Photo book celebrates rhythms of the American cowboy Traveling solo with just her camera, New York City photographer Anouk Masson Krantz spent two years aiming her lens at Wagonhound Land & Livestock Co., a working ranch embedded in Wyoming’s rugged Rocky Mountains. The result: a stunning photographic......

Warren Miller Performing Arts Center announces 10th winter season This winter ushers in more than just a season of snow: In Big Sky, Montana, it brings a selection of diverse performances to the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center (WMPAC). Acts will include a stand-up comedian,......

The 30th annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale in Jackson Hole, Wyoming saw strong attendance and big sales in September. This four-day event brings together craftspeople, collectors, interior designers, architects, and fashion designers with a shared love of the West. In honor of their superb......

Mountains Rising Collection by Marina Kessler For those drawn to the Northern Rockies by the alpine landscape and recreational opportunities, a piece by Marina Kessler can serve as a symbol of that allure. The jewelry designer has created the Mountains Rising Collection for women who enjoy......

Nearly 40 years ago, Robert and Greta Mathis realized their dream to help those with disabilities share in the exhilaration and wonder of outdoor adventuring in Montana by establishing Eagle Mount in Bozeman. At the time, Eagle Mount Bozeman offered a small ski program and......

It’s no secret that the mountains and meadows surrounding Bozeman, Montana offer some of the best cross-country skiing in the country. In fact, the Bridger Ski Foundation, a local nonprofit community ski club, tends to more than 70 kilometers of groomed ski trails in the......

Halfway through the latest phenomena, you stop to observe a small herd of black angus cattle standing in snow in a wheat field outside Ringling, Montana. It is the first day of winter, 18 below & they’ve huddled close together in a wide circle, en......

Architect/Engineer DCI Engineers Builder Clear Creek Developing When used in the context of new construction, “attention to detail” is a catchphrase that, at its most basic, refers to quality of craftsmanship and careful adherence to plans. Taken further, it extends from the macro — form,......

Some might say that if you want to experience all the river recreation that Idaho has to offer, there’s one waterway that rules them all: Henry’s Fork. The official headwaters begin at Big Springs, which produces 120 million gallons of water each day for the......

While attending Montana State University brought me to Bozeman, Montana 32 years ago, it’s the mountains that have kept me here. If I’m really being truthful, what captivated me is just one little range on the edge of a big valley, known simply as the......

The Social Haus experience is like one of those strange dreams where two worlds merge. I’m sipping an elderberry cocktail under the warm glow of chandeliers, watching artisanal chefs prepare cuts of meat, fresh herbs, and broths at a bustling open-kitchen bar. I could be......

“The ocean can be yours; why should you stop Beguiled by dreams of evanescent dew? The secrets of the sun are yours, but you Content yourself with motes trapped in beams.” — Farid ud-Din Attar, The Conference of the Birds Large paintings lean against every......

Avis DeVoto takes her rightful place alongside her husband, Bernard, in Nate Schweber’s lively and engrossing biography, This America of Ours: Bernard and Avis DeVoto and the Forgotten Fight to Save the Wild (Mariner Books, $28.99). Previous biographers have given us Bernard, best known today......

Gnarled, rugged expanses of black and gray lava rock, dotted with muted green sagebrush, define Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in eastern Idaho during snow-free seasons. Miles before reaching the visitor center, a field of hardened lava appears south of the highway,......

A performer walks on stage, acoustic guitar in hand, and a hush falls across the audience. Approaching the mic, the performer — who signed up just a little over an hour ago and has never performed at this venue before — begins strumming and singing.......

Just as surfers will spend the balance of their year waiting for just the right wave, and skiers will rearrange their lives in pursuit of fluffy mountain powder, so do ice boaters watch for fresh ice and stiff winds. They’re monitoring long- and short-term weather......

America’s entry to the Rocky Mountain fur trade closely followed a rapid succession of events: President Thomas Jefferson’s fervent advocacy for territorial expansion, the Louisiana Purchase (1803), and the Lewis and Clark expedition (1804–6), the latter of which reported extraordinary populations of beaver, buffalo, and......

Growing up in Bozeman, Montana, cross-country skier Logan Diekmann learned to slide on snow at an early age. By the time he turned 8, he was racing with the Bridger Ski Foundation’s (BSF) Youth Ski League, having started with the program at the ripe age......

Montana had no official eastern boundary in 1805, because the state as we know it did not exist. The confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers served the purpose well enough then, as it nearly does today. The Lewis and Clark expedition reached that landmark......

On a downtown street outside the O’Haire Motor Inn in Great Falls, Montana, it smells like french fries. The sidewalks are empty except for one older gentleman polishing the chrome door handles of the motel. When he finishes with the handles, he wipes the glass......

Ghost Town Guitars might be the most aptly named guitar shop in Montana. To get there, you have to drive about 30 minutes west of Helena to the little town of Rimini, at the base of Red Mountain. It’s a charming collection of old log......

Heavy wet snowflakes drop from the sky, making their wayward descent to the ground. Some catch on the needles of the ocher larch and evergreen spruce and pines. They accumulate where they land, fluffy blankets cloaking all that lies beneath — all season long if......

