If your pup loves pine covered mountain ranges and a small town atmosphere, then Victor is the place to be. Located in Ravalli County, this laid back community is smack dab in the middle of the picturesque Bitterroot Valley. Its fascinating history includes the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Salish Kootenai Native Americans, and a silver mining boom. The lucky dogs that live in Victor are close to pawsome hiking, fishing, and hunting. Plus, this town even has its own veterinary clinic that keeps the canine pupulation healthy and happy.
Since it’s on the smaller side, Victor only has one community park. Your pooch will enjoy a spin around the open lawn at Victor Park. It sits in the middle of town, so you’ll probably run into some friendly faces during your stroll. Cozy up to one of the trees for a relaxing break and spend a lazy afternoon with your pal. But if your dog would rather keep walking, hop on the Bitterroot Trail. Stretching from Missoula to Hamilton, this paved walkway passes right by Victor Park. Head either north or south for a scenic workout.
When hunger strikes, head to Cowboy Troy’s, where you can enjoy a slice of pizza or tasty appetizers at outdoor tables with your pup.
Hours of hiking, beautiful mountain scenery, and a dog friendly
vibe, make Victor a pawsome place to raise a four legged family member!
The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most delightful spots in the valley. Located in Stevensville, it’s 25 minutes north of Victor. Although it’s a little ways away, your pooch will thoroughly enjoy a trip to this park. Since it is a wildlife refuge, leashed canine visitors can only explore the Wildlife Viewing Area. But, this area is nearly 300 acres, so your pup will still have plenty of room to move about. The 2.5 mile trail meanders through a variety of terrains including wetlands, forests, and riparian habitat. The refuge houses dozens of critters. Keep your eyes peeled for marmots, deer, beavers, and raccoons.
Looking for somewhere new to walk your dog? Head over to Stevensville and pay a visit to the Lewis and Clark Park. This pawsome open space is less than 15 minutes from Victor and provides your pooch with a large area to roam. This town is also home to the Bitterroot River Park. Yep, you guessed right, this beautiful park sits on the banks of the Bitterroot River. Bring a picnic and fishing pole and hang out for the afternoon. Or if your pal prefers being on the move, follow the 1.5 mile Stevensville River Trail down to Fort Owen State Park. Stop by this historic site and learn all about the settlement of this area.
If your pooch is ready for an adventure, check out Bear Creek Falls Trail. It begins in a small campground and heads up a scenic granite drainage. Your pooch can romp through the forest and sniff around for the perfect stick. Along the way, slabs of granite rock create a natural playground. Feel free to wander off the trail and splash in the pools of clear mountain water. About 1.5 miles into your hike, you’ll come to the main waterfall. Leave your inhibitions behind and jump in the refreshing water and swim around with your pup. This place is so pawsome, good luck trying to get your dog to go home!
The Sweathouse Creek Trail is the perfect hike for dogs who love a challenge. With a rushing waterfall, some say it is the most beautiful hike in the area. Like most hikes in the Bitterroots, the trail makes its way up a drainage and is surrounded by granite cliffs. Since it is a steady climb, your pooch will get a great leg workout. Chances are you’ll encounter some muddy patches and strewn boulders and logs along the way. But the views of the falls are totally worth it! It’s five miles round trip, so bring enough water and snacks to keep your energy flowing.
It’s easy to see why Big Creek Trail is one of the area’s most pupular trails. It runs parallel to Big Creek as the cascading waters make their way down the drainage. During the first couple miles of the hike, you’ll find access to some sandy beaches along the creek. If your pup needs a little break, paws at one of the swimming holes. Your pal can splash around in the cool mountain water before continuing up the trail. It’s about 9 miles to Big Creek Lake, but you can always turn around if your pup tuckers out. No bones about it, this trail will make your dog’s tail wag!