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Rocky Mountain Front Tour Touts Adventures for Everyone

May 2, 2011

CHOTEAU, Mont. - There's something for everyone in every season in the "Rocky Mountain Front Discovery Guide." The newly revised edition is available this week. It's being featured at presentations in Billings, Helena, Great Falls and Missoula, starting today.

Bill Cunningham owns High-Country Adventures, Choteau. He's one of the speakers who will explain how the guide helps people find their way around. It pinpoints top attractions, which include dinosaur digs, a grizzly-bear-themed marathon and big game hunting, he explains.

"We're talking cultural things, activities and, of course, the spectacular natural values of the Rocky Mountain Front: wildlife and the incredible, scenic loop circumnavigation of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex."

The guide is being offered to businesses to distribute for free. It includes event dates as well as a fold-out map of the region.

Cunningham and his wife offer hiking and pack-animal trips into the Bob Marshall. He says the heavy snowpack this year is a tourism curiosity, both locally and internationally.

"We're going to see snow cover in the higher country, on the north-facing and protected slopes, maybe well into August. It's a very unusual year. It might make for really beautiful wildflowers."

The guide is produced by the Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front and the Choteau Chamber of Commerce.

All presentations are free and start at 6:30 p.m. today at the Billings Rod and Gun Club, Billings, and at the Great Northern Hotel, Helena. They continue on Tuesday at the University of Montana UC Theater, 3rd Floor University Center, Missoula, and at the Great Falls Public Library, Great Falls.

Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MT