Life In Three Forks

Our Town

Three Forks is a thriving town that retains its Old-West charm. Centrally located just off Interstate 90 between Bozeman, Helena, and Butte, Three Forks is just 6 miles from the Missouri Headwaters State Park and a short drive to the Madison Buffalo Jump State Monument which archaeologists date back as 4,000 years old.

Our Location

Easily accessible off I-90, US-287, and Montana Highway 2, which is a back road en route between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park, Three Forks is home to spectacular outdoor sports. Always an adventure is the Lewis and Clark Caverns where stalactites and stalagmites create breathtaking scenes. You may also want to check out nearby ghost towns and authentic tipi rings.

Annual Area Events

  • TF Chamber Annual Dinner (February)
  • TF High School Rodeo (April)
  • TF Farmers Market (July-September)
  • Music Festivals (July and August)
  • State Park Summer Programs
  • Three Forks Rodeo Dayz (July)
  • Three Forks Christmas Stroll (December)

Our Climate

Three Forks’s elevation is 4,130 feet. Most summers have seven or fewer days with temperatures exceeding 90 degrees. The average high temperatures for summer are in the 70s and 80s and the average lows are in the mid 40s and low 50s.

Early in autumn, high daily temperatures average 70 degrees. Warm temperatures can linger until the middle of October. During the months of October and November, the temperatures generally reach highs in the 40s and 50s and lows in the 20s or 30s.

Winters in Three Forks are characterized by fluctuating temperatures. Mild winter weather is not unusual and a week or more of consistently cold weather is rare. For the winter sports enthusiast, the relatively low humidity (average around 58.9) and light winds provide an ideal climate for outdoor winter activities. Downhill ski season usually extends from mid-December to the beginning of April.

Our Business Community

Area industries include the CRH US Cement Plant in Trident, Imerys Talc Mill in Three Forks, and Kanta Block Products in Three Forks. Business owners provide groceries, motels, prescriptions, restaurants, gasoline and automotive needs, a variety of professional services, western wear and tack, a greenhouse, a florist, a hardware store, and book, gift, and tackle shops. Three Forks has local Internet providers, overnight shipping services, and local news can be found in the monthly editions of the Lewis & Clark Journal. There are excellent medical and dental facilities, schools, a golf course, an airport (5,000 feet long, paved and lighted), a library, a museum, a volunteer fire department, and a volunteer ambulance service.

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