MontanaImages posted a reply:
Depends on what you want to see. I have mapped all of my photos, born and raised in MT, it could be a resource for you. And although I really like the western side of MT, there is plenty of good shots to be taken on the eastern side of the Rockys. For what it's worth, my favorites are the Missouri River Scenic Byway ( russell.visitmt.com/listings/891.htm ) for the Lewis and Clark flavor of Montana, Many Glacier Area (Glacier National Park), along the Rocky Mountain Front from Augusta to Babb. One place I love on the west side is the National Bison Range Complex. Also consider the Anaconda-Pintler Scenic Highway.
bherbel posted a reply:
I second Green River Lakes, then the Tetons heading north to Yellowstone then Beartooth Pass (as a way of leaving Yellowstone), and the front range of Montana near Glacier Park (Choteau,MT) via a trip through Glacier National Park and the Going to the Sun Road.
Also Goblin Valley State Park in Utah.
Kai Eiselein posted a reply:
In Montana, the Swan Valley, Glacier National Park and the Flathead Valley are photogenic. With all due respect to my central Montana relatives, western Montana is a whole lot prettier than eastern Montana. :)
Kel60 posted a reply:
One more I forgot! From the northeast corner of Yellowstone, there is a road called Beartooth Pass. TRY not to miss this drive! It goes up to over 11,000 feet and then winds down the steepest road you'll ever see to a great little mining town called Red Lodge. It is one of the few places where you can drive through country this remote--it's spectacular!
Kel60 posted a reply:
There are incredible Anaszi Indian Ruins all over southern Utah, amazing places to shoot. Hovenweep is a little off the beaten path and has some really unique structures, sort of like Fred Flintstone boulder houses. Fascinating.
Utah–stay off of I-15 and wander down the old highways. Lots of amazing little towns and scenery. Take time to drive up Hell's Backbone if you can. Moab and Dead Horse Point (near Arches National Park) are worth a stop as well.
Wyoming...the most beautiful and also the most hideous terrain in the west. Endure the windy, dusty plains because the mountains are worth it. If you get a chance, check out part of the Wind River Range called the Green River Lakes (Pinedale is the closest town). SquareTop mountain is a very striking sight.
If you want to see what I consider the really spectacular country, it's worth a day or two on a horse with a guide.
Lisad7788 posted a reply:
Thanks so much, Aristotle! I very much appreciate your "ramble" because you are taking into account what interests me. I will definitely use these suggestions when I plan my trip, and I find it a great help! From what you say, I think I will most enjoy West Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. Just like you and your wife, I am very enthusiastic about this trip!
Lisad7788 posted a new topic:
I want to take a road trip this summer through the Rocky Mountain states (Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and Utah). I'm looking to travel to the wide open spaces where there are mountains as a backdrop. I would love to take photographs of this kind of scenery. Somebody mentioned that AAA could help me map out a trip. Any other ideas? I want to buy a better camera too (I currently have a Nikon D40). Any suggestions? I appreciate any tips that anyone might have!
etrobbins posted a new topic:
A friend of mine suggested I check out your group. I'm a freelance writer, and one of my clients owns an online western wear store. We're running a photography contest on the company blog - we're looking for landscape shots of the American west. The winner will be published on our blog and on our Facebook page (we have over 1700 fans) and win a free shirt of his or her choice. No fee to enter. All the details are here: www.westernshirts.com/blog/2010/05/western-landscape-phot...
Feel free to share this with anyone else who may be interested in it. :)
Thanks and happy shooting!
wild out west posted a reply:
Thanks for the invite, it took about 2 seconds to decide it was my favorite group. The pictures are incredible and everything that I am interested in. So glad to be a member!! Can't wait to add more and enjoy commenting on all the others. AWESOME group!!!
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