A rustic and contemporary sculpture park that's open year-round, even to skiers, can make for a very Montana daytrip.
Located right in Lincoln, Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild is particulary scenic in the winter, when snow caps the sculptures but volunteers keep the trails groomed.
By this weekend, they'll probably be melting a bit, but the trails are open to skiers, snowshoers or pedestrians. Regardless, the park's large-scale sculptures are a great reason for an afternoon walk through the woods. It takes about an hour to see all the work, and there are restaurants in Lincoln where you can get lunch.
The nonprofit park has recruited artists from around the world to build pieces, which reflect the logging heritage of the area. The art is often made from wood, metal or even newsprint, and blends into the environment rather than overwhelming it. They invite new artists to add work each year, so there's reason for return visits.
Here's a quick tour of some of the sculptures. Admission is by donation. For more information on the park, go to sculptureinthewild.com.