Skiing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, mountain biking—pick just about any outdoor sport and our students enjoy it. Many activities are literally in our back yard…almost all are within a 30 minute drive. Helena, Montana’s state capital, offers a charming downtown with quaint galleries and shops, and events like the farmer’s market and symphony. You’ll find movies and eateries for every taste. Tailgate parties for Saints football, swing dancing, slip-n-slide rides down the hill at Guad Hall, and service events like “Up Til Dawn” are just a few of the hundreds of events that will keep you busy on campus.
Try and be bored—we dare you.
Downhill racing on new powder has its fans, as does hiking Mount Helena before class. And Our C.A.M.P. program provides lots of free, organized outdoor adventures. You’ll explore nature’s nooks and crannies when participating in our many retreats. Or just grab some friends, your mountain bikes and a tent, and create your own plan!
Montana’s natural beauty is intense…as is the fun you can have enjoying it. You’ll find amazing opportunities just steps away from campus. Interested in expanding the playing field? Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks are only three hours away.
As a capital city, Helena offers an active social scene complete with restaurants of all kinds, quaint coffee and movie houses, and charming downtown walkways full of interesting boutiques. And, Helena’s art scene is first-class. In fact, Helena is one of the best small arts towns in the West.
Excellent rock climbing, downhill and cross country skiing, fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing and backcountry camping lie within 30-60 minutes of campus!
National shopping chains
Looking for favorites like Costco, Target, Walmart, TJ Maxx, Ross, Lowes, Home Depot, Staples, OfficeMax, and the like? Yep, we've got them too.
The Helena Symphony performing under the stars, jazz weekends at Benny's Bistro, the Grandstreet Theatre showcasing 8 to 9 plays and musicals a year, a huge, new Cinemark theatre along with the cool Myrna Loy Center, and so much more make Helena one of the best small art towns in America.
There are so many to name, but we'll mention the popular Brewhouse, Staggering Ox, Bagel Company, Taco Del Sol and Big Dipper because they are quirky and uniquely Montana (oh, and within walking distance from Carroll)!