Lolo is a community in Missoula County located at the northern end of the Bitterroot Valley. It’s just 20 minutes south of Missoula, so resident pups get the benefit of city amenities, as well as the peace and quiet of a rural setting. When in Lolo, you and your pup are walking in the area that Lewis and Clark traveled through over 200 years ago. Since this pawsome place has two veterinary clinics, your dog will always be close to top notch canine care.
Does your pup love history? Then a visit to Traveler’s Rest State Park is a must. This spot was once a campsite for the Lewis and Clark expedition. An archeological dig in 2002 revealed the only evidence that has ever been found at one of the explorers’ stopping points. After checking out the historic campsite, take your furry friend around the trails. Follow the Lewis and Clark Loop or the North Nature Trail. If you have an energetic pooch, you’ll probably need to combine trails so they get enough exercise. Lolo Creek runs through the park and fishing is available. This is also a pupular spot to view birds or just hang out soak in the lovely scenery.
No bones about it, your dog will love hanging out in Lolo!
If your pup has been lying around all day, grab the leash and head over to the Maloney Ranch Park. Located in Missoula, this spacious park is just 10 minutes from Lolo. Paved walking trails weave in and around open grass fields, giving your pup the ideal spot to exercise. This park features a playground, basketball court, and some picnic tables. Clean up bags are also provided. For a change of scenery, pop over to Kelsey Park. This neighborhood park has a puptastic lawn area your pooch will go mutts over. Take a couple laps around it so they can stretch their legs or just let your pal’s nose be the guide as you meander around.
The Blue Mountain Recreation Area is on the outskirts of southwest Missoula. The main trailhead is conveniently located just 10 minutes from Lolo. The extensive trail system is designed to accommodate all types of users, so don’t be surprised if you run into mountain bikers and horseback riders. The Maclay Flat Interpretive Trail is a mellow hike with the option of either going 1.25 miles or 1.8. Your pooch will trot through tall cottonwood and pine trees before coming to a creekside meadow. Blue Mountain Nature Trail is a short .25 mile trail that overlooks Missoula and the surrounding mountains. Several other trails are available and range in length, so you’re sure to find the one that best suits your pal’s abilities.
Need a new place to walk your pooch? Look no further; this Missoula neighborhood is just 15 minutes away. Start your walk out at Pheasant Run Park, a rustic neighborhood park with a playground and picnic tables. After your pooch is finished sniffing around, venture down Peery Park Trail that begins at the east side of the park. Your pal will love trotting down this unassuming dirt path as it cuts across a quiet grassy field, and may discover a critter or two along the way. Eventually you’ll come to Garland Park, a green space surrounded by shade trees. Paws here for a break and some water before heading back home.
This Missoula neighborhood is home to Big Sky Park, the county’s largest park. Pack up your pooch and drive 15 minutes to this pawsome open space. It spreads across 154 acres and has trails galore. Let your dog be the guide as you make your way around the natural surface paths. They’ll feel like a regular canine explorer as they create new routes or connect established trails. Be sure to use the clean up bags that are provided. As you wander around the park, your pooch will also see an equestrian facility, ball fields, community garden, and picnic pavilions. This is park is also ideal for bird watching.
Is your pup begging for a walk? Then head over to Franklin Park for some doggy cardio. Located less than 15 minutes north of Lolo, this Missoula park has an open grass area surrounded by a paved walking path. Take a couple laps around to get your pup’s heart rate going. If your pal is still rearing to go, hop on the Bitterroot Trail and continue your walk. This 50 mile trail begins in central Missoula, and runs all the way down to Hamilton. The first couple miles run through the city, but then the trail opens up into the beautiful countryside.