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Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

Missoula, MT
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Awesome landscape so close of town

It's a great and very safe place to hike around with your family and friends, also is a good place... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2017
Maximiliano V
Osorno, Chile
Amazing wilderness so close to downtown

Only minutes out of Missoula, the recreational opportunities here are endless. Hiking... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2017
Seattle, Washington
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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 8 October 2017

It's a great and very safe place to hike around with your family and friends, also is a good place for do some mountain biking.

Thank Maximiliano V
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Only minutes out of Missoula, the recreational opportunities here are endless. Hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, etc. The landscape is stunning and the recreation area is HUGE.

Thank sjohnston12
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Some friends and I enjoyed a 2 hour hike in this wonderful natural recreation area. The trails are well marked and maintained. There are many opportunities to hike down to the creek and enjoy the water - some areas are more sandy than others. The...More

Thank Alverda3
Reviewed 14 July 2017

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

2  Thank jdsticker
Reviewed 14 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 25 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
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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.