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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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Easy access, right in town!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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West Yellowstone, Montana, United States
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West Yellowstone, Montana, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
2 reviews
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
26 helpful votes 26 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
69 reviews 69 reviews
44 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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Helena, Montana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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453 reviews 453 reviews
269 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 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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