Sapphire Mountains

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The Sapphire Mountains are a range of mountains located in southwestern Montana in the northwestern United States.wikipedia
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The Sapphire Mountains are a range of mountains located in southwestern Montana in the northwestern United States.
Other major mountain ranges west of the divide include the Cabinet Mountains, the Anaconda Range, the Missions, the Garnet Range, the Sapphire Mountains, and the Flint Creek Range.

Ravalli County, Montana

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From a point near the Clark Fork River and the city of Missoula, they run in a southerly direction for a distance of approximately 60 miles (100 km), making up much of the border between Ravalli County (to the west) and Granite County.
Ravalli County is part of a north/south mountain valley bordered by the Sapphire Mountains on the East and the Bitterroot Mountains on the West.

Bitterroot Valley

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To the west is the Bitterroot Valley, and to the east is Rock Creek.
To the west is the Bitterroot Range and its large Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area, and to the east is the smaller Sapphire Mountains and their Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness Area.

Beaverhead–Deerlodge National Forest

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National ForestBeaverhead National ForestDeerlodge National Forest
The northern segment of the range is part of the Lolo National Forest, while the south is part of the Deerlodge National Forest.
The Beaverhead section includes most of the Pioneer, Gravelly, and Sapphire Ranges.

Welcome Creek Wilderness

Welcome Creek
The range also includes part of the Threemile Wildlife Management Area, the Welcome Creek Wilderness Area, the Skalkaho Game Preserve, and the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness Area.
Created by an act of Congress in 1978, the wilderness is within Lolo National Forest, and protects the northern portion of the Sapphire Mountains.

Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness

Anaconda-PintlerAnaconda-Pintler Wilderness AreaAnaconda Mountain Range
The range also includes part of the Threemile Wildlife Management Area, the Welcome Creek Wilderness Area, the Skalkaho Game Preserve, and the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness Area.
To the north are the Sapphire Mountains, and to the south is the Big Hole Valley.

Anaconda Range

The southern end of the range meets the larger Anaconda Range at West Pintler Peak.
To the northwest are the Sapphire Mountains, to the south is the Big Hole Valley.

Yogo sapphire

The Rock Creek location, near Phillipsburg, is the most productive site in Montana, and its gems inspired the name of the nearby Sapphire Mountains.

Rock Creek (Montana)

Rock CreekRock Creek, Montana
They were first found in this region at Rock Creek near Philipsburg in 1892.
The river roughly parallels the Sapphire Mountains and enters the Clark Fork near Clinton, Montana.

Missoula, Montana

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From a point near the Clark Fork River and the city of Missoula, they run in a southerly direction for a distance of approximately 60 miles (100 km), making up much of the border between Ravalli County (to the west) and Granite County.
The city also sits at the convergence of five mountain ranges: the Bitterroot Mountains, Sapphire Range, Garnet Range, Rattlesnake Mountains, and the Reservation Divide, thus is often described as being the "hub of five valleys".

Skalkaho Pass

The Skalkaho Pass (Salish: Sq̓x̣q̓x̣ó, "many trails" ), 7258 ft above sea level, is a pass in the Sapphire Mountains in southwest Montana traversed by Montana Highway 38.

John Long Mountains

There is some dispute as to whether the Quigg Peak area is part of the Sapphires or the adjacent John Long Mountains.
There is some dispute as to whether the Quigg Peak roadless area, described in the Sapphire Mountains article, is really part of the John Long Mountains.

United States

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The Sapphire Mountains are a range of mountains located in southwestern Montana in the northwestern United States.

Clark Fork River

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From a point near the Clark Fork River and the city of Missoula, they run in a southerly direction for a distance of approximately 60 miles (100 km), making up much of the border between Ravalli County (to the west) and Granite County.

Granite County, Montana

GraniteGranite CountyThornton Lake
From a point near the Clark Fork River and the city of Missoula, they run in a southerly direction for a distance of approximately 60 miles (100 km), making up much of the border between Ravalli County (to the west) and Granite County.

Lolo National Forest

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The northern segment of the range is part of the Lolo National Forest, while the south is part of the Deerlodge National Forest.

List of state highways in Montana

Montana Highway 41Montana Highway 43MT 41
The range is bisected by just two roads, Route 38 at 7250 foot (2210 m) Skalkaho Pass and FS80 at Lutz Creek.

Douglas fir

Douglas-firPseudotsuga menziesiiOregon pine
8419 ft. This area is characterized by thousands of acres of sliderock or talus slopes, and extensive Douglas-fir and lodgepole pine forests rising to open, glaciated ridges.

Pinus contorta

lodgepole pinelodgepoleshore pine
8419 ft. This area is characterized by thousands of acres of sliderock or talus slopes, and extensive Douglas-fir and lodgepole pine forests rising to open, glaciated ridges.

Bighorn sheep

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Bighorn sheep and mountain goats utilize the area.

Mountain goat

mountain goatsRocky Mountain goatOreamnos americanus
Bighorn sheep and mountain goats utilize the area.

Arctic grayling

graylingThymallus arcticusArctic grayling (''Thymallus arcticus'')
A feature of this roadless area is Fuse Lake, which contains rare Arctic grayling.