Winter Activities

Winter Sports: Darby and the Bitterroot Valley offer the finest in winter sports activities. Lost Trail Powder Mountain is one of the best downhill slopes in the state. Our cross-country skiing is one of the best in Montana along with miles and miles of snowmobile trails. If downhill skiing isn’t your pace, check out the trail on Chief Joseph Pass, just across the road.

Hunting: Make Darby your base camp for hunting in the Bitterroot Mountains where you will find a hunter’s paradise. Big game species include mountain sheep, elk, bear, white tail and mule deer, mountain lion and moose. We have several Outfitters based right here in Darby.

Darby Ranger DistrictCheck out a map of all the great activities in 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.

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.”  (

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks: Here are all the State Park 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.