About 30 miles east of Joseph on Highway 350, Imnaha seems little more than an intersection on your way elsewhere, but it boasts a rich sense of place and a memorable tavern that serves as the remote community's gathering place.

Named for the early native chieftain Imna, Imnaha is at the confluence of the Imnaha River and Little Sheep Creek, giving it a reputation as a leading fishing and hunting region. It's a true backcountry destination - the post office serves 80 households and until 2004 the town was the site of an annual Bear and Rattlesnake Feed, with both species barbecued as a charity fundraiser.

The 106-year-old Imnaha Store and Tavern greets you today with cigar-store Indians at the door. Inside, the greeting is genuine, the food delicious and the beverages refreshing, especially on a warm summer day.

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