The 2013 Reader’s Choice Award Winner – Favorite U.S. Wilderness Area – Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana
Since the 1920s, A Lazy H Outfitters has been helping people experience the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana. Often called the “crown jewel” of America’s wilderness system, the Bob’s more than 1,800 miles of trails are accessible by foot or horseback only. There are no roads and you will never see a vehicle in the Bob. Because of its size (more than 1.5 million acres), the Bob Marshall Wilderness is mostly accessed on horseback.
The Bob Marshall Wilderness is considered the best-preserved mountain ecosystem in the lower 48 states. It is one of the country’s largest wilderness areas, spanning more than 40 miles east-to-west, and 100 miles north-to-south. Its mountain elevations reach from 4,000 to 9,000 feet.
The Bob includes 60 miles along the Continental Divide, 20 miles of which belong to an escarpment know as the Chinese Wall, a 1000-foot vertical cliff that is a popular destination for its spectacular views. The Chinese Wall was formed 170 million years ago by the Lewis Overthrust, which moved rock formations more than 50 miles along the Rocky Mountains from Canada, through Glacier National Park, and down close to Yellowstone National Park.
The Bob Marshall Wilderness provides vital habitat for grizzly bear, gray wolves, and Canadian lynx. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Bob claims a higher grizzly bear population density than any other location in the U.S., except Alaska. Despite this, you are much more likely to catch site of black bears, big horn sheep, elk, deer, moose, bobcats and, mountain goats. It is also common to see bald eagles, golden eagles, falcons, hawks, owls, and osprey.