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In This Issue:

All About Bozeman
Feature: Hiking Gallatin Canyon: The Heart of Big Sky Country
Montana Fishing Trivia
Recipe: Montana Fried Trout
Featured Products
Featured Books
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All About Bozeman
From “The Ultimate Montana Atlas & Travel Encyclopedia”

Bozeman is nestled in the midst of the pristine jewel of the Rockies, the Gallatin Valley. Located in the "Heart of Yellowstone Country" just 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, Bozeman is sophisticated, yet down to earth. It is happily isolated in the open and beautiful "Valley of the Flowers," as early Native Americans named it, yet remains almost entirely surrounded by the Rockies. The Bridger Mountains rise ruggedly on the east, the Tobacco Roots to the west, the Big Belts to the north and the Spanish Peaks and Gallatin Range to the south.

Bozeman was named after John Bozeman, who blazed a trail across Wyoming and in 1864 guided the first train of immigrants into the Gallatin Valley. When the first wagon train made its way through the canyon, frontiersman Jim Bridger was leading the way, thus the canyon, mountain range, and area trails now bear his name.

The area of Bozeman is brimming with adventure and an abundance of outdoor recreational possibilities, one of the most popular being fly fishing. The rivers, streams, and lakes in the region provide some of the finest fly fishing in the world with a backdrop of spectacular scenery. Over 2,000 miles of blue-ribbon trout streams weave through this sportsman’s paradise, while golf courses, first-class tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools and hot springs make Bozeman a city of diverse recreational opportunities. Just minutes away is the Bridger Bowl ski area featuring 1,200 acres inside the Gallatin National Forest. Ski the well groomed slopes of 50 different runs.

The Yellowstone, Gallatin, and Madison rivers provide excellent rafting and kayaking for whitewater enthusiasts traveling to the Bozeman area, while the Gallatin National Forest is a wonderful place for nature or pleasure hikes.

Bozeman is an exceptional town offering many opportunities for recreational experiences, while retaining its flavor as a thriving arts and culture community. Here culture and entertainment are as abundant as the blue sky. Bozeman uniquely combines the classic Old West with the comforts and amenities of the new. Bozeman boasts art galleries, historic museums, symphony, and the state’s only opera company. It is also home to the main campus of Montana State University, the Museum of the Rockies, and Compuseum.

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Hiking Gallatin Canyon: The Heart of Big Sky Country
By Kristin Hill

Sure, it may be southwest Montana’s premier scenic drive, a fly-fisherman’s paradise, the door to Yellowstone National Park, and perhaps even a bane to drivers who commute its winding stretch each day on their way to and from work. But behind the obvious attributes and its tree-lined highway, Gallatin Canyon opens the door to the heart of Big Sky country with miles of fabulous backcountry treks. This fall, trade the SUV and traffic jams for a pair of hiking boots and Montana wilderness on one of the four following hikes. You may just take home a real Big Sky country experience, and that alone is worth more than any tourist shop trinket hundreds of other people are parading!

South Fork of Spanish Creek to Pioneer Falls
With Gallatin Peak, Beacon Point, and Blaze Mountain looming on the horizon, this popular trail weaves in and out of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area. Awe-inspiring scenery abounds as the trail parallels the South Fork of Spanish Creek and then switchbacks a forested mountainside on the journey to forty-foot Pioneer Falls. While a 26-mile loop trail is possible, the 7.5-mile roundtrip trek to Pioneer Falls is an easy day excursion appropriate for the moderately to physically fit.

To locate: Drive south of Gallatin Gateway on Highway 191. Shortly after entering Gallatin Canyon, turn right on Spanish Creek Road. Travel 9 miles (past Ted Turner’s Flying D Ranch and famous buffalo) to the Spanish Creek Campground and trailhead.

Gallatin Riverside Trail
Gaining just 200 feet in elevation, the 5.5-mile roundtrip Gallatin Riverside Trail is a suitable outing for individuals of all ages. Skirting the eastern bank of the famous river, the lushly forested trail is lined with wildflowers, small streams, and moss-covered rocks. During the summer and early fall, hikers may also catch glimpses of rafters and kayakers taming the river’s wild waters.

To locate: Drive south of Gallatin Gateway on Highway 191. Turn left at Squaw Creek Road, and follow the dirt road 1.8 miles to the trailhead. The trailhead is situated on the road’s southern side, and hikers must cross a wooden bridge over Squaw Creek. A signed trail junction is located after 0.2 miles, and hikers should proceed along the right fork. The Gallatin Riverside Trail ends near the Lava Lake Trailhead where the highway crosses the river. Return back to the trailhead along the same route.

Hell Roaring Creek Trail
Cascading waterfalls, flowing streams, and a forested canyon characterize the Hell Roaring Creek Trail as it climbs 500 feet to the Lee Metcalf Wilderness boundary. Hikers follow a series of switchbacks up to a forested ridge before dropping back down to the shores of Hell Roaring Creek. Although most day hikers simply walk 2.5 miles to the wilderness boundary and then return to the trailhead along the same route, backpacking enthusiasts utilize Hell Roaring Creek Trail as an access point to Hell Roaring Lake, Gallatin Peak, and Bear Basin.

To locate: Drive south of Gallatin Gateway on Highway 191. In Gallatin Canyon, locate the trailhead on the road’s right side. The trailhead is situated 18.2 miles south of Four Corners (just outside Bozeman).

Lava Lake
Recognized as the only lake in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness that was not glacially formed, Lava Lake is one of Gallatin Canyon’s premier outdoor hiking destinations. Hikers are advised, though: this trail is not for the faint of heart! Paralleling the scenic and aptly named Cascade Creek, the Lava Lake trail climbs 1,600 feet in just 3 miles. A narrow forested canyon gradually gives way to a granite lined valley that not only cradles 40-acre Lava Lake, but also provides exceptional views of the nearby Spanish Peaks. Return along the same route for a 6-mile roundtrip hike.

To locate: Drive south of Gallatin Gateway on Highway 191. In Gallatin Canyon, locate the trailhead on the road’s right side directly north of the Gallatin River Bridge. The trailhead is situated 20.3 miles south of Four Corners.

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Montana Fishing Trivia Q & A
From “Montana Trivia” by Janet Spencer, Riverbend Publishing

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Q. What species of fish is most commonly found on the end of a fishing line in Montana?
A. Rainbow trout.
Q. What sixty-five-pound fish was thought to be extinct until a man accidentally caught one in the Missouri River in 1962 near Fairview?
A. The paddlefish.
Q. What percent of adult residents of Montana buy a fishing license each year?
A. 34 percent.
Q. What percentage of people buying a fishing license are from out of state?
A. Forty-two percent.
Q. Name one of the three lakes in the state that receive the heaviest fishing pressure in the state. A. Canyon Ferry Reservoir, Fort Peck Reservoir, and Holter Reservoir.

From “Montana Trivia” by Janet Spencer, published by Riverbend Publishing
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Recipe from The Yellowstone National Park Cookbook
by Durrae Johanek, Riverbend Publishing

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While this Park cookbook contains an interview of a chef and several of his recipes, it also offers dishes from other park personas as well, from the wolf project leader to a park ranger and many more. Some recipes are pulled from inherited family cookbooks, and some come with special directions for doctoring according to personal taste. With an eclectic mix of styles and cultures represented, you are sure to find something delicious to make and someone interesting to meet in the pages of this unique cookbook that is centered around the first national park, Yellowstone.

Recipe: Montana Fried Trout
Recipe by Dianna Kellie from “The Yellowstone National Park Cookbook”; Durrae Johanek, Riverbend Publishing

4 large fresh trout fillets
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
Salt & pepper to taste
½ lemon cut into wedges
1/8 cup tiny slivered almonds
Parsley sprigs

In a large frying pan, heat butter or margarine until melted. Use medium low to medium heat – you don’t want to overcook the fish. Add trout fillets, pepper, and a little salt.

While fish are cooking, squeeze a little lemon on them. Turn fillets, season, and add more lemon juice. Add almonds, reduce heat, cover pan, and cook 5 to 7 minutes more, or until fish are done to your liking.

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Featured Products

32oz Brown Bear with Fish Stainless Steel Thermos
From Heritage Metalworks
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This durable thermos is made out of stainless steel, with a dual-wall design, high-quality construction, and easy-pour button. Additionally, this piece features a highly-detailed pewter plate. These pieces are individually hand-crafted using a proprietary pewter alloy developed by Heritage Metalworks, known as Heritage Pewter. The addition of silver to this alloy provides a brighter, more luxurious finish that will last for generations to come. Detailed using traditional pewter-smithing techniques practiced by our forefathers, these items are of the highest quality. Combine this item with our 16" Brown Bear Hugs for a unique gift set that can help remind you of that last trip to Yellowstone or your last big hunt, and keep you warm too! This piece is approximately 10½" tall, and 4" in diameter.

8 Ounce Montana On My Mind Whole Bean Coffee
From Snowy Mountain Coffee
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The finest Aribica beans from around the world are slow-roasted in small batches to obtain an outstanding flavor. Good acidity and a tangy aroma combine with full-bodied richness to make this coffee superb. Add Chocolate River Rocks for a fishing-themed gift. Roasted in Montana!

Featured Montana Books

We've included a few books about the state that you might enjoy. These selections are also published locally in Montana as well.

The Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia 4th Edition
by Michael and Heidi Dougherty
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Even the most famous explorers relied on a knowledgeable guide. And nowhere will you find a more knowledgeable guide than The Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia. It would require almost a dozen of the top guidebooks on Montana to find the information contained in this single volume—and you still wouldn’t have everything that is in this book!

114 maps — 52 maps of towns and cities — Over 2,000 Restaurants — Over 700 Motels — More than 350 public campgrounds — More than 250 private campgrounds — 96 Forest Service cabins — Over 200 guest ranches and resorts — Over 200 bed and breakfasts — Over 250 vacation homes and cabins — Over 450 outfitters and guides — 130 airports — More than 225 fishing sites — Over 160 Lewis & Clark points of interest — 71 public golf courses — Over 300 museums and historical sites — The text of over 300 historical markers — More than 25 hot springs — Over 300 hikes — Over 100 Cross-Country Ski Trails — Over 65 scenic drives and sidetrips — More than 50 ghost towns — 31 downhill and cross-country ski areas — Over 650 gas stops — More than 400 attractions — More than 1,000 photographs — Weather information for over 40 locations — Information on over 300 cities and towns — 1,000s of things to do in Montana — 1,000s of addresses and phone numbers …and more!

584 pages. 8 1/2 x 11”. Softbound.


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