Missoula, Montana, is a serene mountain escape sure to wow every traveler. High on the surrounding Northern Rockies, groups can see what was once the shoreline of the massive prehistoric Glacial Lake Missoula, a geographic feature that shaped this majestic area. In addition to plentiful outdoor recreation and wildlife encounters, the city boasts a vibrant downtown where groups can find plenty of eclectic entertainment, shopping, and history.
With 60,000 acres of wilderness to share, this area is full of outdoor recreation activities. The Riverfront Trail, bordering the Clark Fork River, is perfect for those seeking a flat hiking path to explore. Or, travel Mount Sentinel’s “M” Trail from the University of Montana campus and make the steep climb to the huge, white “M” for a group photo with the iconic Missoula landmark. Groups can follow the trail beyond the “M” to reach the top of the mountain for views of the valley below.
Explore the rich history of western Montana at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. The 32-acre site is home to more than 20 preserved historic structures and more than 50,000 artifacts that help tell the story of the county’s early days. Four standard guided tours are available, but groups can also customize tours to specific interests.
Stay & Play
Give your groups a true Western experience at Dunrovin Ranch, a small guest ranch offering charming accommodations and plentiful outdoor activities. Ride the trails atop a Tennessee walking horse, float on the Bitterroot River, watch wildlife, and even learn to line dance in the on-site dance hall.
Float down the Clark Fork or Blackfoot rivers while sipping an expertly curated selection of local beers with River City Brews Rafting Tours. Groups can choose from a selection of brewery pickup locations where the guide will meet the participants and fill growlers with guests’ desired beverages. Afternoon, evening, and custom floats are available.
Main Image: Hiking in Missoula, Credit: Destination Missoula