The Story Behind the "M"

The "M" is 620 feet above the Missoula Valley floor. It is 125' feet long and 100' feet wide. University of Montana forestry students cut the switchbacks into the side of the hill in the early 1900's. The first "M" was assembled out of whitewashed rocks in 1909, and given a fresh coat of paint by freshmen every year, until 1968, when all those rocks were cemented together with concrete.

Photo by Nelson Kenter,

About Missoula Weather


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About Missoula Weather

Missoula weather is much milder in the winter and warmer in the summer than most people assume. And that’s one of its best kept secrets.

Residing in the hub of five converging valleys, Missoula is protected by mountains on all sides. Missoula’s mild climate, combined with long summer days due to its northern longitude, lends an ability for lush vegetation and gardens to grow with ease. Missoula’s growing season is longer than any other Montana community. Hence, Missoula’s nickname — the Garden City.

Although the city can indeed experience temperature extremes from time to time, for the most part Missoulians enjoy four distinct seasons and a climate milder than its northern Rocky Mountain location might suggest.

Missoula Weather – Average High and Low Temps

Average monthly precipitation