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Rack It Up For Spring: 4 Unforgettable Family Adventures

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Spring and Summer in Montana are very special times. The sun is starting to come out and bikes and summer camping gear are being dusted off. Spring is the time when you can still be squeezing turns in on the Beartooth Pass and breaking out the mountain bike on the Lewis and Clark trails, all in the same week.

Spring in Montana is truly a dream for any multi-sport enthusiast. Read on for our guide to maximize your time with the family this spring and summer, and checkout 4 must-do adventures across the state.


Beartooth Pass Ski Trip 

Montana winter can be dark and cold, but if you’re a family of skiers, you might just revel winter as your favorite season. This can make it bitter sweet to hang up the skis and boards, but it doesn’t mean you need to hang up the skis just because the lifts stop turning. So, get on out there and keep skiing this late spring and early summer!

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Consider a trip this Spring or Summer to the Beartooth Highway! On the road between Red Lodge and Cooke City sits the historic Beartooth Highway. This 68-mile stretch of road provides some of the most beautiful views in the Beartooth and Absaroka mountain ranges. Check out the Backcountry Freeskier blog for a full guide to a successful first trip skiing the Beartooth Pass.

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Slap a cargo box on your roof rack to make sure you can bring skis, boots, backpacks, and ski clothes for the whole family! A cargo box is the best way to maximize your carrying capacity while protecting your equipment from the elements! Check out the full collection for roof top cargo boxes.

The Gardiner Headwall on the Beartooth Pass [PHOTO]: The Billings Gazette



Lake McDonald Canoe Trip

Are you and the family looking to beat the heat this summer on the lake? Canoeing and kayaking are both relatively inexpensive, human-powered ways to enjoy the lake. Montana might not be the land of 10,000 lakes, but we do have an abundance of off the beaten path lakes that make great family trips for camping, fishing, and boating.

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Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park. Although Glacier National Park can be a nightmare to navigate in the summertime, it also is one of the most picturesque areas in a state as beautiful as Montana. Lake McDonald is situated shortly after the West Glacier entrance. Enjoy the lake and don’t be too surprised when you come across Moose and/or Bears while paddling around!

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Whether kayaking or canoeing, you’re going to want something on the roof to protect both your car and your boat. Backcountry Racks has boat racks from Yakima, Rhino Rack, and Rocky Mounts just to name a few - check out the  full supply of boat racks from Backcountry Racks to get you and your family ready to hit the water this summer!

[PHOTO]: Shane Kucera, via www.outdoorproject.com



Fairy Lake Car Camping Trip

Montana is one of those places that young kids dream of. It’s a state full of mountains, bears, raging rivers, and everything in between. With all of it’s beauty comes some of the most beautiful places to pitch a tent.

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Fairy Lake, Bridger Range. Just about 20 miles north of Bozeman is some of the best camping in the state. A winter paradise for backcountry skiers becomes a summer paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. From canoeing and paddle-boarding on the lake, to peak bagging and mountain biking, this area makes for a great base camp to get outside. Bring a good 4WD vehicle with plenty of clearance - this road is rough!

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Go in style and beat the heat! For any serious car campers, a vehicle awning is a must-have. Set up some lawn chairs, grab a cold drink from the cooler, and stay cool while you relax after your day in the mountains or on the lake! Check out the Rhino Rack and Yakima awnings.

[PHOTO]: www.fs.usda.gov


Helena Bike Trip

From the mountains to the prairies, mountain biking is a Montana favorite for skiers trying to stay fit and stay sharp for the next ski season coming up. From a 500 mile portion of the Continental Divide Trail to the Butte 100 to 24 hours of Rapelje, Montana really is a great place for any bike enthusiast.

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Helena, the state capital of Montana, is also quickly growing in popularity as some of the best mountain biking in the state! Be sure to check out Bike Helena for all the details on biking around this beautiful city.

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Grab a hitch rack this summer and load up the whole family’s bikes (up to 5 bikes) without having to sacrifice that precious roof space. Not to mention, it is much easier to load 5 bikes on a hitch rack than to toss them up over head and strap them on the roof. Check out our full listing of hitch racks here and get all set for summer biking!

[PHOTO]: Leslie Kehmeier, via www.mtbproject.com



Montana is a big state with an abundance of summertime activities. Even if you have lived here your entire life, there’s a pretty good chance that the adventure of a lifetime is waiting for you just out your backyard! So load up the car, grab the family, and go explore Montana this summer! Let Backcountry Racks set you up this summer with all the accessories you will need for an unforgettable adventure.

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