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 looking for something to do and see!
A Straight Shot into the Bob Marshall Wilderness
- Blackleaf Canyon: Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area is a gorgeous area just west of 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 on 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! There are often 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 that I refer to 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, and 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 is populated with some of the greatest people you could ever meet, just like lots of small 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 Montana and there are so many other options as well, no matter what part of the state you’re in!