The Story Behind the "M"

The "M" is 620 feet above the Missoula Valley floor. It is 125' feet long and 100' feet wide. University of Montana forestry students cut the switchbacks into the side of the hill in the early 1900's. The first "M" was assembled out of whitewashed rocks in 1909, and given a fresh coat of paint by freshmen every year, until 1968, when all those rocks were cemented together with concrete.

Photo by Nelson Kenter, kenterphotography.com

Archive for the ‘Recreation’ Category

5 UTV Tips for Beginners to Enjoy the Ride in Safety

If you plan to ride on the Moab or the Imperial Dunes, read on to learn how to avoid rookie UTV mistakes and enjoy a memorable UTV ride!... more

Hunting Permit Drawing Results Now Available

The wait is over as the deer and elk permit drawing is complete, just 12 days after the application deadline. ... more

5 Ways to Maximize Your Golfing Experience

Here are 5 ways to maximize the whole golfing experience. ... more

Want to Try Kayak Fishing? Here’s How to Prepare

Kayak fishing is one of the best ways to spend a relaxing day on the water. If you're a beginner, here are some ways to prepare for your first day on the water. ... more

How Golfing Can Easily Help You Combat Depression

Studies have shown that golf has therapeutic effects on human health. Here are a few ways in which golfing can easily help you combat depression.... more

Be Bear Aware When Recreating Outdoors

Bears are emerging from dens with the onset of spring, and people are reminded to “Be Bear Aware.”... more

Mount Jumbo South Zone Closure Extended to March 22

In consultation with wildlife biologists at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Parks and Recreation has extended the Mt. Jumbo South Zone winter wildlife closure to March 22.... more

7 Essential Things Every Hunter Should Know

Here are seven essential things every hunter should know and must put into practice. ... more

6 Must-haves For Every Hunter For An Ultimate Experience

Preparation is key if you want to be safe and successful while hunting. If you want to make your hunt a memorable experience, follow this easy guide.... more

Tips for Easily Staying Safe When Skiing

Like most sports out there, skiing can be hazardous, particularly if the necessary precautions are overlooked. Here are tips for easily staying safe when skiing.... more

Going Rock Climbing? Here Are The Essential Items You Should Get

To make the job easier for you, we’ve picked out the most important items that you should get before going rock climbing. ... more

2021 Smith River Permit Drawing Results Now Available

The permit lottery results to float Smith River State Park in 2021 are now available online at fwp.mt.gov.... more

Everything You Need To Know Before Buying Yourself A Hoverboard

Here’s everything you need to know before buying yourself a hoverboard.... more

Hunting and Fishing License Year Begins March 1st

The new license year opens March 1, which means that is the day you can buy your 2021 hunting and fishing licenses and begin applying for permits and special licenses.... more

National Parks You Need to Visit When in Montana

If you’ve set your heart on Montana for your next trip, here are 8 national parks you absolutely need to visit during your visit. ... more

What You Should Know About Kickboxing and the Equipment You Need for This Sport

Here's what you should know about kickboxing and a few pieces of equipment that you will most certainly need.... more

Tips on How to Choose the Right Rifle for Enthusiasts

Here are some tips you should consider when selecting the right rifle. ... more

6 Practical Tips For Golfers Before A Big Game

Every golfer has a different preparation process before a big game. However, there are certain things that every golfer should do. ... more

A Beginner’s Guide On What Golfing Equipment To Get

As a beginner, you're probably not familiar with how many things you can find in stores when it comes to golf equipment. Here are some tips:... more

Useful Items You’ll Need When You Go Outdoors For A Hike

Here are some of the things you should bring with you on a hike.... more

All You Need to Know About Prepping

Here's all you need to know about prepping for a trip outdoors. ... more

Great Outdoor Activities For Your Family To Try This Summer

To make summertime even more eventful, make a bucket list of activities for your family and check them off as you go. Here are some outdoor activities to try out.... more

7 Helpful Tips That Will Improve Your Golf Game

If you are tired of your friends’ beating you in every game, then it might be time to look into some strategies to improve your golf skills.... more

How to Use Modern Optics to Boost Your Hunting

In the long run, using optics will not only make you a better hunter but also improve your understanding of wildlife.... more

Best Sporting Events to Watch Over the Holiday Season

Sports fans have plenty to look forward to during the holiday season, with the schedule packed with a host of exciting events.... more

Is it Better to Own or Rent a Camper?

