• Smoky sunset in the Flathead. Photo by Whispering Peaks Photography

    Top reader photos: Night skies of Montana

    We’ve got a pretty great edition of our Top Reader Photos for you this week, as we celebrating the sights of Montana skies.

    Take a look at these gorgeous nighttime shots from our readers. Talk about the Big Sky State, right?

    Milk Way from the Fromberg Sky. Photo by Regina Rigby

    Milk Way from the Fromberg Sky. Photo by Regina Rigby


    Moon over Montana. Photo by Robin K, Ha'o

    Moon over Montana. Photo by Robin K, Ha’o


    Barrel racing at the East Helena Rodeo. Photo by Mark Edward LaRowe

    Barrel racing at the East Helena Rodeo. Photo by Mark Edward LaRowe


    Sun River Canyon Sunset. Photo by Mark Curtis

    Sun River Canyon Sunset. Photo by Mark Curtis

    Lightning lights up the sky near Shepherd. Photo by Jullie Powell

    Lightning lights up the sky near Shepherd. Photo by Jullie Powell

    Do you have Montana photos to share? Send them to editor@montanamagazine.com.



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    Red Ants Pants Music Festival: By the numbers

    They’re gearing up for a  population spike White Sulphur Springs this weekend as Red Ants Pants Music Festival sets up camp there.

    As we told you in our fabulous July/Aug 2015 feature about the festival, Red Ants Pants is quickly becoming one of the most popular summertime events under the Big Sky (last year Brandi Carlile headlined, this year it’s the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band during the festival that runs July 23-26).

    Rising from the prairie near the base of the Castle Mountains, just past the small town of White Sulphur Springs, stacked bales of hay and livestock equipment fill much of the space along one of Montana’s trademark stretches of highway – until a miniature tent city appears each July.

    But what does it take to put on a festival that welcomes close to 11,000 people to a town with 900 residents?


    As you can see above from a few numbers the folks at Red Ants Pants dug up for us, there’s more than a little work that goes into it.

    Huge shout out to those footballers who filled those gopher holes!



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      The Star Theatre in Whitehall. Photo by Lisa Wareham

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      Horses, trainers at Bitterroot Therapeutic Riding. Photo by Lido Vizutti

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      A Kalispell Kreamery dairy cow. Photo by Jessica Lowry

    Three Montana stories that capture the heart of the holidays

    The Montana Magazine would like to wish all our readers a very happy holidays.

    In the spirit of the season, we’ve compiled a couple of our 2014 stories that will leave you with those warm and fuzzies appropriate for the holiday season.

    First is the story of how the town of Whitehall saved the Star. The Star is the town’s one and only  movie theater, which was close to closing because it was lacking the digital technology to play newer films. Until the people of Whitehall rallied around it.

    Next is the heartwarming story about the horses that change lives at the Bitterroot Therapeutic Ranch near Corvallis. The unique and patient horses and trainers at the ranch help people of all abilities find independence. BTR is one of only six ranches in Montana certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.

    And finally is the story of a small run farm in Northwestern Montana where the dairy cows are treated like members of an extended family. The Hedstrom family owns and operates the Kalispell Kreamery, and have for 35 years. “People like the concept that these cows are truly happy,” Mary Tuck said of her family’s farm.

    We hope you’ve enjoyed revisiting some of these special stories from around Montana. And, we hope you enjoy your holiday season!



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      East Glacier. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service Archives

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      East Helena. Photo by Lisa Kunkel

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      East Missoula. Photo courtesy of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

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      East Portal. Photo by Rob Chaney

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      Edgar. Photo by Kurt Wilson

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      Elkhorn. Photo by George Lane

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      Emigrant. Photo by Kurt Wilson

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      Ennis. Photo by Kurt Wilson

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      Essex. Photo by Kurt Wilson

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      Eureka. Photo by Kurt Wilson

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      Evaro. Photo by Kurt Wilson

    Take a look: Montana’s ‘E’ towns

    Can you name all the ‘E’ towns under the Big Sky? Hint: There are 11.

    Having trouble? Let this slideshow from photographers across the state help out.


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      Fall along Rock Creek. By Mike Williams

    • By Robin K. Ha

      New snow on the Mission Mountains. By Robin K. Ha'O

    • By Yvonne Moe Resch

      Fall at the National Bison Range. By Yvonne Moe Resch

    • By Sherry Myers

      A fall day along the Bitterroot River. By Sherry Myers

    • By Natatum Haines

      Lake McDonald on a clear fall day. By Natatum Haines

    • By Mark LaRowe

      Aspens near Maudlow, MT. By Mark LaRowe

    • By Bob Hosea

      The lookout tower on Star Peak in the Cabinet Mountain. By Bob Hosea, the bobfactor.com

    Big Sky Country Slideshow: It’s the most colorful time of the year

    Fall in Montana, does it get any better?

    Not really. In honor of that, here’s a little slideshow Thursday pick-me-up courtesy of our wonderful Facebook friends. They have been showing off the colors of Montana’s fall quite a bit lately and it’s awesome.

    Thanks to all the photographers who let us share their work.




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      Evening over Ninepipes Reservoir by John D. Harwood

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      Light show over Northwestern Montana by Natatum Haines

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      Sunrise on Flathead Lake by Sherry Meyers

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      A cowboy roper under the Big Sky by Yvonne Moe Resch

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      Heaving shining through near East Glacier by Earle Take Photography

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      Sunset near Plains by Robin K. Ha'o

    Slideshow: Celebrating Big Sky Country’s summer skies

    Once again, our readers and Facebook friends have shared an amazing bunch of photos with us. And what better time than the first week of August to share a few that celebrate the summer skies of Montana?

    Here’s a compilation of big sky shots from around the state.

    Thanks to Yvonne Moe Resch, Sherry Meyers, John  D. Harwood, Natatum Haines, Robin K. Ha’o and Earle Take Photography for the wonderful images.

    Find us on Facebook for more.


    – Jenna

  • Meet the people who make Montana Magazine

    Each issue of Montana Magazine includes about 12 features, from our Portfolio photography spread to a handful of features from around the state. In all it’s about 15,000 words and dozens of photos. That you probably know.

    We also want our readers to know a little bit more about the talented group of people who bring write the words and make the images that fills each issue. They really are a great group – from retired journalists to full-time photographers who make a living making images from across Montana to historians to the deputy director of the department of commerce.

    Obow virtuoso-w600-h400ne, Jeremy Lurgio, (who made the images for the story in the March/April issue about Missoula bowyer Jim Rempp) is a adjunct professor of photojournalism at the University of Montana who has taken countless photos across the state while working as a professional photographer.

    Many do work for the magazine for the same reason readers read it: They love Montana.

    To help give readers a better idea of who our contributors are we began including a contributors pages in each issue. We have a contributors page online at MontanaMagazine.com . It’s a compilation of all the writers and photographers who have contributed their work to Montana Magazine in 2014. We’ll add more as the year goes on. 

    Check it out. Chances are you know one or two of the contributors, this is Montana, right?

    – Jenna