Thompson Park Map
Thompson park is my family’s favorite place in Butte. We walk our three dogs on the trail system year round, 5-6 days per week. During the summer months, we mountain bike, trail run, or workout in Thompson park. I am like a kid on a jungle gym sometimes. I climb trees and rocks throughout the park, while running in between. I will pick a good spot, turn on some music, and do a full workout consisting of body weight exercises (push ups, lunges, squats), hill sprints, rock jumps (box jumps), plyometrics, etc. My kids will play in the rocks, building a hidden fort, while I run, or walk the dogs. Summers at Thompson park are amazing! In the winter months, I still walk, run, or snowshoe the trails. It is peaceful and serene every time I’m there.
Although I don’t currently participate, there is also a “Folfing” course at Sagebrush Flats. I’m sure there is a real name for the game, but it is basically Frisbee golf. I believe the course is 18 holes and the objective is to throw the disk into the basket at each “hole.” I see young teenagers and adults of all ages playing throughout the day. It looks like a really fun game. Another activity I don’t participate in, but I’ve seen others doing is Geocaching. This is basically a scavenger hunt with a GPS system. There are little treasure boxes hidden throughout Thompson Park, and the participant uses GPS coordinates to find the treasure. I know these treasure boxes exist because my kids have found them while building forts in the rocks.
Thompson park is a great place to get together with people, or to spend some time alone. I like to go out on certain tails, which are generally less traveled when I am in need of some alone time. I will put a podcast on while walking, or simply listen to the sounds of nature. I get recharged when I spend time in the outdoors, so this is a must for me a few times a week. Thompson Park is also where I fell in love with Cory. We spent 4-5 days a week mountain biking the various trails the first year we met. When we adopted our doggies, we spent 4-5 days a week walking them and training them at Thompson Park. This is also a great place to meet new people. I can’t count how many people I have met for the first time, or met again after years of not seeing one another. I have met people from Missoula, Bozeman, Helena, and even a few from out of state as they were passing through on the CDT through hike. I know the names of numerous dogs that I see on a regular basis, too.
In addition to meeting people at Thompson Park, I have also met a few wild critters. I have come across a bear while trail running, numerous deer and elk, a family of owls, a snake, and various rodents and such. Cory saw a mountain lion from a distance (thank goodness), too. I carry bear spray for the most part, ever since running into the bear a few years ago. I recommend you do the same.
In closing, if you ever find yourself looking to “get away” without having to go too far, check out Thompson Park. Pick up a new hobby such as mountain biking, snowshoeing, nordic skiing, folfing, or geocaching. I promise, you won’t regret it, and you can’t find a better place to enjoy these activities than Thompson Park! Enjoy!