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Winter Recreation Season at Lolo Pass Visitor Center starts December 1

A rose-colored sky lights up behind snow-covered pine trees during a snowy sunrise at Lolo Pass.Winter Season at Lolo Pass Visitor Center, located on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests along U.S. Highway 12 at the Idaho–Montana state line, begins Saturday, Dec. 1. The following information will help you make the most of your time at Lolo Pass this winter!

Beginning December 1, Winter Recreation Passes will be required at all times when parking at Lolo Pass Visitor Center. Day passes ($5), bundles (five day passes for $20), and season passes ($35) can be purchased at the visitor center during regular hours of operation. Lolo Pass Visitor Center is currently operating on its winter schedule. The visitor center is open Thursday through Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (PST).

After hours, day passes can be purchased at the front door of the visitor center for exact cash or check. Day passes and season passes can also be purchased in Missoula, Mont. at The Trail Head (221 E Front St.) and the Lolo National Forest Supervisor’s Office (24 Fort Missoula Rd.).

The forest would like to extend a big “Thank You” to members of the Missoula Snowgoers Snowmobile Association, who groom snowmobile and ski trails at Lolo Pass; and the Missoula Nordic Ski Club, who assist with annual ski trail maintenance. Cross–country ski trail and snowmobile trail grooming can begin as early as December 1 per grooming agreements between the Forest Service and these partners. Grooming will begin as soon as there is enough snow to allow the groomer to access Lolo Pass. Grooming updates can be found on the Lolo Pass Visitor Center Facebook page (bit.ly/FB-LPVC) as well as on our winter trail partners’ websites: www.missoulanordic.org and www.missoulasnowgoers.org. You can even track groomer progress in real time on the Missoula Snowgoers’ website!

During winter season, dogs are not allowed east of U.S. Highway 12 in the Lolo Pass area. All dogs in the visitor center parking lot must be leashed. Please be respectful of other visitors and pick up after your dogs.

Please contact the Lolo Pass Visitor Center at (208) 942-3113 with questions. If you are interested in bringing a group to Lolo Pass for educational or recreational activities, please call the visitor center and ask for Buffie Cerutti, Visitor Center Manager. We look forward to seeing you at Lolo Pass this winter!