Montana Family Trip Recommendations
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Contributors to this thread:
McCree 27-Nov-22
HUNT MAN 27-Nov-22
DonVathome 01-Dec-22
CBFROMND 01-Dec-22
CBFROMND 01-Dec-22
SBH 02-Dec-22
Grey Ghost 02-Dec-22
Pop-r 04-Dec-22
From: McCree
Planning to take the family, wife and 3 girls ages 8, 10 and 12, out west in January to see the winter and experience something different. We'd like to do a snowmobile trip in Yellowstone but otherwise no plans so I'm looking for recommendations. The snowmobile trip may be an issue since we don't have a 3rd legal driver for 3 kids but we're looking into that. I have one daughter who wants to try skiing, we've never snow skied. Just looking for fun places/things to do or see in Montana in January. Thanks!

Chico hot springs would be a good way to kill a day or 2.

From: DonVathome
Definitely go to Glacier NP for mountains. Not sure how access will be in January. It will be COLD. Kids a snowmobile and January sound to cold.

In Jackson WY it is typically around zero degrees at night and 20 for a high that time of year. Wind chill on a snowmobile would be significantly below zero. The elk refuge in Jackson is amazing. Elk, deer, lope, moose, sheep and bison can all be spotted in a couple hours. Maybe wolves.

I know you said MT but you also said Yellowstone.

I second Chico Hotsprings... Have never been in winter but have to imagine it would be nice.. There is a nice hotel in Billings (Bighorn Resort?) with a waterpark that we would always stay for a night before heading towards park area.

for skiing take a look at Red Lodge, Bridger Bowl, and Big sky...

Discovery Ski resort and just below for some ice-fishing on Georgetown lake for trout.

From: SBH

Corwin Hot springs is new, just past Chico and is a fun spot to hit too. You won't find as much hair in the pool as you will at Chico but I get the nostalgia of the Chico scene plus the bar is waaaay better at Chico anyways:) Bridger Bowl would be close for skiing if you're already in Paradise Valley where Chico is. If you're coming in through West Yellowstone you'll probably want to hit Big Sky. Bring an extra cc......this place has gotten out of control spendy. Feel free to hit me up with a PM. I'm in Bozeman, help you out however I can.

From: Grey Ghost
Yeah, I don’t see your girls enjoying a snow mobile ride In Montana In January. My Kansas hunting buddies struggled with it in Colorado in March. Hot springs and wildlife viewing from a heated rig is probably your best bet.


From: Pop-r
Just ride around all the lowland areas around creeks, rivers and pivots that are mostly ranches and loaded with game at that time. You can see literally thousands of deer, elk, antelope and more as alot of country in MT is void of game by then and they're bunched up in these areas. Take several sets of binocs.

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