Sportsman Lodge


Roaming around this part of the country can’t help but impress. In Melrose, while the surroundings
are peaceful, the ability to explore the outdoors awakens a strong sense of adventure.

Rock Hounding

There’s still gold in them thar hills. A 27.5-ounce gold nugget was found north of town in 1989, and flakes of gold shimmer in the stream bottoms. You can pan on public land or with the permission of local landowners.

If you’re not inclined to active digging, you can still enjoy the Mineral Museum on the Montana Tech campus in Butte. Over 1500 specimens are on display including that 27.5-ounce nugget.

There’s a spectacular mineral collection next door to the campus, as well, at Hell Roarin’ Gulch, where you’ll also see the World Museum of Mining.

ATV Rentals

If you enjoy the backcountry best on wheels, there are miles of mining and logging roads in the SW Montana Pioneer Mountains and nearby state lands.

These roads pass by and through countless old mining claims and provide access to viewing gorgeous scenery and amazing wildlife!

Mountain Biking

Smooth, single-track, technical downhill, and fast flow trails, the local area has a wide variety of mountain bike trails to explore!

The area offers plentiful cross-country loop options, downhill and freeride terrain and miles of trails ranging from beginner level to expert downhill courses!

Golf Courses

You can play in the “Big City” during the day and come home to the country for a peaceful night’s sleep.

We have a course for every walk of life. Be sure to check out the variety offered in these great cities:

Historical Places

Not only is Montana beautiful and a great destination for hunting, fishing, and adventure – it is full of history! Be sure to check out all that Montana has to offer.

We are located 2.5 hours away from West Yellowstone and 2 hours from Bozeman. In addition to those two great locations, we are only 30 mins from Butte, the world’s richest and most historical city!

Sportsman Lodge is also an ideal spot to stay if you are interested in visiting:

Ghost Towns

  • Bannack State Park is a National Historic Landmark and the site of Montana’s first major gold discovery on July 28, 1862.
  • Virginia City lies along Alder Gulch and is the site of the gold strike in the Rocky Mountains, with an estimated total value of 100 million dollars throughout the 18th and 19th century! The area represents the true and original Old West.
  • Nevada City was a mining ghost town until the Bovey family restored it between 1945 and 1978. The entire town of Nevada City is a living historical museum. Today it is a famous tourist attraction with many original log buildings and an outstanding collection of old-time music boxes, player pianos and calliopes.


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