The fossil beds of montana have contributed more to dinosaur paleontology than those of any other state in the U.S. Indeed, dinosaur fossils have been discovered in 48 of Montana’s 56 counties, and to celebrate that legacy and promote visitation to member institutions, the Montana......

The path from here must be instinctively traced each breath avowed to relational space all thought attribution all feeling atavistic The way rain and snow dance across an interval of shadow scaling in and out of form the way stars darken toward us until our......

When an avid outdoorsman embarked on an ambitious search for a mountain property to call home, he traveled to McCall, Idaho; Telluride, Colorado; and Big Sky, Montana, before discovering a parcel at about 6,000 feet in elevation near the southwest Montana town of Livingston. It......

“Today’s anglers are looking for intelligent apps along with their favorite fly shop,” remarks fly-fishing industry veteran Scott Carver. With that in mind, he and a team of others based in Montana and Colorado created the informative, newly released onWater app that provides detailed digital......

This summer, the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, Montana is hosting a unique exhibition of work by Damon Falke — an American writer, poet, and playwright living in Norway — and Montana artist Tabby Ivy. After connecting on Facebook in 2018, the duo developed......

In 1902, the Old Saloon opened its doors in Emigrant, Montana — between Livingston and Yellowstone National Park’s North Entrance in Gardiner — serving up satisfying meals and stiff drinks to Paradise Valley locals, weary travelers, cowboys, and miners exiting the train depot located just......

After a prolonged COVID-19-induced hiatus, many outdoor concerts and music festivals throughout the Northern Rockies are back in action for 2022. From classical and jazz to country and rock n’ roll, here are some primo picks for melodies and revelry under the sun and stars......

The summer trail season is here in Big Sky Country, and, whether you’re venturing out for your first time to walk on an unpaved surface or emerging from your winter hibernation cohabitating with some Yellowstone grizzlies you’ve managed to befriend, you could probably use a......

Blackbird Kitchen has been a staple and locals’ favorite in downtown Bozeman, Montana since opening its doors in 2009. Their secret? Simply good food. Head chef Kenan Anderson stays within their formula for success by creating vegetable-forward menus that change with the seasons and feature......

Jamie Ford’s multigenerational and magical tale, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy (Atria Books, $28), has him well on his way to becoming the Gabriel García Márquez of Asian-American literature. Like García Márquez, Ford’s ability to paint a deep and vibrant story, while moving expertly......

The shrill whistle of a steam locomotive pierced the air and a passenger train thundered toward the station. The sheep dog looked on as several men removed a long, rough-cut wooden box from the back of a hearse and rolled it across the platform. As......

By most empirical measures, Doug Peacock is an undisputed winner. America’s most visible and vocal defender of grizzly bears, he has won battles over land management and prevailed in skirmishes over the fate of individual bears. His guerilla tactics have inspired environmental activists around the......

April 2015, PPL Montana shut down its Corette Power Plant, an eyesore that was one of the first sites to greet people driving into the city of Billings from the east. A few months later, a local organization I’m involved with — the Yellowstone Valley......

Landscape photographer Craig W. Hergert and award-winning poet and novelist Shann Ray have released Montana Panoramic: Transparent in the Backlight, a sweeping collection that marries Hergert’s panoramic images with Ray’s poetry and prose. The book’s literary and visual vignettes — a 15-year retrospective of Hergert’s......

Celebrated architect Diébédo Francis Kéré has been recognized with architecture’s highest honor as the 2022 laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The man behind Xylem, a 2,100-square-foot pavilion located on the Tippet Rise Art Center’s central campus in Fishtail, Montana, is both the first African......

Yellowstone National Park celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. Designated as the country’s first national park on March 1, 1872, the landscape it encompasses has a rich ecological and human history, with archaeological evidence and oral traditions dating the presence of various tribes and bands......

America has long had a conflicted relationship with its rural spaces. “It’s the rural idyll versus the rural illicit,” says Megan Torgerson, founder of the podcast “Reframing Rural,” referencing the dualistic beliefs that arrived with European colonizers. “Today, people either view rural as this kind......

