My latest article out from Matador Network: 7 incredible experiences in Montana’s Yellowstone Country.
There are so many winter experiences you can have in Yellowstone country, it was hard to narrow it down to just seven. I had a great time writing about the places I enjoy in this area. And researching this piece reminded me how many places I still have to hit.
I’m getting the feeling that this winter is going to be epic. Enjoy!
This road leading from the tiny town of Molt to the even tinier town of Rapelje offers views of five of Montana’s most spectacular mountain ranges. In addition to the Crazy Mountains, shown here, one can see the Pryor, Beartooth, Snowy, and Little Belt Ranges.
The wide open country of eastern Montana reveals miles of rolling, grassy hills, and snow-capped mountains in the distance.
This road is just one of hundreds of Montana backroads. At first glance, these dirt roads look incredibly boring. Long, straight stretches between dilapidated towns with nothing but dirt for miles. As you begin to notice the details, however, you can start to piece together what life is like way out in the frontier. You may see a pickup truck spreading a giant bale of hay out for a hundred or so cattle. You’ll almost certainly see a weathered barn falling apart. And if you pull your car over to the side of the road to get some pictures, you’re likely to see a rancher pull up just to make sure you’re ok.
Every turn on an eastern Montana dirt road offers surprises to the traveler. Sometimes, the reveal is a forty-mile vista across prairie to the slopes of mountains. Sometimes it’s just the little details like the grain of a weathered fence post.
Bonus points to anyone who can tell me why there are boots on those fence posts (a common sight in Eastern Montana ranch country).
The Beartooth Mountains have always been inspiring, whether as a call to adventure, or the spark to create. This trip was both.
From the top of the pass, the fog I had been driving through morphed into clouds in the valley. The clouds moved in and out of the valley like ocean waves, covering the tower below and then exposing it again.
The clouds gave the landscape a feeling of constant motion. Each moment, the scene would change revealing some new surprise.
I had a great time writing this article. Putting the words down was like reliving some of my favorite adventures all over again.
THERE’S SOMETHING about waking up deep in the backcountry, having carried all of your gear in to camp near a quiet lake or alpine cirque with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
You can find dozens of places like this in the Big Sky State. These are nine of my favorites, the ones I consider the “ultra-classic” Montana experiences.
Montana has incredibly varied terrain, so I’ve included different regions as well as different levels of difficulty and distance. [Read more here]
Here’s the link to my most recent story appearing in Mountain Bike Tales:
The story has roots in a ride I took with friends Aaron Teasdale and Rod Kramer a few years back on one of the trails most in danger of closure in the United States. With the current situation of Montana (and the greater US) trails getting more perilous, I wove it together with the recent Federal Court ruling closing trails in a WSA near Bozeman that threatens access everywhere. The story is an adventure of hope.