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U.S. Forest Service

A large reservoir northwest of Darby, Lake Como is one of very few lakes in the Bitterroot Valley. It is popular spot for boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and horseback riding.

Big Rock Creek forms a beautiful waterfall as it pours into the head of the lake. From here a trail leads past the massive El Capitan, up to the high crest of the range and beyond into Idaho.

Vehicles must display a valid Recreation Pass; passes run $5 per vehicle or $30 for a season. The area includes a campground, restrooms, drinking water, grills, pinic tables, fire pits, a boat ramp, and garbage removal are provided. Dogs are not allowed. Hikers and horsepackers accessing the Selway/Bitterroot Wilderness from Lake Como are subject to daily parking fees.

The Como Trails Club maintains over 30 miles of groomed nordic ski trails in the winter. Expect a bit more up and down than other nordic destinations, as the routes generally climb steadily up the nearby ridges from the lake before looping around for some fast descents. The club doesn't charge an access fee and welcomes dogs. To check snow conditions, click here.


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