• A hiker pauses at the Picnic Lakes in the Jewel Basin.

Discover the Wild

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Photo by Ian Cameron

From the natural skyline cut by the jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains eastward to the windswept plains where bison still make trails through freshly fallen snow to the wetlands that support our birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals, Montana is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes imaginable. But it’s not just about scenic beauty. Wilderness provides clean water and a safe nursery for wildlife. It is among the last havens for naturally functioning ecosystems.

Look a little deeper here to learn why MWA members have worked more than 50 years to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness."

Montana Hiking Guide

Check out a trail at hikewildmontana.org.

Wilderness Walks

Each Wilderness Walk is an opportunity to slow down, feel the earth beneath your feet, travel a winding path through the forest, discover…


Support our public lands through stewardship. Volunteering and hard work never looked so fun! 


Are you a young person eager to explore Montana’s incredible wild backcountry? Are you searching for opportunities to get your…

What is Wilderness?

Wilderness is that rare, wild place where one can retreat from civilization, reconnect with the Earth, and find healing, meaning and…

Montana’s Public Lands

Almost 30 percent of Montana belongs to you and to me; 3.7 percent is protected as wilderness. The extensive public lands here are just…