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Jess Kinamon // April 9

This summer seems to have put quite a strain on Glacier Park and other tourist attractions in Montana. But there are so many options when it comes to Montana’s breathtaking Rocky Mountains! Here are a few options if you find yourself on the Rocky Mountain Front!

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The Rocky Mountain Front: A Straight Shot into the Bob Marshall Wilderness

Blackleaf Canyon

Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area is a gorgeous area. It's just west of the small town Bynum, MT. There’s also a great spot to stop and fish on your way up to the mountains at Bynum Reservoir. Once you get through the management area and into forest service, you will hit a trailhead and campground for Blackleaf Canyon. The hike has gorgeous views with huge rock faces, an amazing hidden waterfall, and big open meadows. On top of all that, it’s a great place to go rock climbing. You can hike anywhere in the Forest Service and in the Wildlife Management Area when it is open!

North Fork of the Teton River

This is an amazing drive and one of my favorites! There are tons of breathtaking views and a few trailheads that make great hikes! Often, there are small waterfalls that come off the bank right off the road, and the river is amazing. There are lots of cute camping areas near the river that are great to stay! One of my favorite views is at the very end of this gravel road. I refer to it as “The Burn”, with the river running through it at the bottom. Go take a look! Take the road at a slow and steady pace with caution. There are some rough gravel patches, but the wildlife and views make it all worth it! Also watch for cattle, horses, and wildlife on any roads you are driving, you never know!

Gibson Reservoir

Not only is Gibson pretty, but the drive into it does not disappoint, and all the trailheads are even better! Wildlife is plentiful and bringing binoculars is a MUST! If you plan to hike, the trail is long around the dam. It’s most enjoyable to take a boat ride back to the end of the lake to start your hike. On your way to Gibson, Sun Canyon Lodge and Outfitting is a must-stop. They offer all sorts of adventures, such as summer horseback vacations and pack trips, backcountry fishing trips, and cabin rentals! Also, don’t forget to drop by Augusta and get some food at the Buckhorn Bar!

Dupuyer, MT

Dupuyer is an adorable small town along the Rocky Mountain Front. And, it is populated with some of the greatest people you could ever meet, just like most Montana towns! One of my favorite restaurants ever is located there called Buffalo Joe's Eatery and Saloon. They have great portions and some amazing food! Give them a call for reservations or pop in and see what’s going on while you pass through. You won’t be disappointed!

These are just a few options that are available in a small section of the Rocky Mountain Front.

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About the Author

Jess Kinamon

Jess grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana hunting elk, mule deer, whitetails, wolves, bears, and coyotes. She and her dad have been hunting together since day one and they have grown both physically and mentally. Jess knew at a young age that the outdoors were her passion and something she always wanted to pursue as a career. Mule deer and elk hunting are two things that she cannot live without, but she enjoys other things such as riding horses/packing mules, and painting with acrylics.