Browning, incorporated in 1919, is located at an elevation of 4,375 feet in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Northwestern Montana. The town is 13 miles east of what the Blackfeet call Miistakis, the “Backbone of the World.”
Browning is the largest community on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The 1.5-million acre Reservation includes most of Glacier County and is home to about 8,600 members of the Blackfeet Nation, the largest tribe in Montana. The Town of Browning is the hub of the Blackfeet Reservation and the home of several tribal offices and businesses and is connected to the world by two major highways, U.S. 2 and U.S. 89. Major uses of the land include ranching and farming, with the principle crops being wheat, barley and hay. Browning is the last encampment of a proud and mighty people often referred to as "The Lords of the Great Plains".
Browning and the outlying communities of Heart Butte, Babb, Blackfoot, East Glacier Park, Kiowa, Starr School, Seville, and St. Mary are well known for the limitless assortment of opportunities they offer to outdoor recreationalists. Hunting and fishing compete with golf, camping, hiking, rodeos, and two annual native celebrations during the summer and fall seasons; snowmobiling, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing dominate the winter months. There are eight major lakes and 175 miles of fishing streams; Blackfeet Tribal permits are required on Reservation lands and local outfitter/guides are available.
The Blackfeet Heritage Center and the Museum of the Plains Indian, along with many visitor-oriented industries and businesses such as the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad, various tribal and Bureau of Indian Affairs agencies, the Blackfeet Community Hospital and an “A” class school provide the community with a wide array of services. Browning Public Schools is considered one of the best in the state for its academic and athletic programs.
A traveler will find a number of campgrounds, motels, hotels, and restaurants along with plenty of recreational opportunities within the Blackfeet Reservation and in nearby Glacier National Park. While visiting Blackfeet Tribal lands, we ask guests to regard our land with respect. We welcome everyone to learn about Blackfeet Culture and History while visiting this pristine area.
Unfurl your bedroll beside a crackling campfire, eat a traditional meal of roast buffalo, and arrange a cultural tour at Blackfoot Tipi Village. Compare early and modern Indian art at the Museum of the Plains Indian, Blackfeet Heritage Center, and Lodgepole Gallery.
High Season Dates (Time periods when community is most busy with visitors)
North American Indian Days is the second weekend in July