About the Area

The Bitterroot Valley is located south of Missoula, Montana and runs approximately 90 miles to the Idaho border at Lost Trail Pass via US Highway 93.  Ravalli County is the fastest growing county in Montana with a current population of about 35,000 residents.  The growth is due in large part to the mild climate, rural setting, abundant recreational opportunities, picturesque skylines, and proximity to the University of Montana and other services offered in the city of Missoula.  There are eight communities in the valley, ranging in size from those with a post office and a small store, to those with a full complement of shopping, medical and school systems. 

The mild climate, with a relatively long growing season (for Montana), provides lots of opportunity to garden, recreate, and get out-of-doors.  The area has four distinct seasons and a semi-arid climate with average precipitation ranging from 16 to 23 inches per year.  Winters are relatively mild with daytime temperatures in January averaging 30 degrees, and rarely dropping to 15 below zero or colder.  Summers are typically warm and dry with daytime temperatures in late July and August between 75 and 95 degrees.  Additional information can be found on the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce web site.

  



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