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Montana Ford is a river crossing in Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Red Dead Online in the Hennigan's Stead region of the New Austin territory, connecting to the Tall Trees region of the West Elizabeth territory.


Red Dead Redemption

Montana Ford's primary use is most likely for transporting herds of livestock between the New Austin and West Elizabeth territories, and is also simply another route for travelers who may not wish to make their journey by train or through Thieves' Landing. However, travel is restricted during certain times of the seasons by the river's water level and rate of flow, which can either be too deep or too wild for practical navigation. Players should watch out for the deep water.

Red Dead Redemption 2

It is now an unlabeled area. There is now a road across the ford (most likely for convenience sake) which NPCs can be seen using. John and Sadie cross this during "An Honest Day's Labors".


It is a shallow river crossing between Tanner's Span and Mason's Bridge. It is located slightly upstream from where the label is placed on the in-game map.


  • The Montana Ford is one of only a few places that allows travel into West Elizabeth; therefore, the crossing of the stream is prevented by deep water until a certain point in the storyline is reached, at which point the stream becomes shallow, allowing traversal.
  • The Montana Ford is also one of the only places where the player can cross water without drowning. Another place is at the waterfall by Aurora Basin, and Stillwater Creek.
  • Carts and Wagons are able to be driven across the river, but are slowed down by the water flow.
  • Before West Elizabeth is unlocked, the Montana Ford is the only location where the player can hunt beavers although they are extremely rare.
  • It is possible for the player to travel through here in the mission "The Outlaw's Return" and "Old Friends, New Problems" without mission failure.



The discovery of locations in Red Dead Redemption count towards the following Trophies/Achievements:

10 gamerscoregamerscore
Bronze bronzebronze
Uncover every location on the map in Single Player.

100 gamerscoregamerscore
Gold goldgold
Attain 100% List in the singleplayer game completion list.