Montanans, this one’s for you! Spring has sprung, wildflowers are blooming, birds are singing, and baby wildlife are emerging. As COVID-19 restrictions relax and Montana begins to gradually reopen according to Governor Bullock’s phased plan, many of us are chomping at the bit to get outside. We compiled a list of instagram-worthy activities that are social-distance friendly to get you out and about this spring. Remember to recreate responsibly during the COVID-19, crisis and do your part to flatten the curve.

Get out on the water at your favorite lake. The list of ways to play on our lakes is long: swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, boating and more. Many local gear shops are open and ready to outfit you for an adventure.

Saddling up in Glacier Country is a part of the quintessential Montana experience. With thousands of acres to explore, it’s pretty easy to social distance while roaming miles of beautiful terrain. Whether you have your own horses and ride every day, occasionally go with a friend who owns horses, or need to go with a guide—you’d be hard-pressed to find a more classic Montana activity.

Getting away is easy if you hop in your vehicle and cruise Montana’s open roads. From jagged mountain peaks to rolling plains, Glacier Country is home to numerous scenic drives perfect for your spring adventure.

If you live in Montana it’s likely a hiking trail is not far from your front door. Discover our vast and diverse trail systems, from short, flat and family-friendly, to advanced hiking into mountain lakes. No matter where you go, you’re sure to find spring wildflowers and spot some wildlife.

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Wade into our clear blue waters and cast a line. Western Montana’s serene, undisturbed waters are the perfect way to distance in the great outdoors. Head to your favorite hidden spot or go with a friendly and experienced guide.

If you’re ready to experience something new and exciting, here’s something I bet you haven’t tried—llama trekking! Hike side by side with a personal, spunky llama that will not only carry your gear, but is certain to provide some laughs. Swan Mountain Llama Trekking will offer half-day and all-day guided llama trips beginning June 10 in the Flathead National Forest. 

Camping under the stars is pure magic, and a great way to disconnect from it all with friends or family. Make a reservation at an RV park, state campsite (check their website for COVID-19 closures and services available), or pitch a tent in your backyard. Don’t forget the s’mores!

May 26, 2020

Related: Camping/RVing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Montana, Outdoor Fun, Outfitters, Road Trips, Spring Fun, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Water Fun, Wildlife

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