10 Places to Photograph in Missoula This Weekend

RMSP’s next Weekend Event is in our hometown, Missoula, Montana! The challenge of picking the 10 places to photograph this weekend was narrowing the locations down to only 10. All of the locations are near the Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park, where the Weekend is taking place, so they are easy to access at the end of the day when you are excited about photography and itching to get out there.

Downtown- Downtown Missoula has a great combination of old and new architecture and tons of character. We frequently take students on the streets of Missoula to photograph.

Caras Park- The Caras Park tent structure is one of the most photographed landmarks in Missoula. It is always fascinating how different photographers see and photograph this structure.

The Clark Fork River – During the winter it feels like the Clark Fork River is constantly changing. Some days there are ice chunks floating down the river from subzero temperatures and other days melting creates layered banks of ice, water and sediment that look like sculptures. There are always good vantage points from the numerous bridges crossing the river throughout Missoula.

The University of Montana Campus – A variety of architecture with the backdrop of Mount Sentinel makes for endless photographic possibilities.

The View from the “M” – If you are looking to stretch your legs after a day of learning photography, grab your camera and hike up the M Trail. The views are fantastic and the subject matter is endless.

The Old Northern Pacific Depot – At the north end of Higgins Avenue is the old train depot, the XXXX’s sculpture and an old steam engine. More great opportunities to photograph in downtown Missoula.

The Missoula Skatepark – In the winter you may not find a lot of skateboarders doing tricks but the curves and lines of this concrete skatepark make for great abstract images.

Waterworks Hill – There are a series of trails along Waterworks Hills that provide great views of the Rattlesnake and downtown Missoula. A fantastic place to take photographs of the lights of Missoula at dusk.

The Wilma at Night – This historic building in the heart of Missoula houses a movie theater and four floors of apartments. The marquee lights at night are tons of fun to photograph with endless creative possibilities.

To see more great photographs of Missoula, check out what people have contributed to our flickr group.

Where are your favorite places to photograph in Missoula? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

If you do photograph in Missoula this weekend show us your favorites! Post them on our flickr group page or on our Facebook page. Make sure to tag the images with “Missoula”.