Living in Anaconda

Anaconda is centrally located in the heart of Southwest Montana. While outdoor opportunities such as hiking, fishing, skiing and biking are in Anaconda’s back yard, the community is a half-hour from Butte, and about two hours from Missoula and Bozeman – all larger cities that offer metropolitan conveniences.

Anaconda is welcoming and accommodating to new businesses. It is an open-door community where people are always willing to help out and find better paths to do business.


Anaconda is a copper-smelting boom town founded in the early 1900s. Copper that was mined in Butte was processed in Anaconda, and the community grew up around those jobs. Anaconda’s blue-collar roots and melting-pot culture have helped create a colorful, tightly knit community. The historic smokestack, which greets visitors entering town from the east, breaks the sky-line as a locally beloved icon for days gone by.

Moving Forward

Anaconda has emerged from a history of heavy industry and the side effects of cutting edge superfund remediation after the smelter closed in 1980 to imagining the possibilities for the future.