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Explore the Upper Missouri with #mypubliclandsroadtrip this weekend for solitude and stunning scenery!

The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana spans 149 miles of the Upper Missouri River, the adjacent Breaks country, and portions of Arrow Creek, Antelope Creek and the Judith Rivers. The monument includes six wilderness study areas, the Cow Creek Area of Critical Environmental Concern, segments of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, the Fort Benton National Historic Landmark, a watchable wildlife area and the Missouri Breaks Back Country Byway. In 1976, Congress designated the Missouri River segment and corridor in this area a National Wild and Scenic River.

The area has remained largely unchanged in the nearly 200 years since Meriwether Lewis and William Clark traveled through it on their epic journey. Within the monument, you can float the river, fish, hike, hunt, drive for pleasure – or simply find a little solitude and enjoy a sense of exploration in this beautiful natural setting.

Photos by Alyse Backus and Bob Wick, BLM

Peeking Through the Autumn Trees at the Fishing Pond. Shawnee Trail Conservation Area, Missouri, USA. November 2016.

“Stop, take a moment, look around you and appreciate the beauty in your life.” Gail Lynne Goodwin

Rising From The Water. September 2016. Bushwhacker Lake Conservation Area, Missouri, USA.

“Like water, be gentle and strong. Be gentle enough to follow the natural paths of the earth, and strong enough to rise up and reshape the world.” Brenda Peterson

Hello to the Bison Herd. Prairie State Park, Missouri, USA. November 2016.

After months of visiting Prairie State Park and searching for the bison herd, I found them. How I wish I had a better lens! I’ll post more photos, but all will be seriously edited as I simply stood quietly at a distance to admire and shoot them.

This prairie is my ancestral homeland. My father’s people were born here, farmed here, and many are buried down the road, where I’ll join them someday. Until yesterday, I felt that this was my prairie, visiting for solace and reflection. Observing these magnificent bison on their homeland, just as they would have been years before me and my ancestors, changed that. It was never my prairie. I’m glad they share it with me and I thanked them and the Great Spirit.

The Fully-Exposed Tree.  Shawnee Trail Conservation Area, Missouri, USA. November 2016.

“Learn character from trees, values from roots, and change from leaves.” Tasneem Hameed, 13 Sep 2013

Autumn Fog Over the Spring River. October 2016.  (No edit)

“Poetry is a section of river-fog and moving boat-lights, delivered between bridges and whistles, so one says, ‘Oh!’ and another, 'How?’” Carl Sandburg