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Boulder Hot Springs
A shoulder-season Plan B. Spring can be a rough time for recreating in Montana. Inevitably, you wake up to a day when the snow is trashed, the mountain biking is muddy, the fish aren’t biting, and the rock is too wet to climb. Try as we might to play in the shoulder seasons, Montanans know it’s always good to have a backup plan—and nothing says...
Montana Creekboating, Ousel Falls
Creekboating in southwest Montana. The ephemeral blue ice floes yawn and stretch in the brilliant reflection of snow-covered peaks. A steady drip soon becomes a trickle; the water glistens between the precipice and the awakening creek bed below. Released from the tortured motions of winter’s depth, the waters once again caress the polished stone...
Scarpa Techno X, Montana Rock Climbing
Now I know what Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters felt like trying to cram their feet into the undersized glass slipper. Straight out of the box, the Scarpa Techno X climbing shoe is so painfully tight that I thought I’d grabbed the wrong size. But once I got off the ground and started climbing, I found a useful shoe that does it all really well. The...

Activities

Events

May 03rd
Location: Gallatin County Cost: Depends on your generosity Details: Every year, the Bozeman Area Community Foundation hosts 24 hours of giving. This year, open your wallet and give back to any number of nonprofits and local charities supporting outdoor recreation, conservation, public-land access, or any other cause that is close to your heart....
May 03rd
Location: Devil's Elbow Campground, Hauser Lake  Time: 10:30am Cost: FREE Details: Senator Jon Tester hosts Interior Secretary Sally Jewel to kick off Montana's Summer Outdoor Season. Be there to her Jewell speak and share ideas about public lands in Montana.   
May 03rd, May 05th, May 10th, May 12th, May 17th, May 19th, May 24th, May 26th, May 31st
Location: Spire Climbing Center, Bozeman Time: 5:30-7pm Cost: $79/month for once/week, $142/month for twice/week.  Add a membership for $30/month (includes gear).  Details: This program is designed for kids with a genuine interest in the sport of rock climbing, and focuses on technique, lead climbing, bouldering, and climbing-related fitness....

Blogs

Where to BBQ this spring. Typcially, we think of summer as the season of cooking outdoors. But with the valley mostly dry and temps rising every day, why wait? There are plenty of opportunities to get out and grill before day-use sites are overrun and dry weather increases the fire danger. Here are a few to consider. Greek Creek CampgroundIf temps...
The season of the American robin. Despite the predictably-unpredictable weather this time of year, spring is in fact, upon us. For me, one of the simple joys of the season is during early morning, when robin song often sifts in to my dreams. It is a lovely and humane means of greeting the day. Throughout their range, robins are frequently the...
And fearing change. Five generations is a long time for one family to be in one place—growing up, I had to be careful to not date my cousin. My mom’s family homesteaded in the late 1800s in a one-room log cabin at the north end of what would become Gallatin County. It was a rough but breathtaking spot. Thirteen children were born in that cabin,...

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