Things to do in the Bitterroot Valley
The Bitterroot Valley is nestled between the Sapphire and Bitterroot Mountain ranges. 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!

Also, our area has some of the largest Sapphire deposits in the world! Sapphire Studio, located in Hamilton and Sapphire Gallery located in Philipsburg both offer a place where you can pan for these precious gems as well as purchase ready made sapphires. It is a Montana treasure you will want to take home with you.
www.sapphiremining.com

 

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 headquarters and the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce. www.fs.usda.gov/bitterroot
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Hiking and Biking in the Bitterroot Valley Montana
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Camping:
The Bitterroot National Forest has 28 campgrounds, many of which are open year-round. Amenities vary per site and more information is available at any of the Forest Service information sites. We also have full hookup, privately owned campgrounds with both forest and river accesses. To make your reservations: Click Here
Camping in the Bitterroot Valley Montana
Horseback Riding:
For the true Montana experience, we have many professionals ready to give you a ride of a lifetime. There are so many equestrian experiences just waiting for you in the Bitterroot! Guided pack, hunting and fishing trips, day trips through Forest Service land will give you a true Montana scenic experience.
Horseback Riding .. www.accurateoutfitters.com

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Horeseback riding in the Bitterroot Valley Montana
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Water skiing in the Bitterroot Valley Montana
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 Reservoir are popular spots for canoes, jet skis, fishing boats, ski boats and everything in between.
http://stateparks.mt.gov/painted-rocks/

 
Canoeing in the Bitterroot Valley Montana
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 Reservoir. Feel free to stop into one of our many fly fishing shops for the latest information on licenses, guided fishing trips, and advice on where to go and what to use. Check out the Chamber for fishing brochures and local guides.
Trout Fishing in the Bitterroot Valley Montana
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Salmon River Fishing Montana
Whitewater Rafting in the Bitterroot Valley MontanaClick image to view photo gallery Whitewater Rafting:
Let’s go White Water Rafting! If you are looking for a short getaway vacation or a family staycation that has it all, consider taking a 1 to 3 day white water rafting trip on the famous "River of no Return", with an outfitter who promotes safety, fun, and adventure. One, two or three day trips available. The Kookaburra crew are your guides to great Salmon River Whitewater Rafting. It’s a White Water Adventure! Ask the Chamber for a brochure and get started on the thrill of your life.
www.raft4fun.com

 

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.

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Winter Sports, Snowmobiling in the Bitterroot Valley Montana
Winter Activities in the Bitterroot Valley, Ski Joring photo by Susan Hatch
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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.
www.losttrail.com or www.bitterrootxcskiclub.net
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 Wildlife Preserve are wonderful destinations for wildlife viewing.
www.tellerwildlife.org  or http://www.fws.gov/refuge/lee_metcalf/
Wildlife watching in the Bitterroot Valley Montana Deer Fawn photo by Nathan De Boer

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Wildlife watching in the Bitterroot Valley Montana Bald Eagle photo by Nathan De Boer
© Nathan De Boer



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Swiming Pools:


Bitterroot Aquatic Center
59 Kurtz Lane
Hamilton
406-375-8200


Canyons Athletic Center
472 Tammany Lane
Hamilton
406-363-2816


Stevensville Public Pool
Stevensville
406-777-5827




Public Golf Courses:

Hamilton Golf Course
– 18-holes
– Driving Range
– Cart and Club Rentals


1004 Golf Course Rd
Hamilton
406-363-4251


Whitetail Golf Course
– 18-holes
– Driving Range
– Cart and Club Rentals


4295 Wildfowl Ln
Stevensville
406-777-3636




Tennis:

Westview Center
Main and 9th Street
Hamilton


Lewis & Clark Park
End of 1st Street
Stevensville


Indoor tennis
Canyons Athletic Center

472 Tammany Lane
Hamilton
406-363-2816




Ski Resorts:

Lost Trail Powder Mountain

Elevation: Summit 8,200 ft – Lodge 7,000 ft – Base 6,400
Vertical Drop: 1,800
Lifts: 5 Double Chairs – 3 Rope Tows
Trails: 50+ marked trails on 1800 acres across two mountains
Longest Run: 2.5 miles
Annual Average Snowfall: 300″


1/8 of a mile off Hwy 93 and Hwy 43 at the Montana-Idaho Border
406-821-3211
www.losttrail.com




Wildlife Refuge:

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

4567 Wildfowl Lane
Stevensville
406-777-5552

www.fws.gov/leemetcalf

Teller Wildlife Refuge
1288 Eastside Highway
Corvallis
406-961-3507
www.theteller.org


Skalkaho Game Preserve
Skalkaho Hwy (38)
South of Hamilton


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