Explore Gateway Communities

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We encourage you to visit these gateway communities for the goods and services you need for a comfortable, educational and enjoyable adventure. Additional travel resources for the area are available below:


Located in the geographic center of the state, Lewistown is a regional hub of 6,000 residents and is surrounded by mountains and plains. In addition to a traditional western feel, you will find a vibrant town with grocery stores, gas, restaurants, lodging, campgrounds and a variety of retailers and outfitters. Stretch your legs on the local trail system and stop in at the C. M. Russell Wildlife Refuge Headquarters for visitor information.


North of American Prairie and along the Milk River, Malta is home to attractions like the Great Plains Dinosaur and Phillips Country Museums and nearby Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge. With lodging, restaurants, shops, groceries and gas, Malta offers visitors a chance to stock up on supplies and enjoy small town Montana hospitality. Malta is a perfect stop for travelers continuing on to Yellowstone or Glacier National Parks due to its location at the intersection of Highways 2 and 191.


With a population of less than 100, enjoy this quiet, shaded retreat at the base of the Little Rockies. A variety of outdoor pursuits await you, from fishing and hiking to panning for gold! Zortman offers camping, lodging, a restaurant, gas and sundries. Don’t forget your camera – dramatic topography and historic structures are interesting photo opportunities.


On the east side of the American Prairie region and with easy access to the Timber Creek unit, Glasgow is a town of 3,300 and the seat of Valley County. It’s the perfect starting point to explore Fort Peck Dam and Lake whether you’re looking to learn about its history or catch some walleye. Visitors to Glasgow will find a range of lodging and camping options, restaurants, groceries, gas, shopping, and museums.

Fort Belknap Agency / Harlem

As the capital of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, Fort Belknap Agency is home to tribal facilities, the Aaniiih Nakoda College, and a highway rest area with RV parking and picnic tables. Harlem, which is located just north of Highway 2 and the reservation, offers a grocery store and fuel.

More Things to Do

Prairie Union School

Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument

Driving Tours

Horseback Riding

Wild Skies and Stargazing