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Blue Mountain Recreation Area

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Other Names

Lolo National Forest, Missoula Ranger District, Missoula Valley, Sapphire Mountains, Rattlesnake Mountains, Hayes Creek, Steelman Creek, Blue Mountain Saddle, Bitterroot River

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Lolo National Forest has about 14.5 miles of motorized trails open to dirt bikes with around four miles open to ATV use. The single track trails are mostly smooth and fast and are well maintained.

The area offers panoramic views of the Sapphire and Rattlesnake Mountains however to get the most out this trail system you would need to bring a mountain bike to explore the remaining twenty miles of non-motorized trails. Large trailers are not recommended due to limited space at the staging area.

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Permit RequiredYesMontana OHV Permit
Dates OpenMay 1 - November 30
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoA non-resident temporary registration sticker is required. (As of March 2020, Montana no longer honors stickers from any other states.)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome Areas(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSSome Areas(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areaspermitted in the west area
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingNo
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityMissoula, MT
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Missoula, MT
1) Take US-93 South about 2 miles
2) Turn right (north) onto Blue Mountain Road, continue .6 miles
3) Turn right (north) to stay on Blue Mountain Road, continue .7 miles
4) Turn left (west) onto Forest Service Road 365, continue 2.7 miles
5) Staging area is on the left (south).


Contact InfoLolo National Forest - Missoula Ranger District
Fort Missoula Bldg. 24
Missoula, MT 59804
(406) 329-3814
Contact InfoMontana Fish, Wildlife And Parks
1420 East 6th Avenue
Helena, MT 59620-0701
(406) 444-2950
CommentMontana OHV Permit Info


Blue Mountain Trail Photo

Blue Mountain Recreation Area Trail

Photo Submitted 7/14/2019 (Thanks!)

Blue Mountain Trail Photo

Blue Mountain Recreation Area Trail

Photo Submitted 9/13/2015 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size4,900 acres (8 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail18
Climate TypeForest
Elevation3900 to 5500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe national forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (NE)Fast Trip Gas Station (406) 829-9000
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (NE)Fast Trip Gas Station (406) 829-9000
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (N)Missoula KOA (406) 549-0881
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (N)Missoula KOA (406) 549-0881
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (N)Missoula KOA (406) 549-0881
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (N)Missoula KOA (406) 549-0881
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (NE)Fast Trip Gas Station (406) 829-9000
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