The Red Conglomerate Peaks

By Rick and Susie Graetz | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship and The O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West | University of Montana West of Lima, Montana and straddling the Continental Divide, this gathering of uplifts made up of four summits, rise in a little-known area of southwest Montana. And although three of … Read more

The Italian Peaks

By Rick and Susie Graetz | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship and The O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West | University of Montana A little-known piece of Montana geography, the Italian Peaks, a compact gathering of mountains in the state’s far southwest corner, represents the southernmost reach of Big Sky Country.  And they … Read more

The Tobacco Roots

Hollow Top

By David Stalling with Rick and Susie Graetz | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship | University of Montana As the Corps of Discovery was moving up the Jefferson River, the mountains Lewis was describing were the Tobacco Roots on the east and the Highlands to the west: “…The valley though which our rout of … Read more

The Tendoy Mountains

Garfield Mountain

By Greg Iverson | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship | University of Montana Northwest of Lima, Montana, the east face of the Tendoy Mountains, seemingly blends with the Lima Peaks rising on the town’s west horizon. Their abrupt ascent from the sagebrush-filled Red Rock River Valley forms what appears to be one continuing ridge. … Read more

The Sapphire Range

sapphire mountains west of philipsburg, montana

By Rick and Susie Graetz | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship | University of Montana Seemingly towering above the University of Montana campus, Mount Sentinel’s actual rise is only 5,158 feet. To the folks in Missoula, it is just the UM’s mountain with the big M on it. But in the scheme of Montana … Read more

Lima Peaks

By Greg Iverson | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship | University of Montana Rising in Montana’s southwest corner, they are what mountains should look like and are some of Montana’s most impressive gathering of summits. Folks living in Lima, Montana, can claim them as part of their community as it seems these Lima Peaks … Read more

Blacktail Range: Southwest Montana’s Blacktail Range

Montana's Blacktail Mountain Range

By Greg Iverson with David Stalling | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship | University of Montana On Dillon, Montana’s southeast viewshed, above the Blacktail Deer Creek drainage, the 30-mile-long singular appearing ridgeline of the Blacktail Range dominates the horizon. The distant view isn’t what is evident though, as one follows their southeast-northwest orientation along … Read more