Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, Montana

Located at the base of the Pintler Wilderness, Anaconda offers residents and tourists unfettered access to outdoor recreational opportunities, including an elaborate system of trails that connect the community to adjoining hills and recreational areas. “It’s an absolutely gorgeous area,” Everett explains. “We are very recreational-orientated. We have great fishing, hunting, skiing. The beautiful Big Hole Valley is just to the south of us. The Clark Fork River flows through our region. It’s a real pristine mountain area. I think we have the best skiing in the state of Montana and we definitely have the best golf course.” The county is home to an outstanding Jack Nicklaus golf course called the Old Works. A $2-million dollar renovation of the course’s clubhouse is currently underway that will include a new taproom, golf simulators and a new restaurant. “It’s absolutely fantastic,” says Everett. “When renovations get completed this spring, it will be like a big kickoff for Anaconda.” Anaconda is also home to four top-notch restaurants and construction is currently underway on a new hotel called The Forge – a first-class, 88-room Best Western soft brand that will be a distinct, vintage nod to the community’s heritage. The look will combine classic style with an old mining motif. The project will include a convention center, swimming pool, bar/ restaurant, and all the amenities. Plans are also underway to bring a couple of major retailers AT A GLANCE ANACONDA-DEER LODGE COUNTY, MONTANA WHAT: A recently rejuvenated town; population 9500 WHERE: Centrally located between Missoula, Bozeman, and Helena, Montana WEBSITE: