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.  
Gallatin Valley Agriculture, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Montana Land Reliance
Orville Bach
Connecting the two in Gallatin Valley. 
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.
Sage Grouse
Randall, Brianna
Conserving Montana's largest game bird.
Private Property Rights, Montana Hunting Access
Elpel, Thomas
Reclaiming the right to roam.
Coldsmoke Awards, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
Tucker, David
With Coldsmoke Winter Film.
Decker, David
An argument for dry-fly fishing
DelHomme, PJ
The tangled web of the whitebark pine
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
John Holt
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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