Hike to Big Timber Falls


Directions: From Big Timber, travel north on US 191 – 11 miles to the well-marked access to Big Timber Canyon Road via Wormser Road. Follow the road to its end at the Halfmoon Picnic Area and Campground. Travel Time: 2.5 hours from Townsend WARNING: ROUGH ROAD LAST 2 MILES Hike Difficulty:   … Continue Reading ->

Hike to Lost Cabin Lake


Directions: From Boulder, travel south on Highway 69 – 33 miles and continue south onto Highway 359 under the interstate  through Cardwell to the Indiana University Geological Field Office turnoff at the South Boulder River. From the Cardwell side, turn south onto S Boulder Road and continue 16.5 miles through … Continue Reading ->

The Beartooth Highway


One of the most beautiful drives I have ever been on is the Beartooth All-American Scenic Byway. With some of the most breathtaking views on the planet, it is a drive you have to take if you come to or live in Montana. Cruise the pass and continue down to … Continue Reading ->

Hike to Crow Creek Falls

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Directions: From Toston, travel west on highway 285 – 9 miles to Radersburg. Continue through Radersburg 13 miles to the Jenkins Gulch intersection. Continue straight through on the Hall Creek Road 2 more miles until you reach TR. 109. Turn right at the TR. 109 sign and park at the … Continue Reading ->

Out of Bounds and Across State Lines

Helen’s and my intentions were to spend a day and a night in Red Lodge, Montana then take a cruise over Beartooth Pass and that all worked out for the most part.  Red Lodge is one of our favorite places with plenty to see and much to do.  There are … Continue Reading ->

The Merry Widow


About a year ago we went for a road trip down to Bannack State Park and hit a lot of really unique and beautiful places along the way. One of the first places we hit was Basin. The town and surrounding area are full of a lot of interesting history Continue Reading ->

Throw Back to 2014 Race To The Sky

photo credit] Eliza Sautter

Race To The Sky 2015 is this weekend.  We had a blast last year as you can see in this post and have been looking forward to seeing it all again.  We are planning to do the vet check in Helena on Friday but the race starts in Seeley Lake … Continue Reading ->

Free Presidents’ Day Weekend in Yellowstone National Park

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Winter trips to Yellowstone have been great outdoor adventures for us the past few years.  You can cruise the Park in the warmth of your own automobile or truck and enjoy many sights.  The road from Gardiner – Mammoth to Cooke City is open year round and most often provides … Continue Reading ->

Morning Hunts

Sunrises of Hunting Season

General rifle season in Montana comes to an end every year Thanksgiving weekend and every time it comes as a disappointment. Both Liza and I live for hunting season, for the fun we have while in the woods and everything we get to see there. One of the best parts, … Continue Reading ->

More Than A Kill

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My countdown clock dwindled away to Opening Day of General Rifle Season a couple of Saturdays ago and my excitement to hit the woods in search of elk was overwhelming, especially since my parents allowed me to take Monday off so I could have three days to hunt. Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous … Continue Reading ->

Mountain Goats


On one of our hikes this summer we came onto a good size group of  mountain goats.  When we came out of the timber and into the open I told Liza we should see some goats today. No sooner did I say that and Liza says “there’s some goats right … Continue Reading ->

Moose in the Wild


I now have a camera capable of taking a great photograph so I am up against it.  It is not my aspiration to become a great photographer, but I would hope someday I could make the rank of amateur.  That makes me clearly a beginner and I am fine with … Continue Reading ->

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park (YNP) is one of Montana’s greatest treasures! Its 2.2 million acres are home to a vast array of wildlife as well as amazing views, hot geology, cold water, and famous landmarks. You have access to tons of amazing views via the roadway, but those views only comprise two … Continue Reading ->

Tips and Tricks: Bears in Yellowstone

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This weekend Mom and I (Liza) went on a site seeing trip to Yellowstone National Park in celebration of Mother’s Day. It was quite perfect…….For the first time in all of our years of visiting the Park we saw a bison become a Mom. The freshly dropped bison calf was still … Continue Reading ->

Things to Do In Great Falls

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This past weekend we hit a couple of the wonderful places to stop in Great Falls, Montana. First on the list was the Great Falls! These falls were quite an obstacle for Lewis and Clark who had to carry all of their gear, canoes and all, 18 miles to go around … Continue Reading ->

Free Weekend In Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks April 19-20

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In honor of National Park Week, a presidential proclaimed celebration week for our Nation’s history, all national parks have free park entry on April 19th and 20th. Both Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park are included. The timing for this free weekend in Yellowstone is perfect as the road … Continue Reading ->

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

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Next time you are visiting in Missoula Montana or even if you are just passing though a good place to stop and stretch your legs is the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.  It is easy to find on the north side of the Interstate at the Reserve Street exit.  For contact … Continue Reading ->

