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Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

Missoula, MT
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Ranked #3 of 29 Attractions in Missoula
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Jogging Paths/ Tracks, Trails
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: An all-season recreation area, this wilderness region is designated to promote the watershed, recreational, wildlife and educational values of the... more » Owner description: An all-season recreation area, this wilderness region is designated to promote the watershed, recreational, wildlife and educational values of the land. « less
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Helena, Montana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My husband and our daughters (ages 18 & 16) were hiking the Stuart Peak trail. We were coming down at about 8pm, parallel to Spring Creek, and ran straight into a black bear crossing the trail. She had been at the water, and we were within 10-12 feet of her. We froze. She hesitated, and took a good long look... More

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Missoula, Montana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It has it all for all seasons. Great to explore with the family. Or quiet trail run on my own. Or cross country ski adventure with the hubby. Well maintained trails. Beautiful area.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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273 reviews 273 reviews
167 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

excellent area for hiking and enjoying the outdoors. get out there and play! bring a camera, and maybe a picnic because you will not want to leave.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

There are several trails into the Sawmill Gulch area that are great for biking and hiking! I must've done every one of them as well as hike Stuart Peak. If you're in the Missoula area and looking for a day long hike into some of Montana's most beautiful nature trails, this is one of them! At the top of the... More

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Missoula, Montana
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Rattlesnake recreation area was the very first area of its type I visited when I came to Missoula to see if this is a place I wanted to live. I was amazed at how very close this wilderness area lie in relationship to town. It takes no more than ten minutes to get to and you will find yourself... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Beautiful scenery and a variety of easy trails just north of the city. And free. What else could you want?

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Tampa, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We at flatlanders, so we really enjoyed an easy run on a mostly flat trail. Pretty, wide open, and very accessible.

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Missoula, Montana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is a beautiful hike into the Rattlesnake wilderness. It has a gradual grade that is easy to hike for just about anyone. There are a lot of bikes on the trail which I don't like, but I think they love it, and sometimes there are horses on the trail, again, I don't like that, but they seem to be... More

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Moscow, Idaho
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Decided to go exploring the area parks and wilderness one evening after working with some clients in Missoula. They pointed me to Rattlesnake when I asked for some advice. Great suggestion, the trails were shaded in places and cool despite it being over 80 degrees when I got there. Trails are popular with bikers, hikers, runners, dog walkers and horse... More

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Housatonic, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The title says it all. Lovely scenery. Good trails. Lots of birds (if you're a birdwatcher). Suitable for both the average and the experienced hiker.

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