Need a change of scenery? Then head to the Beavertail Hill State Park for some R&R with your pooch! Located 26 miles southeast of Missoula, this 65-acre site is the pawfect spot to recharge your batteries. A visit to Beavertail Hill will surely have your pupper's tail wagging, too!
Doggos who love their walkies will want to hit the self-guided nature trail right away. Allot about an hour for this hike, which starts on Beavertail Hill Park Road and meanders through a thick canopy of cottonwoods. Pawse at the interpretive signs to learn more about the park's riparian habitat, and keep your eyes peeled for the various wildlife species that call the area home. Don't forget to keep your pooch on a leash and pick up whatever they put down. Always carry doggie waste bags and water bottles, which you can refill by the amphitheater.
If you have your own boat, don't miss the chance to explore the Clark Fork River, which can be accessed via the hand launch boat ramp in the northeast corner of the park. Remember to strap on Fido's life jacket before you go for a paddle on the water! For an extended adventure, make yourselves at home in one of the park's campsites. There are also two Sioux-style tipis, but these are off-limits to furry visitors, so you and Fido will have to stay in the campground. Whether you stay in a tent or RV, be sure to observe quiet hours between 10 PM and 7 AM. Note that you might hear trains passing by at night, as there is a track nearby.
Beavertail Hill is free to enter for Montana residents who pay the state parks fee with their annual vehicle registration. For out-of-state guests, there is an entrance fee of $6 per vehicle or $4 per walk-in.
For a refreshing outdoor excursion with Fido, look no further than the Beavertail Hill State Park!