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Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

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Address: Missoula, MT
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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 starsReviewed August 17, 2016
Ernie K
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Bozeman, Montana
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Clyde Park, Montana, United States
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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147 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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Bozeman, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank Ernie K
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

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Seattle, WA
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56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

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Missoula, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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

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3 Thank elaine s
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114 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

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2 Thank TheMDHarrisFamily
Kennewick
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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.

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Just a few minutes by car from downtown Missoula is anetwork of trails through beautiful forrest land. During late summer, a mother and cubs had been spotted numerous times near the trail browsing on berries and apples or so the warning posters read. The main trail was smooth and wide enough for hikers and cyclists to easily share. It was... More 

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2 Thank Carol L
Alta, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Fantastic mountain biking. Super fun, flowy trails. Beautiful scenery. Tons of trail options. Wish I had time to ride there again.

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