Thompson Park opens May 1
By Moosetrack Megan
Thompson Park will open Monday, May 1 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.
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 disc golf course in which members of the Mining City Disc Golf Club and an Eagle Scout candidate have been making improvements. The course is the only authorized disc golf course in the park and surrounding National Forest. Visitors are reminded that shooting is prohibited within the park boundary, and 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 (406) 494-2147, or the Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation Department at (406) 497-6535.