Discover Western Montana Luxury Homes in The Bitterroot Valley
Just south of Missoula, Montana, The Bitterroot Valley offers life in the “Banana Belt” of the Northwest.
The Valley, which receives 16 hours of sunshine a day during the summer, shares ultimate four-season enjoyment.
Situated between the Bitterroot Mountains and Sapphire Mountains, the Valley’s six distinctive towns bring together the best in community living. Marrying arts, culture, history, and nature, the area is a destination for any nature-loving guest.
The Bitterroot Valley’s storied history includes playing a role in the Lewis and Clark expedition when the two explorers crisscrossed Montana while discovering the backcountry. At the Ravalli County Museum, once the county’s courthouse built in 1900 and designed by A.J. Gibson, collections regarding the area’s rich Native American heritage and the establishment of Montana’s first white settlement at Stevensville are showcased. Like many other historic sites and landmarks, the museum is just one place to find a wealth of deep culture that the region provides.
But The Bitterroot Valley isn’t just a history lesson.
It marries the past with the best of what is offered today – fine dining experiences, some of the state’s best golf courses and opportunities to explore Mother Nature’s bounty – whether on foot, on skis, or by boat. Ninety-six miles long and 25 miles wide at the widest position, The Valley has plenty to explore. Of its 2,394 square miles, 26 percent is privately owned.
The great outdoors calls all, from the avid trout fisherman in the Bitterroot River, the boatsman cruising Lake Como, the bird lover at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, or the rugged lines of the 10,000-foot mountains that hug the valley’s curves. Each season lends itself to a new way to discover The Bitterroot Valley.
Found in the Bitterroot Valley is the Selway – Bitterroot Wilderness area which encompasses over 1.3 million acres. This is the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states. Four season recreation is abundant offering hiking, trail riding, camping, hunting, mountain biking, and all winter activities.
The low key family-friendly Lost Trail Ski Resort is an easy drive just south of Hamilton. Chief Joseph is a popular stop to partake in the groomed trails for cross country skiing and snowmobiling.
Flyfisherman will recognize the Bitterroot Valley as one of the most famous areas to cast a line.
Close by is the Blackfoot River famous for Norman McClean’s “A River Runs Through It”, the blue-ribbon trout stream – Rock Creek, the Missouri River, and Clark Fork. All offer abundant fisheries and recreational opportunities.
Here is a link to the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce for more community information: