Anyone looking to get out of the rat race should consider Montana...specifically the Madison Valley. Madison County is larger than Delaware. The population of Madison County is 7,660. The population of Delaware is 790,000. Madison County has no traffic lights. Living in the MadisonValley is like living in a post card. Madison Valley elevation is approximately 5000’ with surrounding peaks ranging to 11,300’. The Madison County is known for its “Blue Ribbon”Trout streams, gorgeous lakes brimming with fish, fabulous hunting, hiking, biking, skiing, snow mobiling, white water rafting, and panoramic mountain scenery. The Madison Valley is bordered by the Centennial Range on the south, the Tobacco Root Range to the north, the Gravelly Range to the west and the Madison Range to the east. The Madison River flows north to Three Forks where it converges with the Gallatin and JeffersonRivers.
The lively western town of Ennis has a population of about 1200 and is one of Montana’s best loved small towns. It offers outstanding restaurants, a supermarket, a movie theater, a golf course, a new hospital, emergency helicopter services to larger medical facilities, a new school, a new library, a new bowling alley, and also a variety of fishing and hunting outfitter shops, which offer guide services. Just about six miles south of Ennis is a small airport which has a lighted runway and jet fuel. The town of West Yellowstone also has an airport which is open from June 1 to October 1. Yellowstone Gallatin Field Airport in Bozeman is about 60 miles to the north and is open all year. Idaho Falls Airport is 125 miles to the south and it is also open all year. There are hub airports in Newark, Salt Lake City, Denver, Minneapolis, and Atlanta that have connecting flights to Gallatin Field and Idaho Fallsairports.
The city of Bozeman is about an hour’s drive. It is the home to Montana State University. Bozeman has about 40,000 residents plus a large student population. Bozeman has many cultural events as well as world class shopping and fine dining. Several large commercial airlines such as Delta, United and Northwest have multiple daily flights to and from their hubs in Salt Lake City, Minneapolis and Denver. Private aircraft can use a variety of services from the fixed based operations at Gallatin Field.
West Yellowstone is a small Montana town surrounded by National Forests and Yellowstone National Park. The Park's west entrance is located right in West Yellowstone and is the closest and easiest route to Old Faithful and Yellowstone's geyser areas.
Some of the other attractions in West are the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, The Yellowstone Historic Walking Tour, Park Tours (including winter park tours on Mattracks vehicles), and the IMAX theatre that features movies about nature and wildlife on a six story screen. There are numerous recreational activities in the area including fishing, hunting, cross country skiing, snow mobiling, hiking and wildlife viewing.
There are many resorts within easy reach of the Ennis area including Big Sky Ski Resort and Moonlight Basin with more than 5,500 acres of skiable terrain with one lift ticket. Big Sky is one of the least known outstanding ski areas. No lift lines and great snow. The resort also is home to the # 1 Nordic Ski center in North America with 80 k of groomed ski trails. This resort also offers outstanding summer recreation such as golf, zip lines, hiking and mountain biking. Yellowstone National Park is also a short drive from Ennis. Visit Old Faithful, the Paint Pots, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and enjoy the scenery, fishing, wildflowers and wildlife.
Some of the other nearby places to visit are: Island Park ID, Ashton ID, Mammoth WY, Bozeman MT and Jackson Hole WY.
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