Special Places

Photo of adults and kids hiking on a path adjacent to a lake


We think our entire forest is a special place!

Visit the forest to:

  • enjoy nature and scenery
  • fish or hunt
  • hike
  • camp
  • drive around
  • breathe fresh air
  • make a campfire and chat with friends

Something for Everyone

We have two beautiful wildernesses for you to explore.

We also have two scenic driving tours that might be more your speed.

Whatever interests you in the great out-of-doors, there's bound to be something on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest that gets you off the couch and into the forest. Come out and explore!

Highlighted Areas

Birch Creek Civilian Conservation Corps Camp

Nestled amid the Pioneer Mountains, the Birch Creek Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp was constructed in 1935 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal." It operated for 6 years with a peak enrollment of over 200 men. Birch Creek is one of the best remaining examples of a CCC camp in the nation and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

The Bender Center was constructed at Birch Creek by the University of Montana Western in 1984. It provides a place for diverse educational, recreation, and social opportunities.

Of the 15 original buildings, 6 remain today. We invite you to wander among the buildings and listen for the whispering echoes of the Boys of Birch Creek.

More about Birch Creek CCC