Darby Montana Visitor Center

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Darby Visitor Center

Before you start your vacation in the Bitterroot Valley, the Darby Historical Visitor Center, is a must stop place for maps, permits, and a bit of local insight on where to hike, fish, and play. Read More

  • The Darby Historical Visitor Center is located just an hour south of Missoula, MT.
  • Open Monday thru Saturday 9:00am to 4:30pm.
  • The history of the building dates back to the 1930's.
  • Pay nothing when you visit the visitors center.
  • Get your maps, permits, weather and road information here.


The Darby Historical Visitor Center is a neat place. Steeped in a rich history, this isn't just another housing spot for local information. Built between 1937 and 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corp, the building originally housed the first official ranger station in Darby. From 1965 to 1990, the Bitterroot Hot Shot Fire Crew, the best of the best in wildlife suppression, called the building home. And today, the building is home to the Darby Historical Visitor Center.

The visitor center is an information hub. As part of the National Forest Service Museum, you will find historical forest service memorabilia displayed throughout the building. See the evolution of the forest service since its inception. The visitor center also offers detailed forest service maps, topographical maps, and information on recreational opportunities. Looking to cut down your own Christmas tree or simply need some firewood, get your permits here. Get detailed weather and road information as well.

The Darby Historical Visitor Center is full of information that will aid you while on vacation in this beautiful area. In addition, the staff will offer you an insiders insight for exploring Darby and southwestern Montana.


The city of Darby is located in southwestern Montana, about an hour south of Missoula. From Missoula, just take Hwy 93 south to Darby. The Darby Visitor Center is on the main highway across from the grade school and adjacent to the Darby Ranger Station.

  • 712 North Main
    Darby, MT 59829
    Phone: 406-821-3913
    Fax: 406-821-4264


  • May to September 
  • Monday to Saturday 9:00am to 4:30pm 
  • Closed October to April

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Enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the benches found in front of the building.