Montana State Parks

Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781606390740
Authors: Erin Madison and Kristen Inbody
Pages: 192

$19.95



Montana State Parks:
Complete Guide & Travel Companion

by Erin Madison and Kristen Inbody

Montana’s 55 state parks are a spectacularly diverse collection of natural areas, historic sites, and fun places where visitors are welcome to hike, camp, fish, swim, boat, photograph, watch wildlife, learn, and explore.

Join award-winning Great Falls Tribune reporters Erin Madison and Kristen Inbody as they visit each park and interview park managers, historians, and visitors to provide the most complete and up-to-date information about these remarkable public lands. Their unique book is packed with current information and special features, including:

- Key information at a glance
- Best parks for camping, boating, hiking, and recreation
- Best parks for history and natural wonders
- Author-recommended activities
- Photos, maps, and directions
- Accurate information on all campgrounds, fees, and facilities
- A foreword by Montana Governor Steve Bullock
- A special Smith River essay by Montana novelist Maile Meloy
- Perfect size for taking along on trips
- The only guidebook to all the parks
- Use this book to find a favorite park—or take the State Park Challenge and visit all of them!

Pres Release

Travel guide explores Montana’s state parks on 75th anniversary

From the captivating sandstone formations of Medicine Rocks State Park near Ekalaka to the forest playground of Thompson Falls State Park and all state parks between, a new guidebook sets the stage for adventure across Montana.

“Montana State Parks: Complete Guide and Travel Companion” by award-winning newspaper reporters Erin Madison and Kristen Inbody includes all 55 state parks, which the reporters visited in a one-year quest they dubbed the “State Parks Challenge.”

The parks include ghost towns, lakes, hiking trails, popular spots and off-the-beaten-trail getaways — places where visitors can hike, camp, fish, swim, boat, photograph, watch wildlife and learn about Montana history.

“I’ve been amazed by how diverse our state park system is,” Madison wrote. “I’ve dipped my toes into Flathead Lake, hiked to a moss-covered waterfall, ridden my bike on single-track trails and learned incredible history about Lewis and Clark. I was even able to see up close the circumference of the Anaconda Stack.”

In an essay included in the book, Montana novelist Maile Meloy wrote of adventures in Smith River State Park, with “bears, lightning, hay fever, hypothermia, poison oak and trips that made us swear we would never go again” — and incredible memories, fun and scenic beauty.

In his introduction to the book, Gov. Steve Bullock reminisces about time spent in state parks as a child, including Spring Meadow Lake, Lewis & Clark Caverns and Bannack state parks.

The guide includes basic information to make the most of each park, as well as color photos to lure readers into dreaming of exploring new places.

Inbody said in the book that visiting all the state parks helped her fall in love with Montana all over again.

“Every state park was a chance to experience the state more deeply and understand a new facet,” she wrote. “We have a gorgeous state.”

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Montana’s Outdoor Legacy Foundation to support Montana’s state parks.

The book is available at bookstores, outdoor stores, some state parks, and regional offices of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Montana State Parks
Erin Madison and Kristen Inbody
Fact Sheet

  • 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of Montana’s state parks system
  • The authors are award-winning reporters for the Great Falls Tribune
  • The authors visited each park and interviewed park managers, historians, and visitors
  • This book provides the most complete and up-to-date information about each park, including:
    • Key information at a glance
    • Best parks for camping, boating, hiking, and recreation
    • Best parks for history and natural wonders
    • Author-recommended activities
    • Photos, maps, and directions
    • Accurate information on all campgrounds, fees, and facilities
  • Features a foreword by Montana Governor Steve Bullock
  • Includes a special Smith River essay by Montana novelist Maile Meloy
  • 192 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, perfect size for taking along on trips
  • 126 color photos
  • The only guidebook to all the parks
  • $19.95 retail price
  • Available at book outlets, selected state parks, and regional offices of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
  • Published by Riverbend Publishing of Helena
About the Authors

Erin Madison and Kristen InbodyErin Madison grew up in Golden, Colo., and moved to Montana to attend the University of Montana. From there she found her way to the Great Falls Tri- bune in Great Falls, Mont., where she works as an outdoors writer. She enjoys spending as much free time outside as possible, mountain biking, backpacking, cross-country skiing and snowboarding with her boyfriend Josh and their dog Maggie.

Kristen Inbody was born and raised in Choteau, Mont., where her family farms. Since graduating from the University of Montana, she has worked for newspa- pers in Alaska, Wyoming, Washington, D.C., and Montana, joining the Great Falls Tribune staff as feature writer. Kristen was a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Transylvania, Romania, and continues to explore the world.

Reviews

Authors log thousands of miles, document all 55 Montana State Parks - Misoulian

Travel guide explores Montana's state parks - Great Falls Tribune

by Tribune Staff

Reporters Erin Madison and Kristen Inbody, pictured with Maggie and Sunny, have written a new guide to Montana State Parks. / TRIBUNE PHOTO/LARRY BECKNER

From the captivating sandstone formations of Medicine Rocks State Park near Ekalaka to the forest playground of Thompson Falls State Park and all state parks between, a new guidebook sets the stage for adventure across Montana.

“Montana State Parks: Complete Guide and Travel Companion” by Tribune reporters Erin Madison and Kristen Inbody includes all 55 state parks, which the reporters visited for an award-winning 11-month series in the Tribune.

The parks include ghost towns, lakes, hiking trails, popular spots and off-the-beaten-trail getaways — places where visitors can hike, camp, fish, swim, boat, photograph, watch wildlife and learn about Montana history.

“I’ve been amazed by how diverse our state park system is,” Madison wrote. “I’ve dipped my toes into Flathead Lake, hiked to a moss-covered waterfall, ridden my bike on single-track trails and learned incredible history about Lewis and Clark. I was even able to see up close the circumference of the Anaconda Stack.”

In an essay included in the book, Montana novelist Maile Meloy wrote of adventures in Smith River State Park, with “bears, lightning, hay fever, hypothermia, poison oak and trips that made us swear we would never go again” — and incredible memories, fun and scenic beauty.

In his introduction to the book, Gov. Steve Bullock reminisces about time spent in state parks as a child, including Spring Meadow Lake, Lewis & Clark Caverns and Bannack state parks.

The guide includes basic information to make the most of each park, as well as color photos to lure readers into dreaming of exploring new places.

Inbody said in the book that visiting all the state parks helped her fall in love with Montana all over again.

“Every state park was a chance to experience the state more deeply and understand a new facet,” she wrote. “We have a gorgeous state.”

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Montana’s Outdoor Legacy Foundation to support Montana’s state parks.

The book is available at the state parks website and visitor centers, in bookstores, online and from the Tribune.

Other News
Riverbend Publishing’s latest book, Montana State Parks by Erin Madison and Kristen Inbody, was featured at the state Capitol rotunda in a grand ceremony on May 27 celebrating the 75th anniversary of the state’s park system. Here Madison prepares to autograph a copy for Montana Governor Steve Bullock.

Erin Madison and Kristen Inbody sign copies of their book, Montana State Parks, in the state Capitol rotunda.
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