At the base of the majestic Mission Mountains on the Flathead Indian Reservation 30 miles north of Missoula, St. Ignatius is rich in history and American Indian culture.
This little community is home to the iconic St. Ignatius Mission. A National Historic Site, the mission was built in 1891 by American Indians and Jesuit missionaries. Adorning the mission's walls and ceiling are 58 hand-painted murals by Brother Joseph Carignano.
St. Ignatius is also home to the only Amish community in the U.S. located on tribal lands. Unique locations include Stutzman’s Country Market, the Malt Shop (which offers a step back in time with a three-sided counter and stools) and Three Chiefs Cultural Center.
Nearby Mission Reservoir boasts a beautiful view of Mission Falls. Just south of town on U.S. Highway 93 an overlook provides incredible views of the Mission Mountains, including a distant waterfall.
Flathead Lake—the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi—is just a half hour north of St. Ignatius. Just 20 minutes northwest of town, the 18,766-acre Bison Range boasts 350+ head of bison, plus deer, elk, pronghorn antelope and more, all against a tranquil Montana backdrop. Pristine McDonald Lake is just 20 minutes northeast.
The nearby communities of Missoula and Polson offer a large number and wide array of accommodations, including bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels, vacation homes and RV parks. Click here and here for options.
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