The Smokejumper Center
Parachuting out of planes to fight forest fires is all in a day's work for a smokejumper. It's an unusual and demanding job, and Missoula is home to the Missoula Fire, Science and Technology Center and Smokejumper Base, the country's largest active base of its kind. It's also the U.S. Forest Service's Northern Region training base, and blazes from Alaska to Florida count on the smokejumpers headquartered here; you might even see some in training.
The visitors center has a memorial, a replica of a 1930s lookout tower, movies, and murals. Daily guided tours take in a smokejumper loft, where you’ll see the ready room, where jumpers prepare for fire calls, and the load masters room, where cargo is stored. Admission and tours are free, but donations are accepted.
5765 W. Broadway St.
- Missoula, Montana 59808
- 46.92611600, -114.09110800
- Memorial Day–Labor Day: 10–4 (by appointment).
- Visit Website
- (406) 329-4934