The New West

When people are looking to escape, where do they go? West, where life is still rustic and wild – or so they think. Here's a look at it from our perspective. 

Adventure Scientists, Gallatin Microplastics Initiative
Katie C.S. Holsinger
Adventure, science & microplastics in the Gallatin.   Read more >>
Gallatin Valley Agriculture, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Montana Land Reliance
Orville Bach
Connecting the two in Gallatin Valley.  Read more >>
Public Land and Water Access Association
Brayton, Lea
As Montana anglers, we sometimes take river access for granted. Not so for the Public Land/Water Access Association, whose goal is to inform the public of access and ownership rights so that our state’s amazing rivers can be enjoyed by all. Read more >>
Northern Lights Trading Company, The Barn Bozeman
Schroeder, David
An icon moves on. Read more >>
Sage Grouse
Randall, Brianna
Conserving Montana's largest game bird. Read more >>
Private Property Rights, Montana Hunting Access
Elpel, Thomas
Reclaiming the right to roam. Read more >>
Coldsmoke Awards, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
Tucker, David
With Coldsmoke Winter Film. Read more >>
Decker, David
An argument for dry-fly fishing Read more >>
DelHomme, PJ
The tangled web of the whitebark pine Read more >>
Slepian, Maggie
Imagine a cross-country skier gliding through the backcountry with only the sound of his skis on the groomed trail—a peaceful afternoon in the winter woods. Read more >>
Sveum, Paul
“Each one of us here today will at one time in our lives look upon a loved one who is in need and ask the same question: We are willing to help, Lord, but what, if anything, is needed? For it is true we can seldom help those closest to us. Read more >>
Ladzinski, R.
Many years ago on a winter drive through Yellowstone Park to Cooke City, I viewed a herd of buffalo working their way through the deep snow of the Lamar Valley. Read more >>
Illustration by Angie Mangels
Wozer, Jeff
It is day three of backpacking in the Beartooths. I’m authoring from inside the butter-yellow walls of my Marmot tent alone. Read more >>
Lewis, Jimmy
For most families, the word “exotic vacation” conjures up images of a luxury resort near an azure sea, sipping tropically themed cocktails on a white, sandy beach. Mom is lounging peacefully on a recliner, Dad is off fishing, and Junior is building a sandcastle. Exotic? Read more >>
Jelinski, Jack B.
Wherein an experienced and erudite fisherman shares his wisdom from over 60 years on the water, which is essentially this: lose the attitude, pal, and eat a damn fish once in a while. Read more >>
Photo by Denver Bryan
Holt, John
Greed, selfishness, and a plain-ol’ “I got mine, screw you” mentality is making itself more and more apparent in Montana when it comes to fishing. Read more >>
Photo by Amy Shertzer
Scott Bosse
We Montanans have a lot to be proud of when it comes to contributing to our nation’s conservation legacy: Montana is home to two of America’s most beloved national parks—Glacier and Yellowstone. Read more >>
Pihl, Ron
The valleys we inhabit are prone to wintertime inversions—just take a quick trip through Missoula in January for a perfect example. Without a moving weather system to clear out the air, particulate matter can easily accumulate to unhealthy levels. Read more >>
Rogel, Christine
A few years ago, I passed a slowpoke on the road in front of me, returning to my lane just in time to see eyes staring down my headlights. Before I could swerve, the impact crushed the hood of my Honda CRV like an aluminum can. The car sputtered and stopped. Read more >>
Rogel, Christine
The Wild West Winterfest at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds returns to Bozeman with Western-style fun for the whole family—including Fido. Read more >>
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