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The last of the summer icebergs float on the sapphire surface of Black Canyon Lake (photo by Kristi Staebler)

Today is the 40th birthday of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, a "magnificent primeval expanse of nearly a million acres...a land of jewel-like lakes, clear cold streams, and picturesque waterfalls". 

Swiftcurrent Falls on a smoky Morning (photo by Xaver Springer)

After meticulously scouring every detail of 1,000 photos and videos, we’re proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Picture Wild Montana photo and video contest.

An early winter day in northwest Montana (photo by Steven Gnam)

When winter doesn't cooperate, don't panic. It just means it's time for new adventures. These five wintertime activities will keep your spirits high until the powder starts to pile up again. 

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.