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
Missoula’s 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 Missoula’s 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.
Historical Museum of Fort Missoula
The museum is located on 32 acres at the core of Fort Missoula, an area included on the National Register of Historic Places. The Historical Museum of Fort Missoula has over 18,000 objects in its collection, including the main museum building, formerly a Quartermaster's Storehouse. The museum's indoor galleries contain both long-term and temporary exhibits that address topics of interest from the area's early exploration to modern times. These exhibits, together with the museum's outdoor interpretive area--a complex of original and relocated historic structures--depict the life and material culture of the region.
Missoula is one of the few places in the West that has four world-class rivers at its doorstep. The Blackfoot River made famous by Norman Maclean's "A River Runs Through It", the historic Clark Fork River, the Bitterroot River and Rock Creek a “blue ribbon trout stream”.
The Clark Fork River which runs right through Missoula you can fish for rainbow or brown trout. You have the option to go with a guided outfitter or an adventure out on your own. Non-residents are required to buy a 2 day fishing license.
Flathead Lake -- July is Cherry Season
Flathead Lake is a perfect day drive from Missoula, about an hour north. A drive around the lake is an experience you can't miss. The lake is surrounded by mountains on both sides the majestic Mission Mountains take your breath away, with their snow covered peaks reaching to the sky. The drive will take in US HW 93 on the west of the lake and Route 35 on the east. You will find several local breweries and wineries on your drive around the lake if you like to taste the local fare. Many of the small towns around the lake have wonderful shops and great places to eat. You will love this drive.
July is Cherry time around the lake. Flathead Lake is surrounded with cherry orchards and July is the time. Polson on the south end of the lake has a cherry festival every July. On your drive around the lake you will see may fruit stands selling the local fair.
Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in the western part of US at 27 miles long and 15 miles wide.
Garnet/Rock Creek Self-Guided Tour (Ghost Town and Visitor Center)
For a glimpse of the real "Old West," head to Garnet, one of the best preserved ghost towns in Montana. This historic gold-mining town, prospered from 1895-1911 when more than a thousand people lived there. As gold became scarce, Garnet’s population diminished rapidly. Today, you can still see many of Garnet’s abandoned houses, stores and mines. The visitor center at Garnet is open 10 am to 6 p.m. daily during the summer. Cars are allowed on the road from June 1 through November 15. The visitor center’s winter hours are 10 am to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. After visiting Garnet, bring your flies and rod and cool off with blue-ribbon trout fishing on nearby Rock Creek.
Hiking and Biking
Missoula is surrounded by several recreational areas. Throughout the city there is an extensive, beautiful, and well-maintained network of riverfront trails for walkers, joggers, bicyclists, etc. There are also other trails located in different areas throughout the city.
Skiing (downhill & cross-country), Snowboarding, and Snowmobiling
We are open year round with limited facilities, but if you come during the winter months, within minutes of the campground, you can be at Snowbowl Ski Area - famous for its vertical drop. There are hundreds of trails around the area for snowmobiling, plus several snowmobile rental shops. Lolo Hot Springs has an extensive trail system for snowmobiling. There are also many cross country skiing trails around the area.
Bonner Park Concerts
Wednesday night band concerts open to the public at no charge. Concerts are held from July to mid-August at 8 p.m.
This is a unique opportunity to find fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants, honey and baked goods. This community happening often includes entertainment. It is held Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings at Market Plaza.
A Carousel for Missoula
Come see and ride the first fully hand-carved carousel to be built in America since the Great Depression. Thirty-eight wooden horses await riders. Two chariots are available for handicapped riders, and others preferring a smoother ride. The horses and chariots ride on a 1918 carousel frame, lovingly restored and maintained by a volunteer mechanical crew, and revolve around artist panels depicting many of the local artists who created A Carousel for Missoula. The outside row horses travel at 8 miles per hour, making this one of the fastest carousels in the country. A Carousel for Missoula is the home for the largest band organ in continuous use in the United States. It has over 400 pipes which duplicate the sounds of 23 instruments and 45 musicians.
Museum of Mountain Flying
This is Montana’s only public aviation museum . Founded in 1993, it is located in a large hangar at the east end of the Missoula airport. Follow signs at airport entrance. It is dedicated to the history of mountain flying in the northern Rockies. Open 7 days per week in the summer. Antique airplanes on display and a gift shop.
Family & Group Reunions
When it's your turn to plan the reunion, think of the Missoula KOA. We are here to help you make an easy job of planning all the details! We have all the amenities that will suit anyone's needs! We have Kamping Kabins that will sleep up to 6 people, tent sites, and RV sites with water, sewer, electricity, 50 amp service, & cable TV. You can arrange to use the KOA Gathering Place for your group activities for only $25 per day when your reunion is here!
It can hold up to 60 people comfortably for whatever group activities you want. You can watch old family videos or slides, play games, etc. We also serve breakfast at the Gathering Place every morning during the summer season for our campground guests. (The Gathering Place isn't available to your group for exclusive use during the breakfast time). The KOA Gathering Place has kitchen facilities available for large groups.
We are tucked away at the edge of Missoula within minutes of great shopping and wonderful restaurants! We are located within walking distance of many discount stores and eating places in Missoula like TJ Maxx, Ross Dress for Less, Old Navy, Coldstone Creamery Ice Cream, Costco and many more! If your group is up for a whitewater adventure, Montana River Guides will pick you up at the campground for your convenience (must call them in advance and make arrangements with them). We invite you to bring your family and friends for an incredible reunion in Western Montana!
KOA Mountain Mercantile
Check out our unique gift shop and store with a blend of high quality apparel items, Montana tee and sweatshirts, University of Montana Grizzly Wear, hats, Montana Huckleberry products, toys, gadgets, souvenirs, groceries, cold drinks and more! Our store is well stocked with a variety of items. Don't forget to show us your KOA value card and receive 10% off of your souvenir or apparel items purchased.
Ninemile Remount Depot
If you’re a history buff, the Ninemile Valley, 25 miles west of Missoula is a fascinating trip. The Valley is home to the Ninemile Remount Depot, a long time Forest Service supply and dispatch center for mules and other livestock used for firefighting and back-country work. The ranger station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, recognized for its distinctive Cape Cod architecture and its historic role in land management. Today, the ranger station remains a working ranch that is home to the popular "Forest Service Centennial Pack String". There’s an interesting Visitor Center at the ranger station. You can also take a self-guided tour of the grounds and buildings and see the ranch in operation. From the ranger station, you can continue farther north in the mountains for lunch and a walk at the Grand Menard Picnic Area and Discovery Trail.
St. Francis Xavier Church
This Church located on 420 W. Pine Street was built in 1889 the year that Montana became a state and is outstanding for its graceful steeple, its paintings and stained glass windows. The paintings were done by a brother of the Society of Jesus, a kitchen helper, who painted them in his spare time and turned out to be a master.
National Bison Range
Take a drive northwest of Missoula and take in the sights of the majestic Mission Mountains. You can visit the National Bison Range which protects a herd of 300-500 buffalo on approximately 19,000 acres of grassland and forest. You might see whitetail and mule deer, pronghorns, elk, bighorn sheep, and if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a Rocky Mountain goat. Keep an eye out for other wildlife such as beaver, mink, weasel, muskrat, bobcats, coyotes and black bears. If you’re a bird-watcher, bring your binoculars and view some ring-necked pheasants, gray partridges and grouse.
Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History
Relive America’s epic battles at Historic Fort Missoula, home to the US Army in Montana in 1877. The Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History attraction is located in the World War II era Building T310 & T 316, next to the Historical Museum. The museum contains exhibits, programs, & veterans’ talks on the Civil & Indian Wars, World Wars I & II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm & other military topics. You'll also find a picnic area, gift counter and restrooms. It is open year round.
Glacier National Park - 2 ½ hours from campground. A good day tour from Missoula
Enter Glacier National Park and you are stepping into one of the most pristine natural settings left in North America--perhaps in the world. Protected for most of this century, the park still looks much as it has looked since the glaciers began receding 10,000 years ago. Like an enchanted highway in a fairy tale, the world-famous Going-to-the-Sun Road winds its way up and up, past forests and lakes, until you are driving among the peaks themselves. An extraordinary feat of engineering listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the highway offers to everyone what was once available only to the hardiest of hikers. From Lake McDonald on the west to St. Mary on the east, visitors travel a route that leaves no one unmoved by its majesty and beauty.
Holt Heritage Museum
Dedicated to the Cowboy, Stockman, Nez Perce Indians and Lewis & Clark, situated adjacent to the Historic "Traveler’s Rest". The Holt Heritage Museum includes an extensive collection of memorabilia collected over the last 40+ years telling the story of this area from the Nez Perce Period to the present day. Enjoy interpretive areas with authentic tipis, Indian Outlook Area, Horse-drawn vehicles, Western Hat-Boot-Spur displays & Old Town Street scene. Experience the Old West as it was. 6800 Hwy 12, Lolo, MT 59847
KOA Kafe and Gathering Place (Seasonal)
Along with our breakfast service daily during the summer months, you can relax, play board games, and watch TV & videos here in the Gathering Place. After the breakfast crowd leaves, the room is your place to hook up to our free WiFi for internet & email, get in-depth tourist information from our racks, watch the news or a show, play some fun board games with each other or just kick back and relax in air conditioned comfort! WiFi available through out most of the campground as well as at the Gathering Place.
Golfing - 6 Major Courses Nearby
You'll find many great golf courses in the Missoula area.
Our staff can help you locate the golf courses and may have information available on many of them. Missoula the best place to relax and have fun.
- Larchmont Municipal Golf Course - 18 hole (406) 721-4416
- Linda Vista Golf Course - 9 hole 3 par (406) 251-3655
- University Golf Course – 9 hole public (406) 728-8629
- Highlands Golf Course – 9 hole (406) 728-7360
- The King Ranch Golf course – 18 hole (406) 626-4000
- Canyon River Golf Course – 18 hole (406) 721-0222