Things to do
We offer a range of family fun activities such as Barbecue, bird watching, boating, horseshoes, river fishing, walking, wildlife viewing. There is plenty of shopping, great restaurants, interesting museums, and island walk in town.
Many Day trips are available in our scenic area. We are located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in the Lolo and Cabinet Mountains. Check out links to nearby fun that you can enjoy!
One of the richest wildlife experiences in the Northwest might easily remain a chance happening for those unfamiliar with the area, but for word-of-mouth publicity like this article. With 250,000 visitors per year, the National Bison Range is receiving more visitors than it can comfortably handle and so does not advertise its existence.
For more than a century, our scenic resort on the Clark Fork River has provided our Guests with relaxation and renewal through pleasure and healthy leisure.
Walt Almquist purchased the building in 1933 and later remodeled the structure and opened the Sprag Pole Inn, named after the supporting poles once needed to help hold up the wooden walls in hard winters.
Want big rides, big slides, and big fun? You've found it. Located in beautiful North Idaho, Silverwood Theme Park has over 65 rides and attractions, including three roller coasters, the Boulder Beach Water Park, a steam engine train, live entertainment, restaurants, and more.
Idaho's Oldest Standing Building . The Old Mission (Mission of the Sacred Heart) is the oldest standing building in Idaho. Jesuits (Blackrobes) arrived at the invitation of the Coeur d'Alenes in the early 1840's. The first mission church was established on the St Joe River about 35 miles south of the present site. Due to flooding, it was closed in 1846, and a new mission church was begun on this site, which has always been sacred to the natives of the area.
The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes bike path follows the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way from Mullan, a mountain mining town near the Montana border, to Plummer, a town on the prairie near the Washington border. More than 72 miles of paved path takes you from high mountain splendor, through the historic Silver Valley, into the chain lakes region, along the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene, over the Chatcolet Bridge to Heyburn State Park, and finally climbs to the Palouse prairie: an adventure for the entire family!
Thompson Falls open from Mother's Day to Labor Day, the Old Jail Museum is one of the oldest buildings in continuous use in Sanders County. Originally operating as the county jail, sheriff's office and sheriff's residence, the building now serves the citizens as a museum and focuses for historical artifacts, images and maps. Old Jail Museum
South Madison 406-827-3496.
Riverview Arts is a cultural experience located in the Thompson Falls, Montana. It's purpose is to represent quality local artisans of Sanders County. To support the visual arts through exhibits, education and dedicated to promoting the importance of art within the community.
Ross Creek has been known for many years for the Western Red Cedars which grow along its banks. The beauty and serenity of the cedars were preserved for all to enjoy when the 100-acre Scenic Area was established in 1960. The Forest Service manages and protects Scenic Areas for their scientific and recreational value.
Completed in 1952 on the Clark Fork River, Cabinet Gorge possesses the second-largest generating capacity of any of Avista's eight hydroelectric developments. Constructed to help solve the critical Northwest energy shortage of the late 1940s and early 1950s, the concrete arch dam was completed only 21 months after its initial groundbreaking.
Downstream from Libby, the Kootenai River enters a canyon and flows over Kootenai Falls, one of the largest free-flowing waterfalls in the northwest. The falls and surrounding area are considered sacred to the Kootenai Indians whose ancestors inhabited the region.
Just want to go along for the ride? Enjoy a scenic ride on the World's Longest Gondola and take in the great views along the 20-minute ride to the top. Once at the Mountain Haus enjoy a great lunch at Mogul's Lounge while you watch the fun on the slopes.
Located just off I-90 on the Idaho Montana border, midway between major airports in Spokane, WA, and Missoula, MT, the Route of the Hiawatha Rail-Trail is a scenic section of abandoned rail-bed from the Milwaukee Road that the Taft Tunnel Preservation Society, a grassroots Wallace non-profit organization, and the U.S. Forest Service turned into a world class non-motorized trail.
With over 44 historical buildings in Sanders County take a daytrip to see them all.
The Big Horn Sheep viewing site is a highway pull-out with informational signs about Big Horn Sheep. It is located along a field where sheep are frequently seen. Here is a unique opportunity to see Big Horn Sheep in their native environment. The adjacent field is private property.
Rivers Bend is a par 36, 9 hole golf course, with 2 tee boxes set; with a front 9 and a back 9 for an 18 hole round if you prefer. The beautiful Clark Fork River is the backdrop for our new log clubhouse. We serve great burgers and hot dogs and have pop and beer. It is a very challenging course with difficult tree lined fairways and the river makes for a giant water hazard. Please call ahead for tee times.