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America’s Great Outdoors – right here in our own backyard 

Mary Apple
Public Affairs Specialist
 Montana State Office

fisherman on the Big Hole River


Fly fishing on the Big Hole River.
BLM photo 

rock cavalry stable

History buffs can check out this historic cavalry barn at Ft. Meade.
BLM photo

creek and picnic shelter at Mathews Recreation Area

Mathews Recreation Area
near Miles City.
BLM photo

Gas prices are rising, the kids are already bored with their summer “staycation,” it’s hot or it’s raining, the lawn needs mowing---YOU NEED A VACATION!

But, gas is nearing four bucks a gallon, and weekends only last two days. Not to worry. There’s plenty to do in Montana and the Dakotas on the public lands nearest you.
Visit the Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center in Fort Benton (Montana’s oldest city). The center is celebrating its fifth year already and there are some special programs planned.

Attend Clark Days (July 23 and 24) at Pompeys Pillar National Monument east of Billings. Admission is free and you can camp overnight (the one night a year you can camp at the Pillar).

Take a hike (in a good way). Try Humbug Spires, Terry Badlands, or Weatherman Draw.

The kids are free every day at Garnet Ghost Town and everyone is free on June 21. But really, the regular rate of $3 is quite a bargain. The ghost town was just added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Bird watchers—we have some places for you. Try Howrey Island Recreation Area located along the Yellowstone River, six miles southwest of Hysham.

Don’t even get me started on fishing opportunities: Holter, Hauser, Madison, Missouri, Yellowstone, Troika (the only public restroom for miles), rivers, lakes, reservoirs, trout, crappie, bass, sunburns, flies (the kind you tie and the kind that bite). We’ve got it all!

Campers—have you been to Schnell, Ft. Meade, Matthews, or Axolotl Lakes? We even have a rental cabin at the latter that sleeps seven people. The views from there? Spectacular doesn’t begin to describe them.

What haven’t I mentioned yet? Boating, waterskiing, rock climbing, OHV riding (although gas is nearing four bucks a gallon), exploring, picnicking, horseback riding, napping, getting away from it all even if it’s just for an afternoon. Just watch out for the dinosaurs.

Need more info—maybe a map? Visit http://www.mt.blm.gov or your local BLM office. It’s just that easy. See you in the fall!!

Last updated: 06-28-2012