Local Area Attractions
Shopping - Hub of Western Montana
Besides unique downtown shops which are great fun to browse, Southgate Mall has over 100 stores, plus located within walking distance to the campground are many trendy stores like Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Ross Dress for Less, REI, Sports Authority, Famous Footwear, Target, Costco, Pier 1 Imports, Barnes & Noble, Staples and Best Buy. Missoula is Western Montana's shopping destination area!
Historic Downtown Missoula
Missoulas best galleries and museums can be found in the Downtown area as 14 art galleries & 3 museums offer original, contemporary, traditional, & historical art of all forms. Native American & Western themes abound, as do modern exhibits, gifts & seasonal showings. Famous Missoula artists, Monte Dolack & Larry Pirnie, along with leading authors James Lee Burke & James Welch, contribute to Missoulas art scene. Check out Gallery night from 5-8 PM on the first Friday of every month when Downtown Galleries and Museums feature new artists with wine and hors d oeuvres.
University of Montana
The University of Montana home of the Grizzlies has nationally-ranked academic programs and performing arts. Chartered in 1893 and opened in 1895 with 50 students, but today 10,600 students work and live in 47 buildings and residence halls over a 640 acre campus. Tours are available by appointment at (406)243-6266. While here make sure to climb the "M" overlooking the city of Missoula.
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife Visitor Center
Come explore the wildlife art gallery and view original paintings, prints and bronzes at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Marvel at the impressive collection of world-record elk displays and life-size mounts of grizzly bear, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, wolf, lynx, a cow elk and newborn calf display and more. Take a seat in the theater and watch the finest in wildlife films. Then, further your knowledge of elk and their habitat with educational and entertaining books and videos.
United States Forest Service Smoke Jumper and Aerial Fire Depot Visitor Center
The United States Forest Service Smoke Jumper and Aerial Fire Depot features murals, videos, a reconstructed lookout tower and exhibits of men and women fighting wildfire, from the advent of the smoke jumper in 1939 to present day. In addition, Forest Service smoke jumpers are trained here. Open mid-May through mid-September with tours available on the hour.
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Missoulas Outdoor Saturday Morning Markets
When market season hits, three fun outdoor markets the Missoula Farmers Market, the Missoula Saturday Market, and the Clark Fork River Market take over Missoula for a few hours each Saturday morning from May through late October. You dont have to decide which market to visit because all three markets are located within an easy stroll from one another along Higgins Ave in Downtown Missoula. See listings below for each of the three markets.
The Clark Fork River Market
The Clark Fork River Market set alongside the Clark Fork River in Missoula is a scenic setting for buying locally-produced fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry, fish, organic dairy products, plants, flowers, fresh handcrafted pastas, baked goods, honey, salsa, jams and jellies, wool goods and other wares from area farmers, ranchers and chefs. Breakfast, lunch, espresso, coffee, tea and cold drinks are available. The Clark Fork River Market is truly a showcase of some of the best local made products. You might even see a cooking demonstrations hosted by local chefs. Live music adds to the festivities from 10am to 12ish. The first few weeks of the market youll find starts for your own garden. The Clark Fork Market hours are Saturdays 8am - 1pm and runs May to Mid-October under the Higgins Avenue bridge in downtown Missoula.
Missoula Saturday Market
At Missoula Saturday Market, each summer, the city of Missoula closes Pine Street for a Saturday craft and food market run by local artisans. Enjoy traffic-free socializing, morning coffee and treats, local crafts, and interesting imports in historic downtown Missoula. At Saturday Market youll find everything from photography and painting to clothing, jewelry, locally made soap, and hand-poured candles. Check out the contemporary designs, and even meet the artists themselves. If you are an art watcher, you have got to attend this event on the Saturday's. Saturday Market is situated between two other markets youll also on Saturday, the Clark Fork River Market and the Farmers Market. The Saturday Market begins the first Saturday in May and ends on the third Saturday in October.
Missoula Farmer's Market - mid May to mid October
Missoula Farmers' Market sells local fresh and dried produce, nursery plants, flowers, eggs, bread, jams, jellies and syrups. Enjoy local baked goods and coffee as you stroll through the market. Located in Circle Square (at the north end of Higgins Avenue - by the XXX's)
Founded in 1972, the Missoula Farmers' Market is a fixture in downtown Missoula, always providing locally grown and fresh-picked produce in a friendly and inviting space.
- Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May 2 through October 31, 2015
- Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., July 7 through September 22, 2015
- Performers will be scheduled on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.