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Lewis & Clark The Corps of Discovery Through Western Montana
Travelers' Rest State Park

The Corps of Discovery Through Western Montana

The Lewis and Clark Expedition played an important role in America’s history—and Montana’s. In 1804, the Corps of Discovery set out to explore lands west of the Mississippi River. Follow in the footsteps of captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, visiting the now-historical landmarks in Western Montana’s Glacier Country where they spent time more than 200 years ago on their expedition across the West. Click here for full trail info.

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Travelers' Rest Connection - Lolo

A historic and contemporary crossroads, Travelers' Rest was used by Lewis and Clark during 1805 and 1806 and is the only campsite on the Lewis and Clark Trail that has archaeologically verified evidence of their expedition. Prior to its use by Lewis and Clark, Travelers' Rest was used as a campsite and trail junction by the Salish, Pend d'Oreille and Nez Perce Indians. Storytelling by these tribes remains a significant part of the program at the park. Stop in at the visitor center and museum for a fascinating look at Lewis and Clark Expedition replicas, Salish culture, American Indian handicrafts, a frontier Main Street, and more.

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Travelers' Rest State Park
Travelers' Rest Connection

Ravalli County Museum & Historical Society Exhibit – Hamilton

Learn about Lewis and Clark’s travels through the Bitterroot Valley in 1805 and 1806, where they encountered the Salish Indians and shaped the history of this beautiful valley.

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Ravalli County Museum & Historical Society

Packer Meadow - Lolo Pass

Packer Meadow represents the site where the Corps of Discovery camped overnight on September 13, 1805. It’s located in the Clearwater National Forest east of Lolo Pass Visitor Center. You can access the area by vehicle, and there are also hiking trails with inter¬pretive signage.

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Packer Meadow - National Park Service

Ross' Hole - Sula

On September 4, 1805, the Corps of Discovery descended into the valley now known as Ross’ Hole where they were welcomed by around 400 Salish Indians and spent the day communicating with chiefs, trading gifts and goods, and exchanging horses. Ross’ Hole is located along U.S. Highway 93, next to the Sula Country Store. On-site interpretive signage details the story of Lewis and Clark’s visit.

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Ross’ Hole - National Park Service

Gibbons Pass - Near Sula

William Clark parted ways with Meriwether Lewis in July of 1806 to explore the Yellowstone River, passing over the Continental Divide on an Indian road at what is now Gibbons Pass before descending into the Big Hole Valley. Sacagawea played an instrumental role in navigating the route across the divide. Gibbons Pass is located in the Bitterroot National Forest and is accessible from the Sula Ranger Station via Forest Road 106. Visitors will find interpretive signage along the roadway.

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Gibbons Pass - National Park Service

Two Medicine Fight Site - Between Browning and Cut Bank

Two Medicine Fight Site represents the first military conflict between the United States and a Plains Tribe, and the only violent en¬counter between the Lewis and Clark Expedition and American Indians of the entire journey. Please note: The site is located on private property within the eastern boundary of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and permission is required for access.

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Two Medicine Fight Site - National Park Service

Camp Disappointment - Between Browning and Cut Bank

This northernmost camp and National Historic Landmark established by the Lewis and Clark expedition is located on the Blackfeet Reservation between Cut Bank and Browning, Montana, and the site is open to the public. Meriwether Lewis camped here while trying to decipher how far north the Marias River extended, but his plan was thwarted by foul weather and lack of provisions.

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Camp Disappointment - National Park Service
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