Magazine article Sunset

Editor's Picks

Magazine article Sunset

Editor's Picks

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Near Bozeman, MT

On our radar: Winged migration

What we think: seeing a golden eagle's 7-foot wingspan slicing the sky is cool. Even cooler? seeing up to 200 of them-along with a few dozen hawks, harriers, falcons, and kestrels-in a single day. This month is peak migration, and the best view is 8,500 feet up at Bridger Bowl Ski Area's ridgeline (Jree;, 16 miles north of Bozeman. It's the largest-known concentration of golden eagles in the Lower 48, so it's worth the strenuous 2-hour hike to catch a flyby. There's even the Bridger Raptor Festival (Oct 4-5; free; or 406/586-1518) for true raptor-philes. -DINA MISHEV


On our radar: A secret farmers' market

What we think: Though not as big or as busy as other farmers' markets in the area, City Park Esplanade Fresh Market is a treat. It's the kind of place where you can linger, sample, and chat with vendors. Favorites? The steak burgers (85- to so-percent lean) at Snow Creek Ranch and the Bartlett pears from Forte Farms. 9-1 Sun through Oct 26; at the Sullivan fountain, Colfax Ave. at City Park Esplanade; colorado/ or 303/442-1837. -STEPHANIE POWELL

Estes Park, CO

On our radar: The call of the wild

What we think: Instead of joining the crowds at Rocky Mountain National Park to hear this month's bugling elks, and paying the $20 entrance fee, we prefer to hear the call of the wild for free. …

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