Big Sky Adventures
Collected by Jenn Rowell
Montana, my new home state, and all the adventures to be had and exploring to be done.
79 Carriage House Ln, Philipsburg, MT 59858, USA
In 2007, hedge fund investor Jim Manley bought a working cattle ranch on the site of a historic silver-mining claim to stake as his bigger-than-life family retreat. In 2010, he opened up the Ranch at Rock Creek, a toy-filled haven in southwest ...
Yellowstone National Park is no secret by any stretch of the imagination. Yellowstone is one of America's most popular tourist destinations, and with good reason; there few places in the country where you can rub shoulders with grizzlies, smack...
7485 Virgelle Ferry Rd N, Loma, MT 59460, USA
Eight miles of gravel road away from an already lonely stretch of highway in Central Montana, the Virgelle Mercantile Bed and Breakfast offers quiet comfort. Well, mostly quiet. If you choose to sleep outside in the sheep wagon or one of the...
Great Falls, MT, MT, USA
Lost in Memory - I have always enjoyed the long quiet roads located throughout central and eastern Montana. When I am driving these quiet roads, like the one pictured here, I often find myself lost in the memories of my youth -- a quiet reflection...
Kalispell, MT, MT, USA
After an hour's drive down a dirt road from the tiny town of Polebridge, Montana, we did a steep one-mile climb to our home for the night--the Hornet Peak Fire Lookout Tower. Before modern technology, Forest Service employees lived in towers like...
Kalispell, MT, MT, USA
I heard about Polebridge from an Australian-Indonesian man named Wayne. He's the owner of the Backpacker's Hostel in Bozeman, Montana. "There are only two hostels in the world that I rave about," he said, gushing. "The Hostel in the Forest in...
3840 US-89, Livingston, MT 59047, USA
A real Western experience is easy to come by at the Yellowstone Valley Lodge. The Lodge includes a number of beautiful cabins and a restaurant situated along the Yellowstone River in Montana's spectacular Paradise Valley. The lodge is known for...
631 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801, USA
Montana gets pretty darn cold in the winter, but the Big Dipper ice cream shop never shuts its doors. From traditional scoops to thick shakes, everyone can get their fill—even when the snow is falling. Mobbed with runners, bikers, tourists, and...
Lone Mountain, Big Sky, MT 59720, USA
Big Sky ski resort in Montana has 3,600 acres to play on. One of my favorite spots to snowboard on a good powder day is the bowl that sits 1,366 feet below Lone Mountain's summit. Take the Lone Peak triple chair up and traverse as far over as...
58355 Bison Range Rd, Charlo, MT 59824, USA
Frost on their humps and steam billowing from their oversize heads, bison look especially wild in winter. Hundreds of the iconic animals live on the National Bison Range, about an hour north of Missoula. The 10-mile round-trip Winter Drive is free...
28031 Big Arm State Park Rd., Big Arm, MT 59901, USA
Gorgeous landscapes appear to stretch in every direction. Montana is quite the beautiful state, and it is filled with more wild life than I have seen on many of my travels combined. Bear, Elk, Bald Eagle, Wild Horse, and Bison... just to name a...
Going-To-The-Sun Point, Montana 59417, USA
A view of St. Mary Lake from Sun Point at the beginning of the Going-to-the-Sun Road (which is closed if you go too early in the summer, we found out). My family stopped and ate lunch here while we watched the clouds make shadows in the unreal...
Missoula, MT, USA
Missoula, Montana, a city surrounded by towering Rocky Mountain trails, is home to the very first and now the longest running wildlife film festival in the country. The next festival will run from April 18 to 25, 2015, and all works are shown on...
Chico Hot Springs, Pray, MT 59065, USA
A 20-minute drive from the northern Yellowstone boundary, nestled under the wing of the Absaroka Mountains in Montana’s Paradise Valley, the Chico Hot Springs are an exercise in rejuvenation, and must feature on any Yellowstone travel itinerary....
Grinnell Glacier, Montana 59417, USA
From Many Glacier Hotel, we traveled by boat across Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes to begin our hike up Grinnell Glacier Trail. From the shore of Josephine, the hike to the top covers about four miles with an elevation gain of 1,600 feet. The...
519 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801, USA
One of my hometown heroes spent her life breaking gender barriers and advocating for an end to war. She's long gone, but her memory and her activism remain an important part of the Missoula community. Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected...
Freezeout Lake, Montana 59436, USA
A Day trip with my best friend - Kat! With the beautiful snow covered mountains of Castle Reef and the Bob Marshall Wilderness as a backdrop, thousands of Snow Geese take time to rest and recharge at Freezeout Lake near Fairfield, Montana on a...
Miles City, MT 59301, USA
Miles City is, like so many little towns, a gem of the American West. World famous for the Bucking Horse Sale, Miles City is otherwise a relaxed Eastern Montana hideaway, where folks love fly fishing, hunting, drinking craft beer, and other...
207 W Park St, Livingston, MT 59047, USA
Montana has an interesting mix of old west and new cool. Gils’ Goods in Livingston is a good example of this. The hip, brick-walled eatery used to be the Gil's Got It general store; the original neon sign still hangs outside as a relic. Today...
265 Polebridge Loop, Polebridge, MT 59928, USA
While taking boyfriend's family into Glacier National Park, we pitstopped for lunch and bathroom breaks in Polebridge. It was a beautiful, warm day and we had fun taking goofy pictures and checking out the wares in the mercantile. Luckily, the...
207 Dewey Ave, Eureka, MT 59917, USA
Eureka Montana is a small town 9 miles south of the Canadian border. While we weren't able to spend much time there, we did have the fortune of eating at a local favorite. Stepping into Jax is like entering a 50's diner plopped right in the middle...
451 E Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715, USA
On Main Street in downtown Bozeman, the Garage is a funky place for a casual meal. Car parts hung on the walls and license-plate-frame menus (not to mention the name of the place) reveal the eatery’s former life as a fix-it shop. Now the space...
West Glacier, MT 59936, USA
My boyfriend and I took his mom, sister and niece to Glacier National Park in 2012 and used Trail of the Cedars as an easy hike/walk to introduce them to the park and take in its beauty. We had all kinds of fun walking through, posing for photos...
Bowman Lake, Montana 59936, USA
Boyfriend and I took his family kayaking and I got to test out my single kayak. It was a beautiful day, quiet waters and we had a blast together. Boyfriend ended up towing his sister since we rented their kayak and it refused to go straight. I...
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