Painted Rocks State Park

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Painted Rocks State Park
Map showing the location of Painted Rocks State Park
Map showing the location of Painted Rocks State Park
Location in Montana
LocationRavalli, Montana, United States
Coordinates45°40′53″N 114°18′03″W / 45.68139°N 114.30083°W / 45.68139; -114.30083Coordinates: 45°40′53″N 114°18′03″W / 45.68139°N 114.30083°W / 45.68139; -114.30083[1]
Area23 acres (9.3 ha)
Elevation4,754 ft (1,449 m)[1]
Governing bodyMontana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
WebsitePainted Rocks State Park

Painted Rocks State Park is a public recreation area located at the southern end Painted Rocks Reservoir, 24 miles (39 km) south of Darby, Montana. The state park received its name from the green, yellow and orange lichens which cover the grey and black rock walls of the granite and rhyolite cliffs.[3]


The reservoir is in the West Fork Valley of the Bitterroot Mountains, which was an important place for the Salish people.[3] The reservoir was created with the impoundment of the West Fork of the Bitterroot River in 1939.[4] The park was created in 1963.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Painted Rocks State Recreation Area". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b "Park Origin by Date". Montana State Parks. 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Painted Rocks State Park". Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  4. ^ "Painted Rocks State Park (brochure)". Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Retrieved June 11, 2018.

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