Missoula is an Outdoor Paradise. Known as “The Hub of Five Valleys” and “The Garden City”, the only limit to your adventures is how long you are staying. If you aren’t fly fishing with us, or you’re looking for outdoor activities in Missoula, Montana for the “non-fishing” members of your group, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Whitewater Rafting, and Skiing are a few of the favorite activities to enjoy while you are in town.
Endless miles of trails and countless peaks in every direction make Missoula a hikers dream. In town, the famous “M” trail above The University of Montana, Offers stunning views of the entire valley. The Rattlesnake Wilderness Area just minutes from Downtown Missoula, offers beauty and solitude on a lunch break or a weeklong backcountry trip. Pattee Canyon, Blue Mountain, …too many for here. If you want to get a little further from Missoula, The Blackfoot, Rock Creek, Clark Fork, and Bitterroot valleys all offer spectacular and seemingly endless hiking opportunities.
The Alberton Gorge is one of the most popular whitewater destinations in Montana. Located only a half hour from town, it is a “Must Do” for families visiting Missoula. The Locsha River is a short drive over Lolo pass into Idaho and offers over 60 rapids, some reaching Class V and even Class VI depending on Runoff. If running the Locsha seems a bit too daunting, making the beautiful drive up Highway 12 and joining the spectators to watch the rafts go through the rapids is a great afternoon for the whole family. Our friends at Lewis & Clark Trail Adventures do a great job around here, and check out Glacier Rafting Company if you head up north.
While Missoula may not be known as a skiing destination, don’t be fooled. Montana Snowbowl, located only 12 miles from Downtown, boasts some excellent backcountry skiing and amazing brick oven pizzas. Other close skiing options include, Lost Trail, Discovery, and Lookout. If you visit Missoula in the spring, consider a Ski and Fish vacation! Snowbowl for a half day of skiing, then down to the river for dry fly fishing.
If you’ve spent enough time peddling and paddling your way around outdoor activities in Missoula, then hopping in the car to do a little sight seeing is a great way to spend a day. From Wildlife to Ghost Towns this list has something for everyone…