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Montana Trails and Tales Tour

Montana

The Bitterroot Valley from a distance.

Travelers staying at our Montana bed and breakfast for the first time may be interested in our Trails and Tales Tour. This is a wonderful way to become acquainted with the area. After you’ve made yourself comfortable either in our Missoula Lodge or under trees in our forested picnic area, we’ll regale you with an oral history of the Bitterroot Valley and Missoula. We tell the tales through stories and songs.

The Missoula Valley has long been a natural travel corridor. Native Americans from the mountain ranges, the Columbia Plateau and the Pacific Slope all passed through here on their way to hunt buffalo on the plains. Indeed, the Bitterroot Valley takes its name from the bitterroot that grew so abundantly here and was harvested each year by the Salish, who used the roots both for medicine and food seasoning.

Lewis and Clark followed the trails long traveled by Native Americans. They passed through this area twice, stopping in what is now Traveler’s Rest State Park in September of 1805 and June/July, 1806. Lolo  Hot Springs, Lolo Pass, and Packer Meadows were all explored by the expedition.

French trappers, explorers, and Catholic missionaries traveled the region widely from about 1815 on, and in the 1860s, European settlers began coming here to stay.

The history of Montana is rich and wonderful, and we can only scratch the surface of it with our Trails and Tales Tour. Our hope is to orient you to the region in a unique and pleasant way. After an hour learning about the region in comfort at our Missoula bed and breakfast, head out to explore, either on your own, with us, or with a locally established historian (advanced reservations are required).

Missoula’s Nordic Skiing

There is fantastic Nordic Skiing very close to Missoula. For those who aren’t familiar with it, the Missoula Nordic Ski Club is a great source of information about trail conditions, races, classes and more. So bring your cross-country, back-country or skate skis the next time you visit our bed and breakfast Missoula, and hit the trails.

Just five miles north of Missoula is the Rattlesnake recreation area, where the Spring Gulch Trail offers a relaxing seven-mile loop. Five miles south of Missoula, Pattee Canyon Recreation Area offers 10 km (6 miles) of trails.

Lolo Pass is a favorite spot to hike during the warmer months, and it is an equally cherished spot to ski and snowshoe once snow covers the ground. Expect to find a good 15 km (8 miles) of groomed trails here.

Another good spot are the trails at Lubrect Experimental Forest, 30 miles east of Missoula on Highway 200. If you are traveling with your dog, this is the place for you, for furry friends are welcome to trot along beside you. The 32 km (20 miles) of trails here range from short and easy to fairly long and difficult.

Although soaring afternoon temperatures have slowed the skiing a bit recently, most trails are still in good condition early and late in the day. We have many more weeks of winter ahead of us, but why wait? Plan your trip to our Missoula inn today, where you can enjoy a cozy cup of cocoa after a day sailing over the snow.

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