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Soapweed yucca blooms on the rim of eastern Montana's Terry Badlands Wilderness Study Area (WSA) at sunset. (photo by Kevin League)

The Terry Badlands span 44,000 acres just a few miles northwest of Terry in eastern Montana. The Bureau of Land Management has managed the land as a wilderness study area since the 1970s, which has helped the wild character of the land remain.

I'm proud to be a monthly donor to MWA. Will you join me? (Photo courtesy Vlad Kustanovich)

I'd rather be outside with my family than sitting in front of the computer, and giving to MWA ensures that my voice will be heard even while I'm enjoying our wild places. 

On the Rocky Mountain Front near Choteau (photo by Gene Sentz)

We can still stand up for our public lands, even if we're staying at home. 

There are now about 70,000 bighorn sheep living in North America. Much of their historical range no longer supports bighorn populations and Interstate Highways have cut off once-connected mountain ranges. (photo by Jon Chance)

About 750,000 years ago, the ancestors of the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep crossed the Bering Land Bridge from Siberia into Alaska. From there, they spread throughout the West, finding homes in rocky terrain from Canada down to northern Mexico.

Explore one – or all – of these five alpine lakes this summer (photo by Laurie Thornton)

Fortunately for us in Montana, options abound for exploring new peaks, hidden trails, or some of the crown jewels of the Montana backcountry: alpine lakes.

Zelzin Aketzalli hiked the Continental Divide Trail in 2019, completing the third leg of the Triple Crown (photo by Michael Casarrubia)

Zelzin Aketzalli completed her first thru-hike in 2017 when she tackled the Pacific Crest Trail. By 2019, she had completed the Triple Crown – comprised of three long-distance hiking trails totaling 7,900 miles that cross 22 states.