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Gates of the Mountains

#2 of 47 things to do in Helena Features Animals
3131 Gates of the Mountains Rd., Helena, MT 59604
+1 406-458-5241
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Nymph central

No doubt a fly fisherman's paradise, but if you can't stand the notion of being surrounded by these... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Sacramento, California
Gates of the mountains

The boat ride is fantastic, the views are beautiful. Be sure and watch for all of the gates. I... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kathy B
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3131 Gates of the Mountains Rd., Helena, MT 59604
+1 406-458-5241
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Reviewed 5 days ago

No doubt a fly fisherman's paradise, but if you can't stand the notion of being surrounded by these flying insects, my advice would be to stay the heck away.

Thank imabrummie
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The boat ride is fantastic, the views are beautiful. Be sure and watch for all of the gates. I always thought there was only one but there are really 4-5. Enjoy!!

Thank Kathy B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was in Helena on business and wanted to see some of the sites. The hotel clerk recommended the Gates of the Mountains. It was an easy scenic drive from Helena. Unfortunately the boat tours were not running yet, but is was still worth the...More

Thank ElCid83
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have taken the tour boat about 25 times over 40+ years, plus paddled canoes through the canyon. Different months there are different animals and birds, as well as wildflowers, to see. Occasionally we have even seen Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goats. The limestone cliffs...More

Thank SusanFromMontana
Reviewed 1 week ago

This cruise is so worth the money and time. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular. We were able to disembark at the mouth of Mann Gulch and tour the site of the tragic Mann Gulch Fire of 1949, where 13 smokejumpers perished in the...More

Thank hgemmell2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yet it was definitely worth the drive to/from Helena for a windshield tour of the area. Very nice view if Sleeping Giant Mountain and a fenced area with a parking lot with informational/educational markers to the right detailing farming in the area prior to, during...More

1  Thank VAD859
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Was expecting something different. Some people would like the place but was not "our cup of tea". Probably good for water sports.

Thank Alan B
Reviewed 13 April 2017

I've taken this boat tour twice. Both times very enjoyable. Will see great scenery along the river and a good history lesson by the tour guide.

Thank kev59602
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Our family enjoyed this boat tour. The guides were very knowledgeable and entertaining. Beautiful scenery!

Thank Patti H
Reviewed 4 March 2017

The huge rock formations along the canyon of the Missouri which Meriwether Lewis dubbed the Gates of the Mountains is accessible via boat (aptly named the Sacajawea II) tour. I'd taken this tour as a youngster with my family and we opted to do a...More

3  Thank denver60
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Can you swim at the stop and catch a different boat back?
5 May 2017|
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Response from mtnamaverick | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. The stop was cancelled for a while so you would have to check to see if the reinstated the stop. It was under construction because the shore washed out.
Do they accept the National Parks America the beautiful permanent disability pass?
6 July 2016|
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Response from Ellen F | Reviewed this property |
No because it's not a National Park. But they where very accommodating to disability. Free to get in only boat ride cost and have military and senior discount.
lodging recommendations near gates of the mountains? not run of the meal, nice but local?
21 August 2015|
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Response from College-Schlepper | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at the newer Best Western Premier Great Northern Hotel in Helena. The hotel was very nice, rooms are large with microwave and fridge, there were 4 of us and we never felt crowded. Bathrooms are nice. The included... More