To protect wintering elk and mule deer, much of Mount Jumbo is closed to recreational use during winter months. Mount Jumbo’s South Zone, including the Saddle Road and all points south of the road, re-opens to the public on Tuesday, March 22. Dog owners are asked to leash their pets as the Jumbo elk herd continues to feed in lower elevations.
North Mount Jumbo (areas north of the Saddle Road) remains closed until May 1. In these areas, cow elk are seeking undisturbed refuge during the last few weeks before calving. Three areas of Mount Jumbo are open all year: the U.S. West road above I-90, the trail to the “L,” and the road linking Upper Lincoln Hills Drive with Tamarack, including about 40 acres below.
Dogs must be leashed on the “L” trail and U.S. West easement during the winter closure. In all other areas on City Open Space, dogs must be under strict voice and sight control—unless otherwise posted. Pet owners are asked to respect conservation lands, other park visitors and wildlife by controlling their dogs at all times and removing their pet’s waste. Free Mutt Mitts and leashes are provided at trailheads.
Violations of the Mount Jumbo winter closure are punishable by fine. Please call 911 to report closure violations. For more information, call 721-PARK or visit the Parks and Recreation website at www.missoulaparks.org.