Sula, Montana

Sula is a census-designated place (CDP) in Ravalli County, Montana, United States. The population was 37 at the 2010 census.[1]

Sula, Montana
French basin near Sula, 1939
French basin near Sula, 1939
Sula is located in Montana
Coordinates: 45°50′11″N 113°58′54″W / 45.83639°N 113.98167°W / 45.83639; -113.98167Coordinates: 45°50′11″N 113°58′54″W / 45.83639°N 113.98167°W / 45.83639; -113.98167
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.3 sq mi (8.6 km2)
 • Land3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
4,422 ft (1,348 m)
 • Total37
 • Density11/sq mi (4.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)406
FIPS code30-71800

The area was originally called Ross's Hole from Alexander Ross, a Hudson’s Bay Company fur trader who had traveled through the area in spring 1824. In 1889, settlers named the post office after Ursula (Sula for short) Thompson, purportedly the first non-Indian child born in Ross’s Hole.[2]


Sula is located at 45°50′12″N 113°58′54″W / 45.83659°N 113.98175°W / 45.83659; -113.98175, along U.S. Route 93 in southern Ravalli County. It lies along the East Fork of the Bitterroot River at the west end of Ross' Hole, a wide valley surrounded by mountains. It is 35 miles (56 km) north along U.S. 93 to Hamilton, the county seat, and 58 miles (93 km) south over Lost Trail Pass to Salmon, Idaho.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.6 km2), of which 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 1.09%, is water.[1]


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Sula has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Sula CDP, Montana". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 10, 2020. Retrieved March 22, 2013.
  2. ^ "Sula". Montana Place Names Companion. Montana Historical Society. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  3. ^ Climate Summary for Sula, Montana