Grizzly pride!

The University of Montana, founded in 1893, is a beloved Missoula institution. If there's one thing you should know about the Garden City, know that it's Griz Country!

UM Campus Setting

The main UM campus is a city within a city, with its own eateries, stores, medical facilities, banking and postal services, as well as zip code. It boasts some one-of-a-kind features that you’ll only find in Missoula:

  • 60-plus buildings spread across 156 tree-lined acres at the base of Mount Sentinel
  • The historic Main Hall and the Oval, “a vast lawn that serves as a Frisbee field, podium, tanning salon, study hall, even a classroom building in nice weather,” as described by author Martin Nemko
  • The 25,200-seat Washington-Grizzly Football Stadium seated at the mouth of Hellgate Canyon
  • The M Trail on Mount Sentinel – a steep, switch-backed path that’s the most-used hiking trail in the state – is fondly known as “the original Stairmaster”
  • Campus is bordered on the north by the Clark Fork River and the adjacent Kim Williams Trail, which is popular with walkers, joggers, and bicyclists
  • Large rocks scattered across campus and the University neighborhood are remnants of Glacial Lake Missoula, a massive body of water that formed 12,000 years ago when ice blocked the Clark Fork of the Columbia River

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Missoula – A River Runs Through It

Missoula - a river does indeed run through it. In 1992, the Oscar-winn... more

Saint Mary’ Peak Trail

By CHAUNCEY LISTON-How did I get into this fix? It started with my pack... more

MacLay Flats Nature Trail

By MALLORY KERENSA WELLS - It was a quiet Thursday evening and after a ... more

Tower Street Trails: A Bold Dinner Date

By BRENDEN SPERR - I see trees. Trees and squirrels everywhere, squirrels that are so bold they get right next to me then turn and run as if they’re playing chicken.... more

Blue Mountain Folf Course: Too Much Fun to Hike Past

By DEVIN SLATER-It seems like if there is anything you want to do outdoors you can find it at Blue Mountain. But honestly, I wouldn’t know those trails. I never get past the folf course. ... more

The Clark Fork River Walk (VIDEO)

By CATHERINE ORFANOS: The Montana campus was quiet. The Oval, empty. Puddles formed across the sidewalk and my path through campus zigzagged between them. ... more

Rattlesnake Valley: Wood’s Gulch to Sheep Mountain

By REBECCA KEITH- I lean up against Jasmine; my red, secondhand mountain bike and stew in frustration. The 11-mile ride from Wood’s Gulch to the top of Sheep’s Mountain was kicking my butt. ... more

Kim Williams Trail: The Unexpected Wilderness in My Backyard

By MARTHA KREBILL- Walking the Kim Williams Trail that night had been a spur-of-the-moment decision, and I was captivated by the natural beauty of what I can describe literally as my backyard.... more

Rattlesnsake Recreation Area

By MEGAN FRANZ - I made it to the Main Rattlesnake Trailhead, locked up the bike, swung my beat up sack over my shoulder and started trekking along the old road that follows the creek. ... more

Greenough Park Trail: A Journey Into Art and Nature

By PARKER BRIXEY - I’m cruising into Greenough Park on my bike, entering the park at its southern end, closest to town. I’ve got my headphones in, and Wiz khalifa bumping loud. ... more

Randolph-Moon Homestead Trail: Pushing Back Against Doubt and Disease

By GARRETT SLADE - It wasn’t until I had topped the final crest in the North Hills that my anxiety about the day fled. From my vantage point over Missoula the stress of the past two weeks began to melt away.... more

Mount Jumbo – Daylight Turns to Dark, Marvel Fades to Fear

By By NICK MERTES- Our eyes locked. He reared back and then quickly struck the ground with his hooves, like he was revving his engine, looking to fight. He was ready to go, but was I?... more

North Hills – Making Peace With the Rural-Urban Medley

By BELLE GASH-GILDER - There are a number of different places to begin to explore the North Hills. I started at Mountain View Trail which literally literally starts in someone’s yard. ... more

Mount Jumbo – Rising Above a Rude Awakening

By HENRY CRIST- Sometimes, little adventures change your entire perspective, and you’re a different person because of them. My adventure wasn’t a heart racing one, but it was just what I needed.... more

Crazy Canyon – An Easy Climb in Nature’s Cathedral

CHARLES EARLY - I decided to hike Crazy Canyon with a friend in early Fall. Although this is a popular hike, we didn’t see another person, which only added to the beauty of the trail.... more

Ch-paa-qn Peak

By KIAN BERTIN - People from all over the world have summited this mountain. “Pride of Britain,” one of the rocks has written into it. Another one reads, “I hate this damn wind.”... more

Crazy Canyon

By LIONE CLARE - I was happy to be back in the woods about to climb a mountain, an activity much more accessible and frequent in my hometown of Sitka, Alaska.... more

Pengelly Ridge

By CARLY STINSON - I love hiking, but as I spun in circles running from class to class this semester, I just couldn’t find time for the Pengelly Ridge Trail hike.... more

Smokejumpers’ Trail

By COLIN BRUST - We trudged up the steep and rocky path, leaving the Kim Williams riverside trail below us. Even though there was a great view of the Missoula Valley behind us, I felt uneasy.... more

Life is One Big Adventure

By NADIA WHITE - This last fall, 21 first-semester freshmen joined me at UM's School of Journalism in a class about adventure writing. We defined adventure loosely, and they wrote stories that described who the... more

$1 Million Gift Highlights Academic Center Groundbreaking

By JOEL CARLSON-Ground was broken Wednesday on the UM campus for a new athletics academic center, and a $1 million gift gift was announced that will go toward additional facility improvements.... more

Washington-Grizzly Stadium Undergoing Upgrades

By JOEL CARLSON-People who attend a Montana Grizzly football game this fall will notice three major upgrades to the stadium, all added to enhance the fan experience.... more

Mark Your Calendars for the 2014 Griz Got Talent and Monte Awards

The University of Montana Department of Athletics and Copper Connection will host the newly expanded Griz Got Talent and Monte Awards on Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m.... more

Love at First Listen with the Avett Brothers

Every once in a while in life, you stumble upon something that grabs you, shakes you, and is "love at first listen". UM Productions presents the Avett Brothers at the Adams Center, Oct. 20, 2013. ... more

Missoula – A River Runs Through It

Missoula - a river does indeed run through it. In 1992, the Oscar-winning feature film A River Runs Through It brought notoriety to a town in the Pacific Northwest and the world was introduced to Missoula, Mon... more

Missoula Story of the Week: Local Charities Benefit at the Holidays

By TOM DIDDEL - A recap of the past week's most talked-about story in Missoula. This week, it's the Christmas charity drives happening around Missoula.... more

Missoula Story of the Week: Missoula College Expansion

By TOM DIDDEL - A recap of the past week's most talked-about story in Missoula. This week, it's the controversy around the Missoula College of Technology expansion.... more

The Story of Missoula’s “M”

By MAKE IT MISSOULA. At 620 feet above the city of Missoula and and elevation of 5,158 on the slope of Mt. Sentinel sits a symbol that has become synonymous not only with the University of Montana, but also th... more

Art Studios and Lebowskifests

By CLAY SPRINGMEYER. After a long week of struggles in the studio, I celebrated the completion of my winter session course by heading over to Lebowskifest at the Wilma theater on Saturday night. This movie wil... more

Missoula History

The first inhabitants of the Missoula area were Native Americans from the Salish tribe.  They called the area “Nemissoolatakoo,” which translates roughly to “river of ambush," and eventually gave rise to... more