What to do and see in Darby, United States: The Best Places and Tips

October 6, 2017 Darwin Bolte

Darby (Salish: snk̓ʷɫxʷexʷem̓i, "Place Where They Would Lift Something") is a town in Ravalli County, Montana, United States. The population was 720 at the 2010 census. Darby is located near the southwestern border of Montana and Idaho, along the Continental Divide.
Restaurants in Darby

1. Lake Como

Route 93, Hamilton, MT
Excellent
65%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
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4.5 based on 69 reviews

Lake Como

Reviewed By Runningonadream - Colorado Springs, Colorado

By Montana standards, this piece was packed on the 4th of July this year, but it was a great crowd and everyone was friendly and enjoying the sand and water together. According to out relatives, most of the time you can go and only see a few other families.

2. West Fork Mountain Crafts

4955 Sawmill Ln, Conner, MT 59827 +1 406-821-2007
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

West Fork Mountain Crafts

Reviewed By vintagetrailer - Helena, MT

We wandered into this place quite by accident. Cute, old timey but unpretentious. About half the little town seemed to be busy doing artwork, beadwork, cool stuff. Much in the Native American traditions and the owner had been part of the cultural heritage work for the Flathead tribe.

Lots of great, quality souvenirs. Lots of great carving, jewelry, native American stuff and some supplies to do your own. Or you might elbow your way past the stove and sit with the locals making things. Quite comfortable. And often a little bite to eat of the treats they brought.

A real find in a world of phoney and imported, faux Native souvenirs.

3. Magruder Corridor

0.8 Mile South of West Fork Ranger Station, Darby, MT
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 6 reviews

Magruder Corridor

Reviewed By KWBoyd - Spokane, Washington

The Magruder Corridor is a 100+ mile gravel and dirt road that runs between two of the largest wilderness areas in the contiguous United States. Although much of the road is in great shape, it is recommended only for 4 wheel drives, as there are some rough sections. It would be drivable in a day, but we camped out along the way so we could take our time and really enjoy the experience. There is no place to add photos on this review which is a shame, as the scenery is really spectacular.

4. Daly Mansion

251 Eastside Hwy, Hamilton, MT 59840-9207 +1 406-363-6004
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

Daly Mansion

Tours are on the hour, starting at 10 AM and ending at 3 PM. Grounds are open from 9 AM to 5 PM. Located on 46 acres of lush landscape, the Daly Mansion is the historic home of 19th Century American industrialist Marcus Daly. The exhibits here convey the story of Daly and his rise from working-class immigrant to copper magnate, as well as local, regional, and international history tied to his extended family. Today, the Mansion is a hub of local culture, entertainment, engagement and historical interpretation. We see nearly 10,000 visitors annually, and a team of over 100 volunteers are dedicated to preserving the grounds and house for the enjoyment of all who enter. The Daly Mansion is a treasure of history and intrigue, and we are thrilled to share it with visitors and community members alike.

Reviewed By pmjc - Tucson

Local friends drove us down the scenic Bitterroot Valley to this Mansion which has been wonderfully restored. Hard to imagine the life (before jet planes and cell phones) when an impoverished immigrant could use brains and brawn to create luxury in this valley to balance his 5th Avenue residence in NYC. We had a wonderful docent who filled in the story of the Daly family as we toured the house and grounds. Great way to step back in time and consider what it took to be successful then.

5. Chief Joseph Cross Country Ski Trail

Bitterroot National Forest, Sula, MT 59871
Excellent
88%
Good
12%
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5 based on 8 reviews

Chief Joseph Cross Country Ski Trail

Reviewed By CathyScholtens - Stevensville, Montana

This area is groomed by the Bitterroot Cross Country Ski Club. The trails are easy to difficult, well marked and user friendly. There is a beautiful warming hut/cabin at the convergence of many trails, always manned by happy hosts. Free, donations accepted.

6. Bitterroot Fly Company

Darby, MT 59829-0453

Explore fly fishing Bitterroot River Bitterroot Valley,at Bitterroot Fly Company Online, your source for quality fly fishing products and professionally guided trips. Established in 1976 on the scenic Bitterroot River we have been offering our knowledge and service for over 30 years. Our outfitter is a third generation guide in the Bitterroot Valley.

7. Hamilton Farmers Market Co-op

Bedford and Third Streets, Hamilton, MT 59840 +1 406-961-0004
Excellent
70%
Good
30%
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Hamilton Farmers Market Co-op

Reviewed By BucketListRebel - Hamilton, Montana

This is a great way to take advantage of the abbreviated window of opportunity when it comes to good weather in Montana.

We've gone to this event for years. There are all the usual suspects: produce, flowers, seedlings to get a good start on this year's garden, freshly-picked wild huckleberries, worms (for your garden or for fishing), etc.

But what's even more fun is that you'll see things that have been made or grown in Montana (it's a requirement to vend there). We're talking: metal sculptures, log furniture, jewelry, rocks, quilts, custom BBQ tables, antler art, paintings, greeting cards, toys, signs, yard art, flower arrangements, wreaths, dog collars, etc.

Then there's the food: homemade tortillas and breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls, scones, quiche, muffins, friendship breads, desserts (cookies, pies), popcorn, fruit smoothies, barista coffees, etc.

And then there's live music! The live entertainment is awesome and really makes it feel like a weekly festival!

Hamilton Farmer's Market has a small town atmosphere and variety that city dwellers are shocked to find! It's also located right outside the local museum, which is brain candy for all us history geeks.

Great food, good friends (bring some or make some), new finds, live music--this is a great way to spend a laid back Saturday morning!

8. Ravalli County Museum and Historical Society

205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840-2853
Excellent
63%
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25%
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12%
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4 based on 8 reviews

Ravalli County Museum and Historical Society

Reviewed By Bill R - Corvallis, Montana, United States

Nice little museum that covers local history and local science (Rocky Mountain Laboratories). Has Salish tribe of Flathead nation chiefs, Lewis and Clark, Marcus Daly, lumber and ticks. Good source for information on how the area was settled and developed.

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