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Missoula – With boots, skis, or kayaks, adventures start here. Nestled between five mountain ranges, Missoula sits at the confluence of three trout-filled rivers and serves as a Mecca for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Check out some of our favorites:

Outdoor Program

Located in the Campus Recreation Center, the Outdoor Program provides UM students with the necessary equipment, skills, and knowledge to recreate in the outdoors. Equipment rentals, classes, trips, events, and a repair shop are a few of the services they offer.


If you dream of deep powder and steep slopes within 20 minutes of your residence hall, then Missoula is the place for you. Missoula boasts several world-class ski resorts within driving distance. Here are some of the closest:

Three national recreation areas (Blue Mountain, Pattee Canyon, and Rattlesnake) provide Nordic skiing and snowshoe enthusiasts with miles of both groomed and backcountry trails within minutes of the UM campus.

University Center (UC) Game Room

You know what they say about all work and no play? At the University Center (UC) Game Room, we are completely devoted to the pursuit of fun! We may not be able to help you pass that quantum physics exam, but we sure can show you a good time. Located inside:

  • Billiards Tables
  • Table Tennis
  • Air Hockey
  • Foosball
  • Xbox Arcade
  • TV Lounge

Campus Recreation Center

UM’s state-of-the-art Campus Recreation Center (Rec Center) is a full fitness facility including:

  • Cardio equipment
  • Courts for intramural sports
  • Indoor running track, free weights, machines, saunas, and fitness classes
  • Climbing wall
  • Juice and snack bar
  • Grizzly Pool

University of Montana Golf Course

The University of Montana Golf Course is Missoula’s oldest and is located next to the Dornblaser Stadium.

Intramural Sports

Campus Recreation offers more than 30 different intramural sports, programs, and tournaments throughout the year. No matter your skill level or competitiveness, intramurals are available for everyone!

Check out Destination Missoula for more information on outdoor recreation.