Guidebooks

Guidebooks are not only fun to read, they save you all the time and hassle (not to mention cash) of trial and error. More titles can be found at Country Bookshelf in downtown Bozeman.

Reuss, Dave
Tired of hiking the same old circuit of trails around Bozeman? Check out the new edition of Robert Stone’s Day Hikes Around Bozeman (Day Hike Books, $16) for plenty of beautiful hikes you’ve never done before, all within a 90-mile radius from Bozeman. Read more >>
John Stifter
“Where the hell am I?” If you’ve spent any amount of time navigating the challenging playground of the Ridge at Bridger Bowl, you’ve undoubtedly asked yourself that question. Read more >>
England, Mike
A fisherman could spend a lifetime exploring Yellowstone’s waters—and it would be a life well spent. At least that’s what I got out of Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park: An Insider’s Guide to the 50 Best Places (Stackpole Books, $20). Read more >>
Krueger, Ryan
The Ridge at Bridger Bowl demands respect. Pointing your skis down any old run can and will put you in way over your head, or cliffed out crying for your mother. Read more >>
Mike England
If exploring the unknown on foot holds any appeal, open up Peakbagging Montana (Riverbend Publishing, $15) and prepare for a long summer—and a lifetime, for that matter—of vigorous outdoor adventure. Read more >>
Dave Barker
Don’t buy Trapper Badovinac’s Fly Fishing the Solitude: Montana if you’re expecting the author to reveal his favorite fishing spots. Read more >>
England, Mike
Montanans know all too well the dread-inducing buzz of a rattlesnake’s tail—and how these slithering serpents can cast a dark shadow over an otherwise glorious summer day. Read more >>
Mike England
Alpine Ice & Rock Guideby Ron Brunckhorst Read more >>
Krueger, Ryan
Guidebooks are like treasure maps to outdoor enthusiasts, promising rich adventures in previously unknown locations. Read more >>
Lach, Devon
Day Hikes with Dogs (Pruett Publishing, $19), by Wendy Pierce and regular O/B contributor Becky Warren, features over 50 rated hikes for furry friends who like to run in the mountains. Read more >>
Stoddard, Jan
Until the legendary legwork of Paul Rubinstein, Lee Whittlesey, and Mike Stevens, it was thought there were only about 50 waterfalls in Yellowstone. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
Featuring the largest compilation of ice and mixed routes on the planet, Big Sky Ice (self-published, $35) outlines over 600 different frosty climbs. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
Take a road trip this summer over to central Oregon, pick up Rock Climbing Smith Rock State Park, 2nd Edition (Falcon Guides, $40), and prepare to be blown away. Climbing in Montana will never feel the same again. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
For the last 14 years, the premiere climbing guidebook for Bozeman climbers has been Rock Climbing Montana—a compendium of 70 routes with topo maps that are roughly equivalent to "magic eye" pictures. Read more >>
Perkins, Rich
Robbins divides Montana into seven regions in this recreationist’s guide to Montana’s public lands. Each region has 50-odd pages of description, complete with color pictures, maps, travel tips, and history to describe its wealth of habitat, wildlife refuges, and state parks. Read more >>
Perkins, Rich
The title gives it away; this is one hell of a guide to two of our country's finest national parks. Although you’ll have to leave Montana, these parks have more to offer than you could dream of fitting into just one trip. Read more >>
Pape, Jay
Kudos to Kyle Vassilopoulos and First Ascent Press for shedding new light on the many rock climbing gems hidden in Southwest Montana! Inspired by the dearth of current climbing beta, Vassilopoulos has filled a long-vacant void. Read more >>
Perkins, Rich
Serving as a complete guide, Montana: An Explorer’s Guide Read more >>
Perkins, Rich
From the Bighorn River in the southeast to the Flathead River in the northwest, Montana on the Fly: An Angler’s Guide (Countryman Press; $20) will guide you down 14 of Montana’s most renowned trout waters. Read more >>
Kurowski, Becky Edwards
Joe Josephson’s most recent installment in the Big Sky Rock guidebook series proves to be as beta-rich and witty as the two previous works, Butte’s Climbing Guide and Central Montana Rock. Read more >>
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