Lolo Pass Visitor Center

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The Lolo Pass Visitor center covered in snow

The Lolo Pass Visitor Center, constructed in 2003, echoes the log-built architecture of historic Forest Service ranger stations of the past. The visitor center serves as one of the many historical landmarks along Highway 12, the Lewis & Clark highway. It offers displays and information on the Lewis and Clark journey across the Bitterroot Mountains and the 1877 flight of the Nez Perce Indians, and provides historical, natural, and general information about the area.  Not only is it a recreational destination for winter sports enthusiasts, but also doubles as a rest area at the Montana/Idaho border along Highway 12. The facility includes an interpretive center, small book store & gift shop, 24-hour restrooms, a covered picnic area, picnic tables and short interpretive trails with benches. Stop by for a complimentary cup of hot chocolate, tea or coffee and experience the Lolo Pass Visitor Center!

Click here to see the Montana Department of Transportation’s 24-hour web camera view of road conditions for Highway 12 at the Montana/Idaho state line (there’s a snow depth gauge in the image to the far right/center).

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Lolo Pass Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (PDT). It is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Visitors are permitted to enter the building and are asked to follow all guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus. Restrooms are available 24/7 for those traveling the U.S. Highway 12 corridor.
Operational Hours: Lolo Pass Visitor Center is currently open Wednesday through Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (PDT). It is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Fees Winter Recreation Passes
  • $5 for a day pass
  • $20 for a bundle of 5 day passes
  • $35 for a season pass
  • In the non-grooming seasons, dogs are allowed on the Lolo Pass trails, but must be leashed and pet waste must be bagged and removed.
  • No overnight camping is offered at the Visitor Center.
Closest Towns: Lolo, MT

*NOTE: There is no cell phone service between Lolo, MT and Kooskia, ID. Emergency phones are located at milepost 120, 139 and 169 on the Idaho side of Hwy 12.
Water: Drinking water from fountains outside except during winter months (shut off due to freezing temps)
Restroom: Yes, flush toilets at Visitor Center. Available 24/7.
Passes: Spring/Summer:  Outside of the winter grooming season, you do not need a Winter Recreation Pass, and there is no charge to visit the Lolo Pass Visitor Center.

Fall/Winter:  Winter Recreation Passes are required for all vehicles parked at the Lolo Pass Visitor center during the winter season, typically December through March. Signs will be posted when passes are required. Day and Season passes will be available during regular hours of operation at the visitor center. Have your license plate number available when purchasing the Season Pass. After-hours, only day passes will be available for purchase at the front door of the visitor center. Winter Recreation Passes will also be available at The Trail Head, The Outdoor Supply and Rental, and Lolo National Forest – Missoula Ranger District in Missoula and the Lolo Hot Springs on US Hwy 12. 
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Every day the Lolo Pass Visitor Center is open we post the weather, snow depth, road and trail conditions, forest closures and upcoming events, (ski conditions and grooming reports during winter) on our Facebook page: go to Discover Your Northwest Lolo Pass Visitor Center to get the latest and greatest!
  • 208-942-3113
Visit our Upcoming Events Page for information on fun activities and events at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center.

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