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Special Places in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument

The monument contains an amazing number of individual features that have all warranted some level of previous identification for their important and unique values.

The Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River, the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, six wilderness study areas (WSAs), the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, the Missouri Breaks Back Country Byway, and the Cow Creek Area of Critical Environmental Concern all contribute to the fascinating framework for the Upper Missouri River Breaks.

Mixed among these features you can find incredible displays of our geologic past; see where American Indians carved a living; enjoy the Upper Missouri River that tested Lewis and Clark and their crew; find evidence of the earliest hopes and dreams of homesteaders, businessmen and women; and pass by central Montana ranches of the 21st century.

Few places offer such a variety of opportunities mingled with the remoteness that is so rare today.

Many of the public land features in this monument are intermingled with private property. Many landowners in this area are second and third generation central Montana ranchers. Their stewardship of these lands has contributed greatly to maintaining the area's unique qualities and values. Remember, you must have permission from the landowner before entering onto private property. Please respect the important contributions these landowners have made to this area and respect landowner rights.

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Contact Information

  • Lewistown Field Office: 406-538-1900
  • Interpretive Center: 406-622-4000
  • Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
    920 Northeast Main
    Lewistown, MT 59457

Last updated: 06-22-2015