Montana tourism on rebound after steep drop in 2020


Amy Braig, left, and Zach Harper, with Montana River Guides, load rafting gear onto their trailer after floating a stretch of the Blackfoot River on Monday afternoon.

Montana River Guides boats float the Blackfoot River near Johnsrud on Monday.

Some outfitters have said they’ve been inundated with calls this spring as tourists and residents begin to hit the river.

David Erickson

It will come as no surprise to anyone that tourist visitation and spending in Montana took a big hit last year as the pandemic shut down businesses and closed the border with Canada.


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