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Best Way to Occupy Public Lands 

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Earlier this year, a group of rather extreme individuals made the absurd decision to hold a 41-day armed sleepover at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. We probably don’t need to rehash the details, but long story short, their lengthy stay didn’t end all that well. So here’s some advice: If it’s a good time on public lands you’re thirsting for, keep it low-key. One local option that’s a bit out of the ordinary is to rent one of the two “Sioux-style” tipis at Beavertail Hill State Park, about 26 miles east of Missoula on I-90. These 18-foot canvas shelters can sleep six to eight people and go for $30 per night for Montana residents ($42 for nonresidents). The site also includes a picnic table and a fire grill in case you catch some trout in nearby Beavertail Pond. Just be sure to limit the length of your trip to something less than a month and a half, and maybe leave the guns at home, huh?

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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