Located along US Highway 93 in south western Montana.
Travelers coming into Hamilton
will enter from the south after driving over beautiful
Lost Trail Pass from Idaho. From Lost Trail Pass it is
a beautiful drive through the Sula, and then Darby
The Bitterroot Valley is a wide open valley drained by
the Bitterroot river. It starts up near Lost Trail Pass
(Connecting Montana and Idaho) and comes down through
Sula, Darby, Hamilton, Corvallis, Victor, Stevensville
and Florence, Montana, ending with Missoula Montana.
The Bitterroot National Forest manages much of the mountainous
lands on either side of the valley. One of the most beautiful
features of the valley is the view of Blodgett Canyon
to the west of Hamilton. These awesome cliffs are a sight
to see as they catch the early sun on a clear day.
The Bitterroot Valley is named after a delicate flower
which grows in the valley and was a staple food of the
local native tribes. Another, still popular, edible local
plant is the morels mushroom which sends crowds of happy
morels addicts out into the woods each spring in gathering
The Bitterroot River gained its first fame as a primary
location in the book "A River Runs Through It"by
Norman Maclean: a haunting tale of family and fly fishing.
Fly fishing is still a popular sport along the Bitterroot
River, as well as numerous other streams in the area.
Boating and kayaking are also often regularly enjoyed
on the Bitterroot River.
The Bitterroot National Forest is a spectacular 1.6 million
acre forest in southwestern Montana and Idaho. Half of
the Bitterroot National Forest is composed of the protected
Selway Bitterroot, Frank church River of No Return, and
the Anaconda Pintler wilderness areas. These highly glaciated
and rugged peaks are popular hiking, hunting and fishing
grounds filled with elk, deer, moose, bear, and numerous
Fishing and Hunting
The Hamilton Montana area boasts some of the best hunting
and fishing areas in the world (or so we like to think).
There is easy access out of Hamilton into miles of trails
filled with big game, and ripe with fish.
Lost Trail Pass
Lost Trail Pass is famous from the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
As they came over the pass from Idaho into Montana, they
lost the trial and spent several miserable days in heavy
snow storms. And this was just the first of their miseries.
As winter was closing in the unhappy expedition sloshed
through the Montana mountains, finally reaching Oregon
in a state of near starvation.
Local Hot Springs
The Hamilton Montana area has many natural hot springs,
both public and private.