Traveler's Rest State Park


6717 U.S. 12,Missoula County,Lolo 59847,Southwest Montana,Missoula County

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Travelers’ Rest State Park is home to a campsite used by Lewis and Clark in 1805 and 1806. On their journey westward, their Shoshone guide brought the Corps of Discovery to a timeworn Native American campsite. Setting up their camp nearby, the group rested near the banks of a fine, bold stream that they named “Travellers Rest.” The Corps of Discovery revisited this ideal camp spot in the summer of 1806. After four days of rest and preparation, the captains rejected contemporary military strategy and split the group for further exploration, uncertain if they would meet again as planned.
In summer 2002, archaeologists found evidence of the Corps’ latrine and central cook fire, positioning the Park as one of the few sites in the nation with physical proof of the group’s visit.
The park is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily in the summer and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F in the winter. Admission is charged.

Reprinted from Travelers’ Rest State Park brochure.

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