• Hungry Horse. Photo from @MontanaMagazine on Instgram

    Park-to-Park stop No. 6: A huckleberry haven

    This – stop No. 6 in our week-long virtual journey from Park-to-Park – is one of my personal favorites.

    Because who isn’t a sucker for a good milkshake? Especially a huckleberry milkshake?

    And the huckleberry  milkshakes at The Huckleberry Patch in Hungry Horse are divine. The small town just outside the West entrance to Glacier National Park is on our western road route from Park-to-Park.

    Sometimes known as “Huck Town, USA,” Hungry Horse is just outside Glacier’s boundaries and is a must-stop for anyone who loves huckleberries. The Huckleberry Patch on Route 2 in the middle of town offers just about everything huckleberry – including one of the best huckleberry shakes in the area, complete with whole hucks at the bottom of each glass.

    Make sure you check it out next time you’re visiting Glacier.

    And don’t miss the other stops on our tour: 

    • Stop 1: Where buffalo roam (downtown
    • Stop 2: More than a fly fishing Mecca
    • Stop 3: A beautiful place of refuge
    • Stop 4: A brief detour to Going-to-the-Sun
    • Stop 5: Charlie Russell’s home town

    Enjoy!

    Jenna

  • Western Art Week begins March 22 in Great Falls. Courtesy of the Charles M. Russell Museum

    Park-to-Park stop No. 5: Charlie Russell’s hometown

    We’re nearing the end of our week-long virtual Park-to-Park journey – but not to worry. Our final two stops (stayed tuned for Saturday’s No. 6 that is huckleberry-themed!), are a lot of fun.

    Today. we suggest that any journey from Yellowstone to Glacier should include a stop in the hometown of one of the most iconic Western painters of all time.

    • Read our entire Park-to-Park story here

    Charlie Russell called Great Falls home, and now the Electric City is home to the C.M. Russell Museum. It has more than 12,000 permanent collection items and includes Russell’s log cabin and studio.

    Trust me, it won’t disappoint.

    Charles M. Russell's painting "The Exalted Ruler" became part of the C.M. Russell Museum's permanent collection when a statewide campaign bought it from the Elks Lodge in Great Falls. Photo by Tom Bauer

    Charles M. Russell’s painting “The Exalted Ruler” became part of the C.M. Russell Museum’s permanent collection when a statewide campaign bought it from the Elks Lodge in Great Falls. Photo by Tom Bauer

    Included in the museum’s collection are Russell masterpieces such as “Return of the Horse Thieves” (1900), “The Jerk Line” and “The Exalted Ruler” (1912), “The Fireboat” (1918) and “Meat for the Wagons” (1925).

    Don’t be fooled by some of the titles. “Paying the Fiddler” (1916) shows a cattle rustler who’s just been shot. “The Exalted Ruler” shows a dominant bull elk surveying his herd.

    Miss our other stops this week, here’s a breakdown:

    • Stop 1: Where buffalo roam (downtown
    • Stop 2: More than a fly fishing Mecca
    • Stop 3: A beautiful place of refuge
    • Stop 4: A brief detour to Going-to-the-Sun

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    – Jenna

     

  • Snowplows work to clear Going-to-the-Sun Road near Big Bend in Glacier National Park recently. Courtesy of Glacier National Park

    Park-to-Park stop No. 4: A detour up Going-to-the-Sun

    We’re interrupting our regularly scheduled program – AKA Stop No. 4 on our virtual Park-to-Park journey- for a special notice: Going-to-the-Sun Road has opened to vehicle traffic on the west side.

    It’s a summer right of passage each year in Montana when the highway through Glacier opens. And this year it’s a touch earlier than most. Actually, it fits into our trip pretty nicely.

    • Read our Park-to-Park story inside the May/June issue here

    The announcement Wednesday means  it’s the earliest opening in a decade, according to Missoulian reporter Vince Devlin.

    It’s still a winter wonderland at Logan Pass, where (Park spokesperson Denise) Germann said visitors will encounter a snow-covered landscape, not to mention temperatures that are running 25 to 30 degrees cooler than ones found in Flathead Valley floors this week.

    Any wind will make it feel even chillier.

    Crews use a rotary plow to clear the final 5 or so feet of snow to the road bed in early May. Photo by Kurt Wilson

    Crews use a rotary plow to clear the final 5 or so feet of snow to the road bed in early May. Photo by Kurt Wilson

    While the entire 50 miles of Going-to-the-Sun is slated to open on June 19, drivers should still expect delays of up to 30 minutes on the east side of the park this summer as the road work continues. Sun Point, which is being used as a staging area for the road rehabilitation, will remain closed to all visitor uses this summer.

    Just four years ago, Going-to-the-Sun had its latest opening since 1933, the year it was dedicated on July 15. In 2011, deep snows and bad weather delayed it until July 13.

    So what are you waiting for? Get up to Glacier!

    We’ll have more great Glacier stories in our upcoming July/August issue. Subscribe today and don’t miss a Montana moment.

    Jenna

  • The Mission Mountains. Photo by Kurt Wilson

    Park-to-Park stop No. 3: Ninepipe is a beautiful place of refuge

    It’s day No. 3 of our virtual Park-to-Park journey, and today we’re headed to the Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge.

