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About Helena

About Helena

Meadow LakeHelena is is the capital of Montana and home to about 35,000 people in the "metro" area and approximately 60,000 total in the valley. The largest employers in the city are government related. In addition to being home to some 7,000 state employees, Helena is the seat of Lewis & Clark County, and is home to a number of federal agencies as well. Helena's economic stability is largely due to state government, regional healthcare, education, and small business. The majority of its workforce is professionals, white-collar workers, and employees of small businesses. 

Helena is big enough to have a vibrant arts and culture scene, yet small enough that you see people you know as you shop around town.

Situated in the western central part of Montana, at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Helena is located to many Montana highlights. Yellowstone Park is a 3.5 hour drive to the South and Glacier park is 3.5 hours to the North. Bozeman and Missoula are each a 1.5 hour drive, and both Great Falls and Butte are about 1 hour away. Billings (the largest city in Montana) is about a 3.5 hour drive to the east.

Carroll College is located right in the heart of Helena. You can easily walk downtown from campus. A new walking path allows pedestrians to access the newest parks, eateries and shops in town. By foot or bike, you stand only minutes from restaurants, movies, shopping, espresso, theatre, civic events, outdoor activities, and job opportunities.

Things to Do

HorsesHelena offers quick access to almost any sport you can imagine, all the way from golfing to extreme sports.

There is much to see and do. Helena's art scene makes it the “Best Small Arts Town in the West,” with plenty to catch your eye.  Check out the Holter Museum of Modern Art, The Archie Bray Foundation, or one of the many art galleries located in the downtown area.

The majestic Cathedral of St. Helena, houses a fifteen bell carillon, massive organ, and extensive stained glass windows. Musicians can enjoy a concert with the Helena Symphony, but get your tickets in advance, concerts sell out quickly.  Theatre goers can catch a production at the Montana Shakespeare Company, or at the Grandstreet Theatre

Helena city life is fun and friendly. Bars and restaurants host a wide choice of rock, jazz, blues and country music each week. The Myrna Loy Center provides Carroll students discounted tickets to movies and to world-class theatre, dance, and musical productions. The Helena Civic Center (just a few blocks from Carroll) brings in ballet, plays and symphonies, and a growing number of local art galleries are open to explore.

The Montana Historical Society offers a taste of Montana history plus priceless works by Western artists. Jazz festivals, rodeos, art shows, sled dog races, micro-brew reviews and a host of other public events are on tap throughout the year. The Montana Historical Society is also home to The Magazine of Western History, the most widely circulated magazine of its kind.

Helena Montana Trail MapFinally, Helena is literally the gate to God’s playground; if you do anything in the great outdoors, you will find a way to get involved in the Helena community—and it’s all nearby!  (75 miles of trails just 5 min. from campus, rivers, skiing, mountain biking and rafting all less than an hour away!) Go for a hike in the South Hills just on the edge of town.  With miles and miles of trails to explore you will never run out of routes to try. Just download the trail map posted here.

What's the weather like?

The weather is usually clear, sunny and dry. The average annual snowfall in Helena is 47.5 inches, and the average number of days with snow on the ground is 61 per year.

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Hotel Information

The Barrister Bed & Breakfast
416 N. Ewing (406) 443-7330
About a 10-minute drive from campus
(breakfast included)
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Budget Inn Express
524 N. Last Chance Gulch (406)-442-0600
About a 5-minute drive from campus
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The Carolina Bed & Breakfast
309 N. Ewing (406) 422-0418
About a 10-minute drive from campus
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Red Lion Helena
2301 Colonial Drive (406) 443-2100/ 1-800-422-1002
About a 15-minute drive from campus

Comfort Inn
750 N. Fee (406) 443-1000
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Comfort Suites Helena
3180 N Washington Street 877.424.6423
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Days Inn
2001 Prospect Avenue (406) 442-3280 or
1-800-DaysInn
About a 10 minute drive from campus
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Elkhorn View Bed and Breakfast
88 Howard Beer Rd. (406) 442-1224
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Helena Great Northern Best Western Hotel
835 Great Northern Boulevard 406-457-5500
Across the street from campus
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Helena Country Inn & Suites
2101 11th Avenue 406-443-2300
About a 15-minute drive from campus
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Holiday Inn Downtown
22 N. Last Chance Gulch (406)-443-2200
About a 10-minute walk to campus
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Holiday Inn Express
3170 N. Sanders St 1-800-315-2621
About a 10 minute drive from campus
All rooms are non-smoking
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Jorgenson’s Holiday Motel
1714 11th Avenue (406) 442-1770 / 1-800-272-1770
About a 5 minute drive from campus
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Motel 6
800 N. Oregon (406)-442-9990
About a 10 minute drive from campus
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Residence Inn by Marriott
Located close to the airport
1-406-443-8010
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The Sanders Bed & Breakfast
328 N. Ewing (406)-442-3309
About a 10-minute walk from campus
When parents stay at Sanders, students are invited to enjoy breakfast free of charge.
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Super 8 Motel
2201 11th Avenue (406)-443-2450 / 1-800-800-8000
About a 15-minute drive from campus
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Wingate by Wyndham
2007 N Oakes (406) 449-3000/(866)300-7100
About 10 min. from campus/ near airport
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