Learning to love the Breaks: Montana’s toughest landscape lures visitors

Learning to love the Breaks: Montana’s toughest landscape lures visitors

News Type: State Source: Missoulian
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Don’t look down.

That seems a strange admonition in the middle of Montana’s northern plains, where the nearest mountains barely poke the horizon, and elevation changes get measured in dozens instead of thousands of feet. And perhaps unnecessary, because those land forms provide just enough counterpoint to justify why this is called “Big Sky Country.”

For anyone who assumes a wilderness vacation implies mountains and forests, the Missouri Breaks country in Blaine and Phillips counties offers a radical alternative. Its sunrises and sunsets, meteor showers and rainbows, flocks of migrating birds and sheets of lightning use the whole celestial canvas.