Montana SunMontana has so much to offer, especially when desiring scenic drives through the area. There are many known routes which bring much to the senses. If you enjoy the dramatic, breathtaking views then consider one or more MT scenic options.

Beartooth Pass is a very popular tourist scenic drive as well as Clyde Park, Gallatin Canyon, and Paradise Valley. Yellowstone National Park also offers a spectacular view with many different options. MT scenic drives can be on the main routes, or side trips are popular as well.

The mountains, lakes, and forest areas are a photographer’s dream. Even those who know little about photography desire to capture the view the best they can. Scenic drives can be taken through the different seasons, bringing different experiences to the family ride.

Do you enjoy getting out and taking a nice ride with the family? Then, consider taking a scenic tour of the Montana area with family, or friends! There will be no regrets when it comes to taking in the beauty of the area!

Have you taken the time to enjoy a scenic drive through the Montana Mountains? Which area did you enjoy the most? Do you have a high recommendation for Big Sky Blog readers? Please let us know your thoughts! We would love to hear and share with our readers!

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Montana in the FallMontana is a great place to visit year round, but during the Fall season it is a beautiful time to experience the area. Although the hues of green disappear, the colors of Fall begin to shine through. Golden colors appear on tree including the cottonwoods, aspens, and tamaracks.

The number of visitors to the area also decreases making the time of year a more quiet and serene time to experience it. Pricing for various activities as well as lodging expenses also decrease allowing a family to get more out of their travel budget.

Down home hospitality does not change in Montana with the changes of seasons. The people are friendly and down to earth year round. Visiting Montana in the Fall time is a nice family get away and there is no rush to enjoy all the area has to offer.

Glacier National Park is open every month of the year and it is the perfect time to walk the trails, do fall camping, enjoy the stunning scenery, and to enjoy time with the family.  Missoula is also a nice fall time destination via Glacier Country. Access to the area is easy and many individuals also enjoy fall biking excursions.

Have you visited Montana in the Fall season? What was your most favorite thing to do during the cooler, colorful time of year? Please leave your comments here on the Big Sky Blog!

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Montana GrasslandsThe Montana grasslands offer protection to some of the most endangered animals and birds. The plains are blanketed with mixed native grasses which give support to many species. Mountain Plovers and Burrowing Owls are included in this habitat as well as Chestnut Collared Longspurs.

The prairies of Montana are also home to long migrations of the pronghorns which are one of the quickest mammals known on earth. The follow closely behind the speed of cheetahs. The grasslands of Montana also provide homes to some of the rarest species including the prairie dogs (black tail), as well as the ferret (black footed). This ferret is also known as one of the scarcest mammals in North America.

Conservation methods are important to saving the grasslands of MT which are still existent. Protection of the land is detriment to the survival of these endangered animals. Uniquely, the use of cattle is one of the best tools available to help protect the grasslands.

Cattle grazing on the grasslands of MT help increase the pliability of the land and improves the health of the prairies. Other tools are used to help preserve the plains of MT including strategic measures and preserving a necessary blend of habitat.

Understanding the importance of grassland conservations brings new meaning while visiting the area. One can truly appreciate the scope of protections put into place through the grasslands of Montana.

What are your personal thoughts about preserving the grasslands to help protect the endangered animals in the state of Montana? Please leave your comments below. We would love to hear from Big Sky Blog readers.

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Vananda MontanaVananda is a small town located in Montana which began as a station stop in the early 1900s. The station was created as a stop while railroads were constructed through the area. During the 1920s, the town of Vananda, MT consisted of a bank and a schoolhouse in the beginning. The town did see some growth but struggled to exist.

The arid lands of Vananda, Montana were difficult for farmers to grow and harvest on. Three years into the endeavor to create farmlands, the bank closed its doors. The location was turned into a post office which continued to operate for approximately twenty five years. During the early 1980s, the railroad in this area was uninhibited.

Although, Vananda has seen hard times it is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Visitors to the area can still see the schoolhouse sitting on the hill which provides a promise past for the town’s hopeful existence.

Vananda, Montana is located along Highway 12; the town was once considered lost but now is found in the historical beginnings of the state. If you are visiting near Vananda, consider taking some time to view the area and reflect on the historical beginnings of the town.

Have you visited the Vananda area of MT? Where you able to see the schoolhouse which sits on the hill? Please leave your comments here on the Big Sky Blog!

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Montana Mountain ShadowsMontana is full of exquisite beauty all around including outstanding mountain ranges and many prairie lands. Within the state are stunning forests and clear running streams of water. The wildlife in MT is abundant and a naturalists dream.

Montana moved into statehood in the 1800s and the area held many Indian tribes. In the early days as well as current times, there is plenty of room to roam around and enjoy the land. When tourists and visitors come to Montana, they are in awe of the scenes they experience.

In the eastern portion of the state, a large number of rolling hills are present. Grasslands are dominant and farms are located nearby. Cattle ranches are common in this area of Montana which is a way of life to the folks living there.

In the western portion of MT, many see the exquisite beauty of the surrounding mountains. The scene changes from season to season. The mountains are capped with heavy snow during the colder months of the year. Montana state parks are an attraction to so many due to all the area has to offer.

Montana holds historical as well as cultural values. The cities speak of past and present through current townships as well as historical museums as well as memorable attractions. Individuals who enjoy learning of the past and present thoroughly enjoy their time.

Great outdoorsmen and women can also enjoy many natural features while visiting MT including photography of wildlife, hunting excursions, fishing trips, hiking, and much more. Camping is a very popular occurrence through Montana as well as skiing, snowboarding, and recreations.

Montana is full of beauty and many opportunities for those who come to visit the area. Residents who live in MT fully enjoy all the state has to offer.

Have you visited Montana recently? What area did you visit and how did you like it? What do you recommend to those interested in visiting the state? Please leave your comments here on the Big Sky Blog!

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Makoshika State ParkThe largest state park in Montana is Makoshika State Park, covering more than eleven thousand acres. The park is located near Glendive, MT and holds spectacular views. The area lands conceal dinosaur fossils including triceratops. The area is also home to birds including eagles, prairie falcons, and turkey vultures.

There are a variety of amenities available within Makoshika State Park. The area provides a wonderful view to visitors which is breathtaking. A visitor center is available which also includes a small museum. The museum offers visitors views of a number of geological displays.

During the warmer months of the year, an amphitheater is used for educational workshops as well as performances. Group shelters are available with a variety of activities. Interestingly, there is also an eighteen hold disc golf course which provides some difficulty and challenges to disc golfers.

Nature trails in Makoshika State Park are also a popular hit among tourists and visitors. Nearby, there are scenic drives which is a photographer’s dream. Campgrounds are also available for visitor use. These are just a few of the conveniences available for those visiting MT.

Have you visited Makoshika State Park in Montana? Do you enjoy the view and take time to relax? Would you recommend a visit to others? Please leave your comments on the Big Sky Blog! We would love to hear your thoughts!

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Pictograph CaveThe Pictograph Cave located in Billings, Montana offers a unique experience for tourists. The cave is on a 23 acre plot of land and holds three sets of caves, including Pictograph Caves, Ghost Caves, and Middle Caves. The MT attraction is located approximately five miles south of the city.

In the 1930s, excavation began in the caves and it is noted this area is one of the first areas of professional studies by Montana archeology specialists. Artifacts have been discovered totally over thirty thousand. Two thirds of the artifacts recovered include bison, elk, reptiles, amphibians, and birds.

Pictograph paintings are still visible within the Pictograph Cave. The interpretations of these paintings are still debatable by those who specialize in interpretation. The paintings include pictures of different animals, humans (including warriors), and various rifles.

In 1964, the caves were designated as National Historical Landmarks. The caves heavily document the story of Native American history, dating back thousands of years. Pictograph Cave State Park features a variety of trails, picnic areas, and a visitor center for convenience.

Montana is a wonderful place to take vacation and offers many attractions, such as Pictograph Cave. This one attraction alone is a great family activity for every member of the family. If you enjoy studying history and seeing new things, consider a visit to Billings, MT. A unique experience awaits you with hundreds of things to do!

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Wild Goose Island Glacier National ParkThe Wild Goose Island in Glacier National Park is a photographer’s dream. The island is one of the most popular places in the area which photographers love to gather and take photographs. Wild Goose is actually located in the middle of St. Mary Lake.

As the seasons change, the view also changes. During winter time, snowcapped mountains abound. During the warmer months, the scene provides more warmth provided by the sun. During the proper season, wildflowers dance in the wind sporting their purples and pinks on the background of deep greenery.  

As seen, there is a small island between the pictured shores. Historically, there were two different tribes which once resided on each side of the lake. Although, there was not any direct conflict between the two tribes, they avoided contact with each other in the earlier years.

Wild Goose is named due to a warrior from one tribe meeting a maiden swimming from the other tribe. The two became betrothed although in the beginning there was resistance from both tribal families. The folklore spoken of this story provides the Great Spirit overseeing them and transforming the lovers into geese mating for their lives being forever together.

This unique Montana attraction is a must add to your list of places to visit in the area whether you are a photographer, or a tourist. The island is exquisite and amazingly awesome!

Have you visited the area and seen Wild Goose Island? Did you love the view you beheld? What season did you travel to the area? Please let us know here on the Big Sky Blog!

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Squaw Mountain Seen At Glacier National ParkDuring visits to the Glacier National Park, one can take in all the beauty within the area. One such view includes Squaw Mountain as seen by Loco Steve during his stay at one of the parks hotels. Squaw Mountain is also known as Old Squaw.

The east glacier in Montana is amazing and mind boggling to those new to visiting Glacier National Park. Research places this mountain just south of the Echo Mountain Skiing Area. The summit of the mountain is a prominent ridge which runs from SE to NW for approximately one half mile.

There are also separate summits seen near Squaw Mountain giving the appearance of a tower. A viewing area is available for those who dare to climb the stairs to the top of the towering rocks. The advantage of taking the challenging climb is the ability to see a panoramic view to the north, south, east, and west.

For visitors who desire an easier way up Squaw Mountain, a gravel service road is an available option for tourists. Camping is allowed near the Squaw Mountain area. Places to hike are prevalent in developed areas. Lakes and waters are near within a few hundred feet as well.

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Montana Sunset ViewMontana provides many opportunities to visitors including discovery. Natural history is present all throughout and many places in Montana offer scenic views to behold. One must see the area to truly appreciate it.

Natural history museums are available within the state of Montana including the Montana Natural History Center located in Missoula, MT. The center offers special programs, summer camps, discovery days, and night time lectures.

Admission to the center is really inexpensive for the family. Adult’s admission is only $2 and children’s admission is $1. The maximum amount requested from family is $6. The Montana Nature History Center is open on Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Plan to discovery all MT has to offer by visiting cities such as Missoula and taking advantage of all the state has to offer. There are hundreds of activities available and places to see, if not thousands. Lodging is available by way of hotels, cabins, camping sites, RV sites, and more!

Discover and experience Montana at its best! It is one of the most beautiful places to visit during different seasons of the year!

Have you visited Montana Natural History Center? What did you discover during your visit? Please leave your comments below on the Big Sky Blog. We would love to hear from you!

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