Rattlesnake National Recreation Area is a United States National Recreation Area located 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) north of Missoula, Montana in the Rattlesnake Creek drainage area. It is administered by the Lolo National Forest and is adjacent to the Rattlesnake Wilderness. Both the recreation area and the wilderness area were established by the U.S. Congress on October 19, 1980.Use our Missoula sightseeing planner to add Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and other attractions to your Missoula vacation plans.
There are more than 73 miles of hiking trails in the recreation area many of which are also open to horseback riders, mountain bikers, and cross-country skiers.
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My friend and I wanted to get a hike in before hitting the road. Rattlesnake Recreation Area is close in to Missoula and fit that goal perfectly. It had the added interest of Ospreys using Rattlesnake... more »
We had a wonderful 5-6 miles walk through the woods and field, lunching at an overlook over Missoula. The drive to the Sawmill Gulch Trailhead was very easy. more »
Watch out for packs of bears roaming these hills they are in search of herds of illusive cougars be sure to spray on ur bear repellent and keep in mind the deer change into elk at 7500 ft
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