Hinsdale was named for a town in New Hampshire. This Hi-Line community, situated on the Milk River, was established in 1891 when the Great Northern Railroad made its way west. A boxcar, serving as the railroad depot, was the first building.
North of this river town, you'll find some of the most spectacular and seldom-visited badlands in Montana. Rock Creek Road, about three miles east of Hinsdale, heads north to Canada and leads into this region. About 18 miles up the road you'll be skirting the western edge of a true prairie wilderness-the Bitter Creek region. Check with the Bureau of Land Management Office in Glasgow for a map and a description of the Bitter Creek Wildlife viewing area. It's a loop trip through these badlands. The BLM recommends that you take a full eight hours to do the trip. They also recommend the use of a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
The terrain you'll be driving though along Rock Creek is cowboy country. The ranches are big here and distances between human presence are great. You can camp in Hinsdale if you want to see more of these badlands or fish the Milk River.
Hinsdale is located in northeastern Montana, between Glasgow and Malta on U.S. Highway 2.