The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce
The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce is the "first best place" to gather information about the valley and sightseeing opportunities. They offer numerous brochures from outdoor activities ro a cultural tour guide to help make your visit more enjoyable and to help you make sure you don't miss anything. Call 363-2400 or visit the web site at www.bitterrootvallechamber.com.
Float and Fish the Beautiful Bitterroot River
The East and West Forks of the Bitterroot River are known for some of the finest fishing in the country with Brook Trout, Mountain Whitefish, Rainbow Trout, and Westslope Cutthroat Trout prevalent. For more information go to: fwp.mt.gov.
Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge
Experience Superb Birding at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge The refuge provides an outstanding opportunity for wildlife viewing and photo opportunities. Residents of the refuge near Florence include 235 species of birds including the Great Blue Heron, bald eagles, osprey, waterfowl and neo-tropical birds, 37 species of mammals and 17 species of reptiles and amphibians.
Want to Go Swimming on a Hot Summer Day?
Swimming, fishing, boating and water skiing are popular sports at Lake Como, located south of Hamilton, off Highway 93. Painted Rocks, Stevensville Public Pool and the Aquatic Center in Hamilton also offer good place to cool off in the summertime.
See a Lovely Waterfall and the Most Beautiful Mountain in the Bitterroots Just to the south of Darby is the tallest (10,157 feet) and most beautiful mountain in the Bitterroot Valley, Trapper Peak. It is only a day's hike with eight miles and 4,200 feet gain. Skalkaho Falls, southeast of Hamilton and viewable from the road, is one of western Montana's "must sees".
Get Out Your Golf Clubs Listed as one of the best public courses in the northwest, the 18-hole course at the Hamilton Golf Club facility features 6,847 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The 9-hold Whitetail Golf Course facility in Stevensville features 2,859 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35. Hamilton Golf Club 363-4251; Whitetail Golf Course 777-3636.
Saddle Up and Ride
Saddle Up and Ride For the true Montana experience, there are many equestrian experiences just waiting for you in the Bitterroot! Guided pack, hunting and fishing trips, as well as day trips through forest service land are all available. Please inquire at the Chamber of Commerce: www.bitterrootvallechamber.com
Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
Experience the Best Powder for Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding Trail Powder Mountain, located at the southern end of the Bitterroot Valley along the Continental Divide, boasts over 300 inches of snowfall every year. There are beginner trails, challenging moguls and the finest tree skiing for experts. For more information go to: www.losttrail.com
Cross Country Ski Area
Explore the Back Country on Cross Country Skis Como Trails Cross Country Ski Area offers about 30 miles of trail at Como Lake. It includes a beginner area and is dog friendly. ChiefJoseph Cross Country Ski Trail has eight loop trails that provide a variety of lengths and skill levels. For more information go to: bitterrootxcskiclub.net
Skalkaho, Chief Joseph Pass With some of the most scenic groomed trails in Montana, the Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountains offer the perfect destination for snowmobilers. For more information go to: bitterrootadventures.com
St. Mary's Mission
Visit Historic St. Mary's Mission, "Where Montana Began" St. Mary's in Stevensville represents the first pioneer settlement in Montana. Experience this fascinating, controversial and important chapter of our nation's past. Visit: www.saintmarysmission.org
Ravalli County Museum
Absorb the History of the Bitterroot Valley at the Ravalli County Museum The Ravalli County Museum in Hamilton was built by A.J. Gibson in 1900. The building served as the Ravalli County Courthouse until 1979. It now houses one of the finest little museums in the Northwest. For more information go to: www.brvhsmuseum.org
Tour the Beautiful Daly Mansion The Daly Mansion, a National Historic Site, has over 56 stunning rooms, with 25 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, and seven fireplaces. The 3-story, 24,000-square-foot mansion is situated on 50 tree-planted acres near Hamilton.
Take in a Farmers Market in Stevensville, Hamilton, or Darby or Visit a Local Farm Darby, Hamilton and Stevensville have a weekly Farmers Market in season. Local produce, bedding plants, herbs, Bowers, baked goods and even jewelry can be found. If you're not here on market day, stop by a local farm stand.