Spring Recreation Checklist

Spring Recreation Checklist

Welcome to Missoula, Montana, where springtime truly sets the town abuzz — the city and the surrounding natural wonders are awakening from their winter slumber! The return of sunshine and longer days welcomes Missoulians and visitors alike to enjoy Zootown in its prime — time to dust off your hiking boots. Whether you are a seasoned local looking for undiscovered territory or a first-time visitor seeking Missoula’s hidden gems, look no further! Our carefully curated seasonal checklist offers the very best of the city and its surrounding natural wonders. From picturesque hikes to blue ribbon trout pursuits, your next adventure awaits!



From a quick excursion to a lengthier trek, Missoula hiking trails are in no short supply. Zootown boasts over 60,000 acres of wilderness surrounding the town, so your options are truly endless. With the greenery slowly making an appearance, there isn’t a better time to explore the amazing scenery right in our own backyard. Check out a few of our favorites!



Zootown is a biker’s paradise where you can find a ride with elevation gain just as easily as a leisurely cruise around town. Missoula puts the bike (quip intended!) in a bike-friendly city with over 22 miles of off-street trails and 40 miles of on-street bike lanes. Off the pavement, we have a slew of cycling trails waiting to be explored — don’t forget your helmet!



Dust off your waders! With three rivers to choose from, there’s a lot of water (and even more fish!) to explore — reel in the excitement! Missoula’s waters are calling, beckoning expert anglers and beginners alike. It wouldn’t be springtime in Missoula if you didn’t see the fishermen back on the banks of the Clark Fork. Time to tie one on (a fly, that is).



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Explore the diverse habitats of local parks, wildlife refuges and conservation areas, where you’ll be greeted with a symphony of bird calls! From majestic birds of prey to sweet songbirds, Missoula Valley is home to a wide variety of avian species, guaranteed to impress even the most avid observers of birdlife. Grab your binoculars and set out for one of our prime bird watching sites!

If you're giving dry a try this month, Missoula has plenty of spots for mocktails. Check out some of our favorites

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