Places of Interest in Missoula, Montana

Downtown Missoula: A wide mix of shopping, galleries & restaurants where you can spend a day strolling through historic downtown. Enjoy the river front trail system on both sides of the Clark Fork River.

Rattlesnake National Recreation Area: Located just three miles from downtown Missoula this area contains over 60,000 acres of public land. Hikers, bikers and horse riders will find plenty of space to explore miles of trails, mountains and lakes.

Clark Fork River: Flowing through the heart of Missoula the Clark Fork River is one of the largest rivers in Montana. Connecting with the Blackfoot River east of town and with the Bitterroot River west of town it offers plenty of entertainment from fishing to paddle boarding. Professional guides provide white water rafting, fishing and wildlife tours.

A Carousel for Missoula: A Carousel for Missoula is one of the first fully hand-carved carousels to be built in the United States since the Great Depression. From little more than dreams, hard work and love, a carousel was created by hundreds of volunteers. The Carousel has 38 horses and two chariots. The chariots allow easy access for wheelchairs; people with disabilities are always welcome to ride free on the Carousel.

Dragon Hollow: A community built park it’s located adjacent to the Carousel, free and open daily from dawn to dusk, weather permitting.

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Historic Fort Missoula Dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of Missoula. Located on the original Fort Missoula grounds this museum has a rotating display of local and national exhibits. The museum is located on 32 acres in the heart of historic Fort Missoula. Its collection includes 30,000 objects including 13 historic structures.

Aerial Fire Depot & Smokejumper Center Learn about Smokejumpers and wild land fire management at the Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center. Guided tours of the parachute loft and training facilities are available and typically last 30-45 minutes.

Missoula Art Museum: MAM is responsible for nearly 1,400 artworks by over 100 artists representing the best of this region’s contemporary art. Showcasing six exhibition spaces, two classrooms, a state-of-the-art collection vault and full accessibility.

A train on display in Missoula Montana, USA

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation: Step into Elk Country at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Elk Country Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is more than just a museum; it’s an experience that reveals the beauty, diversity and importance of elk country across North America. Open year around and always free.

Travelers’ Rest State Park: This state park celebrates the Native American’s that travelled this mountain route and Lewis & Clark’s historic voyage across the American west. The only documented campsite that the corps of discovery used on both legs of their journey.

Missoula Community Theatre– For the past 40 years, the Missoula children’s Theatre and Missoula Community Theatre have provided Missoula with outstanding family entertainment. The Missoula Community Theatre season runs October through May each year.

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