Montana State Parks

A person stands backlit by the Milky Way
Montana Department of Commerce


Out-of-state tourism in Montana has grown almost 25 percent over the last decade but most of it is concentrated near Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. People in the eastern part of the state are trying to attract more tourists with something many Americans are losing: a dark night sky.

A backcountry skier scales a snowy peak in the Flathead National Forest.
Nicky Ouellet

A coalition of wildlife, conservation and outdoor recreation business groups in Montana has announced it’s launching a survey to determine support and strategies to fund conservation and access projects.

Kayla Desroches / YPR

Montana State Parks is updating its outdoor recreation plan, which guides which city and county projects will receive federal funding over the next five years.

Every five years, Montana State Parks updates the Montana Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, or SCORP, which helps guide outdoor management.

SCORP also guides the selection process for which projects should receive grants from the federal Land & Water Conservation Fund, which President Donald Trump permanently reauthorized Tuesday.