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Western Wildlands

[Image Description: The Clark Fork river, surrounded by bright green shrubs, bushes, and trees. Clouds cover the sky and hide the tops of the mountains in the distance.]


Some might call Missoula, Montana unique, cool, or even hip. Others describe it as serene, welcoming, and rife with natural beauty. Whichever suits your tastes, it’s clear the area has been charming lifestyle pilgrims for decades. Nestled in mountainous western Montana, and surrounded by seven wilderness areas and at the confluence of three rivers, Missoula is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. You can kayak, raft, or tube right through the city or take a relaxing hike in 60,000 acres of wilderness minutes from the heart of downtown. With the added bonus of the University of Montana, many alumni find themselves pursuing higher education after their term of service with MCC. Whether it’s recreation or education, MCC'ers will find everything they need in this vibrant town.  

Regional Staff

Public Lands in Our Area

Missoula is an active city in the community that abuts a national forest, boasts numerous recreation areas, and has three rivers that meander in and around town. In terms of trails, it’s an area that is hard to beat. The Rattlesnake National Recreation Area & Wilderness Area provides ample outdoor enjoyment to hikers, cyclists, and climbers alike. As you venture out from the city, the access to public lands only increases! The largest wilderness area in the lower 48, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, can be accessed by car in just a few hours. The same can be said of the breathtaking vistas in Glacier National Park. Getting outdoors in Missoula is easy. Deciding what to do may prove a bit more challenging.