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Lincoln, Montana

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The Annual Lincoln Rodeo takes place over Independence Day weekend. – Roger M. Dey

Community Highlights

The rural community of Lincoln in the mountains of western Montana has a lot to offer.

In 2014, following the Sculpture in the Wild International Sculpture Symposium, Lincoln became the home of Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild, the nation's only sculpture park dedicated to site-specific environmental sculpture featuring work by some of the world's leading environmental artists. In 2015, the Sculpture in the Wild hosted artist and biologist Brendan Ballengee and his Love Motel For Insects in June with a second International Sculpture Symposium, in September, adding work by Montana sculptor NoEllen Pepes and British sculptor partners Sam Clayton and Rick Jacobs, who go by the name Brute Force and Ignorance. The Sculpture Park continues to grow annually with new guest international sculptors adding their works of art to the site.

Lincoln's 'Old West' Open Rodeo has been an annual event the first weekend in July for more than 60 years. Entrants from all over the western states participate. Alongside the rodeo is the annual 4th of July celebration that is the epitome of "Small Town America." On the Saturday before the 4th of July entrants from all over western Montana bring their floats for the parade that travels down Main Street (State HWY 200), which is closed during the parade.

Lincoln's Hooper Park, complete with Interpretive Kiosk, is a stop on the Lewis and Clark Trail. Central to the Park it is a large log pavilion, featuring integrated carvings of members of the Corp of Discovery. The pavilion is flanked by ballfields, horseshoe pits, and 26 shaded campsites nestled in ponderosa pines with a covered pavillion. In 2012, Lincoln hosted over 600 Montanans for the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Scapegoat Wilderness. Lincoln residents were instrumental in establishing the wilderness, which was originally known as the Lincoln Backcountry.

Lincoln, Montana is designated as an official gateway community for the Continental Divide Trail and is base camp for the southern portion of the Crown of the Continent and is conveniently halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. Located on the Montana Scenic Loop this small scenic town is nestled among stately old ponderosa pines at the head of the Blackfoot River and borders the Scapegoat portion of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Located just west of the Continental Divide it is 86 miles southwest of Great Falls and 60 miles northwest of Helena.

Lincoln and surrounding valley make for an all-season destination offering excellent fishing, hiking, backpacking and mountain biking, as well as 250 miles of groomed snowmobile trail and cross country skiing, backcountry skiing, and a summer rodeo. Lincoln is home to the official start/finish line for Montana's Race to the Sky, an Iditarod qualifier sled dog race each February.

High Season Dates (Time periods when community is most busy with visitors)

Year-Round activities