Lolo Pass Visitors Center

The Lolo Pass Visitor Center is a historical landmark site on the Lewis and Clark Highway, bordering Montana and Idaho. It is located near the area where Meriwether Lewis and William Clark took eleven days in September of 1805 to traverse the grueling Lolo Pass through the Bitterroot Mountains. The dangerous terrain, harsh weather conditions, and near-starvation resulted in the most arduous portion of the entire expedition in which the men resorted to eating some of their own horses to survive. The visitor center is also located on the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, a path followed by a band of Nez Perce Indians while fleeing from the U.S. Calvary in 1877 to avoid being forced onto a reservation.

At the visitor center, visitors will find information detailing Lewis and Clark’s journey across the Bitterroot Mountains and the flight of the Nez Perce Indians, along with other historical, natural, and general information. As a major trailhead for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, the center also has a warming hut for skiers and recreationists, a 24-hour restroom, a snowmobile parking log, and maps and information pertinent to winter visitors.

For more information or current Lolo Pass conditions, visit Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests – Lolo Pass Visitor Center (usda.gov) or call (208) 942-3113.

Contact Information

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
Reservations and Information:
208-942-3311

Address:
Lolo Pass Visitors Center, 21200 Highway 12 W, Lolo, Idaho 83539, United States

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Regular hours: Summer Hours (June to August): 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., seven days a week. Fall/Winter Hours (September to May): 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Thursday - Monday.
  • Seasons Open

    Open year round
  • Prices and Fees

    $5 for a day pass, $20 for a bundle of 5 day passes, $35 for a season pass