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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

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National Forest

420 Barrett St.
Dillon, MT 59725-3572

(406) 683-3900

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[photo] mountain range in the background, sagebrush in the foreground.

Photo above: Mountains and grasslands sprawl across Southwest Montana in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.


This largest of the national forests in Montana covers 3.32 million acres, and lies in eight Southwest Montana counties (Granite, Powell, Jefferson, Deer Lodge, Silver Bow, Madison, Gallatin and Beaverhead).  Forest Service offices administering the National Forest are in Butte, Dillon, Philipsburg, Deer Lodge, Whitehall, Boulder, Ennis, Sheridan, Wise River, and Wisdom.

The forest provides timber, minerals, and grazing lands.  It also offers breath-taking scenery for a wide variety of recreational pursuits.  Whether it's wilderness trekking in the Anaconda-Pintler or Lee Metcalf wildernesses, driving the Gravelly Range Road or Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway, or camping in one of the 50 small to medium-sized campgrounds in the forest, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge has it all.

Winter enthusiasts find snowmobiling, cross-country skiing trails, as well as downhill skiing at Discovery, near Anaconda, and Maverick Mountain, near Dillon.  Summertime affords chances to hike and drive primitive routes to high-mountain lakes or to drive more improved roads to places like Delmoe and Wade lakes.

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and Nez Perce Historic Trail pass through the forest.  Georgetown Lake offers winter and summer recreation near Philipsburg.  At the ghost towns of Elkhorn, Granite and Coolidge, you can relive Montana's boom and bust past.  Sheepshead Recreation Area, north of Butte, offers pleasant picnicking and lake fishing, accessible for the disabled.


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The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is in Montana, in the Northern Rocky Mountains of the United States.

Click on the image below for a larger map of the forest in PDF format which will allow you to view, zoom, print, and apply other PDF reader functions to the map. (link opens new window)

[map] outline of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Montana.

USDA Forest Service - Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Last Modified: Friday, 23 June 2006 at 16:24:47 EDT

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