The Rattlesnake Wilderness near Missoula is a popular destination for hikers and backpackers. Most of the wilderness lies in the Northern Continental Divide Grizzly Bear Recovery Area and is a haven for birds and wildlife.
There are 16 federal wilderness areas in Montana. The Wilderness Land Trust is working to acquire the few remaining inholdings to extinguish mining claims and remove the threat of road building. We’re also identifying areas within wilderness study areas that are high priorities for protection.
Missoula County (USDA Forest Service)
Designated in 1980 the 33,000-acre Rattlesnake Wilderness is only four miles from Missoula. The much-visited Rattlesnake National Recreation Area borders the wilderness. Those that venture into the wilderness will find a cluster of high alpine lakes and picturesque mountain scenery. Deer, elk, coyotes, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, black bears, grizzly bears, moose and mountain lions reside in the Rattlesnake, as do eagles, hawks, ospreys and wide variety of songbirds. Most of the wilderness lies in the Northern Continental Divide Grizzly Bear Recovery Area, and bear sightings in the upper wilderness are regularly reported.
The Wilderness Land Trust
PO Box 1420, Carbondale, CO 81623, phone: 970.963.1725 fax: 970.963.6067