Montana Hidden Garden of Buddhas – Best Places to Visit in State
Vacation time across Montana can be an amazing experience, whether you head to the mountains, check museums, travel to our national parks in Yellowstone and Glacier or take a week to make your home and yard look beautiful. Oftentimes, we may consider even heading out of state. Before you do though, check out a true hidden gem that many don't know about in our state.
The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Western Montana Is Incredible!
Located in Arlee, Montana, the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in situated in the Jocko Valley, just north of Missoula. Construction began in 2000, with over 1000 statues being cast from concrete to be placed on over 10 acres of land. Construction continues today, with the shrine hoping to be finished in time for consecration from the 14th Dali Lama when it is completed.
How To Get to The Garden and When to Visit for Your Vacation
Once you leave Missoula and head for Arlee, you will arrive at the Jocko Campground, then travel further up 200 to signs directing you to the Garden. While you can probably make it through the shrine in a day, make sure to take some extra time to wander the grounds and find out more about location, it's history and even speak with local temple Buddhists about the religion and the following.
The Garden is open year around with special hours during the winter and early spring/fall times. You can even book tours from April through October, they also offer areas for weddings and special gatherings. They do request that pets stay at home, as the area is considered a sacred space.