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WHEN YOU GO: Missoula, Montana
Rocky Mountain Cycling

Getting There:

Missoula, Montana is along Interstate 90, about 3 hours east of Spokane, Washington. Remember that although Montana has no posted daytime speed limit, the "reasonable and prudent" law applies. Missoula's airport is served by several airlines including Delta, Northwest and Alaska/Horizon.

Kalispell and nearby Glacier National Park are approximately 2 hours drive north of Missoula on U.S. 93.


Adventure Cycling, a national bicycle touring company based in Missoula, Montana, organizes cycle tours from Missoula to many points around North America. They promise the roads will be in better condition than they were a century ago.

For information on riding sections of the route, contact Adventure Cycling Association (formerly known as Bikecentennial), at acabike@aol.com or (406) 721-1776, or write, P.O. Box 8308, Missoula, MT 59807.

Special Event: The "Hot Laps Mountain Bike Jam," at the Snowbowl Ski area just north of Missoula is scheduled for Aug. 24. Mountain bike competitions feature a cash purse and prizes for winners of the Point Six Hill Climb and Citizens races. Contact Big Sky Cyclery at (406) 543-3331.

Photo: Jean Arthur

Historical Museum at Fort Missoula:

The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula is open year round, Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. They have indoor and outdoor exhibits and a gift shop. For information call (406) 728-3476, or write Bldg. 322, Ft. Missoula, Missoula, MT 59801.

Staying There:

Dozens of lodging facilities are available in Missoula, from hotels to guest ranches, Bed and Breakfast Inns, and campgrounds. See the links below.

Fast Facts:

Montana has 56 counties, 24 of which have fewer than 2 people per square mile. The state-wide average is 6 people per square mile ... that spreads the 820,000 Montana residents pretty thin. Eight miles north of Missoula is the 33,000-acre wilderness called the Rattlesnake Recreation Area - great cycling terrain!

Useful WWW sites for Missoula Montana:

Missoula Lodging:
Adventure Cycling Association: Bicycle tours, resources, membership.
Glacier National Park: Great Outdoor Recreation Pages' information.
Montana Mountain Biking Trails in the Bitterroot Valley National Forest.


Photo: Jean Arthur

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