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

Archive for the ‘Recreation’ Category

Montana Road Trip: Exploring the Beauty of Big Sky Country

Buckle up and get ready to experience the captivating allure of Montana on an unforgettable road trip adventure.... more

FWP Reminder: Be Bear Aware When Recreating Outdoors

Remove or secure food attractants and keep a clean campsite As spring weather approaches, we’re all anxious to head outdoors, and bears are leaving their winter dens. This time of year, bears are waking up f... more

Reeling in Memories: The Joy of Family Fishing Trips

Let's explore the magic of family fishing trips, from the anticipation of the journey to the shared tales around the campfire.... more

How Proper Gear Can Improve Your Hiking Experience

When properly equipped, the wilderness transforms into a majestic wonderland calling adventurers deeper into its sanctuary.... more

Winter Wildlife Closures on Mt. Jumbo, Mt. Dean Stone Begin Dec. 1st

Missoula Parks and Recreation reminds hikers and bikers that some City open space areas are closed in the winter months to protect wildlife.... more

Putting Missoula on the Flight Map

Let's take a look at just what's brought about this surge in popularity and the options for tourists looking to fly into Missoula.... more

September is Bear Aware Month

Being outdoors means being with wildlife. Here's some simple advice for staying safe while exploring the outdoors and in bear country.... more

Warm Water Prompts Full Fishing Closures and Hoot-Owl Restrictions on Some Streams

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is advising anglers that full fishing closures and hoot-owl restrictions will be in effect starting July 26 on portions of some rivers and creeks in western and southwestern Monta... more

3 of the Best Reasons to Move to Missoula if You Have Kids

When raising a young family, parents must consider the environment they want their children to grow in because environments can shape who they become.  Traditionally moving was complicated, especially f... more

FWP REMINDER: Be Bear Aware When Recreating Outdoors

As you make plans for the July 4th holiday, be sure to review these precautionary steps to “Be Bear Aware”:... more

Keep AIS Prevention Protocols in Mind This Fourth of July

As boaters and other water recreationists gear up for the July 4th holiday, they need to follow the rules to prevent aquatic invasive species from affecting Montana’s waters.... more

6 Ideas for Practical Use of PVC Tarpaulins You Didn’t Know

From creating an outdoor shelter to a DIY hammock, here are six ideas for the practical use of tarpaulins that will help make your next project easier and more enjoyable! ... more

Things to Do in Missoula: Tourist Attractions and More

With a rich blend of outdoor adventures, cultural attractions, and lively local cuisine, there's something for everyone in Missoula, MT.... more

Mount Jump South Zone Closure Extended

In consultation with state wildlife biologists, Parks and Recreation has extended the Mount Jumbo South Zone winter wildlife closure beyond the scheduled March 15 opening date.... more

Top 8 Things to Do Near Missoula

In this guide, we will share some of the best activities you should do near Missoula, so click to know about these interesting activities. ... more

How To Get Started With Spearfishing

If you're a beginner, keep reading this article to learn how to get started with spearfishing.   ... more

Best Ice Fishing Spots in Vernal, Utah

The temperature is dropping; The ice is getting thick. Grab your gear because it's time to go ice fishing. ... more

How to Survive in the Wilderness – 2023

Every person who got lost in the woods had no plans of doing so. In this guide, we cover the basic things you need to do to survive in the wilderness. ... more

Uncovering the Hidden Gems of Missoula: The Best Things to Do in the City

In the Montana metropolis of Missoula, there is something for everyone. The city offers numerous undiscovered jewels, from outdoor activities to cultural events, just waiting to be found and experienced.... more

Why You Should Try Kayak Fishing In Missoula

Are you considering a trip to Missoula, Montana? Try Kayak fishing as it takes you to amazing waters and sceneries.... more

Which Karambit Knife Skins Can be Considered a Safe Investment?

