Darby’s US Job Corps Works

Last year, Trapper Creek Job Corps students spent just a little over 29,000 hours fighting wildfire or offering support in fire camps.  They turned in another 11,000 hours in training and helping on a variety of natural resource projects around the west.

But beyond all of those numbers, there were lives that were changed forever.

Read the full article here: http://ravallirepublic.com/news/local/article_5383e8c6-c7ac-11e5-a187-d7815a1dba39.html

Darby School District – 1st in Montana


Darby School District received National Accreditation in March 2015 through AdvanceED – the first in Montana.

Superintendent Loyd Rennaker said “Darby School is committed to continuous school improvement and this process has given us clear direction to achieve the best possible education for our students.”

Daniel Sybrant, Ed. D. Director of Advanced Ed in Montana. “Here’s a small school in Montana taking on the national and international accreditation model and the first one in Montana and the third one in whole North West.”

Read full article here at the Ravalli Republic: http://ravallirepublic.com/news/local/article_84b55b40-d802-11e4-9958-c789a9e72435.html

Events and Recreation

Check out the Summer Fun in and around Darby!

HikingOver 1600 miles of hiking trails–easy to difficult–in the Bitterroot National Forest. Enough to satisfy a variety of interests. Wildflower enthusiasts, camera buffs, and families will delight in the Bitterroot’s grandeur and mile-high clean air.

Swimming/Boating/RaftingComo Lake, Painted Rocks Lake State Park, and the Bitterroot River offer great areas for fast or slower paced water fun.

Fishing: Right here in Darby the Bitterroot River has some of the best trout fishing in the country on the East Fork Btterroot, West Fork Bitterroot, or main Bitterroot River. Fishermen have access to streams, rivers and mountain lakes as well.

Wildlife Viewing/Photographers: Bird watchers and hunters are attracted to the area by the variety and abundance of our wildlife species.

Ghost Town Tour: Take a scenic tour through some great Ghost towns that are just a few hours away. Bannack is close so just come on through the Big Hole Valley to the Bitterroot to get on the Lewis and Clark Trail.

Horseback Camping and Riding: Your trail to adventure starts in Darby. Horseback rides and summer pack trips can be found in abundance, through many outfitters, right here in Darby.

Lewis and Clark Trail: Darby is just north of Ross’ Hole in Sula and Lost Trail Pass right on the Lewis and Clark Trail. “Follow the route of the Corps of Discovery across Montana and take in the historical account of the historic journey as well as plan your own expedition to see and experience the same sites and sights that Lewis and Clark experienced more than 200 years ago.”  (visitmt.com)

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks: Here are all the State Park fishing access sites within 10 miles of Darby.

Big Hole National Battlefield: is a memorial to the people who fought and died there on August 9 and 10, 1877; combatants in a five month conflict that came to be called the Nez Perce War of 1877. 10 miles west of Wisdom, Montana and about 1 hour from Darby.

Glacier National Park: Located a scenic 4½ hours away by car.

Yellowstone National Park: Located a scenic 6 hours away by car.

Heritage and History

Darby Pioneer Memorial Museum – Historical items of the past. Darby’s Pioneer Memorial Museum (see image above) was originally one of the first hand-hewn homestead cabins built in the area. It was crafted by early settler Evelin Matteson in 1886 on his homestead near the mouth of Tin Cup Creek. It is located beside the Town Hall (Map Link)

DARBYRANGERUS Forest Service –  Darby Ranger Station Visitor Center and Museum – History and recreation come together at the historic Darby Ranger Stations Visitor’s Center and Museum. The building, built between 1937 and 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, was the district ranger station until 1964.  After a new ranger station was built, the old one was used for storage.