Giant Springs Near Great Falls MontanaLocated on the east bank of the Missouri River at an elevation of 1010 meters in Cascade County, Giant Spring State Park is the most visited state park in Montana with a yearly quarter million visitors. Giant Springs, one of America’s largest freshwater springs, has its opening positioned within the state park. The famous explorers Lewis and Clark discovered the spring in 1805 while exploring the Louisiana Purchase.

Originating from the snowmelt in Little Belt Mountains of the Rocky Mountains, the watercourse of the Giant Springs tours a 60 miles distance to reach the spring and attains a temperature of 54 degrees in Fahrenheit Scale. The daily water discharge rate of the spring is around 156 million gallons. It takes the water seen falling through the Giant Springs a long 26 years of time to arrive to the surface again after having made a deep concealed expedition within the earth.

Other than the scenic beauty of the spring, there are many more entertaining places in Giant Springs State Park. At the border of the park, you come across the world’s smallest river, the Roe River. The 61 meter long river flows into the Missouri River. You will also get chance to visit the Giant Springs Trout Hatchery which is a great option for children as well. Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Rainbow Falls are also located in the neighborhood of the park.

Whether you visit alone or with your family and friends, Giant Springs State Park provides a wonderful experience. You can enjoy hiking, bicycling, and fishing in the park at your leisure. The park is also renowned for the picturesque views of a huge variety of birds, which makes it a bird paradise for many.

Photographers and nature lovers simply can’t stop loving this dazzling park. The views are endless of which photographic memories can be created. There are ample opportunities for kids’ fun activities as well, along with picnicking and honeymooning.

So, what are you waiting for? Plan your trip and pack your bags to view on of the most visited places in Montana – nature’s store of addictive beauty at the Giant Springs State Park. If not doable now, then don’t miss it in your next vacation!

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Loma MontanaLocated in the southern part of Glacier National Park in Glacier County Montana, the peak of Calf Robe Mountain stands at an elevation of 2423 meters. The mountain belongs to the Clark Range and is just 6 miles northeast of Marias Pass. It is the source for Coonsa Creek which drains to the Marias River. Calf Robe Mountain has an interesting name provided by the Blackfeet Nation, which is ‘Onistaiayi’.

Calf Robe Mountain is one of the featured mountains in ‘A Climber’s Guide to Glacier National Park,’ written by J. Gordon Edwards. Climbing the mountain is neither trouble-free nor very complicated for mountaineers. The amazing fact about the peak is that if you climb early you come to witness snow, while if you’re late in the season of climbing, it is much warmer.

If you are a wild life adventurist in the disguise of a mountaineer, you will be thrilled to now that there are ample possibilities to view bears in the area. Both grizzly and black bears roam around this mountain terrain. It is generally recommended to carry a bear deterrent spray on your journey through the area, especially if hiking alone.

Standing at the peak, enjoy the experience of scenic beauty, of the surrounding wild territory. USFS Campground, which is located at Marias Pass, is the closest camp to the mountain that you will find. The fundamental goods needed for this hiking adventure are: tough footwear to survive along the variety of rocks on your way, a good amount of water to shield you from dehydration, a map of Glacier Park to find locations, and a camera to immortalize the amazing views that you will witness!

Have you travelled to Calf Robe Mountain in Montana? What was your experience during your travels? Please let us know your comments and suggestions on the Big Sky Blog!

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Squaw MountainLocated in the northern Bitterroot Range within the Coeur d’Alene, Ninemile Ranger District and Lolo National Forest, Squaw Mountain is renowned as a bearer of history in Montana. The peak at the western part of Missoula County separates it from Sanders’ County. The peak stands at an elevation of 2437 meters with a symmetrical pyramid shape. Not a single peak in the region is nearly as tall as Squaw Peak and its pinnacle can be view from a distance of 25 kilometers.

The mountain witnessed a change of name from Squaw Peak, which was historically coined by the native Indians, to Ch-paa-qn Peak recently. The reason behind this change in name is the new law on elimination of the word ‘squaw’ from names of places for its debated meaning. ‘Ch-paa-qn’ comes from Salish meaning ‘shining peak.’ However, local inhabitants are familiar with the name Squaw and one might not recognize it if you utter the newer name.

Squaw Peak has enormous popularity among the local hikers as it is easy to reach. Skiers also love the peak for the favorable numerous bowls, glades, and chutes. From the pinnacle, one can experience picturesque views of the Bitterroot Mountains, Flathead Indian Reservation, Couer d’ Alene, Mission Mountains, and even the Montana-Idaho divide.

There are a number of resorts as well as restaurants in the nearby locality offering quality dwellings and food facilities to the companies. A quantity of organizations can deliver obligatory materials for hiking and skiing. What are you waiting for? Pack your bag and set for a voyage to Squaw Peak of Montana!

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Cleveland MontanaLocated less than 5 kilometers southeast of the southern end of Waterton Lake and 8 kilometers south of the US/Canada border, Mount Cleveland is Montana’s one of the darling peaks that offer amazing views of surrounding beauty. The mountain, at the northern part of Glacier National Park, is not only the highest peak in the park, but also that of the Lewis Range, to which it belongs. The mountain peak stands at an elevation of 3194 meters.

In spite of being more than 700 meters lower than Montana’s highest Granite Peak, Cleveland stands renowned for its large, steep rise above the local territory. It holds the 50th spot on a list of mountains with the most topographic prominences in the contiguous U.S.

The scenic beauty of Glacier National Park can be best experienced from Mount Cleveland. Your eyes will love the treat of viewing flora, fauna, waterfalls, lakes and valleys, all in the same frame!

What you will need to do is to just shift your focal point to taste the variety simultaneously. Mountain goat, elk, bighorn sheep, moose and coyote are found roaming through the hundreds of species of trees and plants. There are chances of even having a very rare animal like a grizzly bear, mountain lion or Canadian lynx caught in your binocular observation commencing from here. You must essentially be ready to at minimum see some out of the 260 species of birds that are found here!

The most convenient route on Cleveland peak is the West Face route, setting up from the Waterton Valley. The second best option would be starting from Stoney Indian Pass to the south of the peak, while the most difficult one would be the North Face route. So, let’s make a voyage to explore the incredible splendor hoarded for you in Cleveland!

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East Glacier Sunset MontanaEast Glacier Park is a tiny community with an area of 11.4 square kilometers in the midst of splendid scenes. It is positioned in the Blackfeet Indian Reservation neighboring the eastern entrance of the ‘Switzerland of North America,’ the Glacier National Park. The native population of East Glacier Park is below half a thousand and almost everyone over here lives directly, or indirectly, on tourism.

Standing at East Glacier Park and looking towards the west, you will find the snowcapped peaks of Red Crow Mountain, Dancing Lady Mountain, Bearhead Mountain, Never Laughs Mountain, and Mount Henry, all piled up together. The sun inclining down and gradually hiding behind them is a scene you won’t ever be able to forget!

A good number of lakes, streams, and waterfalls in the surrounding area will also fascinate your eyes. You might also become introduced to any of the wild dwellers of the region, such as bighorn sheep, mountain goat, elk, grizzly, and the black bear.

The small village location offers you the largest variety of facilities available in the region. You will find motels, Swiss style lodges, vacation rents, eateries, taverns, grocery stocks, gift sprees, car rents, and horse rentals, shuttle services, ATMs as well as filling stations.

East Glacier Park has in store for you recreational facilities like fishing, hunting, hiking, skiing, golfing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Considering all these facts, you must feel that East Glacier Park one of the best places to seek refuge during your visit to Glacier National Park!

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