Historic Belt Theater Reopens

A work in progress is what folks called it for many years. Prior to that the “old Belt theater” was just referred to as a mess. Today you would hope to take your best friends and family to see the beautifully restored theater and meeting space. The Historic Belt Theater held a grand opening last week and received rave reviews. As you walk down Castner Street in Belt, Montana, the storefront looks nice but you have no idea what … Read more

Cowboy Artist Charlie Russell: The Women In His Life and Art

A new exhibition just opened at the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana. At first glance, the title “Charles Russell: Women in His Life and Art” seems out of line, perhaps an ill-fit for America’s cowboy artist. Most western art aficionados I know value Russell artwork because he created such realistic images of wildlife and he portrayed the Plains Indian tribes with such accuracy. Since Russell lived the “cowboy way of life” he produced poignant and … Read more

My Horseback Ride Along the Rocky Mountain Front

The Northwest Outdoor Writers Association recently met in Choteau, Montana and there were several activities lined up to experience the area. As signups for an afternoon trail ride with A Lazy H Outfitters filled quickly, my heart began to sink. I didn’t think I’d get a chance to ride. To my delight though, a second ride was scheduled and my excitement began to build. I don’t own a horse, I wouldn’t have anywhere to keep it, nor … Read more

Small Towns, Big Flavors: Exploring Central Montana’s Best Craft Breweries

Dotted throughout the small communities in Central Montana, a handful of quality breweries are making their mark, one pint at a time. A relaxing evening in the brewery can be an excellent opportunity to talk with locals, gain ideas for your next day’s adventures and make a few new friends along the way. Oh, and you’ll also get to taste the impressive offerings from some of the best beer makers in the country. Start your … Read more

Why Central Montana Should Be at the Top of Your Travel Bucket List This Year

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Imagine a land where the towering Rocky Mountains meet the sweeping horizon of the Great Plains. Where vibrant modern life is interwoven with a rugged, storied history, and where seemingly endless recreational opportunities are balanced by moments of historical and cultural exploration. Tucked between Yellowstone National Park to the south and Glacier National Park to the northwest, Central Montana is an intersection of authentic Western culture, remarkable scenery, and rich history. Central Montana is an … Read more

7 Historic & Adventure-Filled Towns to Visit in Central Montana

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Central Montana, where the soaring Rocky Mountains meet the sweeping Great Plains, is perhaps the state at its finest. This is the land of sprawling cattle ranches, trout-laden rivers and small Western towns that easily could have stepped from an old homespun tale. The area is rich in history, from the intrepid Lewis and Clark Expedition’s path down the Missouri River to the eerily raw landscape at the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Central … Read more

A Quick & Dirty Guide to Central Montana’s Best Fishing

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The rivers of Central Montana are unlike those found elsewhere in the state. Flowing from the mighty Rocky Mountains and several island mountain ranges, the waterways then meander downhill, eventually meeting the Great Plains in their gradual journey eastward. This diversity of terrain lends itself to a variety of streams and rivers—from smaller rivers such as the Sun and Judith to the sweeping expanse of the trout-laden Missouri. Central Montana is tailor-made for adventurous anglers … Read more

Wake Cup Joins Pie a la Road

Fort Benton’s Wake Cup Coffee House & Restaurant has joined Central Montana’s Pie a la Road, a 19-location pie trail that weaves through 13 counties. Located in the historic Culbertson House on Front Street in Fort Benton, the Wake Cup faces the river levee and the Missouri River. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served along with specialty coffee drinks, teas, wine and beer. When you first walk in the door of the Wake Cup it doesn’t take long to … Read more

Western Art Week Putting On A Grand Show

The third week in March finds Great Falls turning in to the Western Art Capital of the World. That’s a pretty heady title but once you experience it, you get it. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Russell Art Auction, now named The Russell: A Sale to Benefit the Russell Museum. Locals who began the show 50 years ago, and one who has attended all 50 shows, were all smiles last night at … Read more

Unique Adventures in Central Montana

The phone rings. It’s my cousin and she’s looking for ideas for a summer vacation. Before I ask what interests her family has, I start blurting out an entire list of ideas. Knowing there are kids involved I immediately think of our our summer dinosaur digs and our six amazing museums on Montana’s Dinosaur Trail. If they are traveling on US Hwy 2 (Montana’s Hi-Line) they could stop at the Blaine County Museum in Chinook and … Read more