Philipsburg, Montana is a wonderful community in the Flint Creek Valley of South Western Montana. Driving directions: turn south off the Drummond exit on I-90. Continue south for 27 miles to arrive in Philipsburg. At an elevation of 5,270 feet and only a short distance to the continental divide this community is nearly alpine. The average temperature in January is 20 degrees F with August having the highest average monthly temperature of 63 degrees F. Most of the annual rainfall comes in May with about 2 ½” expected during that period. Snow can fall as late in the year as May and as early as Sept. Summer is a comparatively short season but well worth the wait in this spectacular area,
Philipsburg is a quaint town of about 900 people. Gold mining, timber and cattle ranching were the core industries now replaced by tourism and agricultural pursuits, including ranching. Situated in the Flint Creek Valley with the John Long mountain range to the west, Philipsburg is nestled along the foot hills of the Flint Creek Range to the east. It was first settled as a mining boom town in the late 1800’s. The town is full of beautifully restored buildings from this era. Architecturally this is a very fascinating town. The town was recently honoured by The National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations and many of the building are on the National Historic Register.
The world famous Sapphire Gallery is situated in downtown Philipsburg. There you can “mine” sapphire gravel for real, Montana gemstones. This great place also offers spectacular jewellery made from local sapphires and other rare gems. The owners of the Sapphire Gallery also own the Sweet palace, world renowned for the tastiest candies. Here you can browse the dozens of hard and soft candies, fudges, diabetic selections and sugar free candies. If your timing is lucky, they will be making fresh saltwater taffies that day and you will get to watch the pulling machine at work.
For the outdoor lover there is no place you will ever enjoy more than the Philipsburg area. Ghost towns, museum, mining exhibit, lakes, rivers, sapphire mining, crystal digging, camping, skiing, fishing, hiking , hunting, horseback riding; this is only a partial list of attractions and things to do in and around Philipsburg.
World famous Blue Ribbon trout stream, Rock Creek is only a few minutes away. Fishermen dream of fishing a creek such as Rock Creek full of big, beautiful trout waiting. Fishermen also love Georgetown Lake which is about ½ hour drive from Philipsburg. This lake is not only gorgeous but a great place to dangle a hook. Moose Creek SE of town is a wonderful area to camp and spot wildlife including moose, elk, deer and bear.
Bed and breakfasts, a small hotel and a very nice motel provide over night or extended stay accommodations. Fine dining is available downtown and the local restaurant on the edge of town provides excellent meals for very reasonable prices.
If you love the outdoors and love to be off the beaten track, you will love little Philipsburg, Montana. Generous, fun people make you feel welcome and more likely than not you will find yourself in a hurry to return.