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Exploring the snowy Canyon of the Ancients in the Big Belts west of Helena (photo by Kevin League)

There are two ways you can spend a Montana winter. The first is to sit inside next to the woodstove, drinking hot toddies and watching movies until your eyes bleed. 

At the the saddle of Tranquil Basin (photo by Maddie Matarazzo)

This trail was no joke. From the moment we turned on to the other trail to the moment we reached Tranquil Basin there was not a single stretch of flat ground.

Enjoying the sunset above Jewel Basin from atop Mount Aeneas (photo by Maddie Matarazzo)

Perhaps it was the never-ending views that showcased the difference between the wilderness and civilization. Maybe it was the rainbow of colors found in the wildflowers or the inquisitive nature of the mountain goats. 

View of the Cabinet Mountains from the Yaak Fire Lookout Tower (photo by Maddie Matarazzo)

As the sun set the entire horizon turned bright red and a full moon began to rise. The only sound I could hear were the quiet rustles of the forest. 

Best hikes near Glacier National Park (photo: Kerry Neils)

Glacier National Park has unbelievable hiking, but, in the heart of summer, it can also have unbelievable crowds. Fortunately, the views, wildlife, and mountains don’t stop at the park boundary. Here are five suggestions for hikes near Glacier National Park that are sure to be hit.

View from Ross Creek Cedars trail (photo by Sandii Mellen)

This time of the year offers unique opportunities to explore our public lands.