Outdoor Recreation


We have it lucky here with so many quality ski resorts close to Missoula, Here are a few of our favorites.

Snowbowl Ski and Summer Resort 
(406) 549-9777
Snowbowl is located in the Lolo National Forest.

Lookout Pass Ski Area 
Snow comes early and often and Lookout is blessed with a microclimate that delivers abundant high quality snow to 540 skiable acres with 34 named runs and deep powder glades. Three terrain parks include Boarderline, with awesome kickers and rails; Rolling Thunder, a natural-themed park with unique features constructed out of old timber; and the Huckleberry Jam, a place where beginners can learn tricks safely. Lookout’s Famous Free Ski School offers lessons to kids age 6-17.
(208) 744-1301
I-90 Exit 0
Mullan, ID 83846

Discovery Ski Area 
(406) 563-2184

Lost Trail Powder Mountain
(406) 821-3211

Whitefish Mountain Resort
(406) 862-2900

Cross-Country Skiing

Missoula is surrounded by fantastic cross country skiing opportunities. For information on the trails around Missoula and western Montana, please visit destinationmissoula.org/cross-country-skiing.


Ancient cedar forests, wildfl ower fi lled meadows, mountaintop vistas, and gin clear lakes. Whether you’re looking for an evening stroll or a full day adventure, these are just a few of the surprises that await within an hour of downtown Missoula. Discover area trails with the Montana Wilderness Association’s online hikinghttp://wildmontana.org guide, hikewildmontana.org, or join others on one of 100+ guided Wilderness Walks available at hikewildmontana.org.
Provided by:
Montana Wilderness Association
(406) 830-6035

Mountain Biking

♥ Missoula is a Gold Level Bike-Friendly City

Mountain biking miles of exhilarating trails or cruising around town, you’ll quickly discover why Missoula has been dubbed a gold level bikefriendly city. On any given day, you may well see more bikes parked and locked up than cars in downtown. Missoula’s bicycle system includes more than 20 miles of bike lanes and routes on major streets. Head ten minutes from the heart of downtown and you can put yourself on a scenic slope surrounded by nothing but nature.
Provided by:
Destination Missoula 
(406) 532-3250


Missoula has renowned golf courses with stunning scenery and affordability. From public to semi-private courses, Missoula offers some of the most challenging and undeniably beautiful courses in the region.
Provided by:
Destination Missoula 
(406) 532-3250

Canyon River Golf Club
1268 Bandmann Trail
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 721-0222

Double Arrow Lodge
Hwy 83
Seeley, MT 59868
(406) 677-2777

King Ranch Golf Course & Restaurant 
17775 Mullan Rd.
Frenchtown, MT 59834
(406) 626-4759

Missoula Country Club (private course)
3850 Old Highway 93
Missoula, MT 59806
(406) 251-2414

The Ranch Club
8501 Ranch Club Rd.
Missoula, MT
(406) 532-1000

The University of Montana Golf Course
515 South Ave. E
Missoula, MT 59801
(406) 728-8629

Parks, Trails and Open Space Map

Parks and Recreation has published a city map featuring local landmarks, city and county parks, bicycle-pedestrian routes, and for the first time, detailed maps of city Open Space and other local recreation areas. In addition to a current city street grid, the 24 by 36-inch full-color map features hiking and biking trails on Mount Jumbo, Mount Sentinel and the North Hills. The map also includes a park amenities grid. The information side of the map features insets of Riverfront and Playfair Park trails, plus complete directions to family hikes, visitor tours and even challenging treks to Sentinel and Jumbo’s summits.

The map is priced at $4 and is available for purchase at Currents Aquatics Center and several local retailers. The project was funded through a Recreational Trails Project Grant from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Parks and Recreation partnered with the Montana Natural History Center, the Biomimicry Institute and Run Wild Missoula to complete the project. Click here for a pdf of the map.
Provided by
Missoula Parks and Recreation

Fishing, Rafting, and Floating Around Missoula

Avid fishing enthusiasts arrive from all over the world to experience the famed waters from Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It. Just to the east and north of Missoula are Rock Creek, famous for blue ribbon trout, and the Blackfoot River. The Clark Fork river runs straight through Missoula and is a favorite spot for all types of water activities including fishing and float trips. The Lochsa and Selway Rivers, just to the south west of Missoula, are also a popular destination for rafting adventurers. The headways of the mighty Missouri River – the Madison, Gallitan, and Jefferson – are also just to the southeast, as well as the Bitterroot River directly south of town. For licensing information and fishing regulations, visit fwp.mt.gov/fishing/.

River Guides
JM Bar Outfitters, LLC
500 Rock Creek Rd.
Clinton, MT 59825
(406) 544-5249

The Orvis Company 
178 Conservation Way
Sunderland, VT 05250
(888) 235-9763


Western Montana has many diverse and plentiful hunting opportunities, ranging from elk and deer to upland birds and black bear. With natural habitats like the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Glacier Country has something for nearly everyone. Hunting guides and outfitters are available to help you plan your next expedition. For information on hunting regulations and licensing, visit http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/.

JM Bar Outfitters, LLC
500 Rock Creek Rd.
Clinton, MT 59825
(406) 544-5249