Vote For Us to Be Montana Ambassadors

Montana Tourism and Backpacker Magazine have partnered to sponsor a Montana Ambassador that will take a seven day trip this summer and bring back great pictures, videos, and stories for you to enjoy. We have applied as the Outdoor Montanans to become Ambassadors for this program.To become the ambassadors we must collect … Continue Reading ->

Cold Winter Days in Montana Big Sky Country

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It was Friday afternoon and I headed out for a solo weekend at our cabin in Southwest Montana. My plan was to do some snowshoeing and look for Mountain Lion or at least a cat track. On the way up to the cabin my first wildlife encounter of the weekend … Continue Reading ->

Winter in Montana Big Sky Country

Montana Winter Wear

It’s winter in Montana and one must definitely be bundled up when braving the out of doors. For a weekend of hiking I definitely needed the right clothing to stay warm but not overheat. I decided on a wool sweater, much like the wool shawl that Robert Redford wore in … Continue Reading ->

Bison in Yellowstone Park

Bison in Yellowstone

Lined up along the Yellowstone River in the Hayden Valley these bison took to swimming the river. It was so impressive to see the young and the old forge the waters.  This was a great site to see. Below are random photos of Yellowstone Bison. Click on any photo for … Continue Reading ->

Montana Roadside History Between Helena and Missoula

Montana was the first state in the US to have historical highway markers and now we have over 220! Be sure to stop and see them when visiting or traveling Montana! They make the trip more about the travel than just the destination. There is a book of all of … Continue Reading ->

Tips and Tricks: How to See Bears in Yellowstone

Griz in Yellowstone

Grizzly bear and black bear can be seen at any time and any place in Yellowstone Park but there are some times and some places that give better odds for a sighting. Early in the spring when the bears first come out of hibernation seems to be the time when … Continue Reading ->

Montana Facts and History

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  Montana is the fourth largest state in the union being 147,164 square miles 40% of which is public land. That is 37 million acres of land and water available for Vacation Travel and Outdoor Recreation.  It is the 6th least populated state cresting one million people in 2012.  This … Continue Reading ->

Tips and Tricks: Camping Yellowstone National Park

1. Know which campground you want to stay in! Do you have a tent, a camper, an RV? Do you want full hookups or are you free trappers and want a campfire? All of Yellowstone’s campsites offer sites for different campers so knowing where you need to stay is vital! … Continue Reading ->

Montana’s Rockies

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  The word Montana comes from the Spanish word meaning mountain and one of our popular slogans is “Land of the Shinning Mountains”. That being said western Montana contains many mountain ranges as well as smaller island ranges throughout the state giving Montana nearly 80 mountain ranges that make up … Continue Reading ->

Wildlife Refuges in Montana Big Sky Country

The National Bison Range has been in existence since the early 1900’s and is a great place to visit anytime of the year. One thing to consider is that in the winter the bison are kept on the west side of the range and that area is closed to vehicle … Continue Reading ->

Montana Geological Road Signs

Montana Black Gold Geological Marker Near Red Lodge

Since 2006 the Montana Department of Transportation has installed close to 50 roadside travel markers including the one pictured above. The signs include information about the geology of the area. For detailed information about these signs  [click here]. Be sure to stop and read the signs during your Montana Vacation Travel.

Montana Ghost Towns

photo credit] Helen Sautter

Montana Big Sky Country has 8 classified ghost towns and one of the more easily recognized ghost towns is Elkhorn located east of Boulder in the Elkhorn Mountains. For a list of Montana Ghost Towns [click here]. For a more complete list of historic mining towns and ghost towns [click … Continue Reading ->

State Parks in Montana Big Sky Country

Beavertail Hill State Park

One of Montana’s 54 state parks is Beavertail Hill State park located near Clinton on the Clark Fork River.  The park provides fantastic camping sites as well as fishing, boating, and photography opportunities, just to name a few. Before planning a visit to the park check the season hours to … Continue Reading ->

Elk Hunting on Public Land in Montana Big Sky Country

In 2012 I harvested this bull on the second morning of opening weekend of Rifle Season on Forest Service land in southwest Montana. It was the second year in a row I had harvested a bull during Opening Weekend in the same vicinity.  This shows just how great the hunting … Continue Reading ->

Migratory Birds at Freezeout Lake

Tundra Swans at Freezeout Lake

The state of Montana has around 60 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) scattered all across the state. These areas provide ample opportunity for outdoor recreation such as boating, fishing, horseback riding, bird watching, camping, hiking, hunting, wildlife viewing, outdoor and wildlife photography, and/or just enjoying the outdoors! Montana Fish Wildlife and … Continue Reading ->

Scouting Gear

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I love to hike, fish, take outdoor photography, hunt, and do everything else wild and outdoors. This weekend I did some preseason scouting (something every good hunter does). I wore camouflage pants, a camo coat, my LUCKY Titan Machinery Hat, and Irish Setter/ Red Wing boots. These items are all … Continue Reading ->