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Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

Missoula, MT
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Great local resource

What a convenient gem for local access to the outdoors. Great hiking, wildlife (if you go early... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Christopher I
Awesome trails!

First time here and definitely want to come back to explore more! There are handy trail maps and... read more

Reviewed 26 May 2017
Bozeman, Montana
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An all-season recreation area, this wilderness region is designated to promote the watershed, recreational, wildlife and educational values of the land.
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a convenient gem for local access to the outdoors. Great hiking, wildlife (if you go early), well-maintined trails; close to town.

Thank Christopher I
Reviewed 26 May 2017

First time here and definitely want to come back to explore more! There are handy trail maps and trail signs. Some nice views to be had as well. If you're a mtn biker or trail runner, this is worth checking out!

Thank vtultrachick
Reviewed 4 April 2017

I loved how close this recreation area was to the city. It was easy to find and all trails were well marked. I hiked for about 2 hours at this rec area and enjoyed every minute!

Thank han102016
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Miles and miles of trails that meet even the hard core runners and bikers expectations. In just a few minutes you are away from all the cars you may experience at the trail head, keep an eye out for bears especially in the late spring...More

1  Thank jdsticker
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Good, well established trails through tall pines and along a creek. Lots of shade, so it's cool in the summer. Outhouses periodically along the trail. Plenty of parking at the trail head. Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed. Nice trail for some...More

Thank brettlarkins
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Hike almost any time of the year in the Rattlesnake Wilderness Area. It is free, and easy and head directly North right out of Missoula along Van Buren Street. Skiing is popular here as well and most parts are pet-friendly. Be sure to lock valuables...More

Thank elaine s
Reviewed 24 October 2016

A wonderful place for hiking, biking and more just minutes outside of Missoula. There is an easy walk along Rattlesnake Creek and other more challenging hikes available.

Thank Stephen H
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Very lovely place in the fall. Views of the Tamaracks on the mountains. Beautiful Rattlesnake Creek coursing through the area is so picturesque.

Thank MajeeSwanson
Reviewed 14 September 2016

If you drive just a few miles out of Missoula you will reach the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area. I hiked sawmill gulch one day and enjoyed it very much. The next day I hiked up woods gulch. Parking was a bit tricky on day 2...More

Thank Barbara P
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

While visiting family in Missoula we went for a hike near there home. Good graveled path for there young children. Will be going back on our next visit. Very scenic with a beautiful stream.

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Pamela B
2 April 2017|
Response from elaine s | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There different trails to choose from and shorter routes. It is all so beautiful you'll enjoy even a short trek. And, the trailhead is a good spot to rest up before and after. Hope you have fun!
Francine N
1 April 2015|
Response from Dana H | Reviewed this property |
Just a few miles north of Missoula. Go up Rattlesnake Drive four miles to the trailhead.