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Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

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Address: Missoula, MT
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: An all-season recreation area, this wilderness region is designated to...
An all-season recreation area, this wilderness region is designated to promote the watershed, recreational, wildlife and educational values of the land.
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A Spring time 4 season hike

What a great place for a good day hike. Being a good outdoor educator I was prepared yet surprised when it started to rain. Ok stop and put on another layer... but then it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
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Honaunau, Hawaii
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McMinnville, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The Rattlesnake provides easy hiking trails that wind through the woods just outside of Missoula. This is a good place for an easy hike, but also provides opportunities for more difficult hikes. Great variety and very beautiful!

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Honaunau, Hawaii
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

What a great place for a good day hike. Being a good outdoor educator I was prepared yet surprised when it started to rain. Ok stop and put on another layer... but then it started to snow. Ok stop and add some more layers.. Walking on and look out and could see nothing. Then the white out hit ... all... More 

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Missoula, MT
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is a magical recreation area. Less than 5 miles from down town Misoula, and you are transported to the Rattlesnake recreation and wilderness area. I've seen bear, big horn sheep, mountain goats and moose, along with beautiful waterfalls and mountains. Where else can you ride your bike from home, at 4 in the afternoon and arrive at a secluded... More 

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Sierra Vista
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134 reviews 134 reviews
32 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

So convenient, right off of town and easy to find. Lots of trails, beautiful scenery and right along the river. Great for families, people with pets, and for walking, jogging, or bike riding. There were loads of people there as it was a holiday, but still found parking along the road. Don't let that deter you,

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West Yellowstone, Montana, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The Rattlesnake wilderness area is large and it is a fairly moderate-strenuous hike to access most portions of the wilderness. You can spend weeks exploring the wilderness or just a couple of hours. The close access to town makes for great day excursions.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Beautiful lots of deer all over the area. nice walking and bike trail, deep green forest to drive arround

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Missoula, Montana, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Another recreation area close to town, the Rattlesnake is full of fun mountain biking trails. You can bike all the way up to the wilderness if you like. Great scenery, not crowded, and really feels like you're away from it all.

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Grand Cayman
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

just a few minutes drive and you enter another pine scented world. A walking trail along a rushing creek, birds singing, tall pines swaying in the breeze, ancient rocks, cold mountain water and an occasional viewing of wildlife. priceless

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Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
48 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This place is worth every minute you spend there. It was a little busy on a Sunday, but everyone is so friendly. Lots of mountain bikes, but you will still enjoy your hike. The creeks are gorgeous and so is all the rest of the landscspe. Trails are maintained and easy to follow. Lots of critters, in and around the... More 

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New Hampshire
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is a beautiful area for mountain biking and hiking, with fabulous mountain views and great trails. It is only minutes from downtown Missoula and the University. There are plenty of bike shops in the area that rent.

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Address: Address: Missoula, MT
Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Missoula

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