    The refuge on the Flathead Indian Reservation unfolds to the west of Highway 93 on our western route from Glacier to Yellowstone. It’s just one of the stops we suggest in our feature about the journey from Park-to-Park.

    Courtesy of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

    Courtesy of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

    If at all possible, plan to stop at the Ninepipe just as the sun is setting. Not only is it home to a spectacular spread of wetlands, to the east is an unbeatable view of the Mission Mountains.

    The birds and other animals there are also a great reason to stop. Did we mention there’s fishing?

    It’s also just north of the National Bison Range complex.

    Safe to say, there’s more than a day’s worth of things to see at Ninepipe.

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    Jenna

  • An art sculpture in Ennis. Photo by Kurt Wilson

    Park-to-Park stop No. 2: Ennis is more than a fly fishing mecca

    We’re continuing our virtual trip from Park-to-Park today (which for our own purposes we’re calling Travel Tuesday) with a stop in Ennis.

    It’s on our West Route from Glacier to Yellowstone.

    • Read our entire Park-to-Park story here

    Ennis is a place known for its fly fishing wonders. We’d be remiss to not point out that the town – according to the chamber of commerce website – is home to the largest hand-tied fly ever made (huge kudos to anyone who can send us a photo of that).  There’s also a ton of outdoor art around the town.

    Courtesy of Backroad to Yellowstone

    Courtesy of Backroad to Yellowstone

    It’s also a place on the “Backroad to Yellowstone” – which is a road through the Madison Valley. Beautiful might be an understatement for that area.

    Not a bad stop over point if you’re going from Glacier to Yellowstone.

    Enjoy!

    Jenna

  • Roosevelt Arch in Gardiner. Photo by Barbara Shesky

    Park-to-Park Stop No. 1: Gardiner is Montana’s ultimate gateway town

    You may have already read our Park-to-Park feature in the latest May/June issue (if not, what are you waiting for?). We’ve got both East and West routes we think would be perfect paths for a trip from Glacier to Yellowstone and back again.

    And, as we pointed out in the piece, there’s a lot of real estate in between the two parks. We’ll be highlighting a handful of those place this week here at MT Journal.

    First on our list is Gardiner, which is home to one of the most iconic Yellowstone sites in the Roosevelt Arch.

    It’s a little town with a little bit of everything, including bison that roam the streets.

    Here’s what the chamber has to say about the town:

    Courtesy of Gardiner Chamber of Commerce

    Courtesy of Gardiner Chamber of Commerce

    This area is home to the most diverse herds of large wildlife species in the lower 48 states including bison, bighorn sheep, elk, pronghorn, grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, and deer.

    While we do not have any big box stores here, we are a full service town: we have a grocery store, gift shops, outdoor equipment sales and rentals, a full service auto and RV repair shop, pharmacy, bookstore and members who can assist you with such things as auto-glass repair and welding.

    In 2016, Gardiner will help celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary after a series of downtown improvements and improvements to the Roosevelt Arch area.

    We’ll keep you updated on the festivities.

    Check back tomorrow for the next Park-to-Park stop.

    Jenna

  • Watching summer storms in Big Sky Country

    We often get great Big Sky Country images sent to us from reader Jullie Powell.

    And the eastern Montana resident is pretty handy with a camera, so the photos are gorgeous.

    Turns out Jullie is a bit of a weather watcher as well. She has an impressive set of summer storm photos that the Billings Gazette put into a great slideshow (which also includes photos from other Montana residents).

    Here’s a coupe of the awesome summer storm shots. 

    Photo by Jullie Powell

    Photo by Jullie Powell

    Photo by Jullie Powell

    Photo by Jullie Powell

    Photo by Jullie Powell

    Photo by Jullie Powell

    Photo by Justin Voeller

    Photo by Justin Voeller

    Thanks Jullie and all who shared!

    Do you have summer storm photos to share? Email them to editor@montanamagazine.com.

    – Jenna

  • The May/June 2015 cover by Chris McGowan

    More about our gorgeous May/June cover

    It’s a stunner. And that’s why we chose it.

    Our May/June 2015 issue cover comes to us from Glacier National Park and was made by Helena-based photographer Chris McGowan.

    McGowan’s image is from an iconic vantage point, but with a very beautiful twist courtesy of the rising sun.

    Sinopah Mountain lights up with the soft glow of an early sunrise over Two Medicine Lake inside Glacier National Park.

    The cover introduces our Park-to-Park issue, which includes a host of content about Yellowstone and Glacier.

    We’re lucky to have photographers like McGowan in Montana, who get outdoors and get these amazing shots we can share with you.

    Photographer Chris McGowan

    Photographer Chris McGowan

    McGowan’s passion for photography stems from his deep love of nature and the outdoors. Primarily a wildlife and nature photographer, Chris travels far and near capturing Montana’s abundant population of wildlife and birds, as well as the state’s vast and ever changing landscapes. View more of his work at chrismcgowanphotography.com.

    By the way, we took a journey from Park-to-Park inside the issue. Here’s the online version.

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    Enjoy!

    – Jenna

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