Why should I visit Stevensville, Montana?
- St. Mary's Mission: St. Mary’s Mission was the first permanent white settlement in Montana and was established in 1841 by Jesuit missionaries. They were led by Father Pierre Jean DeSmet, who was asked by the Salish Indians to come to the valley. St. Mary’s was the first church and the first school in the Northwest. Today you can peruse the visitor center and go on a tour of the grounds.
- Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge: Directly north of the town is the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is a wonderful place where visitors can enjoy wildlife observation, photography, hunting, fishing and environmental education.
- Western Heritage Days: In mid-June, join Stevensville to celebrate the valley's heritage with events like a parade, chuckwagon contest, and wagon rides.
- Creamery Picnic: This fun community event takes place in August. Join in on a huge picnic, BBQ contest, and beer festival.
- Hiking Trails: Two well known hiking and horseback riding trails head into the Bitterroots from trailheads near Stevensville. Try the Kootenai Creek Trail or hike up to the St. Mary Peak Lookout.
Where is Stevensville?
Stevensville is located along the Eastside Highway in the middle of Bitterroot Valley. It is roughly 20 miles north of Hamilton.
What sort of Services and Amenities are available?
- Lodging: A couple of bed and breakfasts and one local hotel offer convenient and charming lodging in Stevensville.
- Dining: A number of places to eat line main street. Take your pick from a few chain restaurants or try something local at Marie's Italian Restaurant or the Mission Bistro. Or swing into Blacksmith Brewing Company for some local brews.
- Groceries: There is one large grocery store, Super 1 Foods.
- Services: Banks, post office, gas stations.