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Two motorcyclist on the highway

Virginia City.
Photo courtesy Montana Office of Tourism, Donnie Sexton.

Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway.
Photo courtesy Montana Office of Tourism.

Scenic southwestern Montana
Photo courtesy Montana Office of Tourism.

Virginia City Loop

From our southwest Montana home base in Butte, one of our favorite Saturday or Sunday loops runs from Butte to Twin Bridges, Sheridan, Virginia City, Ennis, up through McAllister to Norris, then through Harrison and LaHood, to Whitehall and back into Butte – about 220 miles.

Pioneer Scenic Byway/ Big Hole Valley

There’s a reason the 50 miles of the Pioneer Scenic Byway is relatively unknown to many motorcycle enthusiasts: It was just completely paved for the first time back in 2007. The northern and southern ends have been tarmac for as long as this writer has lived in southwest Montana but the center six miles had remained gravel.

“Mill Creek” Route

Locals call this splendorous and divergent little route “Mill Creek.” It is, more factually, Montana Secondary Hwy. 569, though it is scheduled for official full State Highway designation which means improvements at some point in the next ... well, in the future.

By Cole Boehler
the author and publisher of
"Motorcycling Montana"