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, kenterphotography.com

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Best Entertainment Places in Missoula

There's something available for everyone when you visit Missoula! Here are just a few: ... more

Do You Want To Take Up A New Hobby? Climbing Just Might Be The Thing For You

Hiking has many benefits, which makes it worth trying. Here are some of them that will inspire you to try it out.... more

Here’s What You Need to Look For When Buying a Rifle Scope

Here are some things that you need to look for when buying a new rifle scope for your gun.... more

How To Pick The Right Spot To Go On Your Next Camping Adventure

Whether you’re the kind of camper who loves doing group activities or someone who prefers hiking off-trail, here are some tips for picking the right camping spot. ... more

4 Top Fish Finders: How To Make The Most Out Of Your Fishing Trip

There are numerous options for fish finders to choose from. Here's a guide on the best fish finder devices available on the market in 2021. ... more

Must-Visit States in the Western U.S. for Every Type of Traveler

In this article we take a look at four specific Western locations that both tourists and even local Americans must visit at least once.... more

An Exceptional Clothes Guide for Fishing in the Tropics

From hot and humid to sudden wet and cold, the weather in the tropics will test your clothing. Here's what you need to know:... more

Professional Equipment That’ll Greatly Improve Your Hunting Experience

When you go hunting, you will need the necessary equipment. When you prepare thoroughly, it is easy to capture your prey.... more

Missoula Favorite Lil’ Smokies to Headline River City Roots Festival

The Lil’ Smokies will be the Saturday night headliner for the 15th annual River City Roots Festival in the streets of Downtown Missoula August 27-28, 2021.... more

Be Safe on Montana’s Waters This Summer

Montana’s many rivers, lakes and reservoirs offer fun recreational opportunities but it’s important to remember to be safe while enjoying the water.... more

A Beginner’s Guide for Buying a Bike

Choose a good bike that is well-suited to the type of riding you do regularly.... more

Tips for Becoming a Biking Family

These are tips you'll need as a beginner cyclist to help every member of the family get on board with biking.... more

Top Benefits of CBD Dog Treats

Giving your dog good CBD treats from brands like holistapet helps keep your pet healthy. Here are some of the benefits of healthy doggy snacks.... more

3 Tips For Your First Hunting Trip In Montana

To help you with this and get educated in the necessary areas, here are three tips for your first hunting trip in Montana. ... more

Missoula’s Beloved Out to Lunch & Downtown ToNight Summer Series are Back!

Downtown Missoula comes to life with the 35th season of Out to Lunch on Wednesday, June 2 and the 20th season of Downtown ToNight on Thursday, June 3. ... more

Missoula Children’s Theatre in-person Performances!

The MCT Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce a summer of Beanstalks, Frogs, Princes, Buzzards and so much more! ... more

The 6 Compelling Reasons Why Solar Energy Is Now High In Demand

Here's why, NOW, is the perfect time to hop on the renewable energy train and go green today.... more

Live Bait Fishing Regulations Vary Across the State

With fishing season in full swing across Montana, anglers need to keep in mind some important regulations pertaining to live bait.... more

Hiking VS Camping – Why Not Both?

Today we’ll talk about the differences and similarities of camping and hiking, as well as the reasons why you can do both in one run.... more

There Are A Million Ways You Can Camp: Check Out The Most Common Ones

Ways to spend time in the wild vary almost as widely as the gear required for the activity. Take your pick from any of the following forms. They’re presented from least to most glamourous. ... more

Steps Every Fisherman Should Follow To Get The Most Out Of The Experience

Follow these steps to learn how to find and catch more fish, and, of course, become a better angler.... more

Celebrate Mother’s Day Out on the Water

This weekend give your mom the best Mother’s Day gift around – take her fishing!... more

Interested In Learning How To Play Golf? Here’s What You Need To Know

Taking up golf can be intimidating. The following tips can help you gain more confidence and improve your playing style.... more

River City Roots Festival Moving Forward

Music. Art. Food. Community. The Missoula Downtown Association’s River City Roots Festival returns to the streets of Downtown Friday and Saturday August 27-28.... more

Making The Most Of The Vegan Scene In Missoula

Whether you're a born and bred Missoulian or you've just moved to the area, how can you make the most of your vegan experience?... more

