Thompson Park


Thompson Park is located nine miles south of Butte on Hwy 2. It is a municipal recreation area with 25 miles of non-motorized trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. The park is co-managed with the City-County of Butte-Silverbow. Experience the backcountry as well as past mining activity, rock formations, incredible scenic vistas, and wildlife.

The historic Milwaukee Railroad (Milwaukee Road) serves as the Park's backbone to meandering trails heading off in every direction. This gently sloping 4.5 mile trail extends from the Forest boundary south to Pipestone Pass and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, passing through two tunnels and over a 600-foot steel trestle along the way.

The Sagebrush Flats, Lions Den, and Lower Eagle's Nest picnic areas and the Eagle's Nest trailhead offer convenient trail access and are equipped with cooking rills and restroom facilities for great family outings.

An 18-hole disc golf course, Eagle's Nest Disc Golf, is located within the park. It was one of the first disc golf courses registered in the United States over 25 years ago, and one of three disc golf courses in Butte.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: During the winter months gates are closed but you can ski/walk in to recreate.
Open Season: May 1st to October 1st
Closest Towns: Butte, MT
Water: No
Restroom: Yes
Information Center: Butte-Jefferson Ranger District Phone: (406) 494-2147 City-County of Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation Department Phone: (406) 497-6571

General Information


From Butte, take Harrison Avenue south to Montana Highway 2. Continue approximately four miles to the junction with Continental Drive. Continue on Montana Highway 2 for one mile. The first entrance to the park will be on the right.

General Notes:

Thompson Park gates are open May 1 through October 31. Gates are open from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm May 1 through Labor Day or September 30, depending on weather conditions. After that, gates are open until October 31 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. When the gates are closed, the public can park at the entrance gates or at the Lion's Den to access trails and the disc golf course for fall and winter activities.



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