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Address: 5765 West Broadway Street, Aerial Fire Depot, Missoula International Airport, Missoula, MT 59808
Phone Number: 406-329-4934
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Fascinating, inspirational and humbling

We started at the visitor’s center and then participated in a guided tour through the workshops and operational spaces of the Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center. Needless to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 3, 2015
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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86 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We started at the visitor’s center and then participated in a guided tour through the workshops and operational spaces of the Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center. Needless to say, the Center was very busy fighting fires throughout the northwest; so busy in fact, that most of the folks we saw had been recalled or were voluntarily returned from retirement... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

We thought it was very informative and educational. The girl giving the tour was very knowledgable. I would highly recommend if you're in the area to stop and check it out.

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Thank welove2cruise
UK
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271 reviews
166 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 366 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

Our friends took us here as they had done the tour many times. With the fire damage we had seen in Glacier National Park it was really appropriate. I was amazed to find that they are expected to hike out of a fire area, with all their gear, after laboring away to put out the fire. The amount of stuff... More 

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1 Thank Eaglet64
Missoula, Montana
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70 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This is a wonderful place to visit especially if you like to learn about firefighting. My dad was a fireman and this was a natural for me to visit. It has a great exhibit that explains how fires are fought and the current science behind the technology. It also has a history of fires in Montana. Just a great take... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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50 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

We stopped by here for something to do before flying out the next morning. The visitors center itself is very small. When the tour started I thought she would talk about the items there at the center and that would be it. But after discussing those items we went out to another building where we saw the parachutes being repaired... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

This place offers a fantastic insight into and information about smoke jumpers, who get flown into extremely remote areas to fight forest fires. The small museum is very informative, but definitely plan to take the approximately 1-hour tour. You might even get to meet an actual smoke jumper! (Our tour guide was not one, but was very knowledgeable.) If you're... More 

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Thank J T
Atlanta
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47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We had the opportunity to visit the Smokejumpers center in Missoula this past July. It is a free exhibit and there are tours offered on the hour. The tour takes you to the actual workspace and prep area of the Smokejumpers and you do get to interact with the team. If a call comes in during a tour, the tour... More 

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Missoula, Montana, United States
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166 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The fact these young folks jump out of a perfectly good airplane into a raging inferno boggles the mind. TOUGH kids doing a critical job. What could be better...the American way at her best.

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Bakersfield, California
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015 via mobile

The tour was informational and the tour guide did a great job of keeping the attention of my 6 and 7 year old.

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Chappell, Nebraska
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112 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 4 summers while going to college. A good portion of that time I was a member of a fire fighting crew and we traveled throughout the western states fighting forest fires. It was by far my favorite job with the Forest Service, so when I saw that Missoula had a Smokejumper Center,... More 

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