The big white "M" on the west facing slope of Mount Sentinel is one of Missoula's major landmarks. That "M" is in honor of the University of Montana, which lies at the base of the little mountain. The switchback trail covers 3/4 of a mile before you reach the "M". If you're feeling energetic, you can hike an additional mile to the top of Mount Sentinel. Either way, you'll enjoy great views of the UM campus, the town of Missoula, and the Bitterroot Mountains.
Caras Park, located between Missoula's downtown and the Clark Fork River, is a major community gathering place. The Riverfront Trail, popular with walkers and bikers, passes through Caras Park. The park is particularly family friendly, offering fishing and picnicking as well as a carousel and the Dragon Hollow play area. A number of festivals and concerts are held in the park throughout the year.
Annual Events & Festivals in Missoula
Missoula finds all kinds of reasons to get together and celebrate. Here is a sample of Missoula's fun annual events and festivals:
- Garden City Brewfest (May)
- International Wildlife Film Festival (May)
- River City Roots Festival (August)
- Western Montana Fair (August)
- Montana Festival of the Book (October)
Watch a Game
Missoula is home to loyal and enthusiastic sports fans. The University of Montana Grizzlies football team plays to a packed stadium at home games. Or you can take in one of the Grizzlies' men's or women's basketball games. During the summer, the Osprey, Missoula's Pioneer League professional baseball team are popular. The Missoula Maulers, Missoula's junior hockey team, are also fun to watch.
Located in Missoula's walkable downtown, Missoula Art Museum is partially located in an old Carnegie Library building. Contemporary art is the focus and can include paintings, photography, fine crafts, or sculpture. You can also enjoy a number of different classes, workshops, and events at Missoula Art Museum.
Visit Missoula's Wineries and Breweries
Take the time to stop at one or more of Missoula's wineries and breweries for a chance to enjoy great wine and beer, tasty food, and perhaps even live music.
- Lake Missoula Cellars - tasting, food, and live music
- Mission Mountain - tasting room open seasonally
- Lolo Peak Winery- fruit and honey wines
- Big Sky Brewery - enjoy a brewery tour by appointment, or visit the taproom
- The Kettlehouse - visit the taproom for a pint of their microbrews
- Bayern Brewery - German-style microbrewery
Located at the nation's largest smokejumper training base, the Smokejumper Visitor Center offers displays and video so that you can learn more about their dangerous but necessary work. While there, you can enjoy a guided tour of the facility.