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Wickes Tunnel - Montana 3
Photo Credit: Caitlin Laurel Willson

If you're like me and love spending time outdoors discovering new places, you need to know about this awesome abandoned railroad tunnel, It's literally over a mile long, and you can actually drive through it in your vehicle.

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The Wickes Tunnel near Boulder, Montana is one of the coolest off-the-radar things to see in Montana. A couple of years ago, I visited the Wickes Tunnel and actually drove through it during the summer. During the winter, the tunnel completely changes. Large ice columns form within the tunnel making it impossible to drive through.

Here's a video from when I drove through Wickes Tunnel. I apologize for the poor quality. It was a bumpy ride.

When the tunnel was first built in 1887, it was the longest railroad tunnel in Montana with a length of 6,145 feet. For comparison, a mile is only 5,280 feet. Click here to read about the history of the Wickes Tunnel.

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Jesse James

Where is Wickes Tunnel in Montana?

To get there, Take I-15 to the Jefferson City exit. From there, follow Corbin Road to Wickes Road. Drive through the houses in Wickes and follow the forest service road until you get to the tunnel.

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Jesse James

The inside of the tunnel is pitch black, and there's usually a lot of standing water due to the lack of sunlight and airflow, so enter at your own risk. A vehicle with 4-wheel drive is highly recommended.

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