Area Info

Downtown Helena is a treasure of events, shopping, dining, lodging, services, and entertainment, offering unique experiences for everyone.

Helena was born when gold was discovered in Last Chance Gulch on July 14, 1864.  The area takes its name from the “Four Georgians,” the miners that discovered the gold.  Helena was their “Last Chance” to discover gold before heading back home to Georgia. The gulch is now Helena’s Main Street and the state’s only downtown, outdoor walking mall. Highlights of the gulch include unique shops, eateries, boutiques, coffee shops, and architectural masterpieces dating back to the late 19th century.

Not only is Helena an historic treasure, she boasts some outstanding natural, recreational opportunities.  Designated a ride center by the International Mountain Biking Association, Helena has over 75 miles of trails that originate in the Downtown area, offering visitors a world-class mountain biking or hiking experience. Rand McNally and awarded Helena the Best of the Road “Best for Geocaching” title.

Stroll the historic Walking Mall, enjoy the local art and craft beers.  Grab an ice cream cone or visit an old-fashioned soda fountain.  Hop aboard the Last Chance Tour Train to discover Helena’s history. Download our Walking App and tour the Westside Mansion District, featuring the elaborate homes of early miners.  Take a hike overlooking the beautiful Helena Valley. We love our city and are happy to share her beauty with you!