The Montana Desert

There is a desert in Montana, just off the Pipestone exit on I-90, an hour’s drive west of Bozeman. It just snowed a foot in town, and this time of year, when I wish I was in Moab, the Pipestone granite is often dry and climbable.

Local legend Tom Kingsbury is a main developer of the thousands of boulders in the Boulder Batholith. His website, Bouldering the Backwaters, has cool pictures and stories.

Discovering the Desert has been a soul-saver for me the last couple years. In spring and fall, it’s a great place to stretch out, climb highball boulder problems on decent granite, and listen to the hum of the dirt bikers and quad-ers.


About Emily Stifler

I grew up in Vermont and live in Bozeman, Montana. I love topography: mountains, rocks, weather and people.
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1 Response to The Montana Desert

  1. The dirt bikers actually carve interesting/challenging terrain for early mountain biking as well 🙂

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