A Montana Trails Guidebook: Article in the August issue of Bozeman City Life Magazine.
"It’s hard to imagine the sheer time and effort needed to create a comprehensive guide to southwest Montana’s hiking, biking, and ski trails. Luckily, you won’t ever have to take on such a monolithic task, because Bryan Schaeffer has done it for you. In his book, The Last Best Trails Montana (SINTR, $30), he covers a multitude of trails in Bozeman, Big Sky, and the surrounding area. It’s filled with detailed artwork and illustrations that complement trail maps and interesting local facts. I’m particularly impressed with Shaeffer’s gear rundowns, and he even dives into different bike geometries. The book’s also got QR codes that link to relevant videos, maps, and podcasts. All in all, Schaeffer’s guidebook should be a coffee-table mainstay for any Bozeman local, and an essential reference for visitors."
- Gerard Ligotti
Outside Bozeman Magazine
“This book is a guide to what I see as the true treasures of the treasure state: the joys of outdoor experience. Written by a local, helping make adventure accessible to all.”
- Heidi Makoutz
Masters Community Coordinator & Lead Adult Teams Coach
"Bryan’s ‘Last Best’ series are a blended work of art and information, providing more than enough inspiration to fill your weekends for years to come. Combining all the essential biking, skiing and hiking trails in one place is a feat of work; top that off with his illustrations that showcase the beauty of Montana, and you’ve got one outstanding resource."
Author Peaks & Couloirs of Southwest Montana
"The perfect guidebook for tourists and locals alike. Even as someone who has lived in Southwest Montana for a few years, I will be utilizing Bryan's book as I look to discover new trails in my own backyard."
U.S. Paralympian- Nordic Skiing & Biathlon
“Bryan has created yet another beautiful, thorough, educational and - I’d say - even inspirational guidebook for the greater Bozeman area. So much great information presented alongside his stellar hand-drawn illustrations. It’ll make you want to lace up your running shoes or boots and head out the door to the closest trail or use it over time as a Bozeman bucket list of sorts.”
Musician, photographer, designer, outdoor enthusiast
“Peppered with beautifully drawn flora and fauna along with tips and history, this book is a treasure for Montana recreationalists. A one-stop shop for the best places to go hiking, biking and skiing, it’s a valuable guide that is stunning enough to earn a place on the coffee table.”
Outdoors-focused writer. Photographer. Author. Wilderness wanderer
Non Stop Local News Interview
"This book is filled with extremely valuable information that people normally spend tons of time researching. It is put together in a way that makes it easy and fun to read. The artwork is outstanding and the maps are super beneficial. QR codes make this even more than a book. This is THE perfect read for anyone with any interest in the o
"This book is filled with extremely valuable information that people normally spend tons of time researching. It is put together in a way that makes it easy and fun to read. The artwork is outstanding and the maps are super beneficial. QR codes make this even more than a book. This is THE perfect read for anyone with any interest in the outdoors."-Cecelia KrichmanProperty manager & outdoor enthusiast
Winner of the 2022 Bozeman People's Choice awards for best local book and best local author.
"May this book send you on some world class adventures!"
Co-Author Southern Montana Singletrack & Architect of Copper City Trails
"This book is for those looking to explore the winter landscape of southwestern Montana in ways as versatile as the terrain they offer. Calling all-around winter athletes. Go find your adventure."
Head Coach of Nordic Team Solutions & four-time Olympic skier.
"Bryan Schaeffer uses illustration to get people outdoors. It seems like Bryan uses illustration and animation to engage his audience in a way that other mediums cannot."
- Holden Sier
Outside Bozeman Magazine
"This is my favorite type of book because it gets to the point." It's really the best of both worlds - beautifully illustrated book and you get the digital world if you want it. It's always great to have a reference guide to get you started."
105.7 The Eagle
"Part of being an artist is being relevant, and I don’t want to just work in my own little artist silo and not have it affect anybody. I really want this to affect people. I really want people to feel empowered and part of the community. "
interview with Tyler Cohen
Crosscountry Skier Magazine
The Last Best Trails is a passion project by Montana native and every season trails enthusiast -Bryan Schaeffer. Bryan is a three-time Emmy® winner and contributor to Outside Bozeman Magazine. His second book of the series "The Last Best BIKE" won the 2022 Bozeman's Choice Awards for best local book and best local author.