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Choteau, Mont.: 5 Things We Love

Discover picturesque landscapes, dig for dino bones, and enjoy a juicy rib-eye steak in a small town in central Montana. 

picture T-rex sculpture in front of Two Medicine Dinosaur Center in Choteau Montana
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A toothy sculpture greets vistors at Two Medicine Dinosaur Center in Choteau, Mont.

At the conjunction of mountain and prairie, Choteau offers stunning landscape, ample wildlife, and the friendly feel of a quintessential small town. Find the beauty of a national park without the crowds.

1 Spring snowshoeing transitions to wildflower hiking later in the season in the Helena–Lewis & Clark National Forest, a gateway to the dramatic Rocky Mountain Front. Find trails along Teton Canyon Road No. 144, which is open all year at least as far as Teton Pass Ski Resort, 25 miles from Choteau.

2 Pickup trucks line up daily in front of the popular Outpost Deli, and you should, too. Local favorites include the short stack pancake breakfast, and for lunch the lamb gyro or the Backpacker sandwich with ham, turkey, corned beef, Swiss, and cheddar.

3 Get your hands dirty in the heart of dinosaur country at the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center in Bynum, 14 miles north of Choteau. Enthusiasts can work alongside experts for a few hours or several days at active digs, or explore previous finds in the extensive museum.

4 Montana is big on beef, so savor a hand-cut rib eye at the Elk Country Grill. But plan to take some of it home in a doggie bag, so you have room for the homemade apple pie or bread pudding with rum sauce.

5 A small but delightful surprise, the Mountain Front Market sells organic foods plus local meats and coffee. Find Montana-made honey and bread as well as seasonal produce, bulk spices, and gluten-free items.

This article was first published in Spring 2016. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.