Travelers' Rest State Park

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Travelers' Rest State Park

Montana

(406) 273-4253

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Things To Do

Overview

Located at a historic and contemporary crossroads, Travelers' Rest State Park is a place where visitors can say with certainty that they are walking in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. The Park is at the core of a campsite used by the Corps of Discovery from September 9 to 11, 1805 and again from June 30 to July 3, 1806. For centuries Native Americans also used it as a campsite and trail junction. Salish, Pend d'Oreille and Nez Perce peoples were among those who traditionally occupied the area. Allowing these tribes the opportunity to tell of their history, culture and society is a significant part of the programming at Travelers' Rest State Park. Daily interpretation during the summer with special events throughout the year.

In the summer of 2002, archaeologists uncovered evidence of the Corps of Discovery's visit to the area, including a trench latrine tainted with mercury, fire hearths, and lead used in the repair and manufacture of firearms. The discovery makes Travelers' Rest the only campsite on the Lewis and Clark Trail with physical evidence of the expedition.

Map of Travelers' Rest (MT)

Latitude, Longitude: 46.756681, -114.093704

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    Bisected by Lolo Creek, Travelers' Rest is also an idyllic spot for a short stroll and offers rich bird habitat, with more than 115 species recorded within the park boundaries.

  • Fishing

    This park offers anglers excellent opportunities for fly fishing.

  • Hiking

    Follow the footsteps of Lewis and Clark by hiking on the park's designated trail. The open meadow where Lewis and Clark's expedition camped is accessed by a footbridge and a quarter-mile loop walking trail.

  • Historic Sites

    The Holt Museum at Travelers' Rest shares the visitor center building and is open the same hours. This Museum features an extensive display of Native American pow wow dance regalia, a recreated early Bitterroot Valley European settlement main street, hand powered logging tools, and western theme art. The open meadow where Lewis and Clark's expedition camped is accessed by a footbridge and a quarter-mile loop walking trail.

  • Picnicking

    A band of cottonwood trees and picnic tables lines the creek, making a great sport for a picnic lunch.

Park Partners

Travelers' Rest Preservation and Heritage Association

Travelers' Rest Preservation and Heritage Association, a non-profit partner, provides professional interpretation and educational programming at Travelers' Rest. The group's stated mission is to promote and preserve Travelers' Rest State Park and its natural and cultural history. They are dedicated to creating experiences that link the past to the future, inspiring stewardship through culturally inclusive education, interpretation and partnerships.

(406) 273-4253

Directions

Driving

Take US 93 from Missoula towards Lolo 8 miles, then 1/2 mile west on U.S. Highway 12.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 273-4253

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