Useful Things You Might Want to Bring on Your Next Camping Trip

Tents, sleeping bags, clothes, and so on. Here are some useful things you can take with you on your next camping trip. ... more

5 UTV Tips for Beginners to Enjoy the Ride in Safety

If you plan to ride on the Moab or the Imperial Dunes, read on to learn how to avoid rookie UTV mistakes and enjoy a memorable UTV ride!... more

Hunting Permit Drawing Results Now Available

The wait is over as the deer and elk permit drawing is complete, just 12 days after the application deadline. ... more

5 Ways to Maximize Your Golfing Experience

Here are 5 ways to maximize the whole golfing experience. ... more

MCT Presents Schoolhoue Rock Live!

To close the 50th Anniversary year, the Missoula Community Theatre is going back to school and the stage with Schoolhouse Rock Live! ... more

Want to Try Kayak Fishing? Here’s How to Prepare

Kayak fishing is one of the best ways to spend a relaxing day on the water. If you're a beginner, here are some ways to prepare for your first day on the water. ... more

MCT Presents Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon KIDS

Come on inside the Magic Tree House with the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), as they present the musical adaptation of Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon KIDS. ... more

6 Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste Today

Reducing plastic waste is one of the best things you can do to make a greater impact on environmental conservation.... more

How Golfing Can Easily Help You Combat Depression

Studies have shown that golf has therapeutic effects on human health. Here are a few ways in which golfing can easily help you combat depression.... more

Be Bear Aware When Recreating Outdoors

Bears are emerging from dens with the onset of spring, and people are reminded to “Be Bear Aware.”... more

MDA Commences Planning & Production of Summer Events with Cautious Optimism

The Missoula Downtown Association will plan to host a modified (i.e. limited) version of the beloved Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight Summer Series events, beginning the first week of June.... more

Mount Jumbo South Zone Closure Extended to March 22

In consultation with wildlife biologists at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Parks and Recreation has extended the Mt. Jumbo South Zone winter wildlife closure to March 22.... more

MCT Announces Summer Day Camps

MCT is excited to host 6 summer day camps: Jack and the Beanstalk (June 14-18 and July 5-9); The Frog Prince (June 21-25 and July 12-16) and The Wiz of the West (June 28-July 2 and July 19-23).... more

7 Essential Things Every Hunter Should Know

Here are seven essential things every hunter should know and must put into practice. ... more

6 Must-haves For Every Hunter For An Ultimate Experience

Preparation is key if you want to be safe and successful while hunting. If you want to make your hunt a memorable experience, follow this easy guide.... more

Beauty Lou and the Country Beast Day Camp March 15-19

Beauty Lou and the Country Beast will mosey on to the stage of the MCT Center for the Performing Arts March 15-19. Open to students in grades K-12.... more

Tips for Easily Staying Safe When Skiing

Like most sports out there, skiing can be hazardous, particularly if the necessary precautions are overlooked. Here are tips for easily staying safe when skiing.... more

Going Rock Climbing? Here Are The Essential Items You Should Get

To make the job easier for you, we’ve picked out the most important items that you should get before going rock climbing. ... more

Going Solar? Here’s What to Keep in Mind

Going solar can be rewarding for multiple reasons. Not only is it a way to cut your utility costs, but it’s also an excellent way to give back to the environment.... more

2021 Smith River Permit Drawing Results Now Available

The permit lottery results to float Smith River State Park in 2021 are now available online at fwp.mt.gov.... more

Everything You Need To Know Before Buying Yourself A Hoverboard

Here’s everything you need to know before buying yourself a hoverboard.... more

Hunting and Fishing License Year Begins March 1st

The new license year opens March 1, which means that is the day you can buy your 2021 hunting and fishing licenses and begin applying for permits and special licenses.... more

A Tour Around Missoula, Montana’s Nightlife

If you’ve been to the gorgeous hub of five valleys in Montana, also known as Missoula, you’d know for sure that it’s a one-of-a-kind destination with many things to see.... more

MCT Upcoming Show: Shrek the Musical JR

The Missoula Children's Theatre is excited to wave the “freak flag” and raise the collective laughter level of the world as it presents Shrek The Musical JR. ... more

How To Go Green In 2021

Here are some tips to start going green in 2021, and work to save the planet. ... more