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Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center

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Address: 5765 West Broadway Street, Missoula, MT 59808
Phone Number: +1 406-329-4934
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Well worth a couple hours of your time!!!

If you are in the Missoula area, be sure and take this tour. Our guide was the wife of a smokejumper, so she knows first hand what an elite group of guys/gals this is and how... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Box Elder, South Dakota
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Box Elder, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

If you are in the Missoula area, be sure and take this tour. Our guide was the wife of a smokejumper, so she knows first hand what an elite group of guys/gals this is and how dangerous their job can be. This was such an interesting tour, very informative, and even though the visitor center is small, there is a... More 

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Tulsa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

Great place to visit and learn about the Smoke Jumpers but best to go during the week. We went on a Saturday. While the tour was good, none of the actual fire fighters were there. During the week you would be able to see them in their various duties

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Sierra Vista
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

When we went there we were the only ones, so we got a private tour which was extremely interesting, able to ask a lot of questions and learned so much. It was a holiday, so didn't get to meet any of them, which was a bummer. So interesting to learn they make their own gear. We have a whole new... More 

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Hamilton, MT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We like to take our out of town guests to the Aerial Fire Depot & Smokejumper Center. The Center has good displays & they do a great job on a tour of the facility. After the tour I have heard our guests remark that they didn't know there was so much to the business of fighting fire - especially smokejumpers.... More 

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Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

You will be able to learn quite a bit about the Smokejumper program that began in 1939 on the Okanogan National Forest outside Winthrop, WA.

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Florence
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Be sure to take the tour and treat your guests to the museum. This is especially good in the summer when there is much activity and the jumpers are there! Lots of history and it is fun and interesting both, to see where the jumpers are based, who go all over to fight the fires for our safety.

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Jonesborough, TN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We enjoyed this museum very much. From the model of a fire watch tower, to the details on how to make your own smokejumper outfit, we learned lots of new facts about smokejumping and firefighting. Lots of great T-shirts and patches to buy!

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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Make sure to take the tour which is completely behind the scenes. You get to see the complete operation of the smoke jumper base and we even spent some time inside the DC-3 jump plane. If you are anywhere nearby during fire season is well worth the time.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I brought my family to get a glimpse into the life of a smokejumper at Region 1 headquarters, Missoula. My little brother used to jump out of this base and it was fun to see his picture on the wall and run into people who knew him on the base. His daughter designed the signs outside. I enjoyed the video... More 

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Larkspur, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Super great stop for a family to tour where the smoke jumpers live and see what their lives are like waiting for a fire. Saw the parachutes hanging and how they fold them, toured the airplane and tried to lift the 80 lb pack they wear in a fire. The men live and work in this museum/dorm space. Excellent education.

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Address: Address: 5765 West Broadway Street, Missoula, MT 59808
Phone Number: +1 406-329-4934
Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Missoula

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