The Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana

The beautiful Bitterroot Valley is made up of several towns that cover approximately 95 miles from the town of Lolo to the Idaho/Montana border at the top of Lost Trail Pass. In between are communities varying in size, each with its own unique historical background and claim to activities that are available to anyone wanting to explore what the Valley has to offer.

Surrounded by the Bitterroot mountain range to the west and the Sapphire mountains to the east, each offers excellent opportunities for hunting, fishing and hiking. Crystal clear streams and alpine lakes are worth the effort of the hike for people who love the outdoors. Many trailhead amenities accommodate horse and rider providing a breathtaking view of the backcountry which opens up to the Bitterroot-Selway Wilderness to the west. To the east over the Sapphire Mountain range is the Anaconda­-Pintler Wilderness Area which offers a beautiful and rugged experience to explore.

The Bitterroot Valley boasts of blue ribbon fishing, two national wildlife refuges, guided tours of St. Mary’s mission in Stevensville, as well as the famous and beautiful Daly Mansion in Hamilton. There are activities scheduled throughout the year in several towns, from Farmers Markets, McIntosh Apple Day, to Daly Days and a more recent addition, The Bitterroot Trail. This 50 mile paved path follows alongside US Highway 93 from south of Hamilton to Missoula, designed for walking or bicycle riding. There is always something to do and something to discover. The Bitterroot Valley, in one word, is unique, a timeless jewel nestled in the shadow of two majestic mountain ranges and open to anyone who wants to experience the life of living in western Montana.

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