Missoula, Montana

Activities & Recommendations

Missoula is one of the last cities where adventure, wilderness, and solitude are right next door to downtown restaurants, local shops, and a vibrant music scene. This year-round travel destination has many entertainment options, making a return trip a no-brainer. Shred the fresh snow on the mountains or paddle the best rafting in Western Montana. Missoula is at the confluence of three rivers, creating challenging hiking trails and various water-based activities. Visit some of these outdoor activities and recommendations in Missoula Montana.

Things to do in Missoula

Check out Caras Park

This unique park offers the thrill of downtown Missoula without sacrificing the natural feel of Montana. You can watch local kayakers surf Brennan’s wave, a man-made feature on the Clark Fork River, or spend some time on the Riverfront walking trail. There is also a pavilion in the park that hosts many downtown events, Brewfests, and live outdoor music.

Whitewater Raft in Missoula

The Clark Fork River’s most exciting whitewater rafting is just 45 minutes from Missoula, Montana. Adventurous class III/IV raft trips on the Alberton Gorge section. Learn more about full and half-day whitewater rafting near Missoula.

Riverfront Walking Trail

This trail is a walking path in downtown Missoula that travels the north and south shores of the Clark Fork River. A fun way to travel from the river to pubs and other downtown gems quickly.

Live Music at The Wilma

The Wilma is a historic theatre built in 1921 that now provides upbeat and fun concerts—voted one of the Top 100 clubs in the world! Always an abundant variety of artists and bands on their schedule.

Where to Eat in Missoula

Our favorite places to dine in Missoula after whitewater rafting the Clark Fork!

Biga Pizza

Fresh wood fire oven pizzas whose ingredients change with the season. Watch your pizza cooked in front of your eyes inside their intimate seating area. Local beer and wines to pair too!

Notorious P.I.G.

Barbecue joint with flavors you won’t find in your backyard. Fall off the bone meat and traditional picnic-style sides; you can’t go wrong. They now have two locations in Missoula. Their St. Louis style recipes and techniques bring a different flavor of B.B.Q. to Missoula.

The Best Breweries in Missoula

Big Sky Brewing Co

Relaxed atmosphere with a great range of brews. Infamous beers like Moose Drool, Trout Slayer, and Summer Honey. These three beers contribute to Montana being ranked # 2 in the nation per capita for craft breweries.

Draught Works

Renowned as the best brewery in Missoula. The owners are always looking to make a better beer. They are known for crisp traditional ales, lagers, and unique American sours.

Where to Stay in Missoula

Our recommended accommodations after rafting near Missoula

Quinns Hot Springs

Quinns is known as the premier lodging in Western Montana. Although this spot is a little over an hour from Missoula, you won’t be disappointed when you are soaking in a hot spring sipping your drink. You can socialize in the community hot springs and bar within a stumbling distance to your private cabin.

Lozeau Lodge

Vacation log cabins in the quaint town of Superior, Montana. A classic Montana Getaway only 40 minutes outside of Missoula. Great in-between lodging for the snow and river adventurer.

Trout Creek Campground

Nestled inside the Lolo National Forest, Trout Creek campground is an affordable, quiet local spot. Rustic and woodsy forest camping with a handful of campsites creekside. First come, first serve reservations.

Full Day Clark Fork Whitewater

This option is an all-day excursion with plenty of whitewater for the adventure seeker! We will meet at Wiley headquarters, where you will leave your vehicle, meet your guide and receive a safety briefing. Once on the river, your guide will navigate you through 4-6 notable class III-IV rapids with many small rapids in between. With all this excitement, there is still the opportunity to take in the breathtaking geography and wildlife Western Montana has to offer. This river has great swimming holes, rock jumping, and even a “hot spring” towards the end of the trip- not to be confused with Quinn’s hot springs or any hot spring for that matter. Your trip includes an all-you-can-eat buffet-style lunch because, yes, rafting is a workout. Water is provided at lunch, while water & adult beverages are provided at the end of the trip.

*This Alberton Gorge tour is located in Western Montana and contains the most exciting whitewater rafting near Missoula!

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