Montana Natural History Center

What To See in Downtown Missoula This Spring

Downtown Missoula offers many incredible things to see and experience while taking a break from the hiking trails. Most of the time, when you think of this part of Montana, you associate this town with outdoor adventures of hiking, biking, rafting, or rock climbing. While you are here though, time spent downtown in the heart of the city is a great way to fully immerse yourself in one of the largest cities in the state. The majestic Clark Fork River runs rights through the center and is a great reminder of the wilderness that surrounds this city. Here there are unique shops, restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and events that make up the cultural center of Western Montana.

Let our mountainside retreat be your perfect getaway this spring! At our Missoula bed and breakfast, you are within minutes of downtown Missoula and everything it has to offer. Our Montana inn is a tranquil escape with a bird’s eye view of the Bitterroot River and the valley below. Private rooms compliment and reflect the rustic beauty of the forested surroundings. We have 20 acres of registered wildlife habitat that opens up onto state and federally protected land. You feel as if you have your own private mountain cabin. If you want the perfect getaway to Missoula this spring, book your stay with us today! Continue reading

Spring Birding Season Arrives in Missoula

Pileated Woodpecker perched on tree trunk while birdingBirding season has arrived, and the mountains, rivers and valleys of Missoula are bursting with life. The brilliant spring flowers blanket the meadows and the vibrant colorful birds have begun nesting. Swallows dive with acrobatic precision to catch insects, while raptors soar overhead. An impressive variety of bird species make their home in the diverse habitat of this region. Birding enthusiasts will discover great opportunities for sightings in forests, marshes, and grasslands. Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast offers sweeping views of the Bitterroot River and the valley. Enjoy luxury accommodations while surrounded by the gorgeous wilderness of our mountainside location. And our hearty, gourmet breakfasts will prepare you for a day of hiking the trails and preserves. Book your birding getaway today and celebrate the arrival of spring with us in Missoula.

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Learn About Missoula Montana’s Nature

Missoula Rocky Mountain Elk Visitors Center

Learn about Missoula, Montana’s nature from three local places.  First, step into Elk Country at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Elk Country Visitor Center.  The Visitor Center is more than just a museum; it’s an experience that reveals the beauty, diversity and importance of elk country across North America. They are open year-round and admission is FREE!

Opening and securing public access is a key component of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s mission. Since 1984, the foundation has opened, secured or improved public access to more than 911,000 acres of elk habitat across the country for hunters, hikers, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation continually seeks ways to enhance hunter opportunity by working with landowners, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, state agencies, and conservation partner groups. Their public access tools include land projects, easements, land exchanges and contributions.

Missoula Smokejumpers logo

Next, find out about smokejumpers.  They are highly trained specialists who parachute into remote areas of national forest to fight the spread of wildfires.  The nation’s largest training base for smokejumpers is located right here in Missoula. The remodeled (1992) visitor center at the depot offers updated displays, dioramas, and videos related to suppressing fires.

Guided tours are given of the parachute loft and training facilities.  Open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 8:30 am to 5 pm.  The tour lasts about forty-five minutes to an hour.  The minimum time to visit the depot without a tour is twenty minutes.  Admission is free, but they accept donations.

The Smokejumper Center is located at 5765 West Broadway Street in Missoula, Montana.  Take the Airway Boulevard Exit and follow the signs to eh Smokejumper Base located a half-mile west of the airport.

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Next, you can visit the Montana Natural History Center.  Their mission is to promote and cultivate the appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of nature through education. Founded in 1991, MNHC was the brainchild of a group of educators who were involved in various efforts to educate both kids and adults about the natural history of western Montana, and who decided to unite those efforts into one environmental education organization.

The Montana Natural History Center was originally housed on the University of Montana campus, then moved to Fort Missoula, and at last has a permanent home at 120 Hickory Street, near McCormick Park in the heart of Missoula.

The Montana Natural History Center provides nature education programming for people of all ages through summer camps, kids’ activities, Visiting Naturalist in the Schools, Master Naturalist certification courses and Field Days, evening lectures, Field Notes on Montana Public Radio, Center Visits, and more.  They welcome visitors to stop by and learn a lot about Montana’s natural history!

Guests of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Missoula are conveniently located to all three fun, educational places. Hosts Brady and Elaine prepare a fresh, delicious gourmet breakfast each morning.

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Hike to the Raptors

Many of the guests at our Missoula bed and breakfast enjoy outdoor recreation. They are drawn to our inn in part because we are situated on 20 acres overlooking the Bitterroot River, adjacent to National Forest; our location draws guests into the outdoors. Walk out our door and onto trails where you may pass several peaceful hours. We’ll even provide a picnic basket if you like. Continue reading

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