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Anaconda, nestled by forests and sweeping vistas of Montana's Rocky Mountains, is surrounded on three sides by the Continental Divide. Serving as the southern gateway to the picturesque Pintlar Scenic Route, it is a popular year-round destination point for both outdoor enthusiasts and American history buffs.

Anaconda is named after the mining company it once served, although most of the evidence of the town's 20th century smelting operations have since been removed. Anaconda Smoke Stack State Park, located on the eastern edge of the city, commemorates the town's early role in copper mining. The smoke stack is considered to the largest free-standing brick structure in the world and towers almost 600 feet.

The Copper King Express Excursion Train offers an ideal way to see the countryside surrounding the cities of Anaconda and Butte. The train traces the route of the original 19th and 20th century electric-run mining trains through historic Durant Canyon.

Anaconda's Old Works Golf Course is evidence of the considerable changes that have taken place since the smelting operation was closed in the 1980s. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the 18-hole public golf course has been noted as one of the best in the nation.

Wildlife viewing and hiking are popular outdoor activities in the Anaconda area. Mount Hagglin Wildlife Management Area is home to herds of elk and is a favorite location for camping and hiking.

This area of Southwestern Montana also is known for its prime skiing and snowmobile opportunities. Nearby ski areas and backcountry groomed trails afford plenty of opportunities for both Nordic and alpine skiing.

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