Stevensville is a rural town nestled in the Bitterroot Valley in Ravalli County. Although it’s small, it plays a large part in Montana’s history; it is on record as the first permanent settlement in Montana. With the Bitterroot Mountains to the east and the Sapphire Range to the west, this beautiful little town is a haven for pets and people who love the outdoors. This pupperific place even has its own veterinary clinic.
Stevensville has a few parks that will delight your doggo. The Lewis and Clark Park not only pays tribute to the famous discovery duo, it also gives your pup a great area to roam. Get your pal’s heart rate pumping with a couple laps around the wide open multipurpose fields. If you have two legged children in tow, stop by the playground or basketball court. For a change of scenery, head over to Father Ravalli Park. It’s got a long grassy area that your pooch can frolic around.
Bitterroot River Park is a beautiful spot to hang out
with your pup. Take a stroll along the nature trail or try your hand at
fishing. For a pawsome walk with your pooch, hop on the 1.5 mile Stevensville
Bike Path. It connects the River Park to Fort Owen State Park.
With stunning mountain views, winding rivers, and nearby trails, Stevensville will make your pup bark with joy!
If your pooch is a history buff, then pay a visit to Fort Owen State Park to learn about Stevensville’s important past. This spot has played a big role in the area. Among other things, it was the home of the first church, settlement, mill, and school. Today pets and their parents can check out the grounds or stop by for a picnic. When you’re tummies are full, take your pal for a walk along the Stevensville River Trail. Walk north to the River Park and hang out by the Bitterroot River. You can also head south to visit the small, but furrific, Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Does your pooch love hitting the trails? Then pack some water, snacks, and a leash and head over to Kootenai Creek Trailhead. Venture into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness on this pupular trail as it cuts through tall granite cliffs and follows the crystal clear Kootenai Creek. Fresh mountain water tumbles down scattered boulders and creates the perfect spots for splashing. The trail runs nine miles to Kootenai Lakes, but many people just hike a few miles before calling it a day. No matter how far you go, your pooch will be in heaven. Swimming holes, rocks to climb on, sticks to fetch, and plenty of dirt make this one puptastic trail!
Drive 10 minutes south and you’ll come to the small town of Victor, home of Cowboy Troy’s, a locally owned and operated restaurant and saloon. Gobble down a slice of brick oven pizza while lounging with your pooch on the outside patio. After your meal, head over to the Bitterroot Trail to burn off some calories. This trail stretches about 50 miles from Missoula to Hamilton. Needless to say, you’ll have plenty of room to walk your furry friend. Gaze at the Bitterroot mountains while getting some exercise. Keep your pup on leash since you’re sure to encounter cyclists and maybe even a horseback rider or two.
The Big Creek Trail is located in Victor and is about 25 minutes from Stevensville. Make no mistake, your four legged hiking partner will go mutts over this trail. It runs alongside the Big Creek drainage and heads nine miles up a gorgeous granite canyon to Big Creek Lake, the largest alpine lake in the Bitterroot mountains. Of course, you don’t have to hike the whole trail to have a great time. During the trail’s first two miles your pooch can access the creek’s sandy beaches. If you opt not to hike to the lake, pick a spot by the water and let your pup splash and play in the mellow current.