Elk Country

Missoula is home to the international headquarters of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, whose mission is to ensure the future of elk in their natural habitat.

Photo courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

When you’re in Western Montana, you’re in elk country.  And what better place than Missoula to be home to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

More than a museum, the Elk Foundation’s Visitor Center features a number of interactive exhibits where you can learn more about elk, elk country, and the roll the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation plays in conservation.

When exploring exhibits you can test your knowledge of wildlife, hear an elk bugle, identify animal tracks, feel the weight of an elk antler, enjoy wildlife conservation films, and more. The Visitor Center also features an impressive display of elk trophy mounts and a gift shop.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Visitor Center also features a beautiful, wooded nature trail that meanders around 22-acres of Elk Foundation property. Often seen on the property are white-tailed deer, turkeys, bald eagles, owls, and other wildlife so keep your eyes open when walking the trail.

The mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is to ensure the future of elk and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Among the many achievements of the Foundation are the protection and enhancement of more than 5.7 million acres and the restoration of long-absent elk populations in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Ontario. The Foundation currently has more than 158,000 members, 500 chapters across the country, and more than 10,000 volunteers.

The annual Elk Camp, a hunting, fishing, and outdoor expo, is the Foundation’s flagship annual event held in a different city every year.

The Visitor Center is located at the Foundation headquarters just off of Interstate 90 at the Reserve Street exit. The Center is open year round and admission is free. For Visitor Center hours, driving directions, or more information on the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, visit the Foundation website.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
5705 Grant Creek Rd.
(406) 523-4500 or (800) CALL-ELK