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Books for Vacation & Travel in Montana

An enjoyable trip to Montana begins with planning. Information is key. Fortunately, numerous authors have written books aimed at sharing information about the state.  Amazon is a good bet to get a book quickly. Abebooks lists books offered for sale by used book stores.

Lewis and Clark
Dust cover, The Journals of Lewis and Clark. Illustration courtesy Houghton Mifflin, 1953.


Indian and White Montana
Indian and White in the Northwest: A History of Catholicity in Montana, 1831-1891, by Fr. L. B. Palladino. first published in 1894. Leaving religion aside, this book is rich in detail about Native Americans and European settlers living on the Montana frontier.


Upper Missouri River Float
Take a float trip on the Missouri River down stream from Great Falls, Mont. Fun! Courtesy Riverbend Publishing, Helena.

Start reading one or more today and then head out to Montana, The Treasure State. Here are some books to consider:

General Travel

  • Moon Montana [state travel guide]
  • The Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia, by Michael Dougherty
  • Montana Road & Recreation Atlas
  • Hidden Montana by John Gottberg Anderson
  • DeLorme’s Atlas and Gazetteer: Montana
  • Camping Montana: A Comprehensive Guide to Public Tent and RV Campgrounds by Kenneth Graham


  • Hiking Montana: A Guide to the State’s Greatest Hikes by Bill Schneider
  • 100 Classic Hikes: Montana: Glacier National Park, Western Mountain Ranges, Beartooth Range, Madison and Gallatin Ranges, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Eastern Prairies and Badlands by Douglas Lorain
  • Day Hikes Around Bozeman Montana Including the Gallatin Canyon and Paradise Valley by Robert Stone
  • Day Hikes Around Missoula Montana Including the Bitterroots and the Seeley-Swan Valley by Robert Stone

National/State Parks

  • A Ranger’s Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes by Roger Anderson
  • Glacier Day Hikes by Alan Leftridge
  • Moon Glacier National Park by Becky Lomax
  • Compass American Guides: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
  • Horseback Riding in Glacier & Yellowstone National Parks by Dana Damron
  • Going-to-the-Sun-Road: Glacier National Park’s Highway to the Sky by C.W. Guthrie
  • Yellowstone: A Land of Wild and Wonder by Christopher Cauble
  • Night of the Grizzlies [tragedy in Glacier National Park] by Jack Olsen
  • Montana State Parks by Erin Madison and Kristen Inbody

Fun Outdoor Activities

  • Fly Fishing Montana by John Holt
  • Floating of the Missouri by James Schultz
  • Biking the Great Northwest: Twenty Tours in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming by Jean Henderson

Montana History

  • A Traveler’s Companion to Montana History, by Carroll Van West
  • The Journals of Lewis and Clark by Bernard DeVoto
  • Montana: Stories of the Land by Kris Holmes
  • Montana: A Bicentennial History by Clark C. Spence
  • Ghost Towns of Montana: A Classic Tour Through the Treasure State’s Historical Sites by Shari Miller
  • Montana: A History of Two Centuries by Michael P. Malone,  Richard B. Roeder, and William L. Lang
  • The Cathedral of Saint Helena by Rt. Rev. Victor Day
  • Montana for Kids: The Story of Our State by Allen Morris Jones
  • Indian and White in the Northwest: A History of Catholicity in Montana, 1831-1891, by Fr. L. B. Palladino. first published in 1894


  • Montana Wildlife Viewing Guide by Carol Fischer
  • Mammals of Montana by Kerry Foresman
  • Montana Nature Set: Field Guides to Wildlife, Birds, Trees, and Wildflowers of Montana by James Kavanaugh
  • Roadside Geology of Montana by David Alt
  • Rockhounding Montana: A Guide to 100 of Montana’s Best Rockhounding Sites by Montana Hodges
  • Grizzly Bears: A Falcon Field Guide by Jack Ballard

General Interest

  • Badluck Way: A Year on the Rugged Edge of the West, by Bryce Andrews
  • Fifty-Six Counties: A Montana Journey by Russell Rowland
  • Montana Unforgettable  [coffee table book] by Chuck Haney and als.
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