In the midst of national forest land and the majestic Rocky Mountains, the lofty town of Libby, Montana has peacefully existed for over 200 years, starting as a series of trading posts, forts, and mining camps in the early 19th century. Before that, the Kootenai native people frequently hunted in and traveled through the land next to the Kootenay River that Libby now sits on.
This lovely mountain town is nestled in a river valley and is known as the seat for all of Lincoln County. Unfortunately, one of the small town’s claims to fame was a massive environmental disaster that saw the town become blanketed with asbestos due to contaminants produced by a local mine. The good news is that this once endangered town has been fully sanitized and rid of asbestos dust, restoring it to its former glory.
When you book an RV in Libby, the town is merely a small part of the bigger picture. This excellent jumping off point will allow you to cruise through the Rockies in search of panoramic views, national parks, waterfalls, and mountain hiking trails in one of the country’s most naturally beautiful states. If you have plans to explore more than just the immediate area, Kalispell, Missoula, and even Spokane, Washington are all within a few hours’ drive.
The Great Outdoors
Few places are more dazzlingly remote and full of such epic landscapes than Libby, so it is a natural fit for those hoping to explore some nature when they rent an RV. The great news is that you won’t have to look very far because the town is entirely surrounded by parks and forests. The Kootenai National Forest is one of the many places to explore near the town, with over two million acres of pristine land. Although a small sliver of Kootenai National Forest is found in neighboring Idaho, most of the forest is situated in western Montana. There are several wilderness areas, five different mountain ranges, campgrounds where you can stay with your Libby camper rental, and a large portion of the 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.
Over the border in Idaho, you can venture off to Lake Pend Oreille and camp on its breathtaking shores with your Libby RV rental by owner. Sam Owen Campground & State Park is one of the many places you’ll find on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille that offers up a thrilling assortment of recreation activities for guests to take part in. Hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and water skiing are all commonly enjoyed at the state park.
Lone Pine State Park is located close to Kalispell, a fitting day-use area to visit if you have plans to explore the city too. There are several miles of nature trails you can hike, mountain bike, snowshoe, cross-country ski, or go horseback riding on, and a cheery visitor center that helps people understand the forest land and climate of the park.
No visit to northwest Montana would be complete without stopping at Glacier National Park, the crown jewel of The Treasure State’s parks. This million-acre masterpiece is dotted with serene lakes, enchanting forests, towering peaks belonging to the Rocky Mountains, and gigantic glaciers. Glacier National Park brings in three million people per year despite its remote location, due in large part to its unparalleled natural beauty. Not only is it a magical place during the day, but nighttime brings with it mesmerizing skies full of stars unencumbered by the light pollution that plagues other places. You can camp in one of this park’s many camping areas with the travel trailer rental from Libby.
RV parks and campgrounds aren't difficult to find in Libby; it is, after all, surrounded by exciting nature parks and evergreen forests perfect for camping of all types. Woodland RV Park is found right in town, enabling you to stay close to the restaurants, gas stations, and stores where you can resupply at any point during your trip. The park allows both tent and RV camping, with bathrooms, hot showers, wireless internet, and laundry facilities for guests to use.
Two Bit Outfit RV Park is also located in town, so walking to the store or out to get dinner is incredibly easy. There you can find cable TV, internet hot spots, and a dog park for pets.
Koocanusa Resort & Marina is found on the edges of Lake Koocanusa in the middle of Kootenai National Forest. There are dining facilities on site, along with beaches, swimming areas, hunting tours, fishing spots, a marina for boat owners, and much more.
Libby is snugly situated in a peaceful mountain valley alongside the fast-flowing Kootenay River. Its quiet streets are lined with small shops and businesses, and it hardly ever feels like the town is truly bustling. There are some fantastic restaurants and shopping areas you can check out if you have free time, and a few attractions to consider too.
The Libby Heritage Museum is the pride of the town, and one of the best small museums in the state. The building that houses the museum is an old log cabin structure, a reminder of the town’s humble origins as a trading outpost in the wilderness. There are some excellent displays and exhibits to tour, recounting the fascinating history of both Lincoln County and the town of Libby, from the first fur traders and miners to the mighty Kootenai, Salish, and Blackfeet natives who once called Libby home.
Turner Mountain Ski Resort is a small, intimate place where you can ski and snowboard when you rent an RV in Libby. There are a variety of different trails for people of all abilities, so you can take it easy on the gentle slopes or test your mettle on the perilous wooded trails and moguls designed for experts. There is a cozy lodge at the bottom with a snack bar and equipment rentals too.
The Kootenai Falls & Swinging Bridge aren’t technically located in town, nor are they city attractions; but if you are in town, you cannot skip out on this treat. The suspended bridge enables people to walk across the river gorge for captivating photo opportunities and surreal views of the cascading Kootenai Falls.