Miles City, Montana lies at the confluence of the Tongue and Yellowstone Rivers in Custer County. Originally the site of Fort Keogh, which was built after the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Miles City was first established by merchants who lived around the Fort and provided goods (namely alcohol) to the soldiers there. The small town was named after the Fort’s commander, General Nelson A. Miles, and was officially incorporated in 1887.
Today, Miles City is home to over 8,000 residents and a rich, old-western history. Many of the town’s main attractions are tied back into this history, including Historic Main Street and the Range Riders Museum. Visitors to Miles City also enjoy tubing and fishing on the Tongue and Yellowstone Rivers and surrounding reservoirs, as well as hunting and camping. In the city, there are also many great parks, shops, museums, galleries and restaurants for residents and visitors to enjoy.
The Range Riders Museum is a must visit for western history enthusiasts. It is home to a wide variety of artifacts from the early days of settlers and cowboys, including rows of old guns, clothing, photographs, tools, tack and more. Outer structures house even more of the Range Riders’ extensive collection. One of these outer structures is the Wagon Depot, which boasts a fantastic collection of antique vehicles. There’s also a log cabin schoolhouse! You definitely won’t miss this museum when you’re in Miles City!
The Bucking Horse Sale, also known as the BHS, showcases the best bucking stock in the nation. Since 1914, top rodeo contractors have come to Miles City from all over the country to buy the stock they will use to entertain millions of rodeo-goers for years to come. Held the third weekend in May, the BHS puts several hundred broncs and riders on display for an enthusiastic crowd. The multiple-day event also includes a concert, bull-riding, live music, horse racing, a trade show, street dances, and even a parade. Rodeo fans won’t want to miss this classic event!
The Blackiron Grill & Rotisserie in Miles City works with local ranchers and purveyors to provide Montana-produced food and drink at their restaurant. Enjoy local wine paired with a Montana-grown steak, or a delicious handcrafted burger and some craft beer. From the rotisserie, choose from some smoky and delicious chicken, ribs or brisket. There are also plenty of soup, salad, pasta and even seafood options to please every palette. Save some room for dessert: there’s huckleberry cheesecake!