Marshall Mountain Park Community Visioning

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The Draft Shared Community Vision is now available:

Marshall Mountain Park is Open to the Public!

Residents can now enjoy 160 acres of open space at the former Marshall Mountain Ski Area, located at 5250 Marshall Canyon Dr. Thanks to a generous arrangement with current property owners, the City of Missoula has leased the property at the base of Marshall Mountain for the next 18 to 24 months, with an option to purchase the parcel at the end of that term. The City is working with many partners, including but not limited to neighboring communities of East Missoula and Bonner/Milltown, Missoula County, Five Valleys Land Trust and MTB Missoula to secure this area for future generations.

Please review the Marshall Mountain Park rules and trail map before visiting. Public access is permitted by an agreement with the property owners, Izzy Dog, LLC. The site could be closed if users do not follow the posted rules and guidelines. Please use the park safely, responsibly and respectfully to preserve future community access. Thanks for your cooperation and support.

  • You are recreating on private property; respect property owners and neighbors.
  • Day use only—no overnight camping or parking.
  • Dogs are not permitted at this time*.
  • Watch for trail use and type—some trails are one-way, bikes only.
  • Stay on trails, and recreate safely.
  • The park may be reserved for programs and special events. Learn more.

Partnering with the community to preserve public access

Izzy Dog, LLC owns the Marshall Mountain Base Area Property and is offering the Missoula community a unique opportunity to preserve Marshall Mountain and build a mountain-based recreation area that residents can readily access and enjoy.

At the end of the lease period, the City of Missoula will have the option to purchase the 320-acre Marshall Mountain Base Area Property (Izzy Dog property and adjacent 5 Valleys Land Trust parcel) for $1,925,000.

The acquisition will be subject to the standard City open space acquisition processes, including an extensive public process with multiple opportunities for citizen engagement, culminating with a City Council vote. Potential funding sources may include but are not limited to grants, donations, public/private partnerships, and 2018 City-County Open Space bond funds.

During the lease period, the City of Missoula will collaborate with community partners to develop strategies to fund property acquisition, design, planning, and development.

*Due to the anticipated high volume of recreational use and the design of the existing trail system, dogs are not allowed on-site during the lease period. Based on community feedback during the upcoming public planning process, dogs may or may not be permitted later. For now, please enjoy recreating with your pooch pals on the hundreds of miles of shared-use, dog-accessible trails elsewhere within the Missoula Valley.


We have concluded the Community Visioning Process (for now) see below for more information on the process and stay tuned for project updates and more ways to engage. Take a virtual tour of Marshall Mountain Park.

Community Visioning Process: November & December 2021

What is a shared community vision?

The shared community vision will provide the overarching goals for Marshall Mountain. It is a high-level “blue sky” vision for the future of Marshall Mountain, created by the Missoula community. The community vision will include values, fundamental principles, and beliefs that will be used to guide the future of Marshall Mountain Park.

How can I participate?

Learn about the project, property, and process here on Engage Missoula. Use the surveys at the bottom of this page to provide feedback. Follow the project for updates and please share this webpage with your friends and social media contacts. The more people who participate, the stronger and more inclusive the vision will be, and the better Marshall Mountain will be for everyone. The survey period will conclude on December 21, 2021.

Who has been involved?

We kicked off the community visioning process with a series of stakeholder meetings to think broadly about what Marshall Mountain could be. Many people participated including representatives from organizations focused on: equity and inclusion, local communities, outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, and local land management agencies.


Master planning process: January-June 2022

What is a master plan?

The master plan for Marshall Mountain will be shaped and guided by the shared community vision. The master plan will be conceptual in nature but will include enough detail to begin implementation once the property is acquired by the City of Missoula. A feasibility study and operational business plan will be part of the master plan to ensure that the proposed program is physically and financially feasible, and to determine the best structure for operating and maintaining Marshall Mountain into the future.

When will implementation begin?

The master plan is the backbone of how Marshall Mountain will be shaped. Implementation of the plan will likely happen in phases. Phasing will depend on outcomes of the public process and available funding - but look for improvements to begin as soon as Spring 2023.

Fundraising: Ongoing

At the end of the 24-month lease period, the City of Missoula will have the option to purchase the 320-acre Marshall Mountain Base Area Property (Izzy Dog property and 5 Valleys Land Trust parcel) for $1,925,000. Potential funding sources may include but are not limited, to grants and donations, public/private partnerships and 2018 City-County Open Space bond funds.

Friends of Marshall Mountain a 501(c)(3) non-profit is tasked with raising funds for the acquisition and the master plan implementation of Marshall Mountain Park.

