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Travelers' Rest State Park

See the only archaeologically verified campsite of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the nation. Centuries before Lewis and Clark, this site has long been known and used by Native peoples, notably the Salish.

Alerts & Closures

Stage II Fire Restrictions for Missoula County in the Missoula Fire Restriction Area.

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1.  Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.:

  1. Operating any internal combustion engine.
  2. Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  3. Using an explosive. (A patrol is required for two hours following cessation of all activities as identified in #3 above.)
  4. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.

Exemptions to the fire restrictions:

  1. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
  2. Persons using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off.
  3. Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails.
  4. Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads as per attached conditions.
  5. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  6. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  7. All land within a city boundary is exempted.

About the Park

Located at an historic and contemporary crossroads, Travelers' Rest State Park and National Historic Landmark is a place where visitors can say with certainty that they are walking in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. The Park is at the core of a campsite used by the Corps of Discovery from September 9 - 11, 1805 and again from June 30 - July 3, 1806.

In the summer of 2002, archaeologists uncovered evidence of the Corps of Discovery's visit to the area, including a trench latrine tainted with mercury, fire hearths, and lead used in the repair and manufacture of firearms. The discovery makes Travelers' Rest the only campsite on the Lewis and Clark Trail with physical evidence of the expedition.

For centuries Native Americans also used the area as a campsite and trail junction. Salish, Pend d'Oreille and Nez Perce peoples were among those who traditionally occupied the area. Native American storytellers bring their history, culture and society to life as part of the programming at Travelers' Rest State Park.

With Lolo Creek running through the park, Travelers' Rest is an idyllic spot for strolling the park's trails, and offers a rich bird habitat, with more than 115 species recorded within the park boundaries. Be sure to stop at the Visitor's Center and Museum for a fascinating look at Lewis & Clark Expedition replicas, Salish culture, Native American hand crafts, a frontier Main Street, and more. The park also has a pavilion available for rent. Contact the park to make a reservation.

Travelers' Rest Connection is the park's cooperative managing organization. Interpretative programs are offered daily in the summer, with special events promoted throughout the year.


  • Archaeology
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Children's Activities
  • Cultural
  • Education
  • Exhibit
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Heritage
  • Hiking
  • History
  • Lewis And Clark
  • Museum
  • Nature
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Sightseeing
  • Stream Fishing
  • Visitor Center
  • Wildlife Viewing


Some amenities are seasonal. Check with the park for availability.

  • ADA Accessible
  • Childrens Activities
  • Gift Shop
  • Group Use Rentals
  • Interpretive Display
  • Maps
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Pack-in/Pack-out
  • Public Restroom
  • Registered Historic Site
  • Toilets (Flush)
  • Toilets (Vault)
  • Tours
  • Trash Cans
  • Water
  • Wedding Facilities

Seasons & Hours

Hours listed below are normal operating hours and may not apply when there is a special restriction or closure. Check Alerts and Closures in the tab below.

Day use only. No camping.
Open daily

Extended Summer Hours:

May 1 - August 31, 2021: Open 9 am - 6 pm daily


Visitor Center
May 1 through May 10:

Tuesdays - Sundays, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.

May 11 through Labor Day:

Open daily 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Fall/Winter Hours
September 7 â€“ October 4: Open 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tuesday - Sunday; closed Mondays.
October 4 - December 1: Open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Wednesday - Sunday; closed Monday & Tuesday.
December 1 - May 1: Open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Wednesday - Saturday; 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sunday; closed Monday & Tuesday.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day.

Park Rules


Contact the park manager for open volunteer positions at Travelers' Rest State Park.

For complete position descriptions, application forms, and details about Montana State Parks volunteer programs, visit the Volunteers page.


Montana Residents

  • Day use entrance is free*



  • Day use entrance fee with a vehicle: $8
  • Day use entrance fee as a walk-in, bicycle or bus passenger: $4
  • With a Nonresident Entrance Pass: Free


* Montana residents who pay the $9 state parks fee with their annual vehicle registration have no daily entrance fees to state parks. For residents who don't include this in their vehicle registration, non-resident day use fees apply.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Travelers' Rest State Park
PO Box 995
Lolo, MT 59847

Phone: 406-273-4253

Travelers' Rest State Park


6717 Highway 12 W
Lolo, MT 59847
(46.75306 / -114.09007)

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Meet The Park Manager

Maci MacPherson

Maci MacPherson manages Travelers’ Rest, Fort Owen and Painted Rocks state parks. Maci grew up going to state parks in Montana and Oregon, which strongly influenced her career choices. Before joining Montana State Parks, Maci worked at a number of National Parks around the West, gaining extensive experience in interpretation, tribal relations, and community partnerships. She has a B.S in Fish & Wildlife Management from Montana State University and a M.S. in Science Education from Oregon State University.

Mailing Address:
Painted Rocks State Park
PO Box 995
Lolo, MT 59847

Phone: 406-273-4253

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