2017 US Route 89 Calendar Cover

2017 Calendar: US Route 89 National Parks & Monuments

2017 calendar featuring photographs of the National Parks and Monuments along US Route 89 by James Cowlin

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: C. M. Russell Museum

My first interest in US Route 89 was the landscape, particularly the seven national parks along the road. As I traveled on 89, I realized that it was more than beautiful scenery. It was also a road that led me into the history and culture of what is known in as The West—capital T, capital […]

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Running Eagle Falls-Glacier National Park

US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Running Eagle Falls

Glacier National Park is best know for rugged Rocky Mountain peaks and large sparkling lakes all of which can be seen along the park’s roads. However, there are many hidden gems that require a little effort to experience. One of the easiet is Running Eagle Falls. On our first visit to Glacier we camped at […]

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Livingston Depot Center, Livingston, Montana

US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Livingston Depot Center

Livingston, Montana, was the original gateway to Yellowstone National Park. The Northern Pacific Railroad promoted tourism from eastern cities to this city on the banks of the Yellowstone River. From Livingston, a 60-mile spur line carried tourist to Gardiner at the northern entrance to the park. To welcome travelers, a stately depot was completed in […]

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Sluice Boxes State Park, Montana

US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Sluice Boxes State Park

Belt Creek races down through a limestone canyon as it flows out of the Little Belt Mountains on its way to the Missouri River. The narrow canyon reminded early-day miners of the sluice boxes used by prospectors to separate gold from gravel. Seven and a half miles of the canyon are designated as Sluice Boxes […]

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Two Medicine Lake

Our two times camping at Two Medicine Lake could not have been more different. Out first visit to Glacier National Park was in late August and we choose Two Medicine because it was the closest campground to where we entered the park from US Route 89. We stayed there for three days while we explored […]

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Old Trail Museum

One of the joys of driving through the small towns along US Route 89 is discovering the local museums. Unlike their big city counterparts, these museums are a reflection of the unique people and culture of the region they represent. Often run on a shoestring and staffed by volunteers, they are invariably friendly and mostly […]

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Thunder Jack

One of the most mythic figures in American history is the mountain man. In the first half of the 19th century, an estimated 3,000 men worked as trappers in the wilderness of the West. To survive many of them adopted the ways of the Indians, wearing buckskin clothing, learning the language and often taking native […]

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Giant Springs & The Roe River

In 1805 while portaging around falls on the Missouri River, Lewis and Clark recorded the discovery of a large spring feeding into the Missouri via a short river. Today, Giant Springs and the Roe River are two features preserved in a state park in Great Falls, Montana. One of the largest fresh water springs in […]

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Memorial Falls Trail, Lewis and Clark National Forest, Montana

US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Memorial Falls

If you are not looking for it, the turn off to the parking area for the Memorial Falls trail is easy to miss. It is located in the Kings Hill National Scenic Byway section of US Route 89 between White Sulphur Springs and Great Falls, Montana. Look for it on the east side of the […]

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Greeters at the Gates to Blackfeet Country

At each of the four entrances to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana, stand two warriors. They welcome visitors with dignity befitting their office as official greeters. They sit on their horses day and night through all kinds of weather with never a complaint. These warriors are built from scraps of rusted cars which were […]

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The Craft Beer Brewers of US Route 89

If given a choice at the end of a day on the road, I prefer to visit a local brew pub to sample whatever is on tap and enjoy a meal. Fortunately, there are ample opportunities on US Route 89 for such simple pleasures. By my count, there are at least twenty-eight microbreweries and brew […]

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Two Medicine Webcam, Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park Webcams

Glacier National Park at the northern end of US Route 89 has perhaps the most beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains in the U. S. Thanks to a series of webcams you can enjoy the scenery all year ‘round. The park has set up nine cameras that broadcast continuously over the internet from various locations […]

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Five Outstanding Scenic Drives on US Route 89

National Geographic selected US Route 89 as the #1 Drivers’ Drive in the world in its recently published book, Drives of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Spectacular Trips. Having driven over 20,000 miles on Highway 89, I couldn’t agree more. I have my favorite sections that I look forward to on our road […]

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Traveling to Montana? The One Book to Read Before You Go

Reading This House of Sky by Ivan Doig will make your trip to Montana a richer and more rewarding experience. Doig’s memoir of growing up in the Smith River Valley on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains captures the essence of what it means to be a Westerner and he paints a vivid picture […]

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Sweetgrass Documents the Last Sheep Drive in Montana

The documentary film, Sweetgrass, by Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, captures a year in the life of a sheepherding family in the Rocky Mountains of southern Montana. The film is a tribute to a way of life that has passed into history. After four generations of driving their flocks into the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, the […]

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Sarah Calhoun, Red Ants Pants, White Sulphur Springs, Montana

We stopped in White Sulphur Springs a couple of days ago on our way between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Barbara noticed a store with the intriguing name of Red Ants Pants. There was a sign on the door that said, “Be right back” so we decided to have lunch while waiting. We had an […]

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