Montana Hiking Website Design
Backyard Montana is a community working towards improving Montana’s online hiking trail accessibility. Trails aren’t easy to find online, particularly in Southwest Montana, making this area seem less attractive than other well-known locations. The website is intended for short term visitors, new Montana transplants, people driving through between Yellowstone National Park & Glacier, and locals!
What Was Done
There was no pre-existing website for Backyard Montana. The primary reasons Backyard Montana needed a website was to:
- Provide a map feature where people can find nearby hikes.
- Provide hike details to help users determine what hike they want to do.
- Become a source to educate people on safety and preparation in their outdoor adventures.
- Overall boost in outdoor recreation to Southwest Montana (and hopefully beyond this region).
The website is focused on helping people have fun through Montana’s outdoor recreation. The colors are bright and colorful to help initiate excitement. A playful font and custom illustrations were used to make this website have a fun feel. The map feature includes several relevant hiking filters where users can sort by mileage, difficulty, and vehicle clearance. These filters would be helpful in deciding which hike to select and know what the trailhead access requires. Each location has a quick stats section, high-resolution images, and a short trail description.