Whether you want to permanently adopt the RV lifestyle or are simply interested in some enthralling getaways, there are some key factors to consider.... more

Expert Survival Tips for Hikers and Campers

If you are looking to leave everything behind and enjoy a few days of nature's raw beauty, here are a few expert survival tips for hikers and campers.... more

How to Improve Your Rifle Shooting Accuracy

Here are a few tips and guidelines to consider when shooting if you are looking to improve your accuracy.... more

Great Activities for Students in Missoula

Planning to visit Missoula but don't know how to have fun? The city has many interesting locations. Here are great activities for students in Missoula.... more

How to Make Your Outdoor Activities Extra Special

Keep reading to know more about guides and a common question for your exciting venture.... more

A Brief Guide to Hunting Wolves in Montana

It’s only in recent years that Montana has opened its wolf hunting, and that’s being reflected by the healthy, balanced wolf population in the state.... more

Peeking into the NHL 2020-21 Season – What Will It Look Like?

The Playoffs have given NHL executives the confidence of a successful return to action next season. According to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, the league intends to play a full schedule 2020-21 season.... more

Most Common Benefits of Water Sports on Mental and Physical Health

In the following guide, we shed light on some of the most common benefits of practicing aquatic sports for the body and mind.... more

Cycling Safety Tips From the Experts

Before you hop on your bike, get some expert tips on how to make your ride safer.... more

Bear Spray – Carry it, Know How to Use it This Fall

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee recommends the use of bear spray and urges hunters to learn these bear-aware safety measures.... more

2020 Big Game Hunting Forecast

Are you ready for hunting season? FWP can help. In addition to the following hunting forecast, FWP provides online information about hunting access, including our popular Block Management Program.... more

The Importance of Varying Dry Fly Patterns While Fly Fishing in Missoula

Here are some things to keep in mind when preparing a fly fishing expedition in Missoula and planning where to cast your favorite dry flies for trout.... more

Buying Your First E-Bike? Here’s What You Need To Know

Here are some facts everyone interested in having an E-bike should know about.... more

Must-Have Items for Every Hunting Trip

No matter what hunting destination you’ll go to or the type of hunting activity you’ll partake in, there are certain essentials that every hunter should get before they go out in nature.... more

A Faster Way to Get Some Fish in the Sea

Here are some of the leading and top ways you can utilize to get fish from the sea. ... more

Top Five Entertaining Things to do While in Missoula

There are many entertaining activities anyone can indulge in while visiting Missoula, and here’s a list of some of the top five:... more

Golf Review: Betting Advice for Rookies

If you are looking to place a stake on any upcoming golf tournament, you could take advantage of the latest US betting codes to leverage your wager.... more

How to Have a Safer Hunting Experience Without Spending Too Much

If you want to ensure that your next hunting excursion is the fun and safe getaway of your dreams, read on to know more.... more

FWP Reminder: SUP Users Must Have Life Jacket on Board

The use of stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) has exploded in Montana over the past few years. And while the vessels are fun and easy to use, SUPs have equipment requirements, just like other vessels.... more

6 Things You Need To Have If You Want To Go Kite Surfing

Wouldn’t it be great if you can try something new that gives you an adrenaline rush? If so, then you may want to check out kite surfing! ... more

5 Ways You Can Work on Your Golf Game off the Course

Whether you’re new to the sport, or a seasoned pro, there is always room for improvement when it comes to upping your golf game. ... more

FWP “Kids to Fish” Program Allows Anglers to Borrow Gear & Tackle For Free

A popular Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks program that allows kids and their friends or families to check out free fishing rods and tackle is in full swing again this year. ... more

Surplus Drawing Licenses and Permits Handled in New Way

Hunters interested in purchasing licenses or permits left over from the special license and permit drawing will find a different process this year.... more

Hunting Basics Every Aspiring Hunter Should Know

Here are some hunting basics every aspiring hunter should know.... more

Changes to Surplus License Process for 2020

To give residents and nonresidents a more equitable opportunity for surplus licenses, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has developed a new system for issuing surplus licenses.... more