The most beautiful part of a snow-covered winter is that the mundane and everyday become transformed in a wash of white that alters reality, turning simple trees and houses into fantastical postcard scenes. When you combine that with already stunning panoramas, you have winter in Montana.
A snowfall highlights mountain ranges and sweeping vistas in a broad brushstroke of sparkling light, which comes out even stronger when the sun peeks around the clouds.
Turn off of Highway 2 onto West Side Road, right before the town of Hungry Horse. Take the curves slowly to better enjoy the views that stretch out on the right as the road winds past North Lion Lake and South Lion Lake, a scenic route that holds the promise of wide-reaching mountain views on a clear day.The miles pass by, building anticipation in the deepening valley until you wind your way around the last corner. In front of you, the dam stretches down to impossible depths, the mountains reaching up to wild heights above.
Constructed between 1948 and 1953, the dam climbs 564 feet high, built from concrete on a foundation of Siyeh Limestone. But facts alone don’t suffice to impress upon us the force of seeing the dam from a distance.
A feat of engineering and of nature in the same view finder, an experience of appreciation designed to be shared, in a level of awe that can only be described as jaw-dropping.
With a winter stay at the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins, explore the much-loved sights of the Crown of the Continent in a whole new way, nestled in a snowy paradise that makes every view original.