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Missoula, Kalispell, and Northwest Montana Sights

Mission Mountains Wilderness Complex

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Fodor's Review

From much of the Mission Valley and Flathead Indian Reservation you can see the Mission Mountains, on which there's a 73,877-acre wilderness area full of hiking, camping, and fishing opportunities. The area is probably best known for the 1,000-foot drops of Elizabeth and Mission falls. Glorious McDonald Peak looms at 9,280 feet; it's a favorite of grizzly bears, who gather on the snowfields to eat swarms of cutworm moths and ladybugs. Those who aren't tribal members must obtain a recreation permit to hike, fish, and camp here among the mountain lions, lynx, wolverines, black bears, and grizzlies. Recreational permits are available at local grocery and sporting-goods stores and most gas stations. Call the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes at the number below for camping permits and information on the recreation permits.

Sight Information


Flathead Lake, Montana, 59901, United States



Sight Details:

  • Recreational permit $25
  • Weekdays 8–4:30


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