We’re just 10 miles south of downtown Missoula, Montana, which is nationally known as a vibrant cultural and commercial center. This city of 58,000 people (and growing) consistently ranks among the top “cities to live in” by publications like Money Magazine.
On a Dunrovin adventure, you can spend the day in the saddle in western Montana’s back country, only to find yourself feasting on a gourmet evening picnic in one of Missoula’s parks, while enjoying a performance of the prestigious Missoula Symphony. Few places can match the breadth and quality of outdoor recreation combined with the depth and quality of culture that Missoula offers. The literary giant, John Updike, duped Missoula the Paris of the ‘90’s because of the number of prominent writers living there: Outside Magazine touts Missoula as a fly-fishing destination and rates the University of Montana "among the top 10 colleges nationally for combining academic quality and outdoor recreation," while Rolling Stone rates Missoula as the "most scenic campus in America" and U S News and World Report names UM as among “the best colleges for winter enthusiasts.”
Missoula offers fine music and food, colorful festivals, contemporary art galleries, professional theater, and diverse shopping. Caras Park, in the heart of downtown brings people together in the summer - enjoy local food and music at Out to Lunch on Wednesday afternoons or Downtown Tonight on Thursday evenings and discover a broad range of events including Symphony in the Park, Local Fest, River City Roots Festival, Brewfest and more. The first Friday of every month features a downtown gallery walk, where visitors can glimpse the diversity of art fostered in this community. Summer Saturdays draw big crowds to several farmers and artisan markets for the best of the local goods. Missoula is home to the award - winning Missoula Children’s Theater offering as much for adults as it does for children and the only professional dance company in Montana, Headwater Dance Company. And of course, the University of Montana with a student population of 13,500 brings a wealth of cultural and educational opportunities.
For different equestrian experiences, we can visit Missoula’s fabulous carousel, opened in 1995 as a result of the 100,000 hours of volunteer service it took to construct ponies, chariots, gargoyles, and the largest band organ in continuous use in the U.S., watch the horse races or rodeo at the Western Montana Fair, or attend a Chicks and Chaps Tough Enough to Wear Pink clinic.
You can learn more about all the wonderful happenings and opportunities in Missoula by visiting the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce, Destination Missoula, Make It Missoula, Missoula Cultural Council, and The Missoula Downtown Association.