Let’s See Some Mountains Day Drive
Trip Length: 281 miles
Looking for a longer drive? A great ride that takes you between, around, and through the mountain ranges of Central Montana takes you past the wind farm at Judith Gap and into Harlowton where you can check out Gally’s Brewery and the local pubs as well as maybe grab a bite to eat at The Graves Hotel Restaurant or the Loco Creek Grill.
On then Westward to the Charles M Bair Museum halfway to White Sulphur Springs, a truly amazing find totally unexpected in the wilds of Central Montana…a certain must-see.
Then on through the timbered mountains to White Sulphur Springs, where you have to take an hour to soak in the hot mineral springs, and be sure to stop in at the 2 Basset Brewery and maybe get a nice meal a the Bar 47 or one of the other local diners. Also stop for a visit at the Lane or Stockman Bar.
Then head northward, up and over one of the tallest passes in Montana, King’s Hill, at 7393 feet in elevation, and continue on through the beautiful Belt Mountains through the old mining towns of Neihart (home of Bob’s Bar Dining) and Monarch.
Join up again with Hwy 87 at Armington Junction and make a short detour west to Belt, where you will find the Harvest Moon Brewery and Saloon, the Belt Creek Brew Pub with its unique and interesting décor, and the East Side Bar, your stereotypical small town Montana bar.
When you’re all rested up, jump back on Hwy 87 and head east 85 miles, bringing you back into Lewistown.
Gas Locations En-Route: Judith Gap, Harlowton, White Sulphur Springs, Belt, Stanford, Eddies Corner, Moore
Refreshments: Judith Gap, Harlowton, Two Dot, White Sulphur Springs, Neihart, Monarch, Belt, Stanford, Windham, Eddies Corner, Moore
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Judith Gap Wind Farm
Wheatland County has learned how to put the wind to work thanks to Invenergy Services of Chicago. The Judith Gap Wind Energy Center was built in 2005 between Harlowton and Judith Gap. Ninety towers rise 262 feet above the prairie, supporting General Electric turbines which are powered by three 126-foot blades. Each turbine is capable of producing 1,500 kilowatts of power. Expected annual output is 450,000,000 KW hours. All power is sold to Northwestern Energy under long-term contract. There are plans for visitor kiosks, to be located at the Wind Farm entrance and at what is to be called Blade Park in Judith Gap.