Colgate Licks National Recreation Trail


The Colgate Licks Nature Trail is a short 1 mile loop interpretive trail located at mile post 147.9 along the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway and All American Road (US Highway 12).  This National Recreation Trail meanders through a variety of ecotones associated with a natural mineral lick. Here, the natural, sulfur-smelling mineral deposits containing calcium, sodium and potassium provide mammals with essential mineral nutrients needed for bone and muscle growth in the spring. Visitors can enjoy a break from their drive by experiencing open meadows with overlooks of the Lochsa River and Bear Mountain and the wonders that make up this unique ecosystem.

At a Glance

Fees No Fee.
Open Season: March
Best Season: Summer-Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Lolo, MT
Water: No drinking water is provided.
Restroom: 2 vault toilets
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Lochsa/Powell Ranger District, 208-942-3113

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Scenic Driving

Colgate Licks National RecreationTrail is great break to stop and stretch your legs while enjoying a scenic drive down the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway and All American Road (US Highway 12).

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