National Geographic – Montana Road Trip: Great Plains Adventures

Malta, MT is featured in the complete article in National Geographic about traveling through the Great Plains of Montana and all the wonderful places to stop and explore.

National Geographic - Maryellen Kennedy Duckett

In the 1860s, the promise of “free” land drew the first homesteaders to northern Montana’s shortgrass prairie and sagebrush plains. But it was the free-roaming bison that led Fort Benton, the first stop on this roughly 400-mile road trip, to become a thriving buffalo-robe trading post in the 1850s. From that trading post grew an inland port, a railroad—and a state. Discover the complex, and often brutal, history of those frontier days on the Nez Perce National Historic Trail. Learn about the explorers, prospectors, and outlaws who shaped Montana at historic stops along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Ride the river in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. And make time to celebrate the buffalo where they still roam free, at Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.NG barn

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