Outdoor Adventure

Travel the Old Trails Road Scenic Byway

Missouri's byways offer a variety of beautiful and interesting scenes.

The vision of the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways Program is “To create a distinctive collection of American roads, their stories and treasured places.” The mission is to provide resources to the byway community in creating a unique travel experience and enhanced local quality of life through efforts to preserve, protect, interpret, and promote the intrinsic qualities of designated ... Read More »

Every Time I Float …

Floating is a great way to spend a day in Missouri.

… down one of our rivers, the beauty of Missouri never ceases to amaze me. Whether it’s a beautiful sunfish that puts up a good fight or a lone wildflower surrounded by blades of grass, there’s something around every corner for anyone who gets in a canoe.  I’m always looking for that next piece of serenity, but I also realize ... Read More »

It’s Spring—Get Outdoors

Take a Ride on the Katy Trail

At some time this winter, I’m sure you’ve yelled: Get me out of here! Well, now’s the time. Whether you do it on foot, by bicycle, on horseback or in a canoe, there is no better time than spring to “get out” and enjoy Missouri’s great outdoors. After a long, hard winter, we all need some exercise. Some of the ... Read More »

Get Out and Fish!

Scott Pauley

Scott Pauley, a professional fisherman and the Missouri Division of Tourism’s fishing and outdoors expert, says it’s a great time to get out to Missouri’s rivers, lakes and streams for a great fishing experience. We asked Pauley a few questions about early spring fishing in Missouri, in anticipation of some warmer days ahead. MDT: Temperatures are fluctuating around Missouri; we ... Read More »

Make the Most of Your Missouri Fishing Trip

Here's a brown trout taken from Lake Taneycomo, near Branson.

“The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad,” is a quote from famous author and fisherman, not necessarily in that order, A.K. Best. And every time I read this quote, I think to myself and laugh a little, because that must have been a day Mr. Best didn’t use a fishing guide. Missouri is blessed with an ... Read More »

A New Look for MoStateParks.com

The Missouri Division of Start Parks and Historic Sites has launched a new website . I might be biased, but we believe the new MoStateParks.com is awesome. Set aside that it’s a lot more visually pleasing than our old website. It’s just a whole lot more useful. For the first time, you can really get a sense of what our parks are like ... Read More »

Touring Warm Springs Ranch

Meeting the Clydesdales at Warm Springs Ranch

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to tour the Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville. The ranch is home to a state-of-the-art breeding facility for the Budweiser Clydesdales. This educational tour was part of a Missouri Travel Council Board meeting and included several tourism industry members, including MDT Director Katie Steele Danner,  from around the state. John Soto, facilities manager, was our ... Read More »

Expert Advice from a Youth Corps Member

Water flows through shut-ins at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.

Last summer was a dream come true; I was part of the State Parks Youth Corps (SPYC), which used federal stimulus money to put about  1,000 youths to work in Missouri’s fantastic state parks. Instead of revitalizing the park system physically like most of SPYC, I was one of 11 journalism students who spent the summer producing photo and video ... Read More »

The Missouri River . . . Is Not the Subject of This Post

Missouri River at Jefferson City

Look at the photo above. The Missouri River seems to stretch on forever. After all, at nearly 2,500 miles it is the longest river in the United States. But, as rivers go, or flow, the Big Muddy has to take a back seat (do rivers have seats?) in the longest river completely inside Missouri category. That distinction belongs to . ... Read More »

‘What’s So Great About Giant Rocks?’

Elephant Rocks State Park

I’ve talked about it for years, suggesting it as a weekend destination to my kids … Elephant Rocks State Park, that is. I’ll admit it was a hard-sell to them; “What’s so great about a bunch of giant rocks?” they’d ask. “These are enormous, prehistoric giant rocks,” I explained to them on more than one occasion. Finally the decision was ... Read More »