The Mountain Spring

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Words and Photos by Hunter Day

Winter in Montana can be a marathon. True in 2018, when many Montana communities experienced record snowfall totals. You could say spring had sprung very quickly last year and faded into summer surprisingly quick. The third week of May was peak spring. Blooms of flowers, active wildlife, warm days, cool nights all highlight a typical Montana equinox and I was fortunate to experience it all. Arrowleaf Balsamroot, usually the first notable flowers to bloom in Northwest Montana, seemed to appear and cover hillsides overnight. 

The National Bison Range Wildlife Refuge in the Mission Valley of Northwestern Montana might be my favorite place in Montana in the spring. The wildlife is active and the refuge is completely accessible in the spring. Sweeping views of the Mission Range make you feel like you are transported back in time to when these majestic symbols of the West used to roam free.

The National Bison Range Wildlife Refuge in the Mission Valley of Northwestern Montana might be my favorite place in Montana in the spring. The wildlife is active and the refuge is completely accessible in the spring. Sweeping views of the Mission Range make you feel like you are transported back in time to when these majestic symbols of the West used to roam free.

The Mission Range is the backdrop and the subject for some of the most beautiful sunsets in Western Montana. When the ice finally loosens its grip it is not uncommon to be the only one taking advantage of the solitude.

The Mission Range is the backdrop and the subject for some of the most beautiful sunsets in Western Montana. When the ice finally loosens its grip it is not uncommon to be the only one taking advantage of the solitude.

Maybe one of the most famous roads in North America, the Going to the Sun road in Glacier National Park is open to bikers before it completely opens to vehicle traffic. The effort can be excruciating but it gives you a great chance to stretch your legs after the long winter months; having the views to yourself are an added benefit.

Maybe one of the most famous roads in North America, the Going to the Sun road in Glacier National Park is open to bikers before it completely opens to vehicle traffic. The effort can be excruciating but it gives you a great chance to stretch your legs after the long winter months; having the views to yourself are an added benefit.

Public land abounds, and for unlimited places to set up your camp all you have to do is veer off of Highway 83 in the Swan Valley. On a clear night the Swan Range looms in the distance and just beyond the horizon, a sea of unlimited stars. Montana is one of the best places to view the night sky. It was quite the night to top off a week experiencing the best a Montana spring season has to offer.

Public land abounds, and for unlimited places to set up your camp all you have to do is veer off of Highway 83 in the Swan Valley. On a clear night the Swan Range looms in the distance and just beyond the horizon, a sea of unlimited stars. Montana is one of the best places to view the night sky. It was quite the night to top off a week experiencing the best a Montana spring season has to offer.

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Caroline Royce