Blue Mountain Recreation Area

Exploring the Blue Mountain Recreation Area can be done in multiple different ways. This 4,900-acre area includes a trail network that expands 41-miles!

The trail system here at Blue Mountain involves trails for OHV, horse riding, foot traffic, mountain biking, disc golf, and winter activities. Blue Mountain Recreation Area catches the attention of locals and visitors due to its proximity to Missoula and its offers. From the top of Blue Mountain, you can look out to Missoula’s Valley, or face south to see the spectacular scenery of the Sapphire and Bitterroot Mountains. Don’t miss your chance to explore this magnificent recreational playground!

Blue Mountain Recreation Area is also home to the Blue Mountain Observatory. At all of the observatory events, the University of Montana astronomers and Western Montana Astronomical Association members will help you analyze what you are seeing, explore current discoveries, find constellations, and share star stories from different cultures. Make sure you make a reservation to lock your spot in so you have an opportunity to look through the telescopes and examine the night sky through the lens of astronomers!

Contact Information

Lolo National Forest Supervisor's Office
Reservations and Information:

Blue Mountain Road, Missoula, Montana 59804, United States

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Virtually Explore The Blue Mountain Recreation Area

Click and drag 360° image to pan around or click forward arrow to travel down the Blue Mountain Recreation Area Landmark

Tour over a mile of scenic Blue Mountain

Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Blue Mountain Recreation Area East Zone is a day use area only; the area is closed 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Seasons Open

    Open all seasons
  • Prices and Fees

    Access to the Blue Mountain Recreation Area is free of charge
  • Eco Friendly Notes

    With Blue Mountain being a high traveled recreation area, trash can collect rapidly. Please remember to pack out what you packed in.
  • Pet Friendly Notes

    Pets allowed