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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

Address:

Flathead Lake, Montana, 59901, United States

Phone:

406-675–2700

Sight Details:

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

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