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Missoula is a Special Place

Destination Missoula

Downtown Missoula across the Clark Fork River It is hard to top Missoula as a beautiful place to live and study. Missoula is ringed by snow-capped mountains and two rivers, the Clark Fork and the Bitterroot, flow through town. If you enjoy outdoor recreation or want a peaceful place to study, you will fall in love with Missoula.

Missoula is a friendly town, full of active folks who appreciate their natural surroundings and are dedicated to preserving them. People of all ages participate in outdoor activities, from running in the annual River Bank Run to climbing to the "M" on Mount Sentinel. Biking is a way of life, both for transportation and recreation, and Missoula is considered one of the top biking communities in the country.

Missoula's quaint downtown is only a few blocks from campus. Here you will find numerous buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places housing boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and coffee shops. Down by the river is Caras Park, where the town turns out to enjoy free music and entertainment. Here, you will also find A Carousel for Missoula, one of the few in the country. The horses were hand-carved by local Missoulians as a labor of love.

For a small city, Missoula is remarkably sophisticated. We enjoy many of the luxuries of big-city life, such as art galleries and museums, high-quality performing arts, and a huge variety of restaurants, first-run movies, and fantastic shopping, without the hassles of big-city traffic and crime. Missoula is a great place to live, raise a family, and get an education.

Dean Hellinger Photos

Dean Hellinger has generously contributed many photos for the Law School use. He currently resides in Shelby, Montana. Hellinger attended The University of Montana, receiving a BA in Economics in 1956. He is a past president of the UM Alumni Association,past director of the Montana World Trade Center, and advisory board member of the Davidson Honors College.  He is a retired farmer and long-time amateur photographer.

Around Montana

UM law students work very hard, but they also appreciate the benefits of physical fitness and recreation. At UM, you can balance the academic rigors of law school with the opportunity to relax in a beautiful environment. Whether fly fishing a blue-ribbon stream or rafting down a tranquil river, you can rejuvenate your body and spirits.

Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge Photograph by Alan Applebury 2005 Glancing up at Mount Sentinel from campus, you will often see students running up to the M for a quick break. You'll also see students getting together on UM's playing fields, golf course, and the tennis, racquetball and handball courts. Other popular sports include mountain biking, climbing, hiking and horseback riding. Campus Recreation sponsors a variety of low-cost recreational trips, and rents skis, kayaks and rafting equipment. In addition, students enjoy swimming year-round in the pool, working out at one of the school's three gymnasiums, or the new recreation facility.

Packing In Photograph by Alan Applebury 2005 Montana is one of the nation's premier vacation spots. And Missoula is located in the middle of some of the most spectacular scenery found anywhere in the country. Glacier National Park is three hours to the north, and Yellowstone National Park is five hours to the south. Missoula has a challenging ski area on the outskirts of town, Montana Snowbowl. Two major ski resorts, Whitefish Ski Resort at Big Mountain and Big Sky, are three and four hours away, respectively. Winters tend to be relatively mild, with temperatures averaging in the 30s. Summers average 82 degrees, while fall and spring days are typically in the 60s and 70s.