McLeod, Montana

Elevation: 4803 FT

Population:

County: Sweet Grass

W.F. McLeod moved into the Boulder Valley with 200 horses and 125 head of cattle in 1882. Although prospecting had started in Independence in 1869, McLeod was considered the first permanent settler and so the town was named for him. Once a stop for freight going up the mountain, there is a school, post office and camping in McLeod now. Stop by the Road Kill Bar and Cafe for a lunch. They serve a fine selection of sandwiches including buffalo and elk burgers.Nestled in the beautiful Boulder Valley, McLeod offers opportunities for fishing in pristine mountain streams, rustic resort getaways, camping, hiking, hunting, horseback riding and much more. Near some spectacular natural and man-made wonder, McLeod is also a great home base for sightseers and photographers.Near Natural Bridge Falls there are paved paths start at the parking lot and meander along the Boulder River. There are several viewing points with signs telling about the area, falls and wildlife. In the spring there are actually three separate falls. Later in the year the river flows underground to reveal the limestone bedrock. If you are interested in hiking, a great day hike awaits you starting from Natural Bridge. Just across the foot bridge over the Boulder River at Natural Bridge leads to the Green Mountain Trail, constructed by the Montana Conservation Corps.Up the road from the Natural Bridge is the Lion's Head. It is a rock outcropping that can be seen on the way to Box Canyon. Indian Caves with pictographs are an easy hike from the Main Boulder Ranger Station. The historic Ranger Station represents perhaps the oldest facility in the Forest Service System and has been painstakingly restored to represent its original character.

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