Flathead National Forest | Kalispell

Flathead National Forest

Located in the Rocky Mountains of Northwest Montana, surrounding Kalispell, lies the expansive 2.4-million acre Flathead National Forest. Boasting a wealth of lakes, rugged wilderness, wild rivers, and over 2,000 miles of trails, this forest is a quintessential natural gem of the American West. From campgrounds to ski areas, the Flathead National Forest offers year-round beauty and abundant recreational opportunities. Fishing enthusiasts will delight in the diverse array of fishing spots, with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks overseeing regulation and management. Moreover, the forest features incredible river exploration opportunities, including sections of the Flathead River designated as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. For those seeking true wilderness adventure, the forest’s one million acres of designated wilderness areas beckon exploration, where roads, timber harvest, and motorized travel are prohibited, allowing for an unspoiled backcountry experience amidst the Bob Marshall, Great Bear, and Mission Mountains complexes.

Upcoming Events

Glacier Range Riders Baseball

May through August

The Glacier Range Riders are the Flathead Valley’s Pioneer baseball league established in 2022. Enjoy an entertaining evening with the whole family!

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Brash Rodeo Summer Series 2024

June – September

Rodeo has been a part of Montana’s culture since the first cowboys arrived over 150 years ago. This events include bull riding, bronc riding, chute dogging, roping, barrel racing, and steer riding. Brash Rodeo is Montana’s longest running series open rodeo. Your Glacier country vacation would not be complete without experiencing the legendary Blue Moon Rodeo. Get your ticket and more information at glaciercountryrodeo.com.

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Kalispell Farmers Market

May through October

The Kalispell Farmers Market offers the freshest produce grown in the Flathead Valley and an array of locally-made goods. Every Saturday during the summer and fall from 9 am to 12:30 pm, find local farmers selling everything from meat and eggs, fruits and vegetables to baked goods to native plants and trees. Shop for handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, paintings, and many more creations by the region’s talented artisans.

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May 27, 2024

Downtown Kalispell Walking Tour

June through September

The Downtown Kalispell Walking Tour is a well-researched and high-quality tour that showcases the evolution of Kalispell as a cultural, economic, and transportation hub of Northwest Montana’s Flathead Valley. As you take the tour, you will learn about different architectural styles and modern reuse, prominent citizens and early settlers, how a bison herd could buy a city block, and where to spot ghost signs. It is a fascinating way to explore and learn about the history of Kalispell.

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June 25, 2024

Picnic in the Park Downtown

June through August

Enjoy the Downtown Kalispell Picnic in the Park Concert Series. A free event established in 1992 bringing a variety of music each week.

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July 12, 2024

Arts in the Park

Arts in the Park is an annual festival held in Kalispell’s historic downtown Depot Park. It is Flathead Valley’s most prestigious arts, crafts, and music event, featuring more than 80 artists and artisans from around the country. The festival offers a wide range of unique, high-quality handmade paintings, jewelry, ceramics, housewares, and other handmade items for sale.

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