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Snow clings to the top of the Snowcrest Mountains (Alli Behrens)

An expedition into the rocky peaks, emerald valleys, and wide prairies of the Ruby Valley offers a glimpse into the future of this special place. 

A gray fall day in Beartrap Canyon Wilderness (Larry Kilmer)

MWA volunteers and the BLM's Dillon Field Office are teaming up to monitor wilderness character and protect key wildlands in southwestern Montana, and we need your help. 

Blooming cactus with the Sweetgrass Hills in the background (photo by Janice Hendrickson)

There’s still snow covering Montana’s high country, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of places to get out on the trail.

John Helle and Emily Cleveland at the skirting table (Alex Blackmer)

Two MWA staffers spent a day at the Helle Rambouillet Ranch near Dillon to get a taste of sheep shearing and some insight into what makes the Ruby Valley Strategic Alliance tick. 

Volunteers re-tread a section of trail on Lewis and Clark Pass north of Lincoln (photo by Sean Jansen)

Curious about what really goes on during an MWA volunteer trail crew project? A lot of hard work, a lot of fun, and a whole lot of eating. 

A June landscape in the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness (photo by Bob Giltrap)

It’s late June and the sky is blue. The scent of far-off wood smoke hangs in the morning air. I drive east on York Road, drinking coffee. In the back seat, Walter snoozes in his car seat.