Southwest Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Natural System

By Rick and Susie Graetz  |  Office of Research and Creative Scholarship  |  The University of Montana Standing on the summit of 9,860-foot Pioneer Mountain in Montana’s Madison Range, one is presented with a striking 360-degree panorama. Sprawled, in every compass direction, is one of the nation’s most pristine and intact natural systems. A wellspring for … Read more

Helena’s Last Chance Stampede and Fair

The Last Chance Stampede and Fair is celebrating its 60th Annual Event this year! It’s annual events like these that bring us, and so many others, coming back for more. The Last Chance Stampede and Fair takes place each year during the last week of July. The event kicks off with a country music concert … Read more

Montana and COVID-19

Working from Sagebrush Flats

I have friends scattered across the US and even a few making their homes in other countries. With the pandemic, our world has been thrown upside down. We are learning how to work remotely, how to function with increased isolation, and even how to maintain community amidst isolation. In Montana … we are lucky. Montana is … Read more

Bear Trap Canyon

It’s impossible, in a blog post, to even brush the surface of all that a summer in Southwest Montana has to offer. Even this year, when so many events have been cancelled, Montanans are spoiled for choice. Would it be possible to hike all the trails, fish all the streams, float all the rivers of … Read more

An Ode To Southwest Montana Thanksgivings

Thanksgiving is not about the food. It should be about thankfulness, and family, and friendship. But it is about those things in the context of a feast. A joyful celebration culminating in sitting around a table, and eating food together. It doesn’t have to be lavish or excessive. It can be–if you have twenty-ish people, … Read more

Montana Fire Update

It’s September, and it was an especially dry summer. That means that in the west, there is only one appropriate topic of conversation. Wildfires. They’re kind of hard to miss. Northwestern Montana has some of the worst fires, but Southwest Montana has its fair share. At the moment, there are about nine fires in Southwest Montana. … Read more

What’s Brewing in Southwest Montana

“With more small craft breweries per capita than nearly anywhere else in the country, Montana is demonstrating that there’s no limit to what we can accomplish when we combine our world-class work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit with some of the finest grains on the planet.”  ~Former U.S. Senator Max Baucus  Not surprisingly, breweries in Montana … Read more

A Road Trip Through Southwest Montana’s Past

Montana’s historic landscape has been colored by a myriad of cultural influences.For instance, as the first settlers in the area, the Native American people have contributed immensely to Montana’s history and laid the foundation for today’s society. With the Homestead Act of 1862, Agriculture became the cornerstone of our economy and remains the largest industry … Read more