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Montana Birding and Nature Trail
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Trails and Maps


Missoula Valley Birding and Nature Trail

Blue Mountain Nature Trail

This is the best place to see fire-dependent plants, insects, and birds including the Black-backed Woodpecker in the Missoula valley.

Maclay Flat Nature Trail

This site’s mix of wetland ponds, and cottonwood and ponderosa pine forest along the Bitterroot River makes it a year-round haven for wildlife watchers.

Cark Fork River Float

Floating the river offers you a wonderful way to see wildlife up close, and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Clark Fork River.

Kelly Island

This cottonwood island in the Clark Fork hosts a large nesting colony of great Blue Herons and great habitat for Lewis’s woodpeckers.

Tower Street

Clark Fork River harbors water birds, beaver, river otters and more.

Council Grove

Learn about the signing of the Hellgate Treaty and discover the wildlife along the Clark Fork River.

Erskine Fishing Access

The best place in Missoula Valley to find willow Flycatchers is in this lush riverside habitat along the Clark Fork River.

Waterworks Hill

This is the best place to see an “alpine,” cushion-plant community within minutes of downtown Missoula.

Greenough Park

This is the best place in Missoula to see an American Dipper and its nest.

Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

Missoula’s backdoor wilderness harbors bountiful wildlife, from dippers to mountain goats.

Mt Jumbo

Missoula protects a mountain
Home to wintering elk, nesting songbirds, swallowtail butterflies and bitterroots.

Mount Sentinel/Kim Williams Trail

Combine the best chance to see cordilleran Flycatchers along the river in Missoula with breath-taking views of the valley.

Pattee Canyon

This is one of the few places left in the Missoula area where you can find old-growth ponderosa pine and western larch.

River Front Trail / MNHC

Delve into the nature of Montana at the Montana Natural History Center before setting out along the Riverfront Trail where wildlife and people mix in downtown Missoula.


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