The Area


The Beautiful Bitterroot Valley:

Nestled between two mountain ranges, the Bitterroots on the west side and the Sapphires on the east, the Bitterroot Valley has enticed people from all walks of life. Whether it be for finding that perfect vacation memory, that perfect spot to live and raise a family, retire or start a business the Bitterroot Valley is the jewel of Big Sky country. People keep coming back time after time to enjoy the variety of events, activities and recreational opportunities the valley has to offer. Authentic western lifestyle, quality of life, clean air, beautiful lakes and rivers, and communities that care. It is home to some of the best recreation spots in the US, including hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, wildlife and nature viewing ~ you name it! Whatever takes you outdoors, you can find it here in the Bitterroot!

Hiking, Biking and Backpacking:

All hiking and backpacking enthusiasts will find miles of terrific trails surrounding the Bitterroot Valley. Whether you are a novice looking for a simple day hike or an experienced hiker looking for multi-day trips into the backcountry, the majestic Bitterroots and Sapphire mountains will not disappoint you. The rugged terrain and beautiful peaks, offer miles of breathtaking views and simple to challenging trails for all to enjoy. The same holds true for biking trails around the valley. Information on these hiking and biking trails can be found at any Forest Service head-quarters and the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce.

Boating, Canoeing and Rafting:
The Bitterroot River offers over 76 miles of floatable river, from 6 miles south of Darby to Missoula. The Salmon River is just 90 miles south of Hamilton and is a good white water rafting river. Lake Como and Painted Rocks Lake are popular spots for canoes, jet skis, fishing boats, ski boats and everything in between.

Fishing:
The Bitterroot River offers one hundred miles of fishable river, 11+ fishing access sites and some of the most pristine fishing areas in Montana. The Bitterroot is famous for its dry fly trout fishing, boasting 22 in. plus Browns during heavy spring skwala hatches. Lake fishing is also available at Lake Como and Painted Rocks Lake.

Hunting:
At the Bitterroot Valley’s back door is a hunter’s paradise. Big game species include elk, bear, white tail and mule deer, mountain lion and moose. Birds include pheasant, grouse, duck and geese.

Winter Sports:
Lost Trail Powder Mountain usually accumulates the greatest snow depth in Montana making it one of the best downhill slopes in the state. Our cross-country skiing is one of the best in Montana along with miles and miles of nordic and snowmobile trails.

Watchable Wildlife:
Wildlife photographers, birders and hunters are attracted to the area by the variety and abundance of our wildlife species. The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, Teller Wildlife Refuge, Broad Axe and Skalkaho Game Preserve are wonderful destinations for wildlife viewing.