Montana Warnings and Dangers

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Montana Warnings and Dangers

  • Fires

    It is very dry this year and we have had really bad fires. Open pit fires are not allowed. In some areas of the state you are not allowed to do things like run a chainsaw. We have had fires where the air conditions are very bad. Please check with the state if you have respiratory problems before coming. June is usually pretty good. By by August we...

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  • Riding motorcycle in the spring

    Because we use gravel instead of sand on the roads during the winter, bikers need to be aware of gravel. I about dumped my bike this spring because as I was going around a corner there was a pile of gravel there at the intersection. The intersections are were it tends to build up and it take a while to get it off the roads. Interstates do not have...

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  • Riding motorcycle in the spring

    Because we use gravel instead of sand on the roads during the winter, bikers need to be aware of gravel. I about dumped my bike this spring because as I was going around a corner there was a pile of gravel there at the intersection. The intersections are were it tends to build up and it take a while to get it off the roads. Interstates do not have...

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  • Grizzly Country

    Grizzly bears can be dangerous so it is in your best interest to follow suggested behaviors when in their home area, like much of northern Montana is. When I was in Glacier in 1994, several hikes were closed due to bear activity. The Grinnell Glacier Trail, in particular, had a bloody carcass of a half eaten goat on the path. I was happy to finally...

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  • Darby Montana

    17 miles south of Hamilton, and on the way to either the big hole valley or the Idaho line, you go through the town of Darby. Now one minute you are cruising at 65 or 70 mph and then you hit the Darby town line. Proceed at 24 1/2 miles per hour through this town or you will get a speeding ticket. (ask David Letterman)The speed limit sign says 35,...

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  • Speed, Speed, Speed!!!!

    For decades Montana had no speed limits on their public highways. This has led to a habit of driving wild and free which seems reasonable when you could travel a couple of miles without meeting a single other vehicle. But now the state has imposed limits on the roads, but, hey, it takes time to turn those habits around. And Montanans are also a bit...

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  • Altitude...

    The summit of the pass is past 10,000 feet (3.000 meters) and at this altitude, dizziness and shortness breath can be expected if you are not used to these height. Be careful if you go out to walk. DO NOT RUN! As even walking briskly may lead you to faint spells. These phenomenons occurs because the level of oxygen in the air gets lower as you...

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  • Careful on the road...

    The part going up from the Creek (after Red Lodge) to the pass is full of twist and turns. It is recommended not to speed and be careful. If the road looks busy, don't hesitate to honk when taking a turn where you cannot see what's ahead, a car may come from the opposite direction and not see you before it's too late.

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  • Careful driving at night

    Road kill seems to be a big problem here and when you meet a deer, elk, or moose on the highway, sometimes they win.

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  • I have two very real warnings...

    I have two very real warnings for you about Montana.1.It will be hard on your rental car because you will be stopping very often to look and wonder.2. It will be a photographer's nightmare - because you will never have enough time, enough light or enough film.

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  • Be careful what you say if you are from...

    I am from California...so when I first moved here, I was told not to tell anyone where I came from. The "locals" do not like people from California, because a lot of them think they are better than the people who live in Montana. Just be yourself when you visit...ask questions and get to know the people. Dont say things like, "well in California,...

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  • I would never stop to remind...

    I would never stop to remind everyone that the wild animals were here before the humans...so you have to deal with them. Some may be dangerous (bears, snakes...) and the better you stay away from them, the better you will enjoy watching at them. I strongly do not recommend 'wild' camping without first checking if the area is known as rich with bear...

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  • Wild Fires

    Yes, when an area has large forest and a dry season, wild fires can happen. Please use care and prevent yourself from have the burden of creating a wild fire. If you are in an area of a wild fire, follow the advice of the warnings and public announcements. Wild fires are usual events, do not let this picture scare you from visiting this wonderful...

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  • If you're from California,...

    If you're from California, don't admit it! Some locals are quite offended by a few who have moved here bought land and then closed it off to locals. It is the modern day equivalent of buying Manhattan Island for beads. Locals will remember being able to go on other people property to fish, etc. Those days are slowly ending.

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  • Believe it or not, in summer...

    Believe it or not, in summer Montana can get EXTREMELY hot, so be prepared. While my west coast friend found it humid and hot, I am an east-coaster and it was a dream compared to OUR hot and humid summers!

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  • If you recreate in the forest...

    If you recreate in the forest this summer, I would just like to ask that everyone please be extra cautious. We are currently in a severe, multi year draught situation, and all of the forest fuels are very dry. The picture of the forest fire that is attached to this narrative exemplifies that. It was taken from the top of Sunrise Mountain at dusk as...

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  • Don't wait for the only...

    Don't wait for the only Campsite of Crow Agency, Little Bighorn to be more than my back yard and I'm not the one who mow the meadow... really it's just a fairly dry meadow near the road and there is just a toilette (not a bathroom) with the shower nearby separated by the toilette only by a wooden wall which however is about 20 cm up from the...

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  • This year was a really bad...

    This year was a really bad year for bear sightings, and thankfully few attacks. Anytime you are in the mountains; hiking, camping, whatever, you must be aware and prepared, for aggressive animal behavior. If hiking, be sure to make noise or carry 'bear bells' on your pack to alert the animal to your presence. Dispose of food properly, and keep it...

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  • Make reservations for summer...

    Make reservations for summer travel in advance. If you want to be spotaneous, at least call one day ahead or you might end up sleeping in your car! This is especially true if you get off the interstates.

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  • Weather can be VERY...

    Weather can be VERY unpredictable. Carry layers of clothing at all times. Don't go off in the woods if you don't know what you are doing or you will have to be rescued. Yes, there are bears here. Moose can also be dangerous.

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  • There are places in ranch...

    There are places in ranch country in Montana that allow 'open range'. There aren't fences to keep the cattle off the highway. You really wouldn't want to hit a heifer with your rental car...it would end badly.

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  • Be careful in western Montana...

    Be careful in western Montana if you are backpacking or camping in the wild backcounty. Encountering a grizzly bear in the wild is pretty rare, but I don't think the Forest Service puts these signs up just for the fun of it. Bears have a great sense of smell, so make sure you keep food and other things that may smell good to a bear a long way from...

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  • They DO have speed limits...

    They DO have speed limits again in Montana. This picture is from 1998 when 'reasonable and prudent' was the rule of thumb. A lot of people still got speeding tickets because their interpretation of reasonable and prudent was not always the same as that of the State Police.

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  • If you are visiting any of the...

    If you are visiting any of the Parks or Wilderness areas in Montana, keep in mind that the animals you see are not tame. This mountain goat was near the visitor's center at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, and people were actually trying to get close enough to pet it. I'm always hoping those people try to pet the next buffalo they see as well....

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  • Watch out for rattlesnakes! ...

    Watch out for rattlesnakes! One member of our group came within inches of being bit -- however, the near disaster became a terrific photo opportunity.Halfway up, and about 3/4 of the way to the right in the photo below, lurks the rattlesnake. Well camouflaged, isn't he?

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  • If you are not comfortable...

    If you are not comfortable driving in snow don't visit between November and April. The speed limit is not 150mph either. You might get lucky up to about 80 mph depending on where you are. That seems to be the max. limit. During the winter you can expect snow and ice on all roads. The locals do not slow down to 10-20 miles per hour during the...

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  • Montana is a big state so if...

    Montana is a big state so if you get off on side roads beprepared in case you break down.It can be a long walk or wait before someone comes by you cell phoness don't work in all places. So have the things in the car in case you have to wait a wihile.

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