Deer Lodge

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Montana’s second-oldest city is rich with gold-mining and ranching history, its wide sweep of open grasslands speckled with heritage buildings and museums.

Discover Montana’s frontier history in Deer Lodge, located in Powell County. Established by gold miners and cattle ranchers in the late 1800s, Deer Lodge is a cozy city in a broad valley. Its sprawling meadowland is home to Montana’s most extensive range of museums and historical collections, which offer a glimpse of 19th-century life in the state’s northwest. Check out an old prison complex and visit a working cattle ranch of national historical significance.

As you explore the downtown center of Deer Lodge, imagine how it would have appeared as a frontier town in the 1870s. The sweeping meadowlands are sheltered by mountain ranges to the east and west and are ideal for raising cattle. Early pioneers settled ranches here in order to market the livestock to surrounding mining towns and settlers on the Oregon Trail. You can see one of these historic ranches in operation at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, a working cattle ranch dedicated to the legacy of the Western cattle industry.

Learn more about the region’s history at some of Deer Lodge’s museums. The Old Prison Complex is a highlight in Deer Lodge and features eight museums within the former cellblocks. Browse the Frontier Montana Museum, Powell County Museum, and the Montana Auto Museum within this fascinating complex. Kids will enjoy Yesterday’s Playthings, a historical collection of children’s toys and games. Go antiques shopping to find some frontier treasures and head to the local farmers market in Jaycee Park to sample some of the region’s renowned fresh produce.

Outside of the city, you can find out about the region’s silver-mining heritage at the Garnet Ghost Town, a restored boomtown just over an hour’s drive away. Head to Warm Springs Ponds to see man-made waterways that are now a haven for waterfowl and fish.

Deer Lodge is located in mid-western Montana and is an hour’s drive from Helena, the state’s capital city. There is a regional airport in Helena, as well as nearby Butte. Deer Lodge is located just off the Pintlers Scenic Highway, a charming route that passes by several historic settlements within the region’s breathtaking mountain ranges.

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Travelodge by Wyndham Deer Lodge Montana
2 out of 5
1150 N Main Street, Deer Lodge, MT, 59722
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Travelodge by Wyndham Deer Lodge Montana
View of Mount Powell
View of Mount Powell
Deer Lodge, MT
The price is CA $96 per night from Jun 8 to Jun 9
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Deer Lodge, MT
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View of Mount Powell
View of Mount Powell
Deer Lodge, MT
The price is CA $96 per night from Jun 8 to Jun 9
Stay at this vacation home in Deer Lodge. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Old Montana Prison Museum and Cutler Bros. Productions ...
5/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Wonderful!
"Our stay here was absolutely amazing! Melissa is an awesome host, who communicates with you very well! Our stay was for three months while I worked a 13 week contract at the state hospital. I never had any issues! The house is cozy, home-like, and beautiful! You'll find yourself right on a river, ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 6, 2022

View of Mount Powell
Cottonwood Creek Getaway
Cottonwood Creek Getaway
Deer Lodge, MT
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Deer Lodge. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and an arcade/game room. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
"Very clean and good staff. Everything is old but it was fine. Bed was comfortable. Soap needs to be changed. Not very good quality. Was afraid to use shampoo and conditioner after using soap. Very busy hotel. Had a fantastic shuttle service to and from airport."

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

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Beautiful One bedroom apt. in historic Galen Campus
Deer Lodge, MT
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