Travelers' Rest State Park

6717 Highway 12 W
Lolo, MT 59487

406-273-4253

Located at an historic and contemporary crossroads, Travelers' Rest State Park and National Historic Landmark is a place where visitors can say with certainty that they are walking in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. The Park is at the core of a campsite used by the Corps of Discovery from September 9 - 11, 1805 and again from June 30 - July 3, 1806.

In the summer of 2002, archaeologists uncovered evidence of the Corps of Discovery's visit to the area, including a trench latrine tainted with mercury, fire hearths, and lead used in the repair and manufacture of firearms. The discovery makes Travelers' Rest the only campsite on the Lewis and Clark Trail with physical evidence of the expedition.

For centuries Native Americans also used the area as a campsite and trail junction. Salish, Pend d'Oreille and Nez Perce peoples were among those who traditionally occupied the area. Native American storytellers bring their history, culture and society to life as part of the programming at Travelers' Rest State Park.

With Lolo Creek running through the park, Travelers' Rest is an idyllic spot for strolling the park's trails, and offers a rich bird habitat, with more than 115 species recorded within the park boundaries. Be sure to stop at the Visitor's Center and Museum for a fascinating look at Lewis & Clark Expedition replicas, Salish culture, Native American hand crafts, a frontier Main Street, and more. The park also has a pavilion available for rent. Contact the park to make a reservation.

Travelers' Rest Preservation and Heritage Association is the park's cooperative managing organization. Interpretative programs are offered daily in the summer, with special events promoted throughout the year.

Activities

Archaeology
Bicycling
Bird Watching
Children's Activities
Cultural
Education
Exhibit
Fishing
Fly Fishing
Heritage
Hiking
History
Lewis And Clark
Museum
Nature
Photography
Picnicking
Sightseeing
Stream Fishing
Visitor Center
Wildlife Viewing

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