Nowhere Better than Broadus MT

2024-06-10 17:59:28

Nestled along the scenic stretch of Highway 212, Broadus stands as a testament to the rugged beauty and storied history of Southeast Montana. Often hailed as the "Gateway" or "Crossroads" of this picturesque region, Broadus beckons travelers to pause, indulge and immerse themselves in its unique blend of heritage, hospitality and natural splendor.

The town draws its name from the Broaddus family, settlers in the late 1800s who originally homesteaded where the town is now situated. The Trautman family gifted the 80 acres for the township site when Broadus became the seat of the newly formed Powder River County in 1919. As a condition of the gift, a stipulation was included that the Broadus streets must be designed wide enough to turn a four-horse team and wagon.

Broadus is located in the southeast corner of the state near the junction of the Powder and Little Powder Rivers. The Powder River was described humorously by local settlers as “a mile wide and an inch deep, too thin to plow and too thick to drink.” The Powder River basin was historically Native American Territory and Reynold’s Battlefield, located about 28 miles southwest of Broadus, was the site of an important 1876 forerunner conflict in the Battle of the Little Bighorn. This is partly why this section of Highway 212 has been dubbed “The Warrior Trail.” 

Powder River Historical Museum, Ian Hanson

Nowhere Better to See History Up Close

For history enthusiasts, Broadus is a veritable treasure trove. The Powder River Historical Museum stands as a bastion of heritage by housing relics from a bygone era. There is much to be seen, a frontier cabin, the original county jail, and an eclectic array of Indian artifacts. Venture outdoors to explore Mac's Museum, a fascinating collection boasting over 22,000 seashells alongside minerals and arrowheads from across the globe. Delve deeper into the region's past at the Powder River Taxidermy and Tannery Museum, where wildlife mounts, antique firearms and local art converge to tell the tales of yesteryear along with today’s big game hunters.

Photo by Visit Montana

Nowhere Better for Epic Adventures


In Broadus, the spirit of the West is not confined to museums; it permeates daily life. A thriving community rooted in farming, ranching and outfitting. Broadus emerges as a haven for hunters seeking adventure in the untamed wilderness. Renowned for its abundance of game, from elk to deer and the nimble pronghorn, Broadus beckons enthusiasts from far and wide. Check out our listings of experienced outfitters to book a trip.


Cottonwood Park welcomes visitors with its inviting atmosphere and array of amenities. Whether it's a stroll along the well-maintained trails or a family picnic under the shade of majestic cottonwood trees. With seasonal restroom facilities, picnic tables, and playground equipment, it ensures comfort and convenience for all. Adventure-seekers can explore miles of trails suitable for walking and biking, including a captivating historical walking tour accessible via the izi travel app. Visitors can visit the Powder River Trails website for more information on the park's walking trails and other attractions.

Diamond Butte Lookout, Nathan Satran Photography


For an utterly immersive and secluded adventure, we recommend the Diamond Butte Lookout (30 miles west off HWY 212), as it offers a unique and rugged experience for nature enthusiasts. The 30-foot masonry tower perched at an altitude of 4,245 feet provides breathtaking panoramic views of the nearby Wolf Mountains. Being in the Custer Gallatin National Forest, it is sure to offer a serene and remote atmosphere for those seeking a wilderness escape. The opportunity to witness sunrises, sunsets and starry nights from this vantage point is truly spectacular. Reservations are required and the lookout is only available September 15- May 15, as it is an active fire watch tower during the summer months.

Photo by Ian Hanson


Rolling Hills Golf Course is a spacious nine-hole course which lends itself to abundant wildlife and scenic views. The par 36 course can easily be walked, or carts are available for rent. The gentle rolling hills give players spacious fairways and numerous elevated greens to challenge both your long and short games. Tee times are not needed, and green fees are budgeted for family vacationers. Rolling Hills is a must-see when traveling between the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Black Hills.

Jane’s Weathered Antiques, Cassie Solberg

Nowhere Better to Experience Small-Town Charm


Take in the timeless charm of antiquing at Jane’s Weathered Antiques. Find treasures and one-of-a-kind finds amidst a quaint small-town atmosphere.  If you are looking to complete a collection or find a true Montana souvenir, don’t miss this stop.

Step into Broadus Boot and Tack for an authentic western shopping experience. Their store features top-tier brands designed to withstand Montana's ever-changing climate. From essential apparel to accessories like jewelry, knives and tack, they are dedicated to outfitting you with the gear you need to flourish in style, no matter the conditions. 

Silver Sage Clothing, Ian Hanson

Silver Sage Clothing defies expectations with its fashionable offerings in a small town setting. Catering to women of all ages, it boasts top fashion lines, trendy apparel, shoes, purses, and accessories.

Sagebrush Inn and Suites, Nathan Satran Photography


With a population less than 500 you can choose from traditional, locally owned lodging or a cozy campground. One such option is Wayside RV Park, known as "Oasis on the Prairie," ideal for RVs, campers, cabin rentals, or tent camping beneath Montana's expansive Big Sky. Alternatively, there's  Sagebrush Inn and Suites, offering modern rooms and suites tailored to accommodate any budget or preference.

Powder River Lanes, Ian Hanson

Nowhere Better to get a Taste of Montana

Experience the thrill of victory at Powder River Lanes where you can feast on the legendary Mother of All Burgers—the MOAB. Sink your teeth into a juicy ⅓ lb. patty sandwiched between thick slices of Texas toast, with grilled onions, jalapeños, and generously smothered in nacho cheese. Highlighted on Southeast Montana's Burger Trail, you'll find yourself wondering where the next top burger destination awaits. 

For an authentic cowboy experience, don't miss The Stockman's Club. With a full bar, family seating, and a mouthwatering selection of juicy burgers, steaks, pizzas, and more, it's the perfect spot to rub elbows with real cowboys.

If you're in need of a swift caffeine fix, "The Coffee Shop" is your go-to destination. Offering a variety of gifts, accessories, ice cream, and, of course, delicious coffee.

Photo by Visit Southeast Montana

Nowhere Better to Make Memories

Throughout the year, Broadus pulsates with energy, hosting an array of events that celebrate its heritage and culture. From rodeos that echo with the thundering hooves of broncos to the annual Powder River County Fair, there's no shortage of excitement. Be sure to mark your calendar for the Christmas Stroll in December, special celebrations on the 4th of July, and Farmer’s Markets held seasonally every Saturday morning at the Broadus Corner Store throughout the summer. Each event is a testament to Broadus's enduring spirit and boundless hospitality.

Whether you're a history aficionado, an outdoor enthusiast, or simply seeking a taste of Western charm, Broadus welcomes you with open arms and a promise of unforgettable experiences.