The Best Places to Raise Outdoor Kids: Missoula, Montana

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Missoula Montana Living and Real EstateWant to get your children hooked on the active life? In these five family-friendly towns, adventure is right outside the front door.

By: , Outside Online Sunday, June 30, 2013
Montana’s second largest city, sits at the confluence of three rivers—the Bitterroot, Clark Fork, and Blackfoot—and enjoys views of five distinct mountain ranges. Combined, these spaces make for some incomparable opportunities to immerse your kids “in a sea of wilderness even if you don’t have a car,” says writer Teresa Ponikvar, who went to college in the town. The downtown area is bike-friendly, and the Clark Fork Riverfront Trail is an ideal spot to introduce your young one to a bike; most of the trail is flat and wide. Rattlesnake National Recreation Area in the Lolo National Forest is so close to downtown that the city bus will drop you and your little one off at the park’s entrance.