Lodging & Accommodations
"The inhabitants of Koyukuk would rather eat beans with liberty, bum candles with independence and mush dogs with adventure than to brave the luxury and the restrictions of the outside world. A person misses many things by living in the isolation of Koyukuk, but he gains a life filled with an amount of freedom, tolerance, beauty and contentment few human beings are ever fortunate enough to achieve."
– Bob Marshall, of his expedition in the Alaskan Brooks Range
We highly recommend these fine establishments. Hunters will require lodging the nights before and after their hunts. With a few exceptions, pack trip clients will not require lodging the night prior to their trip since we will be staying at a trailhead, but will require lodging the night we return.
- Ovando Inn in Ovando
- The Krutar Homestead in Ovando
- Hotel Lincoln in Lincoln
- The Blackfoot River Inn in Lincoln
- Missoula International Airport (MSO) is the closest airport at about one hour from Ovando. From Missoula to Ovando, follow the Blackfoot River to Clearwater Junction (halfway between Missoula and Ovando) where the Blackfoot and Clearwater converge.
- Glacier Park International Airport (GPIA) is located just outside of Kalispell and is about two and a half hours from Ovando. This drive is gorgeous as you flank the Swan Range and pass by a series of lakes through the Swan Valley.
- Helena Regional Airport (HLN) is about an hour from Ovando. Cross over MacDonald Pass and through the Nevada Creek Valley as you approach Ovando from the southeast.
- Gallatin Field Airport (BZN) in Bozeman is located southeast of Ovando and is about a two and a half hour drive on the interstate and state highways.
- We are partnered with Valet Limousine in Missoula (a National Limousine Association member). Valet Limousine can provide you with transportation to any of your lodging destinations. Rates start at $75 per hour, round-trip. Please contact Kirk at 406.542.5466 for more information or to make a reservation. Please be sure to mention you’re doing a trip with us.
"Where man has been intelligent enough to observe and to emulate Nature he, too, is often rewarded with success."
– Rachel Carson
- Rivers West
- Prois Hunting and Field Apparel for Women
- LL Bean
- Sportman’s and Ski Haus (Kalispell)
- Murdoch’s (Bozeman and Kalispell)
- Dick’s Sporting Goods
- Bob Ward’s (Montana only)
- Schnee’s (online and in Bozeman)
- Powder Horn Outfitters (Bozeman)
- Zeiss Sports Optics
- Swarovski Optik
- R.L. Winston Rod Co.
- Blackfoot Angler (Ovando)
"The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too. So he kept his youth close to its softening influence."
– Chief Luther Standing Bear
Museums & Points of Interest
- Swan Valley Ecosystem Center (Condon)
- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife Visitor’s Center (Missoula)
- Museum of Mountain Flying (Missoula)
- Bigfork and nearby Flathead Lake
- Glacier National Park
- National Museum of Wildlife and Art (Jackson Hole, Wyoming)
- Museum of the Mountain Man (Pinedale, Wyoming)
- Buffalo Bill Historical Center (Cody, Wyoming)
- Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, Nebraska)
- Lewis and Clark Trail (country-wide)
- Montana Scenic Loop (northwest Montana)
- The National Museum of Forest Service History (Missoula)
Suggested Readings & Field Guides
We've compiled a variety of reading materials (both fiction and non-fiction) and field guides for those who would like to learn more about the area, the "old West," or gain background on how some of the remaining wild places in the US have come to be protected – and what the future of land and wildlife stewardship holds.
- US Forest Service website
"Soon the child’s clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions, preconceptions and abstractions. Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego. Not until years later does an instinct come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn. The sun glints through the pines, and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. After that day…we become seekers."
– Peter Matthiessen
- “Montana’s Bob Marshall Country” by Rick and Susie Graetz
- “A Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold
- “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson
- “Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run” by David Brower
- “Undaunted Courage” by Stephen E. Ambrose
- The Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour
- Ivan Doig’s McCaskill trilogy: “English Creek,” “Dancing
at the Rascal Fair,” and “Ride With Me, Mariah Montana”
- “Greater Yellowstone’s Future: Prospects for Ecosystem Science, Management, and Policy” by Tim Clark and Steven C. Minta
- “Rocky Mountain Futures: An Ecological Perspective” by Jill Baron
- “Hunting High Country Mule Deer” by Guy Eastman
- “Blue Gold: World Water Wars” (a documentary) by Sam Bozzo
- “Plants of the Rocky Mountains” by Kershaw, Pojar, and MacKinnon
- “The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America” by David Allen Sibley
- Bob Marshall Wilderness trail maps