On my way to some Geological Society of America Meetings in Bozeman, Montana last week, I took the drive from Dillon to Twin Bridges to Whitehall to Bozeman on the way there. And on the way back I drove the road from Bozeman to Norris to Ennis to Virginia City and then back to Twin Bridges. The scenery was spectacular. I can see why the people of Montana love their state. The map below is courtesy of Arrow Real Estate, Ennis, Montana.
Gallatin Valley. The farms and mountains were incredibly beautiful.
Bozeman Pass, I stopped to look at the rocks. I am a geologists, after all. These Precambrian biotite schists were folded and faulted into this interesting pattern.
Madison Range is the backdrop on east side of the valley.
Sphinx Mountain in about the center of the photo.
Sphinx Mountain taken with my zoom lens. I can see why it was called Sphinx Mountain.
Tobacco Root Mountains near Alder.
Tobacco Root Mountains in the view above.