Thompson Park will open on Wednesday

Thompson Park will open on Wednesday

Thompson Park will open Wednesday for the summer and fall.

The 3,500-acre park, managed by the Forest Service and City-County of Butte-Silver Bow, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Labor Day and then through October from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Forest Service and volunteer crews will be clearing trails.  Due to heavy snow some trails may take longer to open.

The Park has four day-use picnic areas: Nine Mile, Sagebrush Flats, Lower Eagles Nest and Lions Den. Eagles Nest trailhead and Blacktail trailhead provide access to more than 25 miles of non-motorized trails. These trails offer hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders’ connections to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and the Milwaukee Road Trail. Herman Gulch Trail provides a connection into the Highland Mountains area and other motorized trails.

Thompson Park also has a regulation 18-hole disc golf course.  The course is the only authorized disc golf course in the park and surrounding National Forest. Visitors are reminded that shooting weapons including guns and bow/arrow is prohibited within the park boundary with the exception of the permitted archery range to Silver Bow Archers.  Fires are only allowed in the developed site fire grills. For more information or to obtain a park brochure contact the Butte Ranger District at 494-2147, or the Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation Department at 497-6571.

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