-one, pick-up games, or practice some shots. Every June, Great Falls hosts the Spring Fling Hoop Thing, a 3-on-3 tournament open to players of all levels and ages. Grab your shorts, lace up your trainers, and aim for the hoop! Great Falls’ basketball courts can be found at the following parks:
Carter Park | 611 3rd Street S
Charles Russell Park | 1515 33rd Street S
Chowen Springs | 801 17th Street S
Gibson Park | 400 Park Drive N
Grande Vista Park | 1109 Ferguson Dr
Graybill Park | 820 36th Street N
Heren Park | 4415 4th Avenue N
Jaycee Gallatin | 225 23rd Avenue NE
Lions Park | 2701 10th Avenue S
Morony Park | 111 12th Street N
Noah’s Ark Park | 945 Avenue D NW
North Kiwanis Park | 509 23rd Street N
Oddfellows Park | 920 River Drive S
Pinski Park | 4620 5th Avenue S
Skyline Optimist Park | 513 33rd Avenue NE
Sunnyside Park | 1412 High St
Sunrise Park | 635 Beth Dr
Great Falls is an ideal city to enjoy a bike ride, be it a casual cruise along the Boulevard District to a hard-core ride along steep terrain, opportunities abound to shift your gears. The River’s Edge Trail runs along the Missouri River, and provide the perfect backdrop for your ride. Take a longer ride along the scenic byways. Pick up the River’s Edge Trail Map or the State Highway Bike Map. Bike trails will take you throughout Great Falls Montana and beyond. Rentals are available if you don’t bring your own.
Pickleball is a fun sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong that is played indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court, and like tennis can be played singles or doubles. Great Falls Montana has 3 official pickleball courts, all at Lions Park, 2701 10th Avenue S. These courts offer Pickleball enthusiasts a fun and safe space to play their favorite game. This fast-paced game is thriving and all courts are available free of charge.
Great Falls Montana is your basecamp for breathtaking rides. Using Great Falls as a basecamp, you can experience 6 different rides, all varying in terrain, time, and scenery. The CM Russell ride, Lewis and Clark ride, Mountain to wind towers ride, plains and peaks ride, scenic byway ride, and the cowboy ride deliver the open-road experience that is pure, genuine Montana.
From the frenzy of a marsh in June to the chorus of grassland birds at dawn, the bright colors of a mountain bluebird in the foothills, and a Clark’s nutcracker flapping across breathtaking mountains, the birding trails in Central Montana are packed with amazing sights and sounds for bird lovers. Dramatic cliffs provide an abundance of secure nesting sites for birds along the North American migration route. Lakes, prairie marshes, fens, and rivers act as bird magnets throughout Montana’s Basecamp. Timing is important; during the spring migration, tens of thousands of snow geese visit Freezeout Lake. While they wait for Canadian wetlands to thaw, the snow geese fill the skies when they lift off in awesome flocks to feed in nearby grain fields. Birders can view the courtship dance of the sharp-tailed grouse from a blind at Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge every spring. Montana has more bird watchers per capita than any other state and Great Falls provides for abundance and diversity!