Anyone who has driven on Montana highways has seen the majesty of our state’s mountains from the road. But how much do you really know about them?
The Glovebox Guide to Recognizing Montana’s Mountains is the first ever pictorial field guide educating scenic travelers, geo-tourists and anyone else about our state’s iconic geographic skylines.
Artist Gary Little has been enamored with Montana mountain ranges for decades but realized there was a serious lack of comprehensive, informative resources on the subject. So, he decided to change that.
“I started driving to look at all the mountain ranges just to see. When I went to the state library to ask for a resource and they didn’t have one I said, ‘Maybe I’ll make one.’ And the person there said, ‘Good luck with that. You know, no one’s ever tried that. That’s a lot. That’s 56 mountain ranges.’ It was a lot. I wore out two cars and it took me six years,” he said.
In the guide, ranges are divided by major river systems. Map insets locate range boundaries and nearby cities.
Peaks are labeled and come complete with animal icons to show the kinds of wildlife that populate different mountainous regions across the state.
As you’re driving, just have a passenger look in the booklet and find the scene in nature.
The guidebook features photographs of terra cotta friezes of Montana mountains sculpted with clay mined from the very mountains portrayed. These three-dimensional works of art offer detailed recreations of real mountain ranges across the state.
Little’s artwork can be seen in galleries, museums and hospitals statewide.
To learn more about the Glovebox Guide to Recognizing Montana’s Mountains or to view other works by Gary Little, click here.
Reporting by Steele Stephens for MTN News