Altlhough the Sweetgrass Hills don't possess the rugged alpine grandeur of some of Montana’s more well-known destinations, it is a great area for those seeking a unique experience far off the beaten track. Like many areas of eastern Montana, it possesses a unique charm that is hard to articulate but equally hard to ignore. Read the full Article in the Cowboy Heaven Consulting.
The Sweetgrass Hills have been known by many names over the Years; the Blackfoot referred to this island range as Koto-yi-six "Sweet pine hills"; Peter Pond, a partner in the North West Company in Canada, referred to them as the Three Sugar Loaf Mounts in 1785; the Hudson's Bay Company called them the Three Paps in 1802; Capt. Meriwether Lewis called them the Tower Mountains in 1806. The current name Sweet Grass Hills, refers to Hierochloe odorato, a native grass abundant in the area, used for ceremonial purposes. The Sweetgrass Hills comprised of 6,983 foot West Butte, plus Gold Butte, Mount Royal, and Mount Brown, maintain a religious and cultural significance to the Blackfeet people and other tribes. During the 1890s and again in the 1930s, several small gold mines operated in the hills, and some of those claims remain viable today.
Relax at the picnic tables under the Gazebo alongside the swimming pool and enjoy the swings in the nearby Spark Park.
This cool gun is displayed at the Sunburst Town. This cannon serves as a reminder of the ultimate sacrifices, that our men in the service of our Country make. A nearby Veterans of Foreign Wars, Rimrock Post 8952 plaque, honors local soldiers who died in action during the Korean, WWII and Vietnam Wars. “Honor the Dead by Serving the Living” . Toole County.Word
The NaturEner Wind Farm on the Kevin Rims is the largest wind farm in Montana. The turbines stand 250 feet tall. Northwestern Energy owns the transmission lines that will transport the energy, and the energy is being sold to San Diego Gas and Electric. The State of Montana is ranked fifth in the nation for wind energy potential. Toole County.Word Press
Jerusalem Rocks are located in the back yard of Sunburst and are breathtaking and until today we kept it the best kept secret of Sunburst; this is why you hadn't heard of them before.
Hoodoos are pinnacles of sedimentary rock which are topped by a harder layer. The area erodes, leaving these great spires topped by rock much like a stone totem pole. They can be man-sized to over 100 feet tall and are often found in high plateaus which is what this country is.
Take Loop Road to the west out of Sunburst 10 miles, turn north (right) into Little Jerusalem gravel road, follow that road for the next several miles. It is a very easy place to get to best by 4x4 car, through unmarked field ways. Once there park your car and either stay on the flat and even ground, or do some hiking. You can stay pretty much on the level and not have to be a mountain goat. Michigoose's gander at quilts & life
Following a campaign to raise matching funds through the Sunburst Community Foundation and local organizations, along with the generous donation of a portion of the land by an area rancher, this path was built in 2013. The quaint walking trail is just under a half mile in length and surrounds the baseball complex.
We are excited to have a safe place for people to walk without worrying about traffic. Enjoy!
Click the picture for 1/4, 1/2 and 1mile walks.
Where You Can Sin and Repent at the Same Time
Unique 1930's newly restored little church bar building.