FISHING & FLOATING
Pick up an illustrated Bitterroot River map, with trails and put-ins, at local shops.
Home of Fly Fishing Outfitter Jack Mauer. Find discussions and links for western Montana stream flows, current conditions, forecasts, and hatches.
—Hank & Carol Fisher
Several books will be your guide—check Chapter One Book Store. And pick up wilderness maps at the any of the local National Forest Offices.
SKIING & SNOWSHOEING
The adventurous can take to any of summer’s hiking trails on skies or snowshoes.
★ Snowmobiling abounds.
IN ADDITION . . .
For those who like to poke around town, Ravalli County’s string of small communities each have their own special mix of historic downtown shops and restaurants. Scout out antiques, art and local artisans, museums, bakeries, cafés, micro breweries . . . there is something for everyone.
In the summer, enjoy a scenic drive over Skalkaho Pass on HWY 38, a winding mountain dirt road over the Sapphire Range, where you can visit Georgetown Lake or the little mining town of Phillipsburg, known for it's sapphire mines. Sift through buckets of dirt to find your own precious stones.
Any time of year, you can pop over Lost Trail Pass and Chief Joseph Pass into the Big Hole Valley, where you can visit the historical National Big Hole Battlefield and browse the museum. Soak in the Jackson Hot Springs. Explore the wonderful old ghost town buildings in Bannack, the original territorial capital of Montana.
Wildlife abounds in the Bitterroot Valley. Birdwatching is a valley pastime. Amy’s guests are always amazed by the large variety of birds they see, and the numbers of deer, elk, big horn sheep, and occasional moose that are common here. Her guests have reported seeing black bear, mountain lion, coyote, fox, even wolf.
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