Experience Helena

The Helena Experience—it means something different for every person. The town perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the west, serving as the ultimate backdrop for adventure. But the adventure itself is completely up to you. In search of a pulse-pounding encounter with nature? There are 75 miles of nearby trails waiting to be explored or biked – and those are just the ones that start downtown. Maybe you’re a student of culture, eager for any opportunity to absorb some history?  All across town, you’ll come across historic roots that reach back hundreds of years – from Carroll College, to the Mansion District, to the Montana State Capitol building. And if you’re looking for a total escape, a chance to make a complete break from the concrete and steel? You’ll be within driving distance of two of America’s most breathtaking National Parks. Catch a fish, drink a beer, and listen to some great live music. Helena was founded by those who wanted to write their own story. And now, we believe you should be able to do the same.

So plan a trip today. We’re excited to have you!  

Plan Your Trip
Helena History Hikes & Walks

Mt. Helena History Hike – Saturdays & Sundays, 10:30 a.m.

This 2-mile guided hike meets at The Base Camp, with a shuttle provided to the trailhead. As you traverse the mountain, you’ll hear stories of the colorful characters and community endeavors that helped shape Helena into the town we see today. $20/person, includes a cinch sack and beverage from Ten Mile Creek Brewery.

Breweries & Brothels History Walk – Thursdays & Fridays, 6:00 p.m.

This 1-mile downtown walk begins at Blackfoot River Brewing Co. Along the way, you’ll visit Reeder’s Alley and the historic red-light district. You’ll learn about Helena’s brewing history and hear stories about the madams of Helena’s underworld! $15/person, includes a beverage from Blackfoot River Brewing Co. and the Windbag Saloon & Grill.

Tours begin Memorial Day weekend and run until Labor Day. Brought to you by The Montana History Foundation and proudly operated by Vigilante Tours and Shuttles. Helena History Hikes & Walks Flyer

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