Episode 016 Three Unique Recreational Parks near Butte, Montana!

by MT Rd Trippin' on September 24, 2014


In Episode 16 this week, we go to 3 unique parks around Butte, Montana!  We start off with Ringing Rocks at Pipestone, then head to Thompson Park, and finally Sheepshead Mountain Recreation area.  Jocelyn Dodge, Recreation Forester for the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Ranger District joins us in conversation to talk about these parks!


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We start our show this week with a one-of-a-kind place.  Well, in reality there are approximately 3 places like this in the world, two being in America, and one of the three right here in Montana!  It’s Ringing Rocks.  This place is filled with huge boulders that literally ring when you hit them with a ball-pin hammer. 

Getting There:  The road is tricky and you’ll most likely need a truck, ATV, or SUV to get to Ringing Rocks.  Don’t forget your camera and ball-pin hammer.  There’s not much room for turn-around on this narrow, rutty, dirt road, so be careful!

FUN:  Look for the Geo-Cashed Treasure Box.

DIRECTIONS:  Off I-90, 18 miles East of Butte before Homestake Pass.  Take the Pipestone Exit 241 and turn North towards the hill and turn immediately east (take a right) so you’re parallel with the interstate.  Go over the railroad tracks on the gravel road.  It then turns into a dirt road.  Travel about 4 miles up into the hills! 


Entrepreneur, William Boyce Thompson saw the need for a place for recreation during the mining era for Butte residents.  He donated placer claims and worked with the government to come up with acreage for this unique park in the early 1900’s. 

THINGS TO DO:  Hiking, Horseback Riding and Mountain Biking.  This connects with the Continental Divide Trail!  Open May – October (Day Use Only)

DIRECTIONS:  Take Highway 2 just south of Butte, Montana heading towards Whitehall.  You’ll see several trail entrances to the park.


THINGS TO DO:  Softball, Hiking, Horseshoe Pits, Volleyball Court, Lake Fishing, Picnic Areas, Hiking, Walking, & Biking, and a Picnic Pavilion.  Open 8 AM – 10 PM every day!

DIRECTIONS:  15 miles north of Butte on your way to Helena.  Take the Elk Park Exit and travel 6 miles west to reach Sheepshead Mountain Recreation Area.



Let’s Go Road Trippin’!

Dia & Jewels

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