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Ninth Edition, June 2015
Pages: 488

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ISBN: 9781631210174

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Moon Montana

Seasoned travel writers Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae share the best ways to experience all that Montana has to offer, from the wilderness of Yellowstone to the rolling prairies of the state’s eastern region. Jewell and McRae lead travelers to the highlights of the Big Sky Country with trip ideas such as A Lewis and Clark Expedition and Fishing Southwest Montana. Complete with tips for cross-country skiing at Glacier National Park, observing elk at Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, and finding the best watering holes in Missoula, Moon Montana gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

What’s inside Moon Montana travel guide

Enjoy the very best of Montana with these itineraries:
  • Montana’s Best Road Trip
  • Wildlife Hot Spots
  • Following Lewis and Clark
  • Soak It Up: Hot Springs of Montana
  • Exploring Glacier National Park
  • Best Outdoor Recreation
Explore what Montana has to offer.

Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:

  • Missoula and Northwestern Montana including The Lower Clark Fork, The Bitterroot Valley, Flathead Reservation and Mission Valley, Flathead Lake, The Swan and Blackfoot Valleys, North of Flathead Lake, and The Northwestern Corner
  • Glacier National Park including West Glacier and the Flathead River Middle Fork, North Fork of the Flathead River, Lake McDonald Valley, Logan Pass to St. Mary, East Glacier and Vicinity, Many Glacier, and Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Butte, Helena, and Southwestern Montana including The Upper Clark Fork River Valley, Pinter Scenic Route, The Big Hole River Country, The Southwestern Corner, Dillon, Alder Gulch and the Ruby River Valley, The Jefferson River Valley, and I-15: Butte to Helena
  • The Missouri Headwaters and South-Central Montana including Bozeman and Vicinity, Three Forks and the Madison River Valley, Big Sky and the Gallatin Valley, Livingston and the Paradise Valley, Big Timber to Laurel, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, and Yellowstone National Park
  • Billings and Southeastern Montana including East Toward Miles City, The Lower Yellowstone, The Southeastern Corner, Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations, Bighorn Canyon and the Pryor Mountains
  • The Judith Basin and Central Montana including Lewistown, East of Lewistown, The Judith Basin, White Sulphur Springs and the Blet Mountains, Highway 12 and the Mussellshell Valley
  • The Big Open and Northeastern Montana including The Little Rocky Mountains, he milk River Valley, Glasgow and Fort Peck, Fort Peck Indian Reservation and Vicinity, The Northeast Corner, Fort Union and Vicinity, Highway 200: Fairview to Circle, and The Big Open
  • The Hi-Line and North-Central Montana including Great Falls and Vicinity, Fort Benton and Big Sag Country, The Hi-Line, Blackfeet Indian Reservation, and Rocky Mountain Front

Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae

W. C. McRae was raised in the badlands of eastern Montana, in a ranching community noted for Old West nonconformity and lawlessness. It’s no wonder that he was on the run for most of his university years: from Montana to Scotland, on to France, back to Canada, and then to England. This wayward youth didn’t help him much in the job market. Over the years he has worked as a bookstore manager, catering chef, tile setter, remodeler, bartender, and bovine artificial inseminator.

Bill’s first travel guide was Moon Montana, and of all his books it remains his favorite. For this son of the West, capturing the essence of Montana’s rugged yet courtly spirit was both a challenge and a therapy.

Bill is the coauthor of several other travel guides, including Moon Utah, Moon Zion & Bryce, Moon Oregon, and Moon Coastal Oregon, all with Judy Jewell. He has also written for Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, and Mobil Guides; written and edited for the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die series; edited books for National Geographic; and provided content for websites including and In his day job, Bill writes high-tech marketing materials.

Bill makes his home in Portland, Oregon.

Judy Jewell was recently told that one of the benefits of a liberal arts education is being able to talk one’s way into any job, no matter how unlikely, and once there, figure out how to do it. This rang true to her, and she admits that that’s how she started her travel writing career, writing the first edition of Moon Montana with Bill McRae. After wrapping up the ninth edition, she realized that even though she’d largely figured out the job, she still felt a burst of energy whenever she passed the “Milepost 0 – No Services” sign on her I-90 route into Montana.

Travel writing is one leg of Judy’s three-legged stool of self-employment. She also works as a scientific and technical editor and a yoga teacher.

Judy lives in Portland, Oregon.