Bitterroot Valley in Montana

Bitterroot Valley


Follow US Highwy 93 right through the heart of the Bitterroot Valley.

Why should I drive the Bitteroot Valley scenic drive?

Highway 93 offers access to all Bitterroot Valley towns and attractions. Here are some of the highlights if driving from Missoula:

  • Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge: Stop by the Lee Metcalf to view wildlife and to stroll along the banks of the Bitterroot River.
  • Bitterroot River: Paralleling the highway, the Bitterroot River offers fantastic fishing and floating.
  • Town of Hamilton: Hamilton is the cultural hub of the valley. Stroll through shops and take your pick from a number of restaurants in downtown.
  • Access to the Bitterroot Mountains: Along the eastern front of the mountain range, access is quite easy to the Bitterroots. Enjoy a hike or bike ride up Blodgett Canyon. Or spend a day swimming at Lake Como.
  • Lost Trail Pass: At the southern end of the valley, Lost Trail Pass bisects the Montana-Idaho border. There is ski area located at the top of the pass.

Where does the Bitterroot Valley drive begin and end?

US Highway 93 starts in Missoula and runs right through the Bitterroot Valley. It leaves the valley at Sula and Lost Trail Pass as it continues south into Idaho, and specifically the town of Salmon.

How long does it take to drive through the Bitterroot Valley?

To drive the entire length of the valley would take about 1.5 hours if you didn't stop. There are many services and attractions along the route.


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