The wilderness areas of southwest Montana offer a diverse collection of natural attractions. Some of the most famous areas are the Bob Marshall, Absaroka-Beartooth, Lee Metcalf, Bitterroot, and Gates of the Mountains Wildernesses. They are home to pristine mountain lakes, rugged mountain peaks, stunning valleys, abundant streams, unique geological features, and prehistoric sites.
More information on wilderness areas in Montana can be found here.
- Reuss, DaveClass IV means churning rapids, dangerous rocks, and high waves. Anything less than powerful and precise maneuvers means swimming—or worse. And “Wilderness” means no cell phone service, no roads, and no real easy way to fix a disaster. Read more >>Turiano, ThomasWith its blocky shape, truncated summit, and unique color, Sphinx Mountain has drawn more people climbers to its summit than any other major peak in the Madison Range. Read more >>Smith, Greg“Where ya headed?” I asked. He turned, occupied with the task of saddling his horse, and said simply, “up-valley.” “Well,” I said, “have a good ride.” Read more >>Burnside, ZacharyI walk on concrete wherever I go. The windows around me reflect pictures of the sky. I travel on trains through the tunnels, no wind in my hair. Then feel the pulse of swift life with fast steps. The people are oddly quiet as paper flies by on the breeze. Read more >>
- Kessler, JerryLike the fabled mountain man Jim Bridger once quipped, “I can’t ever remember being lost, but I do recall being considerably confused for a few days.” Read more >>Gutkoski, JoeWhen I first saw it, I became haunted by this dog-toothed rock, jutting up on the west side of the Mount Cowan massif in Montana’s Absaroka Range. It was a remnant of the ice ages, its steep walls pounded by wind, rain, hail, sun, and ice over eons of time. Read more >>Kurowski, BeckyFirst Ascent Press’s latest offering from the vertical world is a detailed topographic map of Granite Peak with numerous route descriptions. Read more >>Harris, JimIt’s a bright summer morning as my wife Mary Pat and I drive east on I-90 toward Big Timber. Just outside Livingston we watch a man on horseback move cattle across a sprawling pasture, and we suddenly realize it’s been quite a while since either one of us has ridden a horse. Read more >>
- Wilke, JoanneOctober frosts your breath as you float near a kaleidoscope of thousands of brilliant white swans. Not hundreds, but thousands. They are beautiful, large birds, pure-white in adulthood with black feet and beaks, an eight-foot wing span, and long, curving, romantic necks. Read more >>
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