Welcome to Lolo, Montana

  • Scenic View

    Photo courtesy: MTOT

  • Holt Heritage Museum

    Photo courtesy: Ramona Holt

  • Travelers' Rest State Park

    Photo courtesy: Travelers' Rest State Park

Lolo is near the Montana-Idaho border and Lolo Pass, which was so eagerly sought forand eventually locatedby Lewis and Clark. The post office was established in 1888 with John Delany in charge. The creek was originally called Travelers' Rest Creek because men using the trail there found it an ideal spot to stop, rest, hunt, and repair their gear and clothing before tackling the trip over the pass. The natural hot water springs also helped make it a favorite stop. There has been much conjecture concerning the origin of the name. One idea is that the Indians named it for Lewis, but that in their language it came out as Lou Lou and finally Lo Lo. Another suggestion is that it was named by early French traders for LeLouis, and that the present form is a corruption. Still another is that lolo is a Nez Perce word meaning "muddy water." (from Cheney's Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company)

Located at a historic and contemporary crossroads, Travelers' Rest State Park is a place where visitors can say with certainty that they are walking in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. The Park is at the core of a campsite used by the Corps of Discovery from September 9 - 11, 1805 and again from June 30 - July 3, 1806. For centuries Native Americans also used it as a campsite and trail junction. Salish, Pend d'Oreille and Nez Perce peoples were among those who traditionally occupied the area.

Lolo Hot Springs Resort is on 125 acres of private property in the middle of the Lolo National Forest, 37 miles southwest of Missoula. The resort has natural mineral hot springs pools, RV Park, campground, teepees, and more. Another local attraction is the Holt Heritage Museum which features Cowboys and Indian, Rodeos and Pow Wow's collection.