Special Places

Ninemile Visitor
& Wildlands Training

The historic Ninemile Compoung with mountains in the background and an American flag flyingCome explore Forest Service and western history at the historic Remount Depot at Ninemile, where mules to help with fire suppression were bred. Ninemile is also the home to the Ninemile Wildlands Training Center that holds yearly public training on stock, traditional tools, dutch oven cooking, and more.

Savenac Historic
Tree Nursery
Visitor Center

Picnic tables under shade trees with Cape Cod cottages in the background

This historic nursery was founded in 1907. Nursery operations concluded in 1969 and now the site is open to the public.

We invite you to stop in at the visitor center and explore our rich past, rent one of the cabins,  or take a walk around the arboretum.

Rattlesnake National
Area & Wilderness

Rugged mountains and a mountain lake surrounding by alpine spruce and snowfields.Rugged peaks, winding trails, and alpine lakes, in Missoula's backyard. The southern boundary of the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness is four miles north of Missoula. The elevation varies from 3600 feet at the NRA entrance to 8620 feet on McLeod Peak.

Welcome Creek

James Sippel photo. Vista of forested mountains with beargrass in the foreground.Located in the Rock Creek drainage east of Missoula, this nine-by-seven-mile wilderness offers steep ridges, narrow valleys, and amazing forests that are the home of a rich wildlife population. Finding a tent spot can be a challenge in this steep valley, but even in this small pocket of wilderness you can find solitude.


photograph of stacked firewoodThe Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness is the third largest wilderness in the lower 48, and adjoins the Franch Church River of No Return Wilderness at the Magruder Corridor road, a narrow dirt track that is the only road for miles north and south. It straddles the Bitterroot Range across the Montana-Idaho Border, and lies in several National Forests, including a small part within the Lolo.


photograph of a christmas tree, freshly cut and taggedTogether, the Great Bear Wilderness, the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the Scapegoat Wilderness form the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, an area of more than 1.5 million acres. The western half of the Scapegoat is on the Lolo National Forest, bounded on its eastern side by the Continental Divide and Scapegoat Mountain, the tallest mountain in the complex at 9,214 feet.