Philipsburg, a charming 19th-century mining town that still proves to be a gem like one of the many Montana sapphires originating in the area is located in the heart of the spectacular Flint Creek Valley between Anaconda and Drummond. On your way to or from Yellowstone National Park, Philipsburg is well worth a stopover.
Silver mining originally brought this town to life back in the late 1860s and while sapphire mining is still the main attraction (you can mine your own valuable Montana sapphires while visiting Philipsburg or visit a local jeweler).
In the summer there is a variety of outdoor activities other than sapphire mining, including boating, fishing, hiking, and biking. In winter head to the nearby slopes for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice-fishing, ice climbing, and kiteboarding.