The Area

Twisted Fork at Rock Creek is 15 miles outside of Philipsburg, a town rich with history in mining and ranching. Chosen by The National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, historic downtown is full of beautifully restored buildings from the 1800’s that house wonderful shops, restaurants and a museum. Sapphire hunting, skiing, fishing, horseback riding, wildlife viewing and hunting, hiking, ghost towns, Opera House Theater, boutique shopping, bird watching – the area is rich with activities for all, and all within just minutes of your reach. We are about an hour an a half east of Missoula and an hour west of Butte.

Over time, Philipsburg has evolved into a community with a restored sense of history and where it came from. This area has groomed itself for outdoor enthusiasts, miners, shoppers, family vacations and reunions, business meetings, and for those who want to get away to relax in the mountains of Philipsburg. Come and visit for yourself as Philipsburg was recently chosen by The National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’a Dozen Distinctive Destinations.

The Sweet Palace
The aroma of freshly made candies arouses your senses and the elegance of the Victorian decor will take you back to another century. The aroma of freshly made candies arouses your senses and the elegance of the Victorian decor will take you back to another century. Be sure to join us while we create sumptuous sweets for gifting or indulging. Choose from any of 50 kinds of fudge, 72 flavors of saltwater taffy, 22 varieties of caramels, or our luxurious hand dipped chocolates. We delight in making your tradional favorites as well as funky flavors. Ask about our Black-eyed Bobs and Moose Drool Truffles. Our sugar free connoisseurs will be enraptured with over 70 delectable selections. Succulent hard candies and more Jelly Belly choices than anywhere in the universe await you here at The Sweet Palace.

The Opera House Theatre
The Opera House Theatre is located in downtown Philipsburg, Montana. Built in 1891, it is recognized as the oldest continually operating theatre in Montana! Originally named the McDonald Opera House, the current owners, Tim and Claudette Dringle are keeping alive the tradition of live theatre.

Ski Discovery Basin
An expert’s brand of thrills served up in a local’s hangout, Discovery is a terrific find that will remind you what skiing in Montana is all about! The north-facing Limelight lift offers some of the steepest lift-served terrain around, while the variety of beginner and intermediate runs on the Anaconda and new north-facing Granite lifts provide great skiing for all abilities. Discovery is a place where skiers meet! We have beautiful views and uncrowded slopes with enough tree skiing, powder bowls, groomed trails and mogul runs for all tastes. One visit will make you a believer!

St. Timothy’s Memorial Chapel
The chapel, built of native stone and generous areas of glass both clear and stained, lifts its Celtic cross from a hillside 600 feet above Georgetown Lake at the ghost town of Southern Cross, near Anaconda. Seating 170 people, the sanctuary windows (at 7000′ altitude) overlook Georgetown Lake and afford a full view of the Pintlar Wilderness Area, the Continental Divide, and peaks 11,000 feet high.

Yellowstone National Park
Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America’s first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world’s most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Elk Country Visitor Center in Missoula is proud to be one of the newest and best conservation education facilities in the Northwest. The Elk Country Visitor Center features hands-on conservation and hunting heritage exhibits for all ages. The Center also includes an impressive collection of world record elk mounts, a western wildlife diorama and a state of the art conservation theater. Shoppers will also enjoy the Elk Country gift shop full of beautiful wildlife art and many hand crafted and Montana-made creations. The public is welcome and admission is free. Open year round.


The George C. “Tim” Hixon North American Conservation Summit Center
The nation’s oldest and most influential conservation group continues its second century of service in the heart of the Rockies in Missoula. The facility, located in the historic Old Milwaukee Depot, houses the Club’s administrative offices and Club library. The building, built in 1910 for the old Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway Company, is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The Club purchased the building in 1992 and relocated its offices from Dumfries, Virginia, in 1993. The headquarters building was named for Club Member George C. “Tim” Hixon. The originally ticketing and waiting area of the old train station was completely remodeled and named the “Philip L. Wright” Conference Room, and retains much of its former character. The Permanent Collection of books can be found in the Library, which has a number of book cases that house the Club’s book collection, a display gun vault, and an 18 foot long oak conference table.