Architecture Locati Architects Interior Design Locati Interiors Construction Schlauch Bottcher Construction For a longtime Big Sky family, a new build from the ground up wasn’t so much about having a fresh experience as it was about preserving and expanding on what they loved about their......

The possessive apostrophe in Parks’ Fly Shop is intentional, differentiating the Yellowstone gateway business from the national park that’s a long cast to the south. But the punctuation also serves to express ownership, of both the idea of fly fishing as a necessary human experience......

I grew up watching my mother in the kitchen. She was a passionate cook who innovated beyond recipes, filling our table with all kinds of original dishes. She left behind some of her recipes, but not all. And one that I have been curious about......

At 2 a.m. on June 7, 1896, a Great Northern train pulled into the station at Blackfoot, Montana, bringing three Yale graduates to some of the last great stretches of the fabled American West. The privileged leader of the group was Gifford Pinchot, age 31.......

Each time I’ve looked at this tree from the road, I’ve thought there might be an elk standing next to it. It’s an illusion of course. A smaller tree that was once bent by snow looks like an elk standing there. I walked up to......

for Peacock In the mud of the origin of Hopeful Creek, we find a paw print, wolf track, big as my fist, size of the male they found on Deer Creek this spring — a hundred seventy-nine pounds. Plenty lions there, too. A few years......

The first time I dined at Maison, my partner and I couldn’t stop laughing. It was April and the gunmetal sky promised rain. Maybe snow. We’d been trudging around in the mud all day, weeding, pruning, wrestling with winter-rotten rhubarb, hoping spring might someday come.......

In Robert Moore’s paintings, colors and shapes work in concert to make even the most familiar facets of the world look fresh. Aspen trees, garden hollyhocks, cattle standing on an expanse of sunlit grass — none of these are novel sights, especially to those who......

Since its inception in 2015, the Montana Wilderness School (MWS) — under the direction of co-founders Gar Duke and Josh Olsen — has helped form and foster meaningful, impactful experiences in the outdoors and an intimate connection to the natural world for youth throughout Montana......

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) is working in partnership with a broad coalition of organizations to advance the North American Grasslands Conservation Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate this July by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). This legislation would authorize the investment of $290 million annually......

This July, Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa celebrated its centennial. Tucked into the Shoshone National Forest — proximate to Jackson Hole as well as Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks — the 25-acre, all-inclusive luxury lodge was once just a convenient stopover for 1920s travelers......

For me, the shifting leaves of fall are a regular reminder of change. In the latest days of summer, I scour tree branches for signs that Jack Frost is on his way, a vestige of youthful anticipation for the coming snow. Nature’s canvas, the forest......

Ducks Unlimited (DU), the largest nonprofit dedicated to conserving North America’s waterfowl habitats, recently released its Season in Review report examining habitat conditions, weather, and regional waterfowl abundance trends from the 2021–22 season. This year, the report includes an in-depth look at the 2021 drought......

Perma, Montana doesn’t have a Wikipedia page. That’s how tiny and insignificant the world-at-large considers this spot on the Flathead River, 30-some miles as the raven — or in this case, the magpie — flies, south of Niarada, population 27, also just as unknown to......

Remember, raise your hoods at night so packrats don’t build nests in your engines!” The campground host’s admonition seemed slightly odd, but she walked on, continuing her evening rounds. My partner Mary and I looked at each other, baffled. My bemused, stubborn, initial reaction: “No......

This morning, the prairie is treating us to a Homeric sunrise as dawn begins to spread her saffron robes across the eastern sky. The time is late March, the place a remote corner of central Montana’s sagebrush steppe, and Lori and I are here to......

Dyna found the ring-necked pheasant and pointed. She froze. Even her tail stopped moving. Brillo stopped in her tracks, too, honoring Dyna’s point. As both dogs held point, Anita Andrus walked forward and flushed the bird. Brillo and Dyna watched it rocket up from the......

For connoisseurs of rugged, alpine landscapes, the Sawtooth Mountains of central Idaho are unquestionably the crown jewel of the Gem State. Michael Lanza, a regular contributor to Backpacker, astutely observes that the region’s numerous “10,000-foot peaks, [which] form a Sierra-quality skyline, [and] an eastern escarpment......

The first time I heard an elk bugle, I was a greenhorn teenager sitting on a mountainside in southern British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains, miles from the nearest road. My father had kindly brought me along on a wilderness horseback hunt, with elk as the primary......

In the rural 1.5-million-acre Blackfoot watershed, Montana’s characteristic working lands are on full display. Generational ranches are replete with grazing cattle and haystacks; rolling grass and strings of timber are seldom interrupted by the intermittent farmhouse or cabin; deer and elk graze, while waterfowl and......

Last October, Troy Collins received an unexpected, daunting honor that, almost a year later, “still gives me goosebumps,” the artist admits. The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival informed Collins that he’d been selected as the Featured Artist for 2022. “That meant,” he says, his voice......

Their texture furrowed from heat and wax, ironed, then marked, Shawna Moore’s encaustic paintings ignite conversations between herself and the world, each a culmination of a life spent in contemplation and exploration. “My work comes from my life as an outdoors woman and trying to......

The first thing you notice is the light. The common thread running through Chessney Sevier’s art — whether etching or oil or encaustic — is her deft and masterful rendering of light. Sun illuminating a summer meadow. The neon of a country bar shining out......

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