About the Hardin MT Area
Historic Sites Near Hardin MT:
The Hardin Super 8 Motel is central to some of the most important historical sites in the West. The Little Bighorn National Battlefield (formerly Custer Battlefield), the Indian War Memorial, the Custer Battlefield National Cemetery, the Reno-Benteen Battlefield, the old Fort Custer site, the landing location of the Far West paddle wheeler and Fort Manuel Lisa (first non-native fur trading post in the West) are all within a short drive. And several museums, including the Big Horn Historical Museum in Hardin, help interpret events and history. If you wish to drive a few more minutes, you will also find Pompey’s Pillar (Lewis & Clark fame), Fort, C.F. Smith (burned by Chief Red Cloud), the Rosebud Battle field, Chief Plenty Coups Museum and the famed Bozeman Trail.
Outdoor Activities in Hardin MT:
If your interests lean more toward the outdoors, recreation opportunities abound. You can test your fly fishing skills on the famous Bighorn River, where both rainbow and brown trout are abundant. But catfish, walleye, small mouth bass and a half dozen other species can be caught depending upon how and where you fish. For wildlife photographers, floating the Bighorn River (boat rentals available nearby) is a dream with eagles, pheasants, whitetail and mule deer and waterfowl possible at each bend in the river. The scenery is nothing short of beautiful. If you have time for a wonderful day trip take your boat or rent a pontoon boat so you can enjoy the grandeur of the Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area – probably one of the best kept secrets in the state. The massive Yellowtail Dam creates a lake almost 70 miles long with canyon walls reaching hundreds of feet high. Not only is the area a great place to water ski, fish or just relax in the sun, but it also home to big horn sheep, black bears, eagles and other birds. It is a miniature Grand Canyon and it will create memories not soon forgotten.
For those with an interest in waterfowl, upland birds and big game hunting, in the fall Hardin serves as a central gathering point. Many ranches within a short drive offer free hunting through the “Block Management Program” (information available at the Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks) and of course, many other opportunities are available on the river, public lands or with landowner permission.
Cultural Resources/Native Americans:
The Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations are close by. Both Tribes have a rich history and an authentic and vibrant culture that thrives today. Throughout the year there are many tribally sponsored events which welcome visitors from around the world. The Crow Fair and Rodeo (the Teepee Capitol of the World) is the largest of it kind in the Nation and each August it features rodeos, pow-wows, traditional dancing and singing, parades and other important cultural activities.
Simultaneously, the western culture of the Cowboy is alive and well. Practiced by both Indians and non-Indians alike, such gatherings include rodeos, draft horse contest, horse races, etc. and then there are round-ups and brandings.
Hardin MT Area Business:
While the area is steeped in Western and Native American history and rich in wildlife and outdoor recreation, the economy is diversified. For more than 120 years cattle ranching has played a significant role in both the economy and lifestyle and farming dates back nearly as far. The major crops of the area are sugar beets, alfalfa hay, wheat, oats, barley, and corn. During the past few decades coal mining has played a major role in the area economy as has the development of outfitting and the fishing industry on the Big Horn River.