Banner Image by Spin Virtual Tours + Photography

The Draft Shared Community Vision is now available:

Marshall Mountain Park is Open to the Public!

Residents can now enjoy 160 acres of open space at the former Marshall Mountain Ski Area, located at 5250 Marshall Canyon Dr. Thanks to a generous arrangement with current property owners, the City of Missoula has leased the property at the base of Marshall Mountain for the next 18 to 24 months, with an option to purchase the parcel at the end of that term. The City is working with many partners, including but not limited to neighboring communities of East Missoula and Bonner/Milltown, Missoula County, Five Valleys Land Trust and MTB Missoula to secure this area for future generations.

Please review the Marshall Mountain Park rules and trail map before visiting. Public access is permitted by an agreement with the property owners, Izzy Dog, LLC. The site could be closed if users do not follow the posted rules and guidelines. Please use the park safely, responsibly and respectfully to preserve future community access. Thanks for your cooperation and support.

  • You are recreating on private property; respect property owners and neighbors.
  • Day use only—no overnight camping or parking.
  • Dogs are not permitted at this time*.
  • Watch for trail use and type—some trails are one-way, bikes only.
  • Stay on trails, and recreate safely.
  • The park may be reserved for programs and special events. Learn more.

Partnering with the community to preserve public access

Izzy Dog, LLC owns the Marshall Mountain Base Area Property and is offering the Missoula community a unique opportunity to preserve Marshall Mountain and build a mountain-based recreation area that residents can readily access and enjoy.

At the end of the lease period, the City of Missoula will have the option to purchase the 320-acre Marshall Mountain Base Area Property (Izzy Dog property and adjacent 5 Valleys Land Trust parcel) for $1,925,000.

The acquisition will be subject to the standard City open space acquisition processes, including an extensive public process with multiple opportunities for citizen engagement, culminating with a City Council vote. Potential funding sources may include but are not limited to grants, donations, public/private partnerships, and 2018 City-County Open Space bond funds.

During the lease period, the City of Missoula will collaborate with community partners to develop strategies to fund property acquisition, design, planning, and development.

*Due to the anticipated high volume of recreational use and the design of the existing trail system, dogs are not allowed on-site during the lease period. Based on community feedback during the upcoming public planning process, dogs may or may not be permitted later. For now, please enjoy recreating with your pooch pals on the hundreds of miles of shared-use, dog-accessible trails elsewhere within the Missoula Valley.


We have concluded the Community Visioning Process (for now) see below for more information on the process and stay tuned for project updates and more ways to engage. Take a virtual tour of Marshall Mountain Park.

Community Visioning Process: November & December 2021

What is a shared community vision?

The shared community vision will provide the overarching goals for Marshall Mountain. It is a high-level “blue sky” vision for the future of Marshall Mountain, created by the Missoula community. The community vision will include values, fundamental principles, and beliefs that will be used to guide the future of Marshall Mountain Park.

How can I participate?

Learn about the project, property, and process here on Engage Missoula. Use the surveys at the bottom of this page to provide feedback. Follow the project for updates and please share this webpage with your friends and social media contacts. The more people who participate, the stronger and more inclusive the vision will be, and the better Marshall Mountain will be for everyone. The survey period will conclude on December 21, 2021.

Who has been involved?

We kicked off the community visioning process with a series of stakeholder meetings to think broadly about what Marshall Mountain could be. Many people participated including representatives from organizations focused on: equity and inclusion, local communities, outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, and local land management agencies.


Master planning process: January-June 2022

What is a master plan?

The master plan for Marshall Mountain will be shaped and guided by the shared community vision. The master plan will be conceptual in nature but will include enough detail to begin implementation once the property is acquired by the City of Missoula. A feasibility study and operational business plan will be part of the master plan to ensure that the proposed program is physically and financially feasible, and to determine the best structure for operating and maintaining Marshall Mountain into the future.

When will implementation begin?

The master plan is the backbone of how Marshall Mountain will be shaped. Implementation of the plan will likely happen in phases. Phasing will depend on outcomes of the public process and available funding - but look for improvements to begin as soon as Spring 2023.

Fundraising: Ongoing

At the end of the 24-month lease period, the City of Missoula will have the option to purchase the 320-acre Marshall Mountain Base Area Property (Izzy Dog property and 5 Valleys Land Trust parcel) for $1,925,000. Potential funding sources may include but are not limited, to grants and donations, public/private partnerships and 2018 City-County Open Space bond funds.

Friends of Marshall Mountain a 501(c)(3) non-profit is tasked with raising funds for the acquisition and the master plan implementation of Marshall Mountain Park.

Banner Image by Spin Virtual Tours + Photography

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