Three Forks

Three Forks got its name from the convergence of three rivers – Madison, Jefferson, and Gallatin.

Welcome to Three Forks

A quiet small town with country ranch estates and endless river fishing

Three Forks got its name from the convergence of three rivers – Madison, Jefferson, and Gallatin. These rivers flow together at Headwaters State Park and form the Missouri River. Three Forks has endless miles of blue-ribbon trout fishing and a fantastic golf course in town. The winter here is milder than in Bozeman; there are ponds for kayaking and canoeing on warm days. It’s a small town with vast choices for recreational activities.

Downtown Three Forks is home to historic structures such as the Sacajawea Hotel and Three Valleys State Bank. You’ll find newly constructed condominiums and elegant single-family homes close to all the dining and shopping downtown. Farther out, you’ll find large historic cottages and riverside ranch estates complete with equestrian trails and farmhouses. Three Forks Airport is one mile south of downtown, and Bozeman is a 30-minute drive away.

What to Love

  • Blue-ribbon trout fishing
  • Grand riverside ranch estates
  • Lots of outdoor and water activities
  • Quick access to state parks

Local Lifestyle

Three Forks is a small quiet town with plenty of charm. The vast countryside with hundreds of miles of rivers is breathtaking outside of downtown. Residents are laid back and friendly. Neighbors enjoy getting together for holiday celebrations and annual events.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

You’ll find the majority of shops and restaurants on Main Street downtown. Iron Horse Café and Pie Shop is locally owned and operated. They have an extensive American menu and irresistible, made-from-scratch pies. In the Sacajawea Hotel, Pompey’s Grill is considered one of the best steakhouses in Montana. They serve locally-sourced, hand-cut steaks and signature cocktails in an elegant, fine dining setting. For an after-dinner nightcap, head down to the Sac Bar. This popular local watering hole hosts live music on the weekends.

In the morning, Remuda Coffee has pastries and blended options, and Mocha Junction works with local suppliers for their coffee, baked goods, and dairy. For homestyle fare, Three Forks Café serves hearty meals, great burgers, and all kinds of American comfort food. For Chinese food, Peking is great for dine-in or take-out. The charming local pizzeria, Stageline Pizza, serves specialty pies that can be enjoyed in their outdoor seating during warmer months. Just north of the town, Wheat Montana Bakery and Deli has counter-served sandwiches, fresh-baked bread, and other grocery provisions. Frontier Club, Plaza Bar, and Town Club are great little dive bars close to each other for libations.

There are also several specialty shops downtown. Book Therapy and Moore sells books, gifts, and snacks and features local artists and photographers. Todd the Vinyl Junkie has vintage music and high-end audio equipment. Rusty Bucket Antiques has an eclectic selection of unique items to pique your curiosity. Three Forks Saddlery sells one-of-a-kind hand-crafted products and orthopedic saddles.

Things to Do

Missouri Headwaters State Park is a recreation area with campgrounds, nature trails, exhibits, water activities, and plenty of wildlife. Buffalo Jump State Park is just a short drive away, offering incredible views of the Madison River Valley. There’s also the nearby Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, known for its unique limestone formations.

Not to be missed is the
Three Forks Rodeo, a weekend-long rodeo and street fair. Other community events include Rockin’ the Rivers, Montana’s original music festival, Headwaters Country Jam, and the annual Christmas Stroll, which kicks off the holiday season with carriage rides, caroling, a tree lighting ceremony, and a gingerbread house contest.


Three Forks School District serves Big Sky. Some of the top schools include:
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