Soaking it In: Jackson Hot Springs
After a day or a week the hills, that's when hunters drift down out of the hills to plop down their money and get a soak at Jackson Hot Springs.
Steaming hot, artesian springs were discovered here in July 1806 by Captain William Clark, shortly after he and Meriwether Lewis parted to explore different routes back across the West. Stopping to rest, Clark boiled an elk steak in the springs, just a few hundred yards upstream from today's Jackson Hot Springs - a combination hotel, restaurant, bar, and swimming pool.
48 Hours in Billings
From Black Otter Trail atop the Billings’ Rimrocks, cast your eye to the Yellowstone River and the Big Horn and Pryor mountains to the south, to the Absaroka Beartooth range to the west, and to Pompey’s Pillar to the east. Soak in the expansive eastern Montana sky above. You’re in the Yellowstone Valley, described by Crow Chief Arapooish as good country, with its temperate climate, clear water, and ample game. “While you are here,” Chief Arapooish said, “you will fare well.”
Great Drives: Havre's Best Kept Secret
Your journey begins on Highway 234 with pleasing views of farm and ranch homesteads set on rolling prairie hills with white painted fences. Within the ten-mile drive to Beaver Creek Park your horizons shorten and begin to take shape.
Border Crossing: the Coeur d'Alene Resort
Just over the Montana mountain border lies a world-class resort with a sparkling new spa that make a great getaway.
The Coeur d’Alene Resort combines high-end accommodations overlooking Lake Coeur d’Alene with luxurious spa treatments unlike any you’d find in Montana. In summer, Coeur d’Alene is a great stop for golfers. The Resort features a links-style golf course, while Circling Raven golf course (just 30 minutes to the south) adds a unique golf experience among the Palouse prairie of north Idaho.
Winter Getaways in Montana: Rainbow Ranch
Flurries of snow come from the south, out of Yellowstone National Park, driving hard toward our cabin on the Gallatin River.
The river out front is nearly frozen over, and only black rivulets and pools appear among the broken seams of ice. The flurries turn to a heavy snowfall, but inside our cabin we are protected and secure next to a glowing fireplace. By dawn, the clouds have given way to a brilliant blue sky, and with the departure of the snowstorm comes 20-below temperatures.
Strong fishing and community spirit make Twin Bridges a unique Montana town
Streets are few in Twin Bridges. A mix of hard pack and gravel, all local roads eventually lead to the two-laner that connects our yawning community to the rest of the world. The blinking light across from the Blue Anchor Bar and Café gives us locals a choice of three directions ⎯ all good ones. But for some of us the choice amounts to three too many.
Motorcycling Under The Big Sky
Rumbling along the 12,000 miles of scenic highways and byways that meander throughout Montana, the atmosphere around you becomes breathtakingly clear. You're experiencing a 360-degree view of your surroundings. No windows and no roofs obstruct your vision. Yes, it is a big sky. It never fails. Every time I ride a motorcycle underneath Montana's wide, blue canopy my mind always wanders to the question "How can the sky be that big here? Why is it not that big in other states?"
Skiing under the Swan Mountains
The Swan Mountain Ranch offers 30 kilometers of groomed cross country ski trails winding through the woods and meadows about seven miles south of Swan Lake. The resort offers lodging and dining.