Bitterroot Valley Montana Nature & Outdoors, Wilderness Areas

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The Bitterroot Valley is a place of stunning beauty along with endless recreational opportunities. The valley lies between the heavily glaciated, jagged, rocky peaks and deep canyons of the Bitterroot and more docile rolling hills of the Sapphire Mountain ranges. The Bitterroot National Forest surrounds the Bitterroot Valley and contains the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness along the west side. Combined with the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (bordering the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in Idaho) and the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness (on the southern end of the Bitterroot Valley) the Bitterroot Valley is neighbor to the largest combination of unspoiled, designated wilderness areas in the lower 48s. Go for a hike up Blodgett Canyon, or view wildlife in the Lee Metcalf Refuge.

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