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Last Chance Stampede Rodeo

Helena’s Rodeo was the last weekend of July (but you already knew that because you follow this blog and get SWMT newsletters sent straight to your email). It was fantastic. There was beer, tri-tip steak sandwiches, fruit kabobs, fry bread, and these weird lemonade slushy/soft serve ice cream things. Oh, yeah, there was also a […]

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And they call the thing a rodeo…

“We were heading for the rodeo in the village of Augusta, among cottonwood along the Sun River. We drank in the darkness of taverns, walked three or four hundred yards through light and shadows under the trees to the rodeo, in the sunlight, while country music played on the public-address system. Men and women unloaded […]

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Spring Meadow Lake

Time to Cool Off!

Summer is here. The days are getting longer and  (with the exception of the occasional downpour/thunderstorm) hotter. It won’t be long now before 80 degrees seems normal and 90 seems perfectly reasonable. Which means that it is finally time to start thinking very seriously about abandoning all responsibility and spending the next two and a […]

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Big Hole River Panoramic

Visit the Big Hole Battlefield

The sun-bleached frames of countless tipis lie scattered across the landscape of a broad river bottom valley high in Southwest Montana’s Beaverhead Mountains. The winding Big Hole River and quiet beauty of the site attract both picnickers and anglers, however, the primary draw of the park is the history. The area, operated by the National […]

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Wild Southwest Montana

We the people of Montana grateful to God for the quiet beauty of our state, the grandeur of our mountains, the vastness of our rolling plains, and desiring to improve the quality of life, equality of opportunity and to secure the blessings of liberty for this and future generations do ordain and establish this constitution. ~Preamble to the […]

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Pintler Route

Crystal Park–A perfect weekend

If you receive our monthly newsletter, you’ll notice that this month’s issue is dedicated to rockhounding. Rockhounding is one of the most popular tourist pastimes in Southwest Montana. This should come as little surprise, since scouring the countryside for cool rocks (i.e. mining) is one of the foundational occupations of the state. Southwest Montana is […]

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St Helena Cathedral

Montana is a place of craggy peaks, tough, towering pines, and windswept plains. In such a landscape, the pointed neo-gothic arches and tracery windows of St. Helena’s Cathedral might seem out of place, but, inconceivably, they don’t. Instead, the at once rugged-yet-intricate gothic stonework of the Cathedral manages to complement the sagebrush and ponderosa pine […]

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Lost Creek Falls, photo from http://stateparks.mt.gov/lost-creek/

Heading for Lost

Maybe it is just the name, but I have always felt like Lost Creek State Park, north of Anaconda, doesn’t get enough notice. The state park stretches for 502 acres along Lost Creek. Like much of Southwest Montana, the area sits on a limestone formation. The creek courses through a deep canyon beneath towering limestone […]

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