The Gallatin National Forest is located in the south central part of Montana.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to the Custer Gallatin National Forest

Encompassing more than 3.1 million acres of National Forest Service land stretching across seven districts from Bozeman and West Yellowstone on the west-end, crossing much of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem including the Gardiner, Yellowstone and Beartooth Ranger Districts and moving east-ward to the far southeastern portions of Montana and northwestern South Dakota with the Ashland and Sioux Ranger Districts.  The Forest is known as one of the most ecologically diverse forests in the region and a gateway to the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, the Lee Metcalf Wilderness and to Yellowstone National Park

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Custer Gallatin Maps Available for Mobile Devices, Download MVUM's

Want to go mobile with our Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM's)? 

Get the maps on your ipad or smart device including National Forest Maps, Over Snow Vehicle Use Maps and Motor Vehicle Use Maps.

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Stay Safe Recreating on Your National Forests

Our Nation's Forests and Grasslands boast an abundance of opportunity for all to enjoy and explore.  The Custer Gallatin National Forest stretches from south central Montana to north western South Dakota and allows visitors to explore some of the largest wilderness landscapes, highest peaks, rolling hills and vast stretches of open prairie intermixed with green islands alongside streams, lakes and rivers.


Be Bear Aware, All Year Long

Store your food properly, Grizzly Bears frequent the Forest

Grizzly bears and black bears are present across much of the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

Carry Bear Spray, know how to use it and have it handy.  Learn more...

Leave No Trace, Everyone's To Enjoy

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Leave No Trace means preventing or minimizing impacts to the land when camping, hunting, riding and enjoying the many recreational activites available on public lands.