Phillipsburg Montana is just one of those towns that is so much fun to visit and to explore! We were lucky enough that Kylie and I were able to go during our trip to Montana in 2017, so when we all went back it was on the list to take Bella and Michael to as well. We did even more than we did the first time the kids are already planning their next trip back! (I have included affiliate links to products I love. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.)
Now if you have ever been to this part of Montana the way we went to Phillipsburg was beautiful! We stayed with family in Hamilton, Montana so we took MT 38-E aka Skalkaho Pass and it was such a beautiful dive! But warning there is no cell service on this road. We did see 3 Moose, deer, and even a bear on the highway this year! And we always stop to see the amazing Skalkaho Falls, we get out and walk around it seemed to be different this year than last year but was still amazing!
Now my favorite part of Phillipsburg is just the old school town and buildings! Being from South Dakota I have always had a soft spot for small towns and the pace of the small town life too.
How To Spend The Day In Phillipsburg Montana:
We started out our day by checking out the shops! There was so many to look at, we had to run into Snookies Mercantile (see their site -> here where we get our Huckleberry Jam! I don’t know why but this is the best Huckleberry Jam we have ever gotten. ) We made sure to grab extra last time because the Washington And Oregon Jams didn’t compare. There are so many cute shops up and down the street window shopping is so much fun to do in small towns like this!
The Sweet Palace- Now this is no surprise, my kids, favorite stop in Phillipsburg. This store is wall to wall candy by the pound! Any candy, taffy, or fudge you can think of is found here! Plus you can mix and match everything as well. If you are a huge Huckleberry fan they have a ton of different candy’s to pick from! See more on their website -> here!
Where To Eat In Phillipsburg:
Phillipsburg Brewery- The kids and I walked past this place and it looked like a fun hangout place! The smell of the food was pretty good, but we were on our way to the gem shop! The family we were with tried to go back after the ghost town to have a drink but the place was packed! It’s clearly a local favorite! See their website for more info -> here!
Doe Brother’s> This is where we ended up for lunch and it is a cute little place to eat. Kylie and I had eaten there the year before so this is where we ended up. The kids loved the old fashion sodas they serve, was a fun treat to enjoy while we were in town. You can see more on their facebook page -> here! Of course, we were so busy eating and talking I forgot to take pictures of our food and drinks.
Rock Shop Gem Mountain-> After the candy shop the Gem Mountain was a close second favorite! The kids got a bucket of dirt from Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine! They had a blast digging thru the rocks and finding sapphires. The staff was so friendly with helping the kids and washing our dirt for us. You can learn more -> here, we are hoping our next visit to catch the mine actually open to go to the mine.
Granite Ghost Town -> This was an experience my kids are already talking about going back for. We had no idea this was there, I mean to see one of the original towns and the original bank still standing was fun. Now you do need four-wheel drive as its an unmaintained road, and only one lane too.
The part we pulled up to had the last house that the last tenant lived in. If you can’t tell Kylie has seen too many scary movies and was not liking that I kept being able to scare them. The kids loved being able to look at the old buildings and see how the town had disappeared.
We plan to go back with more time to explore and research a bit better on where to go in to see more buildings!!! You can see more about Granite Ghost Town -> here.
Have you been to Montana before??