Karambit knives have a long reputation for being some of the best and most practical knives out there. here are some models to consider:... more

The Best Wakesurf Spots In Missoula

If you’re planning a water adventure in Missoula, here’s a quick list of the best ones:... more

Best Rifle Magazines in 2022

our rifle becomes unreliable when feeding from a poor-quality mag. Read our guide and shop for the best magazines for AR-15 and other platforms. ... more

Protect Yourself From Heat And Sweat With A Lightweight Hunting Outfit

If you want to protect yourself from heat and sweat, lightweight hunting gear is the best bet for you and here's why:... more

Sheep Return to City Open Space, Some Areas Temporarily Closed to Dogs

The City of Missoula’s wooliest employees are back this summer to help with noxious weed control on City Open Space.... more

PBR’s Challenger Series Stomps into Kalispell (PHOTO GALLERY)

It was a historic night of bull riding Friday in the Flathead as Brady Oleson claimed victory at the first PBR Challenger Series event to be held in Montana.... more

6 Interesting Things To Do In Missoula

Missoula is a great place to live and visit. Find out six interesting things to do while in the city. ... more

You Should Try These Exciting Water Adventures at Least Once in Your Life

If you are planning on going for a vacation to a seaside destination or any other place that offers access to freshwater, here are some things to do:... more

Types of Surfboards: Their Usage and Components

Here we discuss some of the most common surfboards and their appropriate usage:... more

Why Consider Caregiver Jobs in Missoula Montana

If you are currently in the health care field (or hope to be) and you want to offer your services in a caring community set within the Northern Rockies, come to Missoula.... more

How Tactical Gear Impacts Your Performance While Hunting

Here are some tips on tactical gear that will improve your hunting success:... more

Main Reasons to Travel to Missoula as a Student

Do you want to visit Missoula and have a good time enjoying your holiday? Here are the main reasons why this city is suitable for any student.... more

5 Tips for Visiting National Parks With Children

Our national parks can feel intimidating when you're watching out for little ones. Here are some useful tips for managing:... more

5 Things to Consider Before Taking Your Dog to the Mountains With You

Make sure you've considered the following five points to ensure your dog's safety while in the mountains with you.... more

Could the Reserve Golf Course at Moonlight Basin Become a Regular Stop-off on the PGA Tour?

It's no secret that The Reserve Golf Course at Moonlight Basin is a breathtaking golf course that maximizes any golf experience.... more

The Dos and Don’ts of Taking Your Dog Camping: What You Need to Know

Here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind as you draw closer to your next adventure with Fido.... more

Aim to Shoot: Tips on How to Easily Improve Your Aim

Shooting can be fun but aiming at targets is the tricky part. Read this article for some key tips to improve your aim easily. ... more

City Sponsors Christmas Ever-Green Tree Recycling Program

The City of Missoula is hosting its annual Christmas Ever-Green tree recycling program, Dec. 26 to Jan. 14. Residents may drop off cut Christmas trees at three area parks and at Garden City Compost to be recycl... more

The Seven Best Ski Resorts in Canada in 2021

We are pleased to present to you our list of the top ski resorts to visit this season, promising fun for the whole family!... more

A List Of 6 Fun Things To Do In Your Leisure Time

Here are six things you can do during your leisure time: ... more

5 Ways to Make Your Camper Feel Like Home

With a bit of effort and money, here’s how to make your camper look homier. ... more

Where To Ride A Bike In Missoula?

If you’re someone who enjoys active outdoor recreation, you might want to take your electric bike on a journey to Missoula. Here are some places to check out for your next bike ride:... more

Elk Hunting in Montana: What you need to know?

In 2020, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks reported 170,000 elk population, and it can be said that Montana is a dreamland for avid elk hunters.... more

How to Holiday at Home in Missoula

Here are some of the things you could try in Missoula, but use our website to do a little searching and you'll be amazed at what you can find.... more

Setting Bad Habits Ablaze: 7 Campfire Cooking Mistakes to Avoid

Next time you want to cook up some camp stove burgers for the family, here are seven campfire cooking mistakes to avoid.... more

Outdoor Activities you Do With Your Pet in Missoula

Tucked away into a peaceful corner of the Rockies, the pet-friendly city of Missoula offers plenty of outdoor activities you can do with your pet. ... more

Things to Do in College Instead of Partying

Check out this list for a few activities you might consider adding to your college schedule.... more

Top 10 Cars That Fit the Montana Outdoors

To go out and enjoy Montana's outdoors, the first thing you need is a vehicle that can take you where you want to go. Here are some ideas:... more

Public Invited to Marshall Mountain Celebration September 12

Missoula Parks and Recreation invites residents to tour the new Marshall Mountain Park on Sunday, September 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.... more