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Outdoor Life

Being a Montana Tech student means you’ll spend quality time in your labs, classrooms, and study groups, and immersed in a range of on-campus interests and activities. Sometimes it means field research in some of the nation’s most outstanding wild areas

But getting off-campus means something very special here. Playing hard after studying hard is a Montana Tech way of life.

Experience Montana's Untapped Winter Destination

Butte is located in the heart of an outdoor paradise, with world-class recreation nearby in every direction regardless of season or your interest. From a simple stroll on a beautiful trail to the thrills of mountain slopes and fast water, we deliver memorable experiences every time you want to experience true Montana. 

And to make it even better, Montana Tech has an extensive inventory of outdoor gear available for you to use.

Be sure to connect with our outdoors community on social media using the hashtag #ButtesBackyard.

Our Backyard

Here are some images of the area around Butte most enjoyed by Montana Tech students.

fisherman in a raft on the Big Hole River with full moon

Fishing the Big Hole River near Melrose, Montana...just 30 minutes from campus.

woman mountain biking with autumn aspen

Autumn mountain biking in Thompson Park.

skiers approaching mountain

Ski touring in Southwest Montana.

hiking trail sign near Maud S Trail

Extensive publicly accessed trail systems exist all around Butte, including large sections of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT).

woman backpacking with dog in meadow

Backpacking in the Pintler-Anaconda Wilderness.

man fishing in a high mountain lake with dog

Fishing in the Pintler-Anaconda Wilderness.

snow-capped mountains with valley and pond

The Jefferson Valley and Tobacco Root Mountains southeast of Butte.

snow-capped Pintler-Anaconda Mountains with dramatic morning sky

The Pintler-Anaconda Range seen from the Montana Tech campus.