Lolo Pass Visitor Center, located on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests along U.S. Highway 12 at the Idaho-Montana state line, will officially end its winter season on March 31, 2018. This will be the last day that Winter Recreation Passes will be required.
Once spring conditions arrived, Forest Service officials began assessing ground conditions between the groomer shed, located near Lolo Hot Springs in Mont., and access routes to snowpack at higher elevations. If temperatures drop and ground conditions freeze and stabilize during the week of March 26, there may be one final grooming sweep in the Lolo Pass area before the end of the grooming season, which terminates annually on March 31.
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and Lolo National Forest join in extending a big “THANK YOU” to the Missoula Snowgoers and their groomer drivers for the late–night hours they spend grooming both the snowmobile and ski trails surrounding the Lolo Pass Recreation Area. We also thank the Missoula Nordic Ski Club, who works to maintain ski trail corridors at the pass during the off season. Coordination with these two partner groups–along with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; the Montana Department of Transportation, and the Idaho Transportation Department–are key to ensuring access to the broad range of winter recreation opportunities available at Lolo Pass.
Beginning April 19, dogs will be permitted on the Lolo Pass winter trails. Please bag and remove any pet waste and keep your dogs on a leash while enjoying the trails.
The visitor center will continue to operate on its winter schedule through May. Winter hours are 7:30 a.m. through 4:15 p.m. (Pacific), Thursday through Monday. Lolo Pass Visitor Center will be closed Sun., April 1 in observance of the Easter holiday.
Please contact Lolo Pass Visitor Center (208-942-3113) with questions. Thank you for another fantastic winter season!