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Explore the Beautiful Gallatin and Beartrap Canyons

Starting outside Bozeman and winding through Big Sky to West Yellowstone, the 85-mile Gallatin Canyon drive on US Highway 191 is arguably one of Montana's most breathtaking drives. The drive parallels the Gallatin River and skirts the majestic Spanish Peaks where it ends at the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park. The yellow cliffs rising from the river on much of the route are constant backdrops for the paintings of the world famous Gary Carter. In addition, the canyon provides access to innumerable hikes, whitewater adventures, and tropy fly-fishing.

Beartrap Canyon stretches along State Highway 84 between Bozeman and Norris. This part of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness is popular for hiking, fishing, and whitewater sports on the Madison River. The canyon is carved by the river cutting through 1,500 feet of granite rock. In addition, the magnificent canyon offers an excellent early season hike. The fairly level trail follows the Madison River for seven miles and is accessible from the Bear Trap Recreation Area.

Partially reprinted from The Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia

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