Great Falls is in Montana, so you know there is plenty of options to recreation outdoors! Take advantage of the outdoor adventures found in Montana’s Basecamp.
The Lewis and Clark National Forest has trails 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. Whatever trail you choose, you will experience the diverse rugged beauty only found in Montana’s Basecamp. Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available from the Lewis and Clark National Forest office and covers ATVs, vehicles, and motorcycles.
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 several parks.
Local cross-country skiers and snow-shoers have their pick of premium cross-country skiing to ply their skills and experience new surroundings. Eagle Falls Golf Course opens during the winter for cross-country skiiers to enjoy a designated route around the golf course perimeter. Signs mark the 2-mile loop, and the course is open Monday – Friday, when conditions allow, at no cost. 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 open during the winter. Maps are available from the Silver Crest Trail Association.
Folf, disc golf, frolf, or frisbee golf; whatever you call it, Great Falls Montana has it! With 2 courses in the city, you will enjoy hours of fun and have 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.
Great Falls offers 4 golf courses for players of all levels. 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 added. Today, the 18-hole par 69 course can be played at various lengths, making it enjoyable for all golfers. Anaconda Hills hosts winter golf, allowing you to enjoy the links among fresh snow in the crisp air. Eagle Falls Falls boasts four sets of tees for all player levels and every winter, Eagle Falls hosts winter golf, allowing you to enjoy the links among fresh snow in the crisp air. Hickory Swing Golf is an 18-hole par 60 Executive Golf Course. The challenging fairways include lakes and a driving range. Meadow Lark is recognized as one of the great classic courses, Meadow Lark has a well-earned reputation as one of the best courses in Montana. Beautifully maintained, Meadow Lark Country Club offers a splendid venue along the Missouri River to enjoy the game.
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.
In the winter, fill your thermos with cocoa, grab your coat, and lace up your ice skates. Ice Skating is available both indoor and outdoor in Great Falls, allowing you to choose how you enjoy this classic winter activity! At Gibson Park, winter skating is open from dawn until dusk on the Gibson Park Pond. Enjoy an impromptu hockey game, teach the kiddos how to skate, or enjoy a solo skating session on the pond among the snow and trees. The Great Falls IcePlex is dedicated to providing affordable access to ice sports and activities throughout the season. Day passes, season passes, and lessons are available at the Great Falls IcePlex, an indoor skating rink that is also home to the Great Falls Americans, an amateur hockey team and NA3HL Frontier Division Champions!
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 has 3 official pickleball courts at Lions Park to provide enthusiasts a fun and safe space to play their favorite game. This fast-paced game is thriving and all courts are free.
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. Blackleaf Canyon is less than an hour from Great Falls and 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. The Hi-Line Climbing Center offers a unique indoor climbing experience unlike anything you’ve tried before. 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’ will get your blood pumping.
The Riverside Railyard Skate Park is a 27,000-sq. ft. [2,508 sq. m.] 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 is 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 enjoyed the skate park! Skating can be enjoyed on The River’s Edge Trail, with 20 miles [31km] of paved trails, you will easily explore Great Falls from the River’s edge.
Great Falls 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 is Montana’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).
Snowshoeing expands the potential for exercise in the wintertime, and Great Falls offers breathtaking scenery to enhance your snowshoeing experience. Snowshoeing makes familiar hikes different and new, so if if you have enjoyed the diverse terrain of Central Montana on a summer hike, you will experience a new rush as you traverse boulders, trees, and more with relative ease. Eagle Falls Golf Course offers snowshoeing during the winter months. 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. The Silver Crest Trails are located in the Lewis and Clark National Forest in the Little Belt Mountains, north of King’s Hill Pass and south of Neihart have un-groomed snowshoe trails for recreational use during the winter. Maps are available from the Silver Crest Trail Association.
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 while you master your swing and serve. 7 additional parks offer tennis courts for a diverse experience
Trapshooting is practiced around the world, and the Great Falls offers 2 locations to practice Olympic and International trap styles including bunker, trench, ISSF, and more. The Great Falls Trap & Skeet Club provides 14 Traps, 1 Skeet Field, 1 5-Stand. Annual memberships and day passes are available. The Great Falls Shooting Sports Complex is open year-round from dusk until dawn. Individual and family memberships are available to allow you to practice this sport along the stunning scenery just north of the city.