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Travelers' Rest State Park

Travelers' Rest State Park

Located at a historic and contemporary crossroads, Travelers' Rest State Park 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. For centuries Native Americans also used it as a campsite and trail junction. Salish, Pend d'Oreille and Nez Perce peoples were among those who traditionally occupied the area. Allowing these tribes the opportunity to tell of their history, culture and society is a significant part of the programming at Travelers' Rest State Park.

In the summer of 2002, archeologists 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.

The 41-acre park at an elevation of 3176 ft opened to the public in May of 2002. Travelers' Rest Preservation and Heritage Association, the park's managing organization, is developing the site. Plans include a small diameter timber bridge across Lolo Creek, trails, interpretive pavilions, and several annual events.

Lolo is the starting point for any trip west along US Highway 12. The drive through Lolo Pass closely parallels the Lewis and Clark route, passing through some of the most pristine forest in western Montana. Travelers' Rest State Park is located on Lolo Creek 2 miles from the mouth on the right hand side as you face down stream.

Hours:
June - August: 8:00am - 8:00pm
September - May: 8:00am - 5:00pm

How to get there:
Take US 93 from Missoula towards Lolo 8 miles, then 1/2 mile west on U.S. Highway 12.

For more information and maps visit the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks listing for Travelers' Rest State Park or go to http://www.travelersrest.org

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