Montana’s Best Spring Hikes
Five great adventures for exploring Montana's lower elevations
Exploring Montana, Featured
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.
Day Trip: Explore the Terry Badlands
This eastern Montana gem is worth a visit
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day Trip: Hike the Big Snowies South of Lewistown
Explore an island range ice cave at the crest of the Big Snowy Mountains
For those seeking to enjoy a day away from heavily-trafficked trails, the Ice Cave Loop Trail in the Big Snowy Mountains offers a unique opportunity to explore one of Montana’s lesser-known island ranges and a 100-foot-wide cave that features ice year-round.