Continuing the series of things to do in Missoula another favorite activity is the Missoula Smokejumpers Visitor Center. The Smokejumper Visitor Center is the largest active smokejumper base in the nation. The visitor center allows to learn about this unusual, demanding and sometimes deadly occupation. As you walk through the center you will visit the National Smokejumper Memorial, go inside a replica of a 1930’s lookout tower, and a tour of the smokejumper loft, where the smokejumpers work when they are not fighting fires. You can also tour the ready room and load masters room where the smokejumpers prepare for fire calls.
The center is a great addition to your agenda during your Missoula stay, being such a specialty, you will not find a better place to learn about wild-land fires and art of fighting them.
The visitor center is located just past the Missoula International Airport on Hwy 10. Tours are available at 10:00am and 11:00am, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, and 4:00pm daily. This tour is free of charge. During the winter call at least 2 days ahead for appointment and reservation, 406-329-4972 mailbox 1 or 406-329-4900.