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Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center

5765 W Broadway St, Aerial Fire Depot, Missoula International Airport, Missoula, MT 59808-9361
+1 406-329-4934
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Must see behind the scenes tour

Small complex on the Grounds of the Missoula Airport. Great little interpretive center that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tom R
wish they had more tours

We had been to the smokejumpers facility in Boise and loved it. Unfortunately, the first tour here... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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5765 W Broadway St, Aerial Fire Depot, Missoula International Airport, Missoula, MT 59808-9361
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+1 406-329-4934
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Small complex on the Grounds of the Missoula Airport. Great little interpretive center that explains the role of forest fire fighters, and the specialty of smoke jumping ( sending in small teams of firefighters to remote locations by parachute to tackle smaller fires before they...More

2  Thank Tom R
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MSOSmokejumperCenter, Tour Guide at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Smokejumper Visitor Center! We appreciate your positive feedback.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been to the smokejumpers facility in Boise and loved it. Unfortunately, the first tour here was 10AM and we arrived at 8:30. But it was still fun to meander around the limited exhibits. Especially interesting were the Russian smokejumper outfits.More

Thank matkat7
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MSOSmokejumperCenter, Visitor Center at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Sorry you weren’t able to go on a tour, but we are so glad you enjoyed the exhibits, nonetheless! We hope you can stop by and visit another time, we are open 7 days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day and we do...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Smoke jumping is something I'd heard about, but didn't know much about. After about an hour in the museum and on the short walking tour, I learned that you have to have at least 5 years experience as a firefighter before you can apply, that...More

Thank Johnmontms
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MSOSmokejumperCenter, Tour Guide at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad that you were able to visit us and that you had a positive experience at the Smokejumper Visitor Center!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great tour that walks you through the actual base of the smokejumpers. See their gear, their parachutes, the plane they go up in. See and hear about how they survive for days or more in the burning forests around them. We came home and watched...More

Thank emtoothfxr
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MSOSmokejumperCenter, Tour Guide at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for visiting the Smokejumper Visitor Center, and we are so glad that you had a positive experience! We hope to see you again in the future.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very unique place that most states don't have, so it's a must see! If you don't catch a tour there's nothing much to see, plus often times the tour guide is the only person there so the visitors center closes during a...More

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MSOSmokejumperCenter, Tour Guide at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for stopping by the Smokejumper Visitor Center! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time here.

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

This was one of the highlights of our trip through several national parks. En route to Glacier, we stopped here. Even though the center was officially closed for the season, a phone call was made and a fireman met us and gave our group a...More

11  Thank CLIFF-PATRICIA
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MSOSmokejumperCenter, Tour Guide at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

Glad you enjoyed your stop at the visitor center! We hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 10 March 2018

We had an incredible tour here. We were too early for the scheduled tours so one of the smoke jumpers took us through the entire facility and thoroughly explained everything to us. Lots of respect for this group, I never realized what they go through...More

3  Thank Dan G
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

Great place to spend some time checking out the visitor center and going on a guided tour of the campus. Really liked that tours are free of charge. I learned a lot of interesting things about wildfire management and what it takes to be part...More

4  Thank Fortyfivefifty
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

We called in here in September when there were wild fires all around.They still had the time to show us what these brave men do.We followed our guide through their daily routine and heard they were on a 11 minute call out.Most of them expected...More

4  Thank ger w
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

We thoroughly appreciated our private (after season) tour of this vital facility. Our guide Emma Hawn was enthusiastic and knowledgeable of this elite service. Everyone should take the time to thank firefighters everywhere.

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avanovalee
2 June 2018|
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Response from MSOSmokejumperCenter | Property representative |
Thanks for your interest in the Smokejumper Visitor Center! Admission and tours are both free of charge.
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cnspostma
14 July 2016|
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Response from Judyhwright | Reviewed this property |
Hello from beautiful Montana, I am not sure. You will have to contact them directly. I do know that we have had lots of rain this summer and so that will slow down the fires. This is definitely worth a visit. Judy... More
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Response from Jhurd6 | Reviewed this property |
I believe this is still the best. People come from all over the country for this taining. I was very impressed.
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