Episode 20:

Sluice Boxes State Park

Rebecca and Mari talk about a true Montana State Park: Sluice Boxes State Park. Rebecca’s been there once, and Mari’s been there quite a bit. They talk about the easy trails, parts that are along the cliff, and that one time Fish and Wildlife thought Mari’s daughter was being kidnapped. Whether you’re an avid adventurer, or just here for the views, we recommend going to Sluice Boxes State Park.

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Show Notes and Pull Quotes

Rebecca’s only been to Sluice Boxes State Park once, with her cool, adventurous aunt that she also has had many adventures with in Great Falls and the surrounding area. You can read about her Sluice Boxes State Park adventures here, if the episode isn’t enough for you.

Mari, on the other hand, has been to the park dozens of times. She thought about writing a blog post about her adventures at Sluice Boxes State Park, but her stories are better told on this podcast episode. She talks about her first time there, and her experience with the cliff edge trail, which is true to its name. There was also another time that her daughter wanted to tag along on a photoshoot at the park, but had to stay back at the car and Fish and Wildlife thought she was being kidnapped, which she wasn’t. More recently during the fall of 2020, Mari saw three bears (from afar) and has the picture to prove it.

Like Rebecca and Mari mentioned on the podcast episode, Sluice Boxes State Park has trails for every level of adventurer, and is most popular from April to October. People go there during the winter, and if you decide to do the same, please be safe and prepared. During the summer, people often float the Sluice Boxes State Park. If you have done so, please email us to tell us about your experience.

The lower portion trails barely have any elevation change, and you can hike to Belt Creek and back and the total distance would be about 3 miles. The entire loop is roughly 8 miles, and you can see our mining history during the hike. And a reminder, your shoes will most likely get wet since you’ll cross Belt Creek roughly four times during your hike.

Last, but definitely not least: Rebecca and Mari got an email from a listener, other than Rebecca’s mom! Ashley from Missoula emailed us, and we hope she heard what we asked her on this episode!

So you’re the dam expert? Let us know if our claim is wrong.