Recreation opportunities abound in Montana
Montana is home to every recreational sport you can imagine. With four-seasons to choose from you can enjoy yourself fishing, skiing, hunting, hiking, or horseback riding anytime of the year.
The Bitterroot Valley is known as the Banana Belt of the West. It is typically warmer and less windy here that any place else in Montana!
For The Outdoorsman
Glacier National Park
In addition to their natural beauty, you will discover that Montana's National Parks offer grand adventures. Backcountry treks, pristine fishing, interpretive walks and more await you; so start planning your exploration today. Glacier National Park -located just 4 .5 hours from the Riverside Cottage- offers over one million acres of habitat and protection for a wonderful variety of wildlife and wildflowers. Pristine alpine settings preserve the ambience of nineteenth century travel for twenty-first century visitor.
Indian Summer Outfitters- Hunting Year-Round
Experience a Montana hunting adventure with Indian Summer Outfitters. We provide guided and semi-guided elk and deer hunting trips in Western Montana. We have exclusive outfitters rights to roughly 70 square miles of the rugged and beautiful Bitterroot National Forest. Our packers and guides are dedicated professionals who take great pride in providing all of our guests a quality experience.
Fly Fishing: Wapiti Waters Fly Fishing Western Montana with Jack Mauer
Jack C. Mauer, Montana Fly Fishing Outfitter #867, has more than a 30 year investment in fishing, floating and wading the waters of western Montana. He is intimately acquainted with the surrounding fisheries and their corresponding ecologies. It is his passion and enthusiasm for the art of fly fishing, a respect and knowledge of trout habitat, and the ability to expertly instruct the technical aspects of fly fishing that clients appreciate as they return to western Montana and Wapiti Waters.
Hiking & Backpacking in The Bitterroots
The 1.6 million acre Bitterroot National Forest is part of the Northern Rocky Mountains. National Forest land begins above the foothills of the Bitterroot River Valley in two mountain ranges--the Bitterroot Mountains on the west and the Sapphire Mountains on the east side of the valley. These are perfect spots for hiking, and many trailheads can be found here. For more information visit The Bitterroot Nat'l Forest Website
More Fun in the Bitterroot Valley
From Art Shows to Hot Springs, the Bitterroot Valley has it all!
Hamilton Players Renaissance Faire (HPRF)
HPRF is a new summer event that we look forward to celebrating annually in Hamilton, Montana at the Claudia Driscoll Park . Contact the Hamilton Players with any questions you may have. Call Mike Jinings 406-218-8149 in Hamilton, MT.
International Wildlife Film Festival
The wildest film stars in the world are in Missoula at the 29th annual International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF). The theme this year is ‘People & Nature: Living in Harmony'. Top winners of the film competition are showcased at public screenings all week, including matinees at the historic Wilma Theatre. Additional events include seminars and panel discussions, workshops, Children's Day, Wild Walk Parade and kids wildlife art displays. Woolly, wild and wiggly is the theme of the Wild Walk Parade
Hamilton Wine Tasting Festival
The Hamilton Wine Tasting Festival is a semi-formal event where participants taste a vast variety of wines and sample hors d'oeuvres. Hamilton is a short drive from our Log home. An elegant and fun evening. Everyone has a great time tasting, sampling and visiting with new-found friends. There is also a silent auction held at the event!
In winter, it is the kind of trail that snowmobilers dream about. Closed to automobile traffic, it allows privileged views of frozen Skalkaho Falls, tall peaks and deep canyons. Near Hamilton, in the Bitterroot Valley, this is a snowmobilers paradise! Learn more at Winter Montana - snowmobiling near Hamilton/Skalkaho pass.
Lost Trail Hot Springs Resort
The hot springs swimming pool is chemical-free, natural hot springs with water temperatures of 92-94 degrees year-round. Every member of the family will relish a refreshing dip: the pool has a deep area at one end and a 10" wading pool at the other. Follow your swim with a best replica watches session in our sauna or hot tub and you will experience the ultimate in relaxation. Located mere minutes from The Riverside Cottage!
Lost Trail Powder Ski Area
When you visit Lost Trail Powder Mountain - located 20 miles south of the Riverside Cottage - you will enjoy the beauty and uncrowded slopes of the Rocky Mountain's hidden jewel. Experience affordable family skiing from the top of the Continental Divide. They have very possibly the nation's powder at unbelievably low prices.
Hardtimes Bluegrass Festival
This is a brand new festival with an "old-timey mountain" feel that features traditional bluegrass music. Our festival is an affordable family friendly gathering geared towards having good clean fun while celebrating the joys and sounds of traditional bluegrass music.