Montana Backpacking in Big Wilderness

Our home state of Montana is not just “Big Sky Country”, but it is also big wilderness country. That’s because there are three distinct regions or “wilderness ecosystems” in Montana that are dominated by numerous large proximate chunks of wild country that’s mostly protected Wilderness. Ironically, though, each of these mountainous wild regions is along one of Montana’s borders, shared with neighboring geographic entities. So when backpacking in Montana with Big Wild, you will never be far from either Wyoming, Idaho or Canada. For example, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is shared with Wyoming and to a lesser extent with Idaho. In addition to our numerous wonderful guided Yellowstone backpacking adventures (in both Montana and Wyoming), we run wonderful treks through the rugged and spectacular Beartooth Mountains of southern Montana, the highest range in the state, just a few miles north of Wyoming. On Montana’s western edge is the Greater Salmon-Selway Ecosystem, mostly in Idaho, except for a big chunk of the vast Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in far western Montana. Here, adjacent to the Idaho border, is where we run a scheduled backpack trek in some of the most beautiful but unknown (to those from other regions) lake-strewn and rugged mountain areas in the West: the crest of the Bitterroot range.  And in northern Montana along the Canadian border is the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, which includes Glacier National Park and its wilder but equally beautiful “sister”, the vast Bob Marshall Wilderness. That’s where we run one scheduled trek each summer, within the east slope of the Bob Marshall where the Rocky Mountain Front rises like a fortress above the Great Plains. Make no mistake, Montana backpacking is about really big wilderness in some of the wildest big wilderness regions of the U.S. south of Alaska. “Montana” is Spanish for “mountains”, and you’ll never be disappointed when backpacking in Montana’s magnificent mountain wilderness.

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