10 Things to do in the Anaconda-Philipsburg Area

Mining

Nestled in the Pintler Mountains and connected by the beautiful Pintler Veterans’ Memorial Scenic Highway, the Anaconda-Philipsburg area offers a treasure trove of activities. A literal treasure trove, given the panning-for-sapphires opportunities in Philipsburg. It’s always difficult to make these “X Things To Do” lists–there’s so many great activities, narrowing it down is impossible! So … Read more

Safety at Southwest Montana’s Hot Springs

Boulder Hot Springs

In Southwest Montana, we love to highlight the six natural hot springs in our region! With the pandemic, we thought this would be a great opportunity to not only highlight the hot springs of Southwest Montana, but to provide an update of the safety measures being taken. In the year following graduation, some friends and … Read more

Butte Montana’s Thompson Park

People are drawn to Butte for all sorts of reasons – mining history, the culture, the events – but one of our favorite reasons to visit the area is to explore Thompson Park. The park not only offers stunning views, a relatively easy trail and the perfect place to gather, but the trail itself is … Read more

Saving the Past | Charles Bovey

Virginia City is one of the biggest draws in Southwest Montana. And little wonder. The town played a central role in Montana’s development as a state, and it has a raucous and alluring history, full of exactly the kind of characters you hope to hear about in an old west goldrush town. But it’s not … Read more

Hot Springs and Snowstorms

Elkhorn Hot Springs

As you may have heard, or experienced, Montana was hit with a record setting snowstorm the fourth weekend in October. Rather than snuggling in at home, we took that opportunity to get out of the “big city” and enjoy a weekend away in the Pioneer Mountains. And if you ask us there is no more … Read more

5 of the Most Haunted Places in Montana

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy (Hamlet, I.5) Here on the blog, there are a variety of opinions about ghosts and the like. More opinions than there are writers, in fact, because my skepticism/belief in ghosts has a good deal to do with how dark the … Read more

5 of the best scenic views in Southwest Montana

Snow falls on the foothills, only to dissipate by midday. In the river-bottoms the leaves of the cottonwoods are rustling into yellow, as if capturing sunshine on the branches. At higher elevations, the changing leaves of the aspens are gilding the mountainsides. Fall is upon us and winter fast approaches. It is the time when … 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

Birder’s Paradise

A while back, I visited Costa Rica with my family, and for a few days we were joined by one of my grandmother’s friends, Oscar, an avid naturalist. One of my most vivid memories of the trip was the whole lot of us—grandma, my great aunt, and the pack of cousins—dashing up a very steep … Read more

Meander through the Big Hole Valley

If you’re looking for an adventure in Southwest Montana, chances are you have a few criteria in mind. Remarkable scenery, history, wildlife, preferably off the beaten path, and good camping, and maybe a few interesting towns to stop in along the way. If that’s what you’re looking for, then you should start planning a trip … Read more