Leave your stress behind! You will find this spectacular 1.6 million acre forest in southwest Montana and Idaho to be a priceless national heritage. Half of the forest is dedicated to the largest expanse of continuous pristine wilderness in the lower 48 states -- the Selway Bitterroot, Frank Church River of No Return, and the Anaconda Pintler. Much of its beauty can be attributed to the heavily glaciated, rugged peaks of the Bitterroot Range. Drainages carved by glaciers form steep canyons that open into the valley floor. The abundance of natural resources offers a wide range of opportunities for recreation, grazing, wildlife, fisheries, timber, and minerals. Come enjoy the magnificent mountains, the serenity of wilderness, the miracle of spring flowers, majestic big game, and the sounds of birds here in our land of multiple uses.
"A beautiful flower, a beautiful river, a valley, a magnificent range - such is the Bitter Root"
- Wheeler, 1898 -
Roads Analysis Process
The Bitterroot National Forest is conducting an analysis of current national forest system roads. The roads analysis will identify risks and benefits of forest system roads as they pertain to safe and efficient travel and the protection, managment, and use of the national forest. The roads analysis process is a science-based approach used to inform future road-related travel management decisions. The roads analysis is not a proposal or decision, but helps inform the public about possible future road management planning. Before any projects are implemented on the ground the public will have an opportunity to comment through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.
We need public input to help shape the analysis. The Forest has created an interactive online mapping tool to help interested members of the public of participate and submit input online.
The Bitterroot National Forest Travel Management Planning Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Draft Record of Decision (Draft ROD) have been prepared. These documents are now available for a pre-decisional objection period and can be reviewed at the Stevensville, Darby, Sula and West Fork District Offices, the Supervisor’s Office and the public libraries in Stevensville, Hamilton, Darby, and Missoula.
Click here to go to the project documents and maps.
Summer is a great time to visit the Bitterroot National Forest. Recreation opportunities abound here including camping at 24 developed campgrounds and 5 groupsites, hiking on more than 1,600 miles of trails, fishing for brook and rainbow trout in crystal-clear Alpine lakes, boating, biking, horseback riding and more.