White Sulphur Springs to Great Falls

Rocky Mountains

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White Sulphur Springs Elevation (feet)

Great Falls Elevation (feet)

Between White Sulphur Springs and Armington Junction with US 87, US Route 89 is designated as the Kings Hill Scenic Byway as it winds through the Little Belt Mountains. One of the highlights of this section is Sluice Boxes State Park between Monarch and Armington. Between Armington and Great Falls, the highway crosses a broad valley of wheat fields.

Special Attractions

Kings Hill Scenic Byway

Kings Hill Scenic Byway


Passing through the Lewis and Clark National Forest and the Little Belt Mountains, this 71-mile long section of US 89 offers many outdoor recreation opportunities from fly fishing in the summer to snowmobiling in the winter. One of the highlights is a short hike to Memorial Falls located about 1.5 miles south of Neihart.

Sluice Boxes State Park

Sluice Boxes State Park


Located 8 miles south of Armington Junction, this primitive state park contains the remains of mines, a railroad and historic cabins lining Belt Creek as it wind through a beautiful canyon carved in limestone. A seven-mile long trail winds through the park giving access to its rich history and spectacular geologic features.

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Towns, Cities and Reservations

White Sulphur Springs
Great Falls

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Public Lands and Historic Places

Lewis and Clark National Forest
Kings Hill Scenic Byway
Sluice Boxes State Park



North Fork
Little Belt Mountains
Belt Creek

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