What to do? Where to go? Near Missoula, MT. Family Trip in late July planning.

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  1. NoBrakesRacing

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    Good afternoon,

    We are taking a trip to Missoula at the end of July and are trying to get ideas of places to visit.
    Specially of hiding gems, be it campground, park, scenic place, easy trail, where to eat, etc.

    It would be the lady of the house, and our two sons, 5yr and almost 2yr old.
    We will be picking up a rental motor home from Cruise America and have 10 days to explore and relax.
    This would be our 4th trip with a rv. Have gone from Glacier up to Jasper, Seattle to mid Vancouver Island and Southern California.

    Don't want to drive to much, probably stay in a circle about a 3 hour drive from Missoula. We will not visit Glacier National Park since we did a few years ago, nor Yellowstone.

    Any ideas?

    Baby woke up, will write more later.

    Thank you
     
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    First thing that comes to mind is the Flat Head Reservation to your north.

    Been a while since I was there but there is lots to explore just south of Flathead lake.

    Have fun!
     
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    Drive a bit south.... YELLOWSTONE !!!
     
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    We will, plan on camping by, or near. Visit the Bison range.

    Saving that for another trip, rather not drive that much.

    Have plans on going South but only as far as lake Como or so, on the edge of Bitterrot. Also North, East of Flathead.

    Thanks both.

    Keep the ideas coming.
     
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    It's been a long time but the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation used to have their museum/head quarters in Missoula. Might be worth a visit.
     
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    If you're into fishing, Little Spotted Bear Lake at the south end of the Hungry Horse reservoir has catch and release Cutthroat Trout in the 5 pound range. There are leeches in the water, so be prepared for that. Parking is at the Hungry Horse Ranger Station, it has a lot of neat info, including wildlife tracks identification.
     
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    That would be neat to see. Thank you

    I am into fishing, even just did a fly fishing class, but still trying to figure out if the non resident license is worth it. $81 for 10 days is not cheap.
    Thank you for the tip.

    My kids would get a kick out of it, and so would I. Thank you.
     
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    I would just camp, relax and enjoy the scenery/wildlife.
     
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    Your fairly close to my part of the world.

    Bison range

    Bitteroot Valley--choose a canyon to hike up like Fred Burr or the like.

    Fish creek exit between Alberton and Superior. There's a giant ponderosa park area and Fish Creek dumping into the Clarks Fork is a gorge area with outstanding fishing.

    Drive up to Thompson Falls and along the way there's a nice hot Springs resort called Quinn's on the way.

    One cool trip with kids might be to head to Lookout Pass and rent some bikes for the Hiawatha trail. Any age that can ride can make it down the 1-2% grade and it's filled with big tunnels, high trestles, and forest. It actually well enough known that people from around the world make it a destination.

    My favorite or big enchillada would be to drive to Lolo pass and down by Lochsa lodge or Powell ranger station and then onward up to Elk Summit. Up there you'll find an old ranger or guard station, Hoodoo lake, a campground, and trailheads going to drainages and more lakes. This is a jump off point to the Selway wilderness and from this point you can leave roads behind yet it's not a huge amount of miles from Missoula. I'm a terrible fisherman but I've had some amazing experiances on Crooked Fork en route to big Sand Lake.

    Have fun.
     
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    Ross Creek Cedars(near Libby) are worth a trip.
     
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    Up towards phillipsburg is the gem mountain sapphire mine. You can buy some buckets of gravel from their mine and wash the sapphires out of them. If you’ve ever had an interest in finding your own gemstones, this is a great place to go.

    https://gemmountainmt.com/

    There are a lot of really cool ghost towns in the area that are worth visiting too.
     
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    Garnett ghost town by Missoula.
     
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    I'll look into all of these. Thank you
     
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    That's the plan, just trying to pin point where, move camp a couple times.
     
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    If you come up through Wyoming and then go along the valley of the Little Bighorn, stop and see Custers Battlefield. It is just off the freeway (I-90).

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    My only trips to zootown are work related and usually can't get away from there fast enough. Sorry....
     
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    Mission Lake near Arlee is pretty nice. The roads are a bit rough but there are some nice spots to camp.
     
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    While I can't stand campgrounds there are many in the area. A search should turn up many options. I prefer to camp on public land away from other people.
     
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    Check out the hot spring pools.

    Several in the area. Some have eucalyptus rooms and mud baths. Some are water parks. Good for the kids and those mineral pools will cure your pains.
     
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    Hope you have a blast! Enjoy your time with your family! Can’t wait for an AAR!
     
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