A collective calm descends each spring in the Northern Rockies. The ski resorts have closed, tourists have retreated, trails are muddy, and warm sunny days are sprinkled in between rainy or snowy ones. It’s a simmering of sorts, an in-between that allows us just enough......

More than 20 years ago, rancher Vance Brash approached his friend Dick Sapa with an idea to put on a rodeo behind the Blue Moon Nite Club in Columbia Falls, Montana. Since that time, the Brash Rodeo has grown into a summer staple with a......

The Mountain West in the 2020s has been characterized by increasing crowds. In 2021, Montana’s Flathead County grew by 3.5 percent and Billings was briefly ranked as the top emerging market in the entire nation. By February 2022, the median value of a single-family home......

For Bozeman, Montana-based mixed-media artist Miles Glynn, inspiration is instantaneous. It’s a melding of color, shape, sound, and feeling. “There are moments where everything comes together visually,” says Glynn. “The lighting, the senses, maybe the music I’m listening to, it creates a moment or a......

In the summer of 1974, a senior theater major from Montana State University (MSU) named John Hosking signed on to be part of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks’ first full tour across the state. The troupe traveled to 20 locations, performing The Taming of the......

Migrating flocks of northbound geese overhead. Retreating snowlines and the first blush of green on the hillsides. Newborn calves in the fields. Not long ago, those were the Bozeman area’s reliable signs of spring, assuring us that we had survived yet another cold Montana winter.......

When Tracy and Mike Schlauch finally decided to bring the lake home they’d been dreaming about for more than a decade to fruition, it was designed to be a retreat where meaningful memories with friends and family would be made while appreciating Montana’s beauty. “Mike......

Magazine Racks by Norseman Designs West Originally based in New York, John Gallis traded in a lucrative career building custom cabinetry for Bloomingdale’s for an artisan-based way of life through his company Norseman Designs West in Cody, Wyoming. His award-winning, one-of-a-kind pieces are rooted in......

At the beginning of each year, many of the top paint companies announce the shade they believe best represents the design trends of that time, with picks that range from neutral tones to uplifting pops of color. Often driven by fashion, technology, lifestyle, and pop......

Innovative technology, easy-care fabrics, versatile accessories, and simple luxe designs top our list of must-haves for mountain-based living and alpine adventures in the glorious summer months ahead. Proud Grill Tool Set A sleek magnetic handle connects two BBQ tools and provides four uses; a backyard......

Inspired by Place Written by Chase Reynolds Ewald Architecture and design powerhouse CLB Architects’ first monograph, Inspired by Place, is a passion project named after the firm’s guiding philosophy. Written by Chase Reynolds Ewald — with forwards by Ian Volner, Tom Kundig, and Agnes Bourne......

Whether you’re contemplating a remodel or new build in the Rocky Mountain West, or you’re a collector of all things Western, art and home shows offer essential inspiration, advice, and products from some of the best regional artisans and designers, with wares specifically suited to......

Through years of travel and research and a love for the outdoors, interior designer Patricia Kennedy conceived a trademarked “Interiors for Wellness” process, combining the health benefits of nature with the aesthetic appeal of thoughtful design. Employing sustainable, biophilic (nature oriented), and accessible elements, Kennedy......

When Ron Shanor creates the Western furniture that has garnered him admiration for the past three decades, he welcomes an assist from an unexpected collaborator: Mother Nature. The gracefully curved feet of his armchair legs benefit from trees that have grown on slopes or were......

While much time is often invested in designing the shared living spaces of a home — the great room, dining room, and kitchen areas where people tend to gather — a bedroom can feel like an afterthought. But considering that most people spend an average......

What began in 1995 as a modest two-person metal fabrication shop in a Salt Lake City garage is today known as Hammerton, a powerhouse in the luxury decorative lighting industry. At the company’s 50,000-square-foot facility, teams of designers, engineers, and artisans collectively crank out hundreds......

For Jeremy Mistretta, it’s been a long journey: from growing up back East to attending college in Bozeman, Montana, dabbling in freelance writing, starting a painting business, and, ultimately, studying the art of Tadelakt (an artisanal wall surface created with lime-plastered black soap made from......

Terry Winchell was a child prodigy antique dealer. Growing up along the border of Wyoming and Nebraska, he was fascinated by Western history from a young age. He was only 14 when he bought — and swiftly resold — his first piece of antique furniture.......

Architecture Miller | Roodell Architects Construction Bolton Custom Homes Interior Design Abby Hetherington Interiors Standing on a property surrounded by a number of mountain ranges, one might think the impetus for building there would be what’s found outside the windows. But for this home in......

Architecture CLB Architects Construction Robert Strohmenger Construction Interior Design SWC Interiors Landscape Architecture Agrostis In art, a small painting that exhibits transformational use of light and shadow, lines, color, and expressive detail is frequently referred to as a gem. In northwest Wyoming, a modest-sized house......

Architecture MMW Architects Construction JM Moran & Company Interior Design Kibler & Kirch Every now and then, a design defies definition. That’s certainly the case with a home that sits on a corner lot, surrounded by 100-plus-year-old architectural gems, in Missoula, Montana’s University District. And......

Architecture Locati Architects Construction Schlauch Bottcher Construction Interior Design Locati Interiors Landscape architecture Doepker Landscaping Overlooking a lake off of a quiet road in northwest Montana is a home that connects a family to the surrounding alpine environment and settles into place among the old-growth trees......

Architecture Cushing Terrell Construction Garber Construction A young political science major becomes interested in Montana politics, travels there to research her thesis, and ends up falling in love with Big Sky Country. Years later, when she visits the Bitterroot Valley with her husband, he falls......

Architecture Mt. Ararat Design Construction Bear Mountain Builders Interior Design Hunter & Company When a Southern California couple with four children began searching for the second home they’d been dreaming of in Montana, little did they know that the very residence they’d imagined awaited them......

Architecture Mark Weirich Architect Construction Blue Ribbon Builders When Lauren Quackenbush set out to design her Big Sky, Montana residence, she knew she wanted to create a bright, airy, colorful place where her family and friends would love to gather. Splitting her time between Orlando,......

Architecture Zimtor Architecture Construction Rooney’s Inc. Interior Design Elizabeth Robb Interiors Anyone glimpsing the tidy log cabin sitting on a ranch near White Sulphur Springs, Montana would likely assume it was a historical relic from the 1880s, when it provided shelter for the cowhands. Out......

Architecture Dubbe Moulder Architects Interior Design Elevated Living When you’ve spent your life living in large, international cities and it comes time to retire, how do you decide where to put down roots? One worldly couple was dreaming of a more remote, peaceful location when......

Architecture Altius Design Group Construction Malmquist Construction Interior Design Liz Kahn Design & Tate Interiors Landscape architecture Bruce Boody Landscape Architect What was intended to be a remodel on a dated 1980s-era house overlooking Montana’s Whitefish Lake resulted in a completely new home. A consensus......

Architecture Concept Seven Designs Construction Zoske Construction While looking for property around Bozeman, Montana, custom home builder Mike Zoske and his client discovered a 300-acre parcel located off the beaten path, but not far from town. Before purchasing the land, he and Zoske tossed around......

Architecture Berlin Architects Construction Foss Construction Interior design WRJ Design Situated on 40 acres — once part of a ranch owned by Wyoming’s “Cowboy Governor” Clifford Hansen in the 1960s — a log home near Jackson Hole now sports a 21st-century look and feel while......

Forty years ago, a couple and their 2-year-old son were invited by a colleague in Texas to visit his home in the Northern Rockies. It was a trip that sparked a love affair with the mountains and rivers of central Idaho. Over the following years,......

Thirty miles north of Big Sky and just south of Bozeman, Montana, a fabled landmark started a new chapter in the fall of 2020. Today, Stacey’s Old Faithful Bar & Steakhouse offers a combination of history, community, good food, and camaraderie with the charm of......

More than 50 years ago, southeastern Montana’s landscape changed forever when a 525-foot-high dam was erected on Crow Tribal land to control flooding, generate power, and provide irrigation to farms and ranchlands. The added benefit was the creation of the striking Bighorn Canyon National Recreation......

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