At the base of the majestic Mission Mountains on the Flathead Indian Reservation, St. Ignatius is home to the St. Ignatius Mission. A National Historic Site, the mission was built in 1891 by American Indians and Jesuit missionaries. Adorning the mission's walls and ceiling are 58 hand-painted murals by Brother Joseph Carignano—a self-taught artist who worked as the mission cook and handyman years ago. Also nearby: the Mission Mountains Wilderness, stellar rock climbing, McDonald Lake and the National Bison Range.
The Mission Valley is a superb destination for beginning ice climbers. Mission Falls—located just outside St. Ignatius—has a longer approach with a phenomenal prize waiting at the end—a massive ice wall.
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