Hike to Crow Creek Falls

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 ->

Hike in the Crazy Mountains

Directions to Trailhead: 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. This is a well-traveled road with little maintenance so it is a… Continue Reading ->

Hike To Casey Peak

Directions to Casey Peak Trailhead: From Montana City, travel east on 518 – to McClellan Creek Road. Turn South onto McClellan Creek Road. Continue on McClellan Creek, taking a left at the first Y and a right at the intersection of McClellan and Crystal Creek Road. Continue to the trailhead. The… Continue Reading ->

Hike to Thunder Falls

A bonus of the hike to Thunder Falls is the numerous lakes and falls you pass by on the way and in the surrounding area. For more on these lakes and falls see our posts Blue Lake and Upper Big Timber Falls. Directions to Trailhead: From Big Timber, travel north on US… Continue Reading ->

Elkhorn Ghost Town

Montana Big Sky Country has 8 classified ghost towns. 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]. Not all of Montana’s historic towns are listed as ghost towns, for a more… Continue Reading ->

Guide to Seeing Bears in Yellowstone National Park

Grizzly and black bears 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. When: Early in the spring when the bears first come out of hibernation seems to be the time when they… Continue Reading ->

Hike to Blue Lake

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 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 ->

Dumb Things Not To Do In Yellowstone

We usually head for the park here in the next few weeks to cruise the Lamar and watch for wolves! With that in mind I was looking through some of the photos I have taken in the past there and I started noticing a pattern; there are a lot of… 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 ->

The Rodeo Capital of the World

Cody, Wyoming is known as the Rodeo Capital of the World – with a rodeo every single night from June 1 through August 31. Home of the Cody Nite Rodeo, the Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede, Wrangler Champion Challenge, and Xtreme Bulls; no matter what you see there is an adventure… Continue Reading ->

2015 Great American Motorcycle Hill Climbs

Another hot summer day in Billings Montana and another good time at the Great American Hill Climb.   The night show is even better and the videos we caught will show it.   You all have heard me say before that I am a beginner photographer but check the videos as they’re… 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

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

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 ->

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

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

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

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

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 ->

Montana Outdoors Magazine

For great photos and easy reading check out Montana Outdoors magazine produced by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.  It is a bimonthly magazine that will allow you to read at your leisure yet be anxious for the next issue. Plus, they won’t stack up on the coffee table next to the easy chair nearly… Continue Reading ->

Cold Winter Days in Montana Big Sky Country

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 ->

Big Horn Sheep in Montana Big Sky Country

Big Horn Sheep face many difficulties in Montana’s Big Sky Country with pneumonia, disease and poaching but they keep coming back.  It is always a thrill to see the sheep and the random photos below speak for themselves. We found these sheep in a number of different places in Montana… 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 ->

Montana Facts and History

  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 ->

Camping Yellowstone

Camping in Yellowstone

Camping is one of the best forms of outdoor recreation in the West whether in a tent, camper, or RV. One spot our family loves to camp is Yellowstone National Park. The scene pictured above is one of the family in Norris Campground. This campsite is one of the sites… 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

Rocky Mountain Front

  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 ->

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. 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 ->

Montana History on the Roadside

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! They make the trip more about the travel than the destination. There is a book of all of the markers in the… Continue Reading ->

Fishing the Montana Waters

Montana is one of the greatest places to fish in the entire world! Proof: the world renowned movie The River Runs Through It was filmed in Montana.  The state has hundreds of waters to fish that are filled with a huge diversity of species. For a Montana Fishing Guide provided by Fish… 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 ->