You don’t need another university telling you why they’re great. So, we flipped the
script. We made a website that’s adapted to what you want. Think of it like a compass
for your individual UM journey. Let’s see where we can go together.
Zoo Town. The Garden City. Place of the Little Bull Trout.
Missoula has many nicknames, perhaps because it means something special to each of
us. From its diverse population and rich cultural events to a foodie’s paradise and — of course — the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone here. But don’t take our word for it — see for yourself.
The great outdoors, greater than ever
When it comes to outdoor recreation, Missoula is unbeatable. Here you’re close to
hiking and mountain climbing (see: the Northern Rockies we call home) on one hand,
and fishing and kayaking (see: the three rivers that meet nearby) on the other. The
only question: What do you choose to do first?
The great indoors — also greater than ever
Craving a cultural experience? In Missoula you never have to look far. Some days you’ll
find nationally touring musicians playing at one of our top-ranked concert venues;
other times you might spend the afternoon exploring local galleries and art installations.
Missoula is truly the cultural capital of Montana.
Enjoy climbing (and descending) on two wheels? You’ll love the trails around Blue
Mountain Recreation Area on the south end of town. Gorgeous views are a given here, and with 41 miles of trails, cyclists of all skill levels can up their game.
For documentary buffs, there’s no better place to be in February than at the Big Sky
Documentary Film Festival. Not only is it the largest cinema event in Montana, it’s host to hundreds of non-fiction films from around the globe.
Spanning an entire city block in downtown, the new Missoula Public Library opened
in 2021 and was declared the “World’s Best Public Library” of 2022. The Missoula Public
Library is the first library from North America to win this award.
Organic coffee with a sustainable footprint? Done. Black Coffee Roasting Co. is a local favorite known for their ethically produced craft coffee from around the globe. Did we mention it tastes amazing?
Fuel up at Front Street
Front Street Pizza: home of steaming-hot slices and whole pies, addicting garlic knots and rich New York cheesecake. Located just across the river from campus, Front Street
is a student favorite.