Kootenai Critters: Bighorn Sheep, Living Life on the Edge
Here’s what you need to know about northwest Montana’s Rocky Mountain icons
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.
Go Explore: 5 Alpine Lake Hikes
Enjoy a mountain getaway in southern Montana
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.
Mexico to Montana: Hiking the Triple Crown
Zelzin Aketzalli is the first known Mexican hiker to complete this monumental challenge
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.
Day Trip: Hike the Snowcrest Range
Explore the Snowcrest Recommended Wilderness near Dillon
The Snowcrests showcase rugged peaks well over 10,000 feet high. Teeming with wildlife, including elk, bighorn sheep, grizzlies, black bears, mountain lions, and more, you’re almost certain to spot an animal while exploring.
Kootenai Critters: Westslope Cutthroat Trout
Here’s what you need to know about Montana’s state fish
In addition to hybridization, habitat loss and degradation have also contributed to the cutthroat’s reduced range in Montana.
Day Trip: Explore the Kootenai National Forest
In honor of National Forest Week, explore the Kootenai and nearby towns of Libby and Troy
Spanning 2.2 million acres in the northwest corner of the state, the Kootenai National Forest is one of the largest national forests in Montana.