Gates of the Mountain Wilderness

This nature preserve was so impressive that the explorer, Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, wrote about its beauty in his journal. In modern times, it remains just as stunning! Visitors can admire the same incredible canyons and limestone cliffs that the Lewis and Clark Expedition saw. The powerful Missouri River carves its way through the center of this reserve. Beyond admiring the scenery, there are opportunities to hike nature trails, have a picnic, or camp. The wilderness is located not far from Helena, and the hiking and camping opportunities make it a perfect day trip!

Contact Information

Helena Ranger District
Reservations and Information:

The Gates of the Mountains, I-15, Wolf Creek, Montana 59648, United States

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Open 24-hours.
  • Seasons Open

    Open year-round, however, winter weather conditions could make access difficult.
  • Prices and Fees