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Travelers' Rest STATE PARK | Lolo, MT

Montana State Parks | By mtstateparks
6717 Highway 12 W, Lolo, MT
2.3k 712

How Much

$0 - $5

Who

All ages

When

Check the description for time information.

Contact Info

406.273.4253 Visit Website

Description

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.

Located at an historic and contemporary crossroads, Travelers' Rest State Park 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 also an idyllic spot for a short stroll and offers a rich bird habitat, with more than 115 species recorded within the park boundaries.

The 51-acre park opened to the public in May of 2002. Travelers' Rest Preservation and Heritage Association is the park's cooperative managing organization. Interpretative programs are offered daily in the summer, with special events promoted throughout the year.

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Activities Available
  1. Archaeology
  2. Bicycling
  3. Bird Watching
  4. Children's Activities
  5. Cultural
  6. Education
  7. Exhibit
  8. Fishing
  9. Fly Fishing
  10. Heritage
  11. Hiking
  12. History
  13. Lewis And Clark
  14. Museum
  15. Nature
  16. Photography
  17. Picnicking
  18. Sightseeing
  19. Stream Fishing
  20. Visitor Center
  21. Wildlife Viewing


Services and Amenities Available
  1. ADA Accessible
  2. Childrens Activities
  3. Gift Shop
  4. Group Use Rentals
  5. Interpretive Display
  6. Maps
  7. Parking
  8. Pets Allowed
  9. Picnic Shelter
  10. Picnic Tables
  11. Pack-in/Pack-out
  12. Public Restroom
  13. Registered Historic Site
  14. Toilets (Flush)
  15. Toilets (Vault)
  16. Tours
  17. Trash Cans
  18. Water
  19. Wedding Facilities
SEASON AND HOURS
Park
Open all year, except closed Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1
Summer: 8 am - 8 pm
Spring and Fall: 9 am - 6 pm
Winter: 9 am - 4 pm
Monday -Saturday,
Sundays: noon - 4 pm

Visitor Center
Summer: 9 am - 5 pm
Spring and Fall: 9 am - 4 pm
Winter: 9 am - 3 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 25, Jan. 1, Martin Luther King Day, and Presidents' Day

LOCATION
6717 Highway 12 W
Lolo, MT 59847