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

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

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

Swimming at Gigantic Warm Springs

I wish I could tally up the number of times I have driven by the Gigantic Warm Springs sign when I was on MT Hwy 81, wanting to stop but thinking I would do that some other time. Well, the “some other time” finally happened and what a delightful surprise I found. When you turn off the highway you are on the Vanek Ranch, owners of this unique warm spring. The drive into the ranch … Read more

A Visit to Cowgirl Camp

I’ll let a little secret out – I’ve always wanted to be a cowgirl. When the opportunity came up to visit a cowgirl camp called Horses N Courage, I jumped at the chance. This is the fourth summer of operation for Horses N Courage cowgirl camp and each year has seen more amenities added to the camp. Operating south of Lennep in the Crazy Mountains, the views are simply spectacular. I could see the Castle … Read more

My First Visit to Arod Lakes

I had heard about Arod Lakes for several years and always planned to stop by when I was in or near the Choteau area. Well, it finally happened when I was taking a short-cut from I-15 near Collins and heading west to Fairfield. After taking a wrong turn I saw a sign for Arod Lakes. The month of May in Central Montana has been a bit wet – snowmelt and rain have all contributed to beautiful green grass, … Read more

Montana Island Challenge – 12 Hours of Mountain Biking

This year was my first time to attend the Montana Island Challenge, a fundraiser for several youth groups in Lewistown, Montana. The event consisted of a 12 hour night time mountain biking ride starting Friday, August 19 at 7pm and ending at 7am Saturday morning. Saturday’s other events were a half marathon and two 8K and 11K hikes. I was not a participant, instead I was a spectator who took photos of the mountain biking event. I thought the mountain biking course was rugged … Read more

Summer is for Mountain Biking King’s Hill

If you say King’s Hill around Central Montana most folks think of skiing at Showdown Montana Ski Area. The ski area used to be called King’s Hill and that’s also the name of the mountain pass where the ski runs are located. Recently though, we decided to get some video footage of mountain biking in the King’s Hill area. It didn’t take long to line up some mountain biking models. A couple of gals who work at Showdown Montana … Read more

Mountain Biking on River’s Edge Trail

I’ll be open right up front – a mountain biker I am not! Casual, bike around the neighborhood yes, but nothing too daring. But, we had so much fun doing a video of several mountain bikers who volunteered to be models for a video we are doing and I’d like to share the experience. Our goal is to feature several areas of our thirteen county region and show off our awesome uncrowded trails in a … Read more

Lake Frances – Birds, Boats and a Surprise

I was on my way to a meeting last week where the route took me through Valier. My plans were to try and get photos of sunset over Lake Frances on the west edge of Valier but I was too early. Instead of being disappointed I found lots of photo ops that I hadn’t even considered. First of all, everyone goes to Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area between Fairfield and Choteau to view the snowgoose … Read more