The Great Outdoors of the Western Mountain States ~Summer of COVID

In our last blog post (click here to read), we talked about beating the COVID doldrums by getting out to enjoy the great outdoors. Being out in nature is known to significantly improve your mental and physical well-being.

Well, if you’re in Montana, Colorado, Idaho or Wyoming, you likely know you are fortunate to have unparalleled access to some of the most breathtaking landscapes on the planet.

Here are a few recommendations for enjoying your natural assets a little bit more than you already do—if that’s possible! And for the rest of us, we are taking notes for when unfettered travel is possible again.

Bridger Range Hike

If you get down to Bozeman, the Bridger Range and other local trails offer some amazing hikes that are perfect for a day of exploring. Make sure you check the climb to the top of Sacajawea off your list. It’s the highest peak in the range and you can see forever from the top. Oh – don’t forget your water and some trail snacks.

Everyone in Missoula knows that with favorable weather, The M is known for the best sunrise and sunset views in Missoula. And like most everywhere in Montana, it’s pet-friendly, so bring your pooch along for the hike, or the jog.

If you’re a fan of fly fishing, you may already have your favorite “unnamed” spots to chase trout—locally and with a little driving. But it’s always a great bet to stop into your local shop and get some inside intel on lesser-known water that you could float or wade— or book a guide to take you out. Especially in the summer when the big bugs have the fish looking up. Check out The Missoulian Angler, The Kingfisher Fly Shop or Grizzly Hackle in Missoula, Fins & Feathers or River’s Edge in Bozeman, or TroutHunter in Island Park (Idaho).

And of course we can’t forget the gem that’s nestled in the heart of the Tetons. Jackson Hole has more than its fair share of beautiful (and well-known) places to hike, bike, jog and paddle. But if you want to spend a day taking on a rewarding – and lesser-known – excursion, check out these six hidden and highly recommended hikes in Jackson.

Getting ready for the Leadville Heavy Half
Jack and Matt McGowan in Leadville

Leadville, Colorado, is the home of the Leadville Heavy Half-Marathon, which Two Point Capital founder Jack McGowan and his younger brother Matt tackled in 2013. Jack Sr. came along as the cheering section. But even if a sky-high half marathon is not on your immediate to-do list, Leadville charms its visitors with old mining sites and wide open spaces. All roads into Leadville and Twin Lakes are part of the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway.

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