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Gates of the Mountains

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Address: 3131 Gates of the Mountains Rd., Helena, MT 59604
Phone Number: 406-458-5241
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Motor-boating, Hiking
Description: Just north of Helena on the Missouri River.

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A must see

This is a must for visitors to Helena. It's a short drive out of Helena and well worth it. The boat operators are professional and keep the audience informed as to what they are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Helena, Montana
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Helena, Montana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a must for visitors to Helena. It's a short drive out of Helena and well worth it. The boat operators are professional and keep the audience informed as to what they are seeing. Fun to see the gates close and open.

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Port Angeles, Washington
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102 reviews 102 reviews
28 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Super outdoors area provides boat tours, campsite stops, historical interpreter guides that talk about the unique geological features, Mann Gulch fatal wildfire disaster, Lewis & Clark exploration, wildlife viewing, etc. If you are a camper/hiker, check out the Gates of the Mountains website regarding overnight drop off stays along the boat tours rest stops. Also, be aware of back country... More 

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Helena, Montana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is a great tour of the Missouri River- Gates of the Mountain area. The boats are of comfortable size and easily accessible. The tour guilds are knowledgeable and entertaining. They cover the history, geology, anthropology, and wildlife of the area. The scenery is stunning.

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Helena, Montana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

After seeing this attraction you really never think again why Louis and Clark called it the great Rocky Mountains. And you still feel like you're doing it at the same time they did, it hasn't been ruined by people building up houses or having easy access to the area.

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Helena, Montana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Plenty of wildlife - bald eagles, osprey, deer. The boat tour guides have a keen insight into the flora, fauna and history of the area. You can debark at a couple of places, take a hike, and then return on a later boat.

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Billings, Montana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I really enjoyed the Gates of the Mountains boat tour. I went in the summer and it was amazing. The tour guide had great history and stories to tell us. Great experience!

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Missoula, Montana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I took my mom out exploring and we ended up on the Gates of the Mountains boat ride, near Helena. We had a bite at the snack bar, and took a nice trip up the river in an old, but trusty antique boat. The views were great, the narrator fun and informative, and the price was only $16 each. It... More 

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Helena, Montana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

If you go to the Gates of the Mountains try to go on the first boat trip of the day when you will see the most game etc by the water. Dress warmly because it can be cold in the canyon. Watch for goats and deer and eagles and other birds. The boat pilot will tell you lots of interesting... More 

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Helena, Montana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We enjoined the tour and the people whom operator the boat were knowledgeable with the natural and human history .

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Helena, Montana, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The boat pilot is very knowledgeable and enjoys his job. Even the kids on board are impressed and quiet while he points out rock formations and wildlife along the river. Then there is the story of the fire in which so many fighters died. The petroglyphs are still visible as are the unique vegetation. There is the breath taking view... More 

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