The New West

When people are looking to escape, where do they go? West, where life is still rustic and wild – or so they think. Here's a look at it from our perspective. 

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Eat better this spring.  “Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself?” —Henry David Thoreau Read more >>
Coldsmoke Awards, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
Tucker, David
With Coldsmoke Winter Film.
Stream access law, Montana fishing, property rights
Zundel, Brent
A history of Montana's stream access law.
Hickey, Ryan
The effort makes the catch
David Decker
An argument for dry-fly fishing
DelHomme, PJ
The tangled web of the whitebark pine
Slepian, Maggie
Imagine a cross-country skier gliding through the backcountry with only the sound of his skis on the groomed trail—a peaceful afternoon in the winter woods. Read more >>
Sveum, Paul
“Each one of us here today will at one time in our lives look upon a loved one who is in need and ask the same question: We are willing to help, Lord, but what, if anything, is needed? For it is true we can seldom help those closest to us. Read more >>
Ladzinski, R.
Many years ago on a winter drive through Yellowstone Park to Cooke City, I viewed a herd of buffalo working their way through the deep snow of the Lamar Valley. Read more >>
Illustration by Angie Mangels
Wozer, Jeff
It is day three of backpacking in the Beartooths. I’m authoring from inside the butter-yellow walls of my Marmot tent alone. Read more >>
Lewis, Jimmy
For most families, the word “exotic vacation” conjures up images of a luxury resort near an azure sea, sipping tropically themed cocktails on a white, sandy beach. Mom is lounging peacefully on a recliner, Dad is off fishing, and Junior is building a sandcastle. Exotic? Read more >>
Jelinski, Jack B.
Wherein an experienced and erudite fisherman shares his wisdom from over 60 years on the water, which is essentially this: lose the attitude, pal, and eat a damn fish once in a while. Read more >>
Photo by Denver Bryan
John Holt
Greed, selfishness, and a plain-ol’ “I got mine, screw you” mentality is making itself more and more apparent in Montana when it comes to fishing. Read more >>
Photo by Amy Shertzer
Scott Bosse
We Montanans have a lot to be proud of when it comes to contributing to our nation’s conservation legacy: Montana is home to two of America’s most beloved national parks—Glacier and Yellowstone. Read more >>
Pihl, Ron
The valleys we inhabit are prone to wintertime inversions—just take a quick trip through Missoula in January for a perfect example. Without a moving weather system to clear out the air, particulate matter can easily accumulate to unhealthy levels. Read more >>
Rogel, Christine
A few years ago, I passed a slowpoke on the road in front of me, returning to my lane just in time to see eyes staring down my headlights. Before I could swerve, the impact crushed the hood of my Honda CRV like an aluminum can. The car sputtered and stopped. Read more >>
Christine Rogel
The Wild West Winterfest at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds returns to Bozeman with Western-style fun for the whole family—including Fido. Read more >>
Ben Hilleboe
What do you envision when you think of “therapy”? If you’re like most people, you probably see a settee in a dimly lit room with “ocean sounds” coming from a CD player. Sound about right? Read more >>
Devon Lach
With more and more food-production designations and corresponding specialty labels, it’s getting hard to tell what exactly you should be eating. What do all the terms and grocery-store labels mean? In an attempt at truth in advertising, here’s what to look for when you’re shopping around. Read more >>
Diana Proemm
They wait all year for ski season to come around—sometimes they’ll even ask in the middle of summer when they can ski again. Once the slopes finally open, they arrive with huge smiles and excitement in their eyes. Read more >>
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