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Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

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Address: Missoula, MT

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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Beautiful and serene

Very quiet place to walk and think, and likely view wildlife in the process. Only a few miles off I-90, but like a world away.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 17, 2016
Ernie K
Bozeman, Montana
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Boise, Idaho
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48 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A wonderful place for hiking, biking and more just minutes outside of Missoula. There is an easy walk along Rattlesnake Creek and other more challenging hikes available.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very lovely place in the fall. Views of the Tamaracks on the mountains. Beautiful Rattlesnake Creek coursing through the area is so picturesque.

Thank MajeeSwanson
Clyde Park, Montana, United States
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112 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

If you drive just a few miles out of Missoula you will reach the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area. I hiked sawmill gulch one day and enjoyed it very much. The next day I hiked up woods gulch. Parking was a bit tricky on day 2 because there is no real parking area. Just park along the road near the trailhead.

Thank Barbara M
Baltimore, Maryland
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152 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

While visiting family in Missoula we went for a hike near there home. Good graveled path for there young children. Will be going back on our next visit. Very scenic with a beautiful stream.

Bozeman, Montana
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100 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Very quiet place to walk and think, and likely view wildlife in the process. Only a few miles off I-90, but like a world away.

Thank Ernie K
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66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

We needed a place to stretch our legs after a long drive in the car. This place was perfect. The trails are quite scenic and there are restrooms at the trailhead. The main trail follows along a stream. We liked this place so much, we decided to return for a morning hike before the next leg of our long trip.

Thank RLG-AZ
Seattle, WA
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56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016

I spent an excellent afternoon biking on these trails. They were fun, well marked and the scenery was beautiful. Not far from town and there was a bit of overcrowding at the parking lot at the trail head.

1 Thank seatown7
Missoula, Montana
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883 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

It is a huge land mass natural habitat area to explore, admire the beauty and lends itself to participation year round. No food is available there however. Free and lovely. Come prepared and lock cars in trail head area

3 Thank elaine s
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2016

Even if you only have a short amount of time to get out for a hike, this is a great place to go. Lots to keep your eyes wandering and breathing the fresh air. Great spot to take kids to explore near Rattlesnake creek. Fun mountain bike rides, hikes with friends, run etc.

2 Thank TheMDHarrisFamily
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2015

Good trail[s] within easy reach of the greater Missoula area. Within minutes of walking you find yourself in the woods. Peace, quiet and the babble of Rattlesnake Creek. If you have enough time and energy you can continue on into a marvelous wilderness area that goes for miles.

3 Thank davidsI5116TF

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