Welcome to the Judith Basin! Nestled in the heart of the state known as the last best place, the Basin truly fits the classic Montana description of high, wide and handsome. Island mountain ranges like the Highwoods, Snowy's and Moccasins surround a sea of grass where the rancher, farmer, and sportsmen enjoy the rich bounty of this land. The auto tour uses Charlie Russell's art to open a window to the Judith Basin and its history. A young man from Missouri named Charlie Russell arrived in the Judith Basin in 1880. For the next ten years, the cowboy artist lived and worked here; the Western epic was faithfully captured with his paints and canvas, and many of the scenes are from the Judith Basin.