60 Reasons to Love P-burg: A Guide to Philipsburg, MT

Do you need a few reasons to visit or reside in Philipsburg, Montana? The following list was compiled by Philipsburg’s Ambassadors to tell the story of why they chose to relocate to Montana’s Flint Creek Valley.

 Read more about Living in Philipsburg here.

General Splendor

1. Low Crime

Philipsburg residences also boast majestic mountain and valley views.

Philipsburg residences also boast majestic mountain and valley views.

2. Ambassador group available to welcome Residence

3. Awarded as one of “America’s Prettiest Places”

4. No franchised businesses or signs

5. The County Seat, including a Historic Courthouse (circa 1911)

6. More Deer & Elk in County than people

Location and Climate

6. 350 days of sunshine

7. One stop light in 3700 square miles

8. Clean air & low humidity

9. Four distinct seasons

10. Half hour off Interstate in high mountain valley

11. Midway between Yellowstone & Glacier Park [State’s largest tourist attractions]

12. One hour from airports – Direct flights to Chicago, Denver, Minn., Las Vegas, Seattle, Salt Lake, Phoenix, SF, & Atlanta

A Creek Near Philipsburg

A Creek Near Philipsburg

13. 15 minutes to Montana’s best blue ribbon trout streams

14. Forest access at the edge of town

15. Pintlar Wilderness area nearby



16. Home to a creative community: investors, filmmakers, artisans, musicians and brewers

17. Hosts Granite County’s Historical Museum with a gift shop and public meeting area

18. Numerous community celebrations & festivals throughout the year

19. Live theater in historic Opera House [circa 1890]


Economy/Business Support

20. Progressive fire protection, low rates

21. No sales tax

22. Available building sites & wide range of housing

Philipsburg's streets are filled with boutique inns, charming shops, antiques and Victorian buildings.

Philipsburg’s streets are filled with boutique inns, charming shops, antiques and Victorian buildings.

23. Broadband Wireless

24. Daily UPS & FedEx delivery & pickup

25. Full Service Post Office

26. Locally-owned bank

27. Local airport w/hangers


29. Outdoor Amphitheater & Stage [capacity 3,000]

30. Over 300,000 tourist visits annually

31. Almost 500 miles of fishing streams

32. Discovery Ski Area 6 miles from town

33. Eight golf courses within one hour

34. Forest Service headquarters for maps/permits/cabin rentalPhilipsburg Amphitheater

35. Hundreds of miles of hiking/biking/snowmobile trails

36. Most prolific trout lake in Montana [Georgetown] nearby

37. NHL-sized Hockey Rink/activity center/w/Zamboni

38. Over 50 Alpine lakes

39. Public parks with picnic areas, tennis & basketball courts, baseball fields and jogging tracks


Community Services

40. Senior Center w/discounted meals

Getting the Ice Ready for the Season

Getting the Ice Ready for the Season

41. Service Clubs:  Rotary, Masons, Chamber of Commerce

42. Six churches & four bars

43. Hospital w/24/7 Trauma level IV Emergency Room/Clinic/Life Flight

44. VA medical center & clinics nearby

45. Local Dentist

46. Pharmacy

47. Rest Home w/24 units



48. College credit program for Junior & Senior high school students [significant savings to families]

49. Community Library/w free web access

Philipsburg's schools feature small class sizes

Philipsburg’s schools feature small class sizes

50. Elementary School in totally remodeled historic building

51. High ratio college scholarships to graduating Seniors

52. High School w/best Class C gym in Montana

53. Opportunity for student participation in all high school sports & activities

54. Student/Teacher ratio of 9.5 to 1


Local Businesses

55. Second largest Candy Store  in the US

56. Excellent Grocery Store w/Butcher

57. Full Scale Hardware Store

58. Micro Brewery

The Philipsburg Brewing Company

The Philipsburg Brewing Company

59. Montana’s Best Thrift Store

60. Variety of  restaurants Steak/Ribs/Pizza

61. Best selection of Bed and Breakfasts/Inns in Western Montana


Read a local resident’s story about moving to Philipsburg.