DR S. DAVID WEBB IS YOUR HOST FOR THESE TOURS
All Tours are available to the general public.
Pioneer Mountains Scenic Drive: This one-day jeep
tour emphasizes geologic history of southwestern Montana and encompasses
one of the five most scenic routes in all of Montana. The craggy Pioneer
Mountains were overthrust eastward from what is now Idaho and included
both ancient folded sediments and granitic intrusions. They include
several of the earliest gold strikes in the Montana Territory such as
Grasshopper Creek. An enchanting stop is at Crystal Park where we will
collect small to medium quartz crystals in a geologic context similar
to some of the earlier gold strikes.
INDIVIDUALIZED HORSE BACK OUTINGS AND NATURE TOURS IN SOUTHWESTERN
MONTANA CAN BE ARRANGED UPON REQUEST
Big Hole and Beaverhead Rivers: This jeep tour can be combined
with the preceding by pitching an overnight camp in one of several outstanding
camping sites in the area. The trip passes through Wisdom and the rich
but remote cattle and hay production area in the Big Hole. William Clark
as his party returned eastward gave this name in July 1806. Another
important historic site is the Big Hole Battlefield where the Nez Perce
tribe was ambushed as they fled north in the Pioneer Mountains. This
stop also offers a look at some buffalo and some excellent geology.
A stop at Bannack Park gives an authentic look at the first capital
of the state of Montana, chosen for its mineral wealth. Our return route
retraces much of that followed by the Lewis and Clark expedition in
the fall of 1805, especially their dramatic encounter with the Beaverhead
Mill Creek and Deer Lodge Valley: The Mill Creek Valley provides
in outstanding example of glacial geology. Its steep walled valley cut
into sheer granite uplands leads down to long ragged moraines made up
of all kinds of rocks, some derived from Canada. The early loggers in
the region built one of the largest mill races of their time and a small
town surrounding the mill. The Deer Lodge Valley where the Clark's Fork
River takes its origin, produces bones of animals ten million years
old including mastodons, three-toed horses, and rhinoceroses.