Horseback ride through wildflowers in Missoula, Montana
What To Do in Missoula
In Missoula, outdoor enthusiasts are able to hike, bike, horseback ride and kayak. Missoula has more biking trails than your average-sized city, along with ever increasing bike and walking paths to connect all of Missoula. The Rattlesnake National Recreation Area is perfect to horseback ride for days or until you explore all 60,000 acres including the wilderness area.
Numerous trails in the Pattee Canyon Recreation area will take you to the top of University Mountain. Pattee Canyon also boasts a Folf course, picnic tables and great wildlife viewing. If you get a chance, get your picture taken on the “M” trail. It’s a short ¼ mile uphill walk that gives you amazing views of the University District and the Missoula Valley.
The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of Mt. Jumbo. View all three rivers that are around town along with two different mountain ranges and several national forests that surround Missoula.
This year will mark the 35th International Wildlife Film Festival which covers a week of wildlife and outdoor film screenings, art, and pre & post film events.
Missoula’s River City Roots Festival is a great place to watch people. It’s free and open to the public located in downtown Missoula. Fall is Grizzly Football season. Grizzly Football fans set up the tail gates by 10:00 a.m. for all 25,000 fans.
For local news, the daily newspaper is the Missoulian, and the Independent is a weekly paper of people, arts and culture.
Insider Tip: Check out the often over-looked Pioneer League Osprey Baseball team. Games happen during the months of June-September. Games feature family friendly and kids’ activities as well as a few great firework shows during the season. The stadium also hosts large concerts during the summer, this year Willy Nelson along with Lyle Lovett and his large band will visit Missoula.
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Thanks to Troy Payton Destination Missoula for assistance with this post. Photo of Council Grove courtesy of Troy Payton. Photo of Farmers Market courtesy of Lisa A. Choo. Wildflowers photo courtesy of Jackie Corday. Article by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown.
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