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Montana and Yellowstone

The mountains of Montana are a spectacular sight to see. I truly believe that being up in the mountains can change your perspective on life, on what is important. There’s something about being around these masses of land so huge that can make a person feel so small, helping to put our minor problems into perspective.

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Hiking

During my stay in Montana, we hiked the Ousel Falls trail, a beautiful stretch into the forest along the river and to waterfalls. Hiking in the mountains is exhausting if you live at a much lower altitude, but it’s great exercise. Bring plenty of water and some snacks and always wear good, sturdy shoes. If you’re hiking in the summer, you should wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat too, as it can be easy to burn at a higher altitude.

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Horseback Riding 

Even if you aren’t a huge fan of horses, going riding while in Montana is a fantastic activity to enjoy the outdoors and explore the trails. We booked a trail ride with Jake’s Horses in Big Sky, and it was an incredible experience riding along the mountains. It’s such a relaxing way to get out into nature, and it’s excellent for beginners or experienced horse riders alike.

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Yellowstone National Park

From Big Sky, Montana, it’s about an hour drive to Wyoming and into Yellowstone National Park. I think Yellowstone is rightfully at the top of the list of national parks within the United States that warrant a visit.

We enjoyed the national park from the car, stopped to get out and walk around, and enjoyed a picnic within the park. We hiked through the hot springs area and of course, watched the eruption of Old Faithful from the lodge. It all was beautiful and was a great time to appreciate nature with my family. Make the walk to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, swim in the lake (it’s freezing, even in the heat of summer) and see as much of this park as you can.

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Wildlife

When driving or hiking through Yellowstone, it’s crucial to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife! We saw deer, lots of birds, and buffalo in the tall grasses. Don’t ever approach these animals, just enjoy them from a safe distance.

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Whitewater Rafting

For an exciting and refreshing activity while in Montana, whitewater rafting is a must. It’s such an exciting activity and a great way to enjoy the best natural features of the state – the rivers and rapids beneath the rocky cliffs and tree-covered mountainsides. Go with a guided tour with friends and family for an unforgettable day.

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I was fortunate to experience views of the mountains from multiple perspectives; from hiking trails, the saddle of a horse and an inflatable raft coursing down the river. Getting to the mountains at some point in your life, especially if you’re from a flat area of fairly boring landscapes. Hiking, connecting with nature and spending time outdoors is such a good way to relax and disconnect, and Montana is full of hiking trails and breathtaking scenery.

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