The Montana State Parks Foundation is publishing a weekly showcase of Montana State Parks' 55 properties.
This week's focus takes travelers to Tower Rock State Park, near the small town of Cascade which is located southwest of Great Falls.
Tower Rock is a 424-foot high formation that marks the entrance to the Missouri River Canyon in the Adel Mountains Volcanic Field.
The tower is made of igneous rock chunks blasted skyward from the Adel Mountain volcano 68 to 75 million years ago and then cemented together by volcanic ash.
Things to do at Tower Rock State Park include: hiking, photography, picnicking and more.
Visitors can learn about geology and history through five interpretive panels located at the trailhead. The trail to the base of the saddle is maintained for a quarter. If you plan to hike this short trail be sure to keep your eyes open and listen for rattlesnakes.
Did you know?
This day-use only park was once used by Native American tribes to mark the entrance to and exit from the buffalo hunting grounds in north central Montana.
The Montana State Parks Foundation helps fund work at parks, for more information log on to www.montanastateparksfoundation.org.