“ALDC has been a supporter of the Copper Village Museum and Art's Center for over 30 years.. They have helped us write and get grants, helped us find the information we need, is always there to answer questions and is willing to pitch in whenever we call them.”
—Copper Village Museum and Art's Center
Anaconda and the surrounding area are alive with possibilities for everything from business to recreation. Within the community is a growing and walkable downtown business district with a coffee shop, bakery, salons, a fitness studio, clothing boutiques, home-goods shops and offices. Main Street is the entrance to Anaconda’s historic district, where the U.S. Post Office, the Hearst Free Library, the Deer-Lodge County Courthouse and the Washoe Theater are among buildings listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. All of those buildings are still being used. The theater is treasured by locals, and has recently upgraded to a digital sound and display to ensure the future of modern cinema in a historic setting.
Just beyond the city limits, outdoor opportunities abound. Anaconda is surrounded by national forest land with abundant hiking, skiing and snowmobiling trails. Bountiful fisheries are only a short drive from town, including the Big Hole River and Georgetown Lake. Just beyond Georgetown Lake is Discovery Ski Area, a hill to satisfy both hard-core skiers and families. Skiers enjoy pulse-pounding vertical drops, a relaxed easy chair and everything in between. Within Anaconda, tidy parks offer entertainment for families, and The Jack Nicklaus-designed Old Works Golf Course sits atop land reclaimed from Anaconda’s copper-smelting hey-day.
Social and entertainment activities have grown in number in recent years in Anaconda. The community plays host to the Wayne Estes Basketball Tournament, Goosetown Softball Tournament, Art in the Park, summer concert series’ at several venues, a community market, a Friday night summer event and more. These events not only provide activities for locals, but help maintain a tourist population that stimulates the economy.
Volunteerism is part of the fabric of the community, and serves as an important networking tool for newcomers and existing residents. The Anaconda Garden Club, Anaconda Community Foundation, Copper Village Museum and Art Center, Parent-Teacher Associations, Anaconda Trail Society and Boys & Girls Club are just a few not-for-profit organizations that encourage civic involvement.
Within an hour of Anaconda:
Philipsburg, about a half-hour to the west, is a restored mining camp offering live plays, old-time shops and a famous candy store. Nearby, ghost towns offer fun summer day trips. East of Anaconda, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is a favorite place to soak and have a nice dinner. Continuing along Interstate 90, Butte offers more metropolitan-style conveniences, including national retailers, an import-grocery store and more.
Montana is home to dozens of state parks, including Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park and the Big Horn Battlefield State Park. On a grander scale, Montana hosts the majestic Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Montana’s entertainment opportunities are endless as the state is wealthy with hot springs, whitewater rafting, hunting, gemstone searches, campsites and more.
For Kids and Teens
Anaconda is home to a wide range of activities for children and teens. Anaconda’s Washoe Park offers a playground, pool and trout hatchery. Anaconda is home to a one-of-a-kind skate park, located in Anaconda Park. Anaconda is also home to a 140-foot super slide, the Copper Chute. The Boys and Girls Club offers activities and events after school and during the summer, giving kids a place to interact and make new friends. Local church youth groups and youth sports teams are great activities for children and teens in Anaconda.