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Gates of the Mountains

#2 of 48 things to do in Helena Features Animals
3131 Gates of the Mountains Rd., Helena, MT 59604
+1 406-458-5241
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Great trip

A friend of ours recommended that we do this and we are so glad we did! So worth it and it is not... read more

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Susan G
North Manchester, Indiana

There is a reason this is ranked first in things to do in Helena. It is an absolutely breathtaking... read more

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Just north of Helena on the Missouri River.
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“bald eagles” (34 reviews)
“boat ride” (56 reviews)
“mann gulch” (27 reviews)
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3131 Gates of the Mountains Rd., Helena, MT 59604
+1 406-458-5241
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Reviewed yesterday

A friend of ours recommended that we do this and we are so glad we did! So worth it and it is not expensive. Wish I could remember all the guide told us! Young and old enjoyed the trip!

Thank Susan G
Reviewed yesterday

There is a reason this is ranked first in things to do in Helena. It is an absolutely breathtaking experience. The Canyon walls are rising out of the water way to hold Eagles, Mountain Rams, Mule Deer and more... The guides were quick to point...More

Thank 788billieg
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We have made many trips here as our children were growing up and we came back with our youngest this trip. (He's not a teenager by any means, but your categories do not allow for any other option). The new tour boat was magnificent and...More

Thank Jill D
Reviewed 2 days ago

We always take out of town guests on this tour, so we've done it many times. It never fails to thrill our guests. The scenery, wildlife and educational narrative by the boat captain never disappoints. This time we saw lots of eagles, deer and a...More

Thank islandgirllil
Reviewed 3 days ago

A lovely cruise where we saw, mule deer, eagles, osprey, mountain goats and Jim our tour guide, captain was awesome.

Thank jonnytri
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wonderful way to explore a beautiful canyon of the Missouri River. We saw many eagles and ospreys. The captain had extensive knowledge of the geology, ecology and human history of the region. If you like to hike, bring your pack, lunch and water and ride...More

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 5 days ago

This boat tour through the Gates of the Mountains was so peaceful and calm. The two hour trip was just right for relaxing. Jim, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable about flora and fauna, and his stories about the history of the area were fascinating....More

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 6 days ago

We enjoyed our tour of the Gates of the Mountains. It was so much more than just seeing the optical illusion of the gates opening and closing. We saw lots of wildlife including bald eagles. The history of the Mann Gulch Fire and those that...More

Thank lovestotravel096
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wrote to ask if I could bring my small dog along on the boat ride to not have to leave her in the car/heat. I was told "Your dog will not enjoy our tour and our other passengers will not enjoy your dog." What an...More

Thank iggasuz
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time. The boat captain & narrator did an excellent tour. Boat was comfortable and easy to see from.

Thank tommyra
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George S
30 July 2017|
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Response from Utah-Indy | Reviewed this property |
We always stay in the Marriott Residence Inn near I-15, Airport and Costco in Helena. Be sure to visit the Lewis and Clark Brewery. You'll be blown away by the building. We were just in Glacier in June and drove to... More
27 June 2017|
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Response from Utah-Indy | Reviewed this property |
I doubt you can bring dogs except service dogs in the boats. Please don't bring them or leave them in your car.
Denise B
27 June 2017|
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Response from Jeanne B | Reviewed this property |
Denise sorry for the delay. They have two boats. They each probably hold 50-75 people. They do take reservations which I would recommend. You can do it on line. When we went a tour bus arrived right after us so we were... More