Rattlesnake (RNRAW) Restrictions

Closed to all motorized or mechanical vehicles, including bicycles.

Horses and Livestock

  • Horses are not allowed at the main trailhead, due to limited parking space or on the main Rattlesnake trail between the Main Trailhead and Spring Gulch.
  • The horse trailhead is for HORSE USERS ONLY.
  • Within the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness, a group can have no more than 10 horses and mules and no more than 10 people.
  • Grazing is limited; bringing supplemental feed is recommended and certified weed free feed is required.
  • Certain trails are off-limits to livestock to protect fragile lakeshore ecosystems and for safety reasons, see the Rattlesnake Wilderness map for more information.

Mountain bikes are only allowed on roads and system trails that are marked with gray diamonds to reduce conflict and for resource protection.

To protect Missoula's water, forest wildlife and to reduce conflict, the following restrictions are in place:

  • Dogs must be leashed for the first 1.7 miles in the Rattlesnake drainage and the first 1.3 miles up the Spring Gulch drainage;
  • Dogs are prohibited from December 1 through the end of February in the Rattlesnake drainage, through May 15 in Spring Gulch and yearlong in Sawmill and Curry gulches.

Camping, campfires, and shooting are prohibited in the Rattlesnake South Zone.

Please view our Visitor Guidelines.