Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Stop along I-15 near the Gates of the Mountains.


Interesting steel sculpture at the information stop.

Great Falls, MT

View of the Missouri River from the grounds of the Interpretive Center.

View from inside the center.



One of the many nice dioramas and displays. This one is life...


We learned a great deal about mosquitoes from this ranger. Do you...

(Ron Writing) This morning we left Helena heading northeast on I-15. This could have been a very scenic drive through the Rocky Mountains but there was a great deal of smoke in the air obscuring the distant views.

We stopped at the Gates of the Mountains recreation area but there was no place to park our rig down by the Missouri River. The Gates of the Mountains was named by Lewis & Clark when they first encountered the Rocky Mountains while heading west up the Missouri River.

We continued on I-15 roughly following the Missouri River through some beautiful canyons to Great Falls, MT. Upon arrival, we stopped at the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center. The admission fee is $5 each but with our National Parks Pass there was no charge.

This is a great facility with very nice displays about the entire expedition. They also cover the Great Falls portion of the expedition in more detail. This section of the Missouri River proved to be one of the toughest parts of the trip since they were forced to portage all of their gear and boats for about 15 miles around the series of falls. The mosquitoes almost ate them alive during the exhausting portage over some very rough terrain.

We watched 2 movies and listened to one ranger talk. In between those events we made it through about a third of the exhibits before the center closed for the day. We plan to go back tomorrow morning to see the rest.

We did some shopping at Sam's Club and are spending the night in the parking lot.

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