USFS Motor Vehicle Maps Available Online

The Lewis & Clark National Forest now has motorized use maps available on their website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/lewisclark/projects/motorvehicle-index.shtml A recently adopted travel plan has many changes to motorized roads so caution is urged when recreating on the forest in motor vehicles. Maps available cover the Little Belt Mountains, Highwood Mountains, Big & Little Snowy Mountains, Crazy Mountains, Castle Mountains and the following areas on the Rocky Mountain Front: Badger-Two Medicine area, Teton Canyon, Sun Canyon, Benchmark area and Elk … Read more

Beaver Creek Park Ready for Summer

Beaver Creek Park, located 10 miles south of Havre, MT, is ready for summer recreation. New signs have been erected, existing signage has been painted and a nice dose of rain came this past weekend. The park is a 10,000 acre strip along the north slopes of the Bear Paw Mountains, just south of US Hwy 2. Width of the park is about one mile and it straddles a well maintained, paved road for 17 miles. … Read more

Bair Family Museum Opens

Grab your Montana map, find White Sulphur Springs and then Harlowton to the east. In the middle of that stretch you’ll find a small town named Martinsdale and nearby is the Bair Family Museum. At first glance, the Bair Family Museum appears to be an extra large ranch home with well manicured yard. Let’s just say its all that and much, much more. Your first stop at the Museum will be at the Visitor Center housed in the … Read more

Boots, Brews & BBQ

The 2nd Annual Boots, Brews & BBQ will be held Saturday, July 5, 2008 on the Library and Museum grounds in Hobson, MT. The event features beer and wine tasting, gourmet food and unique events. To commemorate the Women’s Nail Driving contest from Hobson’s 5th Anniversary celebration in 1913, a "Nailcutta" will feature five teams of women nail pounders. An auction and music will round out this fun-filled evening in rural Montana. For more information about … Read more

Mothering Up Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Mothering Up, a gathering of cowboy poets and pickers, will take place in White Sulphur Springs, MT over Mother’s Day weekend May 9 – 11, 2008. Well known cowboy poets will entertain in two separate venues. Daytime poetry and music events are free and there is a small charge to attend evening concerts. For more details visit http://www.russell.visitmt.com/listings/15976.htm    

Cowboy Poets, Western Musicians and Artists

Plans are underway for the 23rd Annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Western Music Rendezvous and Art & Gear Show to be held in Lewistown, Montana at the Yogo Inn August 15, 16 & 17, 2008. The Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering is the second oldest cowboy poetry gathering in the United States and is listed in the travel book “1,000 Places to See in the US and Canada Before You Die”. This year’s gathering will feature a … Read more

Birding in North Central Montana

Russell Country recently published a comprehensive birding trail brochure titled Wings Across the Big Sky. There are 12 specific routes described in the brochure noting highlighted species, habitats, driving directions, facilities available and contact information for each route. Diversity of bird species is most notable in this region of Montana. On some birding trails there are fewer than 30 miles between the prairies and the continental divide. Others have lakes, prairie marshes, fens and rivers … Read more

Winter in Northcentral Montana

Great snow, mild temperatures and unique events – it doesn’t get much better. There’s still time to head out and enjoy winter in northcentral Montana.     Showdown Ski Area, located about 65 miles southeast of Great Falls, has 62 inches of the white stuff at the mountain summit. Saturday, April 5 will find some creative skiers, hand crafted mannequins, launched into the air for Showdown’s annual Mannequin Jump http://www.russell.visitmt.com/listings/12425.htm  You still have time to build … Read more

29th Annual Ice Breaker Road Race

The annual Ice Breaker Road Race is Sunday, April 27, 2008 in downtown Great Falls, MT. This event, named by Runners World magazine in their Top 100 Road Races in the US, attracts a variety of participants ranging from elite runners to families out for a walk under Montana’s beautiful big sky.   All racers will be chip timed. Long sleeved tee shirts are available for those registered and fee discounts are given for family … Read more

Great Falls Becomes Western Art Capital

  The month of March turns Great Falls, Montana into an art mecca. The C. M. Russell Art Auction is the oldest show in town but others have created their own niche.  The Great Falls Native American Art Show March 13 – 16, 2008 will feature over 35 Native American artists. The show is held downtown at the Great Falls Civic Center. http://www.russell.visitmt.com/listings/12428.htm   Local sculptor Jay Contway’s show, held at Montana Expo Park March … Read more