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!
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.
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.
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.
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.