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Choteau Montana

Located in: Central Montana

Choteau is the county seat of Teton County. Built around the county courthouse, Choteau is one of the oldest still active towns in the area. The town was named after Pierre Chouteau, President of the American Fur Company, who brought the first steamboat up the Missouri. To separate this town from Chouteau County, the first u in Chouteau was dropped.

Visit the Old Trail Museum for a fascinating look at fossils, unique exhibits, dinosaurs, Indian artifacts and western history. The Old North Trail left reminders of the Indians as they fled from the Arctic to Mexico over 8,000 years ago. The museum reflects the rich cultural and natural history of the Rocky Mountain Front area. Visitor Information Center is located next to the Museum.

Millions of years ago this area was used by dinosaurs as a breeding ground. Paleontologists have put together pieces from excavated eggs and bones. Egg Mountain is 12 miles to the west of Choteau. It is the site that has yielded more information about dinosaur biology during the Cretaceous period than any other paleontology dig in the world. Dinosaur digs, egg shell fragments, nests, and babies were discovered for the first time in North America. Paleontology programs are available for adults and children.

Choteau offers opportunities for camping, swimming, shopping, and golf right in town. Nearby opportunities include hiking, skiing, wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting and dinosaur digging. Choteau is surrounded by outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities on the Lewis and Clark National Forest and in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The community also has several taverns and restaurants. Downtown shopping includes gift stores, clothing boutiques, art galleries, hardware stores, grocery stores and gas stations.

West of town ample opportunities await at: The Bob Marshall Wilderness, The Nature Conservancy's Pine Butte Swamp Preserve, BLM's Ear Mountain Trailhead and Lewis and Clark National Forest land.

Choteau is located in northwestern area of Montana, 55 miles northwest of Great Falls at junctions of US Highways 89 and 287.

Choteau Accommodations

Guest Ranch (2)
Hotel/Motel (4)
National Forest Campground (4)
Private Campground (2)
Vacation Home (1)

Choteau Restaurants

Coffee Shop (1)
Family Restaurant (3)

All Choteau Businesses

Banking Service (1)
Chamber Of Commerce (1)
Church (3)
Downhill Ski Area (1)
Fishing Access Site (3)
Gift Shop (1)
Lake (1)
Montana Products (1)
Motorcoach/Bus (1)
Museum (1)
National Forest (2)
National Forest Trail (16)
Outfitter/Guide (2)
Public Golf Course (1)
Vacation Planning Assistance (1)
Wildlife Management Area (1)
Wildlife Refuge (1)

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