Gallatin National Forest

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Gallatin National Forest

Montana

(406) 587-6701

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Overview

With its snow-covered mountain peaks and internationally known "blue ribbon" trout streams, the Gallatin National Forest is a popular recreation area in Montana's Northern Rockies. Established in 1899, the Gallatin is part of the Greater Yellowstone Area, the largest intact ecosystem in the continental United States. This 1.8-million acre Forest spans six mountain ranges and includes two Congressionally-designated Wilderness areas, the Absaroka-Beartooth and Lee Metcalf Wildernesses. The Gallatin National Forest provides habitat for a full complement of native fauna, including the grizzly bear, gray wolf, bald eagle, and the Canada lynx. Come and explore this marvelous treasure and discover, for yourself, all that it has to offer. The Gallatin National Forest encompasses over 2,600 miles of hiking and riding trails, as well as mountain biking trails, and paved roads for cyclists. The Gallatin National Forest affords numerous opportunities for ice climbing on spectacular frozen waterfalls. The Beartooth Scenic Byway is a breathtaking 68-mile drive winds from dark dense forest up to the top of windswept tundra dotted with lakes. You will never forget this drive from the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, through silvergate & Cooke City, to Red Lodge, Montana.

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Latitude, Longitude: 46.241798, -110.566335

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    The Gallatin National Forest contains miles of mountain biking trails suitable for a wide range of experience levels and some areas suitable for road cycling as well.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The Beartooth Scenic Byway is a breathtaking 68-mile drive winds from dark dense forest up to the top of windswept tundra dotted with lakes. You will never forget this drive from the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, through silvergate & Cooke City, to Red Lodge, Montana. The paved two lane road is closed by snow in winter.

  • Camping

    Twenty-three log cabins are available for rent on the Gallatin National Forest. In addition, there are developed campgrounds and dispersed camping throughout the forest.

  • Climbing

    The Gallatin National Forest affords numerous opportunities for ice climbing on spectacular frozen waterfalls. Much of this climbing can be found just south of Bozeman in Hyalite Canyon which is an internationally recognized ice climbing venue.

  • Fishing

    The 1.8 million acre Gallatin National Forest offers over 1740 miles of fishable streams and rivers. It is also home to over 700 high mountain lakes and reservoirs. This vast diversity of aquatic habitats allows for an incredible array of recreational fishing opportunities. Whether you would like to fly-fish a remote backcountry stream or lake or ice-fish a reservoir that is accessible by vehicle, the Gallatin offers many different angling experiences.

  • Hiking

    The Gallatin National Forest encompasses over 2,600 miles of hiking trails, and almost endless opportunities for backpacking and day-hiking.

  • Historic Sites

    Located 30 miles south of Big Timber, Montana, the Main Boulder Ranger Station reflects the early years of the Forest Service and the commitment of the United States to the conservation movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Interpretive staff is on hand most summer weekends from July through Labor Day to assist you in your visit of the Station.

  • Horseback Riding

    The Gallatin National Forest encompasses over 2,600 miles of riding trails. Camping with stock is not allowed in most developed campgrounds. However, some sites provide facilities specifically designed to accommodate stock.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted in accordance with Montana state regulations.

  • Picnicking

    Several picnic areas are maintained for public enjoyment on the Gallatin National Forest. Each offers a variety of recreational activities in unique and beautiful surroundings.

  • RVing

    A number of campgrounds offer amenities for RV users.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowmobile trails in the West Yellowstone area are open December 1 through March 31. More than 135 miles of professionally groomed. There are also opportunities for downhill and cross-country skiing.

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Bridger Bowl Ski Resort

Bridger Bowl, Montana, is the gem of the Northern Rockies. Located only 16 miles north of Bozeman, Montana, this outstanding ski area is well known for offering some of the most exciting ski, snowboard and telemark experiences that you will find, anywhere. This is not your typical Montana ski resort. Bridger Bowl is a nonprofit community ski area offering a great ski experience at an affordable price. Bozeman is home to Montana State University and is a young active community located only 90 miles from Yellowstone National Park.

(406) 587-2111

Directions

Driving

Primary access routes leading off Interstate 90 near Bozeman include US highways 89 and 191.